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Lucky Number Slevin is a fantastic genre bending movie with a strange blend of thriller-crime-humour. And it has an excellent twist which I won't reveal for those who have not seen it (but it is the sort of movie that repays multiple viewings even though you know the twist second time around).

One part of the movie requires the protagonist to procure a body for use in a "kansas city shuffle". The reason for the need for a body is explained but the events that transpire (planned by the protagonist and his associate) render the given explanation somewhat redundant. So for what possible reason did they actually need the body given their actions negate the explanation they gave to the other characters?

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The body belongs to the actual Nick Fisher, who is being killed by Goodcat in the beginning of the movie. He is being chosen because Slevin and Goodcat need someone who has a large monetary debt with both gangster bosses (The Rabbi and The Boss).

This way when Slevin takes Nick Fisher's place in his apartment, he will get mistaken for Fisher and be able to get close to the two unsuspecting bosses. This enables him to fulfill his plan to kill those two men who killed his father.

The body of Nick Fisher however is needed by Slevin to fake his own death and dissapear after his plan has succeeded. Before they blow up The Fairy's apartment, they put the body there so the police will later find out that Nick Fisher died in the incident and probably will close the file, leaving no questions open and no links to Slevin.

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But why does Slevin need to do that given that the police probably have no idea who he is (after all he has already been dead a couple of decades)? –  matt_black Apr 6 '12 at 23:56
    
Why did he do what? Kill Nick Fisher? Or place the body? –  atticae Apr 7 '12 at 9:13
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He killed Nick Fisher because he needed him out of the way to take his spot. And he placed the body so nobody would be looking for the missing Fisher once Slevin dissapeared. Especially since he draw attention to himself, it was just the better solution. If he did not place the body, people would be looking for him and they knew what he looked like. –  atticae Apr 7 '12 at 9:16
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