Was: Wisecracking, nickname-loving ex-con James “Sawyer” Ford. He followed the “every man for himself” ethos early on but became a respected leader by the end of the series.
Is: Agent Trevor Hanaway, in Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, the highest-grossing installment of the Tom Cruise spy franchise.
Lost flashback quotient: His character was killed off too early to know. His next movie sounds very un-Sawyer-like, though: Planet B-Boy, based on a 1997 documentary about an international breakdancing competition in France.