So Major William Cage is railroaded as a new recruit into the UDF by some butt-hurt General who issues some orders with a bogus story that he's one Private Bill Cage who is a deserter that was caught impersonating an officer, and no one believes him when he says he's actually a major and he's not supposed to be there.

There's just one thing wrong with this scenario: Major William Cage is the Media Relations spokesperson who has had is face plastered all over international TV, and is personally responsible for millions of new recruits joining the UDF.

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If millions of people have seen his face and were inspired to join the UDF because of him, chances are some of those millions are amongst the hundreds of thousands that are at that base waiting for the invasion with him.

How is it that NO ONE recognizes who he is?

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    Just a hole in the plot
    – Envite
    Commented Jan 16, 2015 at 8:12
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    I share @Envite opinion, it is a plothole, among many I dare say too, check this. Commented Jan 16, 2015 at 8:44
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    Grunts don't watch things like CNN. Commented Jan 16, 2015 at 14:40
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    @yondaime008 I can answer a number of those questions on that site. The author apparently didn't pay much attention to things being stated in the movie or how the time reset worked. Commented Jan 16, 2015 at 14:46
  • lol​​​​​​​​​​​​ Commented Jan 16, 2015 at 18:32

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I had thought about this as well. On watching the movie again, I noted that Major William Cage was just one of a number of people who were recruiting for the war effort, using effectively 'copy/pasted' words - a prepared text.

As such, it seemed his statement was merely exaggeration. They each probably would have believed that their own individual effort 'caused the millions to sign up'.

But then I did wonder if any of the people he met did recognize him, but since he was formerly a Major and when they saw him he was a private, it could have been a type of droll military sarcasm.

I don't see no smooth tongued PR Major, just a petrified grunt..

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    Yeah. And, to be fair, if some ****head from TV started trying to be my best friend and acting all weird, "bitch, I don't know you" would be an appropriate response whether I recognised his face and name or not. Those people may have knew of Cage but that's something else. Commented Jan 16, 2015 at 18:32
  1. His claims were exaggerated.

He's not the center of the universe.

  1. It's hard to recognize people.

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Recognizing someone in a different context is difficult.

Cage was an officer that did public media relations. That's pretty different from an scatterbrained, enlisted soldier on the front lines.

3. (Most significantly) He didn't actually claim to be recognizable

General, I just inspired millions of people to join your army. And when the body bags come home, and they’re looking for someone to blame, how hard do you think it will be for me to convince people to blame you?

A few years ago, I shopped for a car. One salesman managed to sell me one. I don't remember a thing about him. But he must have been good. He'd probably do a good job at selling me something else too.

Cage wasn't necessarily universally recognizable, but he was really good at PR.

He had just managed to sell a war. Compared to that, selling a scapegoat is easy.

He was bragging about his abilities more than his reputation.

  1. Cage was selling the war to an American CNN audience. J Squad was mostly from Britain, Australia, and New Zealand, and Sergeant Farell considered himself Kentuckian, not American -- a hint that he wouldn't be much of a CNN fan.

  2. It didn't matter whether some American J-Squad soldiers recognized him, because he was branded a deserter, which combined with his reputation as a B-list CNN media flack, would not endear him with soldiers on the front line.

Why did Cage fail to convince anyone initially that he wasn't a deserter? Because he was, for practical purposes, a deserter. He committed insubordination against a superior officer and blackmailed a general. In the middle of a world war, there's no time for legal technicalities; the general was right to classify Cage as a deserter and bump him to private.

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    Good answer, except he wasn't just on CNN, he was also on BBC (see the screenshots above). He was on global TV, not just American TV.
    – ShemSeger
    Commented Sep 14, 2016 at 19:17

I think Major Cage is responsible for millions new recruits because he lead the advertising campaign creation around Rita the "Angel of Verdun" and many other campaigns before. But he was never part of television ads as an actor himself. This means he was something like the "Head of the PR departement" without being well known by the crowd. Or do you know how the Coca Cola Head of PR looks like?

And at the beginning of the movie he was interviewed because of his successful campaigns of the past. And the recruits were on the front line at this time not being able to see these interviews.

  • I don't drink Coca Cola, never have.
    – ShemSeger
    Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 3:20
  • You don't need to. But you should have seen coca cola advertising without knowing who produced it.
    – mgutt
    Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 22:38

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