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Marty Gilbert
Marty Portrait
Basic Information
Name: Marty Gilbert
Status: Deceased
Date of death: July 2, 1996
Cause of death: Crushed to death
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Affiliation: Compact Cable
Profession: Operations manager
Family Information
Sibling(s): Joshua Gilbert[1]
Marital status: Single
Portrayal
Played by: Harvey Fierstein
First appearance: Independence Day
Oh, crap.

- Marty's last words.

Marty Gilbert was the manager of Compact Cable in New York City and a friend of his employee David Levinson.

HistoryEdit

Marty was known for his perpetual state of high anxiety and this is compounded by his stressful job of operations manager for one of the largest cable providers in America. His job was, in his words, "to be in charge of every little thing."[1]

During the War of 1996, Marty's company was having trouble dealing with the interference appearing in every network television caused by the aliens' arrival. Marty quickly accosted David for his help to solve the problem; in which David reassure Marty that he could find a way to block the interference, thereby also allowing Compact Cable to be the only company broadcasting a clear picture in New York. Marty then express his enthusiasm by kissing David on the lips.

By the time David was cracking the interference's codes, Marty and his employees were watching a broadcast about the strange phenomenon appearing in the skies. Upon learning one such phenomenon is heading for New York, Marty evacuated his employees into the building's old bomb shelter before realizing to call his mother.

After the arrival of the City Destroyer over New York, Marty was cowering under a desk and on a telephone trying to calm his mother until David told him to tell his mother to immediately leave for Atlanta. Marty does so. When he demand an explanation from David, Marty reacted in horror of the aliens' plans to attack Earth. Although Marty attempted to leave New York, he was trapped in a traffic jam and was killed when the City Destroyer fired its weapon on the city, with his car (with him still inside) being crushed beneath debris.

GalleryEdit

Memorable QuotesEdit

There's no shame in hiding. Oh, I'd better call my mother.

- Marty, to David, after evacuating his employees.

Oh, my God! Oh my God! I gotta call my brother, I gotta call my housekeeper, I gotta call my lawyer. Nah, forget my lawyer.

- Marty reacting to David's discovery of the aliens' plans to attack.

Behind the ScenesEdit

  • In a deleted scene that was included in the Special Edition of the film, Harvey Fierstein's character planted an (ad-libbed) kiss on David.
  • The line, "Eh, f*ck my lawyer," was said by Harvey Fierstein and the expletive was dubbed over with "forget" in the final cut.
  • While stuck in traffic, Marty demands over his cellphone that he speak with Dr. Katz. The doctor is a reference to Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist in which Harvey Fierstein himself was previously a guest character on the show.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Independence Day: Official Novelization

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