|Burt Weston (Scenesys ID: 1658)|
|"Recognize me from somewhere?"|
|Full Name:||Burt Weston|
|Residence:||Gotham City, United States|
|Groups:||Batman Family, Hench, Gotham-OOC, Street Level-OOC,|
|Apparent Age:||30||Actual Age:||30|
|Date of Birth||4 March 1999||Actor:||Sam Rockwell|
|Height:||160 cm (5'3")||Weight:||76 kg (167 lb)|
|Hair Color:||Black||Eye Color:||Blue|
|Theme Song:||"Hungry Like the Wolf" - Duran Duran|
The only child of a Court of Owls functionary affiliated with arms manufacturing interests, Burt Weston's father suffered from modified Munchausen's by Proxy and communicated with his child by sharing movies, giving Burt an unusual childhood to say the least. His mother, however, suffered from atypical psychosis, having suffered from scarlet fever at a young age, and despite her exceptional prowess as a student (and herself a maestra of the common word), never understood how to teach Burt how to use his talents. After her death in his late teens, he briefly attended Gotham University, but became involved in low rung drug dealing, and eventually discovered that his latent acting ability made him a brilliant spy, cleaner, and criminal - as long as he was using a modified fictitious role. To the public, he's Burt Weston. To the rogues, he's Film Freak. And to the Gotham City Mafia, he's Edison, mercenary actor assassin.
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Edison is an actor first and foremost, meaning that he must take care of his body. He wears a black leather jacket with a long V collar over his chiseled upper body, drawn tight from calisthenics and cardiovascular exercises, his jacket zipped up when in the street and allowed to hang open to reveal a black t-shirt with a white star when indoors. The gesture of opening his jacket is almost, almost compulsive, but more of a ritual indicating a faint bit of obsessive compulsive with his personal style. A mild concession to fashion. He wears a black belt around his waist that holds up a pair of expensive comfort fit jeans, with a pair of black rave boots on his feet, the cuffs of his jeans drooping over them.
Burt Weston's father, George Weston, was a factory engineer from a steel town that got involved in arms manufacturing, and his mother Ida was a child prodigy that struggled with atypical psychosis from a childhood bout of scarlet fever. Both of them had military in their family, and when George got involved in the Court of Owls, the marriage was a natural match. The had one son, Burt, an only child, George not believing in probability rules relating to the one outcome affecting another, in the case of Ida's psychosis (and Ida didn't understand that her illness were from a Gotham scarlet fever epidemic, not a gene). Burt was taught Owl philosophy regarding labor ethics, foreign policy, domestic responsibility, moral sacrifice, and self-defense leadership, from an extremely young age. He was never taught that it was Owl, merely informed that it was Christian. Despite flunking Sunday School brutally (which you never get held back for, unfortunately), he was a brilliant slacker student that was popular by virtue of the aura of fear he never knew he had. A nice, putzy guy, that you were afraid of, and that was fun to be around. At least, at first.
Burt's father suffered from Munchausen's by Proxy, his grandfather a veteran of the Korean War that loathed George Weston's asthma in response to the old soldier's smoking habit. The abuse was verbal, but traumatic combined with Grandpa Weston's high functioning alcoholism. Burt's mother, meanwhile, was hysterical whenever Burt would display any sign of mental defect, pushing him into a fantasy world when he was under a stressful situation. The father was instructed, by his mentor, to take Burt to the movies to live vicariously through the screen together, father and son. Attending the elite Gotham Academy, Burt excelled at cinema analysis and drama, displayed literary self-awareness (and a fair bit of falsely humble humor), and displayed an unusual gift for intuitive mathematics. Memorization was his problem, particularly when he hit his first joint, his mind a jungle gym of fictitious images that slowly modified themselves into a unique inner reality to understand the world. Delusions of frailty combined with a fictional method, with the dialectic tension lifting him out being his arrogant ethics of human life's low worth in the face of social Darwinism.
And that's how Burt Weston become a Gotham Mafia hitter, known as Edison to the wise guys and Film Freak to the other rogues.
James Dean with a gun, a more sensible automobile, and some stones.
His heaven turns into a machine logic clockwork engine, a limbo of fictional rules and theatric psychology. And then, once he's found his plan, he goes into action as Film Freak, a mental monstrosity appearing from him as his mind becomes a silent, ruthless Hell, transforming him into the demon and plunging him back into mythology as the actor role he's selected, the confidence game on as he forgets his start and finish. And as he plunges into the middle, unconsciously a character, he becomes a false face, before finally snapping back out when he's out of danger. Then, Burt Weston returns, and he collects his check, and has a sleep in his Tempurpedic bed, recalling The Most Dangerous Game.
Gotham Academy is a top prep school, and Burt received the full benefit of its education.
Film Freak is a latent actor, who has made the mistake of studying acting. He's become obsessed with the trade to the point that he exists within a quiet fantasy world, not in entire control of his ability but instead shifting through roles fluidly. Much like an athlete who has trained his body to perform a skill, he is in control of this about as much as he knows his comfort levels, reflexes, and needs.
