This article is about the game character, you may be looking for the film character, known as B.B. Hensley
- "What the hell does B.B. stand for anyway? Backstabbing Bastard?"
- ―Max Payne to B.B.
B.B. is the nickname of a Drug Enforcement Administration agent. B.B. is Max Payne's contact in the Drug Enforcement Administration during the detective's undercover infiltration of the Punchinello crime family.
Very few details exist about the man's background; due to his later actions, it can be assumed that he works as a covert operative for the Aesir Corporation within the DEA.
In order to finish off his former colleague once and for all, B.B. decides to lure Payne into another trap, at the Choir Communications Garage. Payne, however, understood that B.B. had betrayed him and killed Alex, and was already prepared and confronts B.B., who tries to escape and sends his men against the detective.
He and his men escape inside the garage, and after his men are all killed, he tries to eliminate Payne himself, but is ultimately killed by the fugitive detective.
- "Alex and B.B. were my only contacts in the DEA -- the only ones in this decript city who knew I was down here."
- ―Max Payne.
Not much is known about that man's life prior to the events of the Valkyr Case. His real name is unknown, as "B.B." is more likely a nickname used by his friends and associates. B.B. is a member of the Drug Enforcement Administration, for which Max Payne is building the Valkyr Case. B.B. and his partner Alex Balder are the only DEA agents who were aware DEA Agent Payne had gone undercover. Facts suggest he is actually working for Nicole Horne's Aesir organization and acts as their spy in the DEA. If he was a spy for Horne, that may explain why it took three years to make progress in the case.
The Valkyr case
In 2001, B.B. calls Payne, who was working undercover in Jack Lupino's crew, on the phone one fateful night and tells him to get to a meeting with his longtime partner and other DEA contact, Alex Balder, in New York City's Roscoe Street Station.
As the Valkyr Case was making progress, B.B. picked the time and place for the meeting to coincide with a massive Mafia bank robbery operation, with hopes that both key detectives would be caught in the heist and killed by scores of armed mobsters and goons roaming in the vicinity.
Moreover, the double agent shows himself in the area, armed with a Desert Eagle, and personally kills Balder, shooting him in the head when he is talking to Payne though a gate. He then runs away from the scene shortly afterwards.
At the time, Max doesn't know that B.B. was the one who killed Alex, as he was outside the detective's view. Max soon finds himself framed for this murder and pursued by the NYPD.
- You can't win this one, Max.
- No, but I can make damn sure none of you do, either.
- B.B. and Max, near the garage.
A few nights later, B.B. contacts Max in an attempt to lure him into another trap and kill him, this time suggesting they meet up at the Choir Communications Garage. As Max thinks about Alex's death, he slowly understands that it was more likely an "inside-job", finally understanding that B.B. has betrayed and sold them out.
Max arrives to the place and confronts B.B. at the carpark, and venomously nicknames him "Backstabbing Bastard". B.B. and his henchmen try to escape, but Max is able to chase them down and kill B.B.'s men one by one.
B.B. himself duels Payne after his escape car crashes and catches fire, making him abandon it. The traitor wields a Jackhammer in his last stand, but the powerful shotgun does not save his life -- B.B. is killed after a short gunfight with Max, and thus, Max avenges Alex's death.
Personality and traits
- "You're a bribe-taking bent cop who sold out his partner."
- ―Payne, regarding B.B.
Max Payne sums up B.B.'s name and personality as "Backstabbing Bastard."
B.B. appears to be always willing to avoid direct confrontation and fights whenever possible. He does not engage Payne at Roscoe Street and kills an unsuspecting Alex Balder facing only his back and unseen, opting to run away from the scene. B.B. also chooses to flee a meeting with Payne at the Choir Communications Garage, preferring to leave the fighting to his men.
Money must be an important object in B.B.'s life, as he most likely sold out his colleagues at the DEA to Aesir for substantial monetary gains: Max Payne notes the traitor is wearing expensive clothes and other attire, which would be beyond his salary as a DEA agent.
B.B. is a very tricky and distrustful person; he was able to fool both of his partners and friends, making them to believe that he is on their side and want to help them in their cause, while in reality, he actually slowed them down, waiting for an opportunity to strike both of them down.
B.B. was a tall man with a golden-brown hair, though it is unknown what is his eye colour, as he was always seen with black round sun glasses.
He wears a large, expensive, dark coat on what is seen to be a blue shirt, and has a yellow tie. His outfit is completed by a pair of black pants and shoes.
B.B. is very capable with firearms, most notably his Desert Eagle sidearm and Jackhammer shotgun, showing himself to be very experienced with the latter during gunfights. Other than firearms, B.B. also showed that usage of thrown weapons such as grenades and Molotov cocktails, as was seen in his fight with Max.
Other than his weapons skills, B.B. also showed an ability of eavesdropping; coming silenty during the conversation between Max and Alex, keeping himself out the view of his partners, killing Alex, and escaping from the scene before he was being able to be identified or chased by Max.
- Desert Eagle - a powerful semi-automatic handgun. This is possibly B.B.'s main sidearm. He uses it to kill Alex Balder.
- Jackhammer - a very powerful automatic shotgun. B.B. uses it during his last stand against Max Payne.
- Grenades - small explosive thrown weapons. B.B. uses a few granades during his last stand with Max Payne.
Behind the scenes
B.B. was voiced by actor Adam Grupper in the 2001 video game Max Payne. Grupper has appeared in many comedy films as either a supporting or minor character, as well he appeared in the famous TV series Law & Order in four different roles.
In the game, other than B.B., Grupper also voiced a few Policemen and Mercenaries.
He wears sunglasses to represent Baldr (Balder)'s blind brother Hod.
- B.B. Hensley is only the name of the character in the Max Payne film; the video game Max Payne only ever refers to him as B.B.
- His nickname Backstabbing Bastard is also a title of a chapter of Max Payne.
Role in the 2008 film
- Main article: B.B. Hensley
B.B.'s character is a made a lot more prominent and significant villain in the Max Payne film than in the game. The motion picture turned B.B. into the main antagonist of the story instead of Nicole Horne, who herself remains only a minor supporting character. Hensley's death somewhat mirrors that of Horne's in the game's finale - he is killed on the Aesir HQ skyscraper's roof trying to flee in a helicopter. However, he does not die in a chopper mangled by a falling antenna which violently explodes and is sent crashing down from the roof and has supporting structures fall, crash and wreak destruction upon it. B.B. is simply shot dead by Payne with one bullet when standing and facing him.
Max Payne boss fight strategy
B.B. is the boss of the Backstabbing Bastard chapter of Max Payne. He wields a Jackhammer and Molotov cocktails and has around five soldiers guarding him. If the player gets too close to him, B.B. will climb over the wired fence and come back around to circle Max; Max can do this too. Using either a Colt Commando or the same Jackhammer on him is wise. Shooting him in the head works best because it will disgruntle him and he will temporarily stall. You can also throw some grenades on him while being in cover behind a car.
- Max Payne
- Max Payne 3 comics
- "Fight and Flight" (Appears in flashback(s))
- Max Payne film (see B.B. Hensley)
- "Maxey, you have no idea how big this is, it's huge. You have no idea..."
- "Maxey, Maxey, Maxey, you never knew when to quit, did you?"
- ―To Max Payne
|Max Payne • Alex Balder • B.B. • Jim Bravura • Vincent Gognitti • Nicole Horne • Mona Sax • Vladimir Lem • Jack Lupino • Michelle Payne • Angelo Punchinello • Alfred Woden