10 Unintentionally Hilarious Moments In The Matrix Franchise
Cypher was a wonderfully interesting character for The Matrix series to introduce so early into the franchise (admittedly, pre-greenlight on the sequels). He was the only character who had strayed away from Morpheus' rhetoric and beliefs, and had genuinely re-considered his choice of taking the red pill.
Allegories and metaphors aside, the Judas of the Nebuchadnezzar couldn't be more blatantly obvious with his devil's goatee and Joe Pantoliano's cheeky grin. And in a scene that highlights his betrayal, Cypher sits down with Agent Smith to discuss the terms of his betrayal.
It's a brilliantly written and acted scene; Hugo Weaving is stoic as ever throughout the sequence, and the way Pantoliano chews on the scenery (and the steak) elevates the actor's charisma tenfold. But one moment that does trip up the sinister, conspiratorial nature of the scene that can't help but muster a chuckle is when Cypher lays out the cost of betraying his crew, and implies being an actor is something important.
Now, there are many things to interpret from what Cypher believes is "important", and maybe that's the point? But it is funny watching Cypher sagely ponder his career options after being plugged back in to The Matrix, and the ultimate display of importance he can think of is an actor.
Even for a program, Smith fights the very human urge to slap him across the face and tell him to stop being so stupid.