Film Freak is an experienced drug runner, and can drive stealthily, or manage decent evasion.
Film Freak has been involved in rebel counterculture since the high school level, and is a born Beatnik, aware of how to manipulate people and spot, change, or manipulate drug subculture signals involved in drugs, music, movies, crime, or society.
Film Freak knows various criminal businesses such as drug dealing, smuggling, arms purchase, contract murder, theft, arson, vandalism, or robbery through training, theory, and experience.
Film Freak has been trained by the Gotham Mafia to operate in criminal networks as a mercenary, and how to find contacts, go underground, or find a safehouse.
Burt Weston is a fashion expert, from his time in the Gotham Academy drama program.
Film Freak is a master of fiction, and can modify, manipulate, or extract plans from fiction of all sorts. In the event of a failure, it's his modus operandi. In the event of a success, his victims think something they remember as being fictitious has occurred in real life.
Burt has a decent amount of funding, worth around $400,000 dollars as a nest egg inside various hidden bank accounts, in case he needs to go on the run. He also has a nice studio apartment that a television actor would own, a supply of firearms and supplies, a two-door Japanese sport sedan with cop modifications such as engine, suspension, and tires, and an Indian brand motorcycle. In addition, he supplies himself with creature comforts such as marijuana, top shelf liquor, microbrewed beer, and fine cuisine.
Delusional Inner World:
Film Freak's memory is more like a set of film clips and movies, than a real mind.
Delusions of Frailty:
Film Freak thinks he's weaker than he really is, and is more likely to back down from a threat, unless he's acting with 'psych up'.
Edison believes in the Owl message, without knowing that it's Owl. Pagan hedonism, social Darwinism, and theocorporatism, with human lives as blood sacrifices for the wealth of the bold.
Without a fictional pretense, Film Freak has no way to break social conventions without anxiety (the purpose of an modus operandi), and self-medicates with marijuana to take him down from the anxious state this places him in.
Rebel Without a Cause:
Film Freak is bitter towards authority, wastes his talents, and lives the life of a constant rebellious rockstar, despite being in a life of crime. Alcohol, cigarettes, and marijuana are the end result, as is a sleep disorder.
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|Deacon Blues||April 1st, 2021||Detective Chimp tracks down Film Freak in an old Yardie shanty in Cobble Hill, and after a brief sojourn of film history, Film Freak assists on a case with a stolen artifact - but not before handing over a briefcase, to be given to The Batman. Has Detective Chimp been tricked? Not poison in the hand, but ink in the mind.|
|Hellbound: Cutting Through the Flesh||September 13th, 2019||Film Freak is sent by the CIA to assassinate an old spy, but Spawn's timely intervention foils the plans of Film Freak's betters and leaves Burt Weston back in Arkham Asylum. Will there be a sequel?|
|Mack the Knife: To Free a Witch's Wife||August 31st, 2019||Summary needed|
|Hammerhead's introduction to Gotham's Underworld||August 14th, 2019||Hammerhead visits Gotham and gets a taste of it's Underworld.|
|Digging Ditches: Finding a Rose in a Trench||July 27th, 2019||Film Freak tracks down Mercy Thompson in Central Park, to inquire after her incident with the gangs at her garage. After offering his services to repay a debt, he's kindly rebuffed, and leaves town to perform Lex Luthor's mission to track down the Peacekeeper scientists that have betrayed the Man of Tomorrow.|
|The McCoy Affair: A Few Good Grapes||July 15th, 2019||Summary needed|
|Peacekeepers: Doing some Housecleaning||July 6th, 2019||Film Freak is contracted once again for internal LexCorp affairs by Lex. This time for investigation into the Peacekeeper problem.|
|Greasing the Skids: A Motorcycle Ride Through Spanish Harlem||July 4th, 2019||Summary needed|
|Double Shot||June 21st, 2019||Summary needed|
|Dr. Edison, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blister Agent||March 21st, 2018||Summary needed|
|Rising Tide: Blackgate Breakout||February 19th, 2018||Blackgate experiences its lrgest prison break in history! Our Heroes arrive on the scene to put a stop to it and run into complications none of them could have expected.|
|How Many Souls to Kill Tonight||February 18th, 2018||Summary needed|
|'Internal' Affairs||February 17th, 2018||Summary needed|
|A Bombay Alley||January 29th, 2018||Summary needed|
|Hiring Staff||January 26th, 2018||In which Mr. Weston is recruited.|
|Eric Burtman becomes Film Freak||January 24th, 2018||Film Freak sends Romano "Professor Chaos" Quaid, a local drug user that owes the Mafia money, to blow up Gotham Mercy Hospital, while Film Freak is inside killing a gangster that messed around with the wrong lady. Lar Gand comes to the aid of the young boy before he can do evil, and sees through Film Freak's disguise as Dr. Eric Burtman, but allows Film Freak to escape custody in order to give Romano a shot at life.|
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