|“||While only 52 years of age, this man has continued to smoke, even though he has a history of high blood pressure and heart disease. This demonstrates the very lack of appreciation for the blessings of his own life.||”|
— John introduces William to Hank[src]
Hank was a 52-year-old man who worked as a janitor for the Umbrella Health insurance company. He was a heavy smoker and didn't give up this attitude even though he had a history of high blood pressure and a heart disease. Because of this and his work for Umbrella Health, he was ultimately targeted by John Kramer, better known as the Jigsaw Killer. (Saw VI)
One day, he was abducted and taken to the abandoned Rowan Zoological Institute by Detective Mark Hoffman, John Kramer's successor after his death. There, he trapped Hank's unconscious body in a large device, consisting of big metallic clamps which were strong enough to crush his chest, and put a breathing mask on his face. Additionally, he trapped William Easton, the senior vice president of Umbrella's department for membership and claims, in a second device across from Hank. (Saw VI)
Shortly afterwards, William woke up an immediately panicked when he realized that he had been abducted. Moments later, a TV turned on in front of him. William was shocked when he recognized the man appearing on the screen as John Kramer, who was once a client of Umbrella whose request for the coverage of his treatment costs had been denied by William. John confronted him with his dubious business politics, which had ruined and ended the lives of numerous sick people, and introduced him to a deadly game. William had four straps around each of his limbs, which would detonate if he wasn't able to complete four tests all around the zoo within 60 minutes. Furthermore, he told him that if he failed his task, he wouldn't see his family again. John then introduced him to his first test. At the same moment, a spotlight revealed Hank, who was in the same situation as William and began to panic as well. The video tape informed him about Hank's history of health restrictions and his lacking efforts to change this situation. Once the game began, the clamps around their chests would close in every time they took a breath and eventually crush their upper bodies. The only way for one of them to survive was the death of the other one.
As the TV turned off and the game began, William told Hank to hold his breath and did the same on his own. However, due to Hank's yearslong attitude of smoking, he had to take a first breath after a few seconds already, causing the clamps to further approach his body. Moments later, William took a breath as well. As he took another one shortly afterwards, he surprisingly enabled Hank to gain the lead. However, Hank then took the next breath. Due to his panic and the increasing pain, he involuntarily wetted himself. As the clamps closed in further and further with each breath, the amount of time in which he could hold his breath decreased constantly. Unable to continue any longer, Hank eventually took his final breath, which caused the clamps to crush his chest, killing him in the process. (Saw VI)
The zoo was found and raided by the Metropolitan Police Department shortly afterwards. As the police secured and searched the entire building, they discovered the many corpses of Jigsaw's victims, including Hank. All of them were sent to the morgue for their obduction by Dr. Adam Heffner. The events surrounding the massacre were later reported to the public by the news channels. (Saw VI, 3D)
Not much can be said about Hank's personality due to his short screen time. However, given John Kramer's words, it's implied that Hank was a very careless individual, showing when he smoked despite having a history of high blood pressure and a heart disease, very likely given the fact that Hank, like many other people, didn't appreciate life because they knew that sooner or later they would pass away by some reason or another. This habit, however, was the one that unfortunately ended with his life thanks to Kramer's machinations.
Appearances and References
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