John is the overarching protagonist in the 2021 Disney film Cruella.
He was played by Mark Strong.
He was Baroness' loyal helper who helpt her in her evil plans in the past. He possibly killed many people before the events of Cruella.
Role in the film
He was the valet of Baroness Von Hellman. He noticed Estella when she came to work for House of Baroness. He proved himself to be a doting valet and more of a personal assistant to Baroness, doing her bidding to an extent. When Baroness attempted to murder Estella, who has been donning the name Cruella and upstaging her at every turn, John saved Cruella and her dogs and took them to his home. He explained that he overheard Estella tell the Baroness of Catherine Miller's murder at the Baroness’ hand, showed Estella her mothers necklace, as he found it as they left the burning building. He also revealed that it has a secret key that fits into to a box containing Estella’s birth records, and that Estella is Baroness' daughter.
Baroness was narcissistic and angry at her pregnancy as it would shift attention from her. After giving birth, she told John to get rid of child, meaning he was supposed. Unable to bring himself to kill the baby, John gave Estella to their maid Catherine to raise her in the secret. Estella returned to John's home with her companions, whom she just broke out of prison. He agreed to let them stay in his home, and quickly became the inside man for Cruella. As he serves the Baroness, she asked what he thought she meant when she said to get rid of the child all those years ago. John admitted that he didn't think she meant for him to kill it, to which Baroness snapped back that he is useless and implied his stupidity. A few nights later, Cruella tricked the Baroness into being arrested for "Estella's" murder, inherits the entire Von Hellman fortune, and moves into the newly renamed Hell Hall, which was called Hellman Hall before. John greeted her from the fire place and asks what she plans to do now, for which she gave a twisted smile as she had plans.
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