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I've heard Stephen Baldwin talk about The Usual Suspects fellowships who meet and try to pin the Keyser Söze identity on characters other than Verbal. I know that Verbal is the true Keyser Söze, but does anyone know any of these alleged proofs and particulars for other characters being Keyser Söze?

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Quoting Kevin Spacey: Bryan Singer, who directed that film, had managed to convince every one of the major actors in that movie that they were in fact Keyser Söze. I remember when we screened it for the company of actors, Gabriel Byrne was stunned that he wasn’t Keyser Söze. Went out into the parking lot and had an argument with Bryan Singer. For a half an hour. – Oliver_C Feb 6 '13 at 23:43
Any ideas how he did that with the other actors? – Matt Feb 7 '13 at 3:00
Just took them aside and told them and then asked them to keep it quiet? – Stefan Feb 7 '13 at 11:59
A man with a limp is unlikely to be a conman ('beautiful people' are generally better at it), and a conman is unlikely to move to a gang that uses violence (con-men typically pride themselves on their complete lack of violence). So the true Keyser Söze seemed obvious to me. OTOH the entire plot seemed pointless since he exchanged one scared illegal immigrant who could identify him, for two local cops who could identify him. Where is the benefit? – Andrew Thompson Mar 9 '13 at 9:04
I would like to state for the record that I am Keyser Söze. – Jack B Nimble Jun 18 '13 at 20:18

There aren't any.

In fact the film goes out of its way to make it clear that Verbal is Soze by including:

  1. The scene during the takedown robbery where Dylan hesitates to kill the driver and Verbal does it in cold blood.
  2. The scene on the docks when someone asks what language the crew members are speaking and Verbal answers "Hungarian."
  3. The fact that of all of gang members, only Verbal doesn't "know" who Keyser Soze is and apparently has never heard of him.

A careful review of the film will demonstrate that Verbal is Soze from the beginning and the film throws various MacGuffins in the way to prevent a less discerning viewer from realizing that early on.

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Not sure why the down-vote. Perhaps categorically stating "There aren't any" when, given the amount of time people waste arguing about it, I guess that is a matter of opinion. OTOH you get a +1 from me. :) – Andrew Thompson Dec 31 '13 at 4:15

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