"He doesn't want us to cut through our chains.... He wants us to cut through our feet."
Doctor Lawrence Gordon, M.D., is the doctor responsible for diagnosing John Kramer's cancer and had initially been a suspect in the Jigsaw case. He first appeared in Saw as one of the two main protagonists (alongside Adam Stanheight). He was put through a test to prove his respect for life after Jigsaw found out about him being cold, uncaring, and unfaithful to his wife. Following his successful completion of his test, John Kramer takes Lawrence on as his apprentice. Lawrence proves to be indispensable to Kramer's tests, using his profession to assist Kramer in preparing many of his traps for his victims.
Lawrence was a doctor and surgeon, and had a wife, Alison, and a daughter, Diana (Saw). However, he was also cold and uncaring to his patients (Saw: Rebirth) and was secretly having an affair with one of his students, Carla Song. (Saw)
While investigating a crime scene involving Jigsaw, Lawrence's penlight was found, tying him to the gruesome murders and making him a suspect. He was brought in for investigation by detectives David Tapp and Steven Sing. Accused of being the Jigsaw Killer, Lawrence managed to prove he wasn't after giving his alibi; at the time of the death, Lawrence had been with Carla Song.
Lawrence was released from custody after watching more detectives interrogate Amanda Young, a survivor of one of Jigsaw's games. However, Lawrence was again suspected of being Jigsaw by Tapp, who had been discharged from the force following Detective Sing's death. Believing he had let the killer go, he watched Lawrence carefully, hiring Adam Stanheight to follow and take pictures of him.
After leaving his home, supposedly to go to work, Lawrence arrived at a motel where he had been called to meet Carla. Annoyed with her for paging him at home, he decided their affair was getting too risky, and broke it off. However, before he left the room, someone called, revealing that someone knew about the secret affair. At the time, Lawrence had no idea that he was being followed and photographed. While leaving the parking garage, Lawrence found himself locked in, and unable to call to get out. Before he could get back in his car, he was attacked and rendered unconscious by Jigsaw. (Saw)
You're gonna be alright. You're just wounded in your shoulder. I have to go and get help. If I don't get help... I'm going to bleed to death. Don't worry. I'll bring someone back. I promise. I wouldn't lie to you.
When Lawrence awoke, Adam was shackled to another pipe on the opposite side of the bathroom. Between them, just out of their reach, was what appeared to be a dead man who shot himself in the head, lying in a pool of poisoned blood. A gun was clutched in one of the dead man's hands, with a cassette player in the other.
Working together, Lawrence and Adam learned what they had to do to escape, from a pair of cassette tapes which left them clues about objects around the room. Lawrence learned that he had to kill Adam by 6 AM if he wished to escape, also learning that his wife and daughter's lives were at stake as well. Enclosed with the tape was a key and a bullet for the dead man's gun. Both Adam and Lawrence were supplied with hacksaws, which they found were unable to cut through their chains. It was then that Lawrence realized that they were meant to cut through their feet, not their chains.
By following the clues and receiving some unwanted help from Adam, Lawrence also managed to obtain a box (which his key opened) that contained a couple of cigarettes, a one-way cell phone, and a lighter. Also in the box was a note, meant just for him, that told him that he didn't have to shoot Adam, but could instead poison him with one of the cigarettes, if it were dipped in the toxic blood puddle.
He then informed Adam that he knew that the Jigsaw Killer was the one behind the "game", and revealed that he was once suspected to be Jigsaw. Lawrence then received a call from his daughter and wife, both being held hostage by Zep Hindle, telling him not to believe Adam. He then discovered that Adam had been taking pictures of him for Detective Tapp.
The two men ran out of time, and Lawrence, desperate to save his family, cut through his right foot to free himself, severing it. In pain and agony, he managed to slowly crawl to the bullet, and finally to the revolver in the corpse's hand. He put the round in the revolver's chamber, and apologized to Adam before shooting him. Lawrence then broke down over everything that had happened, yelling at the camera to let him see his family now.
Later, Zep showed up in the bathroom. Lawrence, furious, tried to attack and shoot Zep with the empty gun. Zep was about to kill him (as he had completed his test too late) when the actually-alive Adam attacked and killed Zep by bludgeoning him with the toilet lid. Lawrence then told Adam that he had to go and get help for both of them, or else he would bleed to death. Adam begged Lawrence not to leave, but Lawrence assured Adam that he would bring someone back to save him. He then crawled out of the bathroom. (Saw)
SurvivalEditAfter leaving the bathroom, Lawrence crawled down the tunnels in search of a way out, until he eventually came across a smoldering hot pipe. To stop himself from bleeding to death, Lawrence used the hot pipe to cauterize his stump, but passed out from shock and agony in the process.
Lawrence was later found by John Kramer, a cancer patient of his and the real Jigsaw Killer, who congratulated him on his survival. He sanitized Lawrence's stump, gave him a prosthetic leg, and nursed him back to health. After Lawrence recovered, John let him go free
After Lawrence was set free by John, he found his way home to his wife and daughter, but eventually Alison was unable to cope with Lawrence's new unstable state of mind (as well as for being unfaithful to her in the first place). The two then divorced and Alison left Lawrence, taking Diana with her. Lawrence then returned to John. Gordon quickly became John's most valuable asset, aswell as John's secret apprentice, unknown to Mark Hoffman, but known to Jill Tuck. It is unknown if Amanda Young had any knowledge of Gordon's survival or of his assistance to John, but is suggested that she may know by sentences said Amanda Young in SAW 2 and 3 that might refer to Gordon.
He placed the key to the Death Mask behind Michael Marks' eye in SAW 2. He suggested to John to put Lynn Denlon for her husband Jeff's test in SAW 3. He sewed Trevor's eyes and, presumingly, Art Blank's Mouth shut in SAW 4 and after John died and Mark Hoffman replaced him as the Jigsaw Killer, Lawrence wrote Hoffman a note, revealing that he knew who he was in SAW 5. (Saw 3D)
The Final RequestEdit
Hello Dr. Gordon. You are, perhaps, my greatest asset. Without you, my work over the last few years would not have been possible. That being said, I have a request: watch over Jill. Should anything happen to her, I want you to act immediately on my behalf, and in return for that; I will keep no more secrets from you. I have shown you a lot of places, but there is one that will perhaps be the most meaningful to you ...
At some point, Jill Tuck delivered a package to the St. Eustace Hospital for Lawrence Gordon (Saw VI, 3D). In it was a tape that has John telling Gordon to watch over Jill and to act immediately if anything happened to her. After Hoffman murdered Jill with the Reverse Beartrap, Lawrence, Brad and Ryan attacked and captured Hoffman outside his lair. Lawrence drugged Hoffman and revealed himself to a shocked Hoffman before the latter passed out.Lawrence took Hoffman back to the bathroom where Gordon himself was once tested, and chained him to the same pipe as Adam. After Hoffman awoke, Lawrence turned on the bathroom lights and confronted the shackled Hoffman.
When Hoffman attempted to reach for the nearby hacksaw to sever his own foot, Lawrence moved it out of his reach. Recognizing it as the same hacksaw that he had used to hack his own foot off, Lawrence threw it out the bathroom door, denying Hoffman his only chance at escape, as punishment for killing Jill.
Dr. Lawrence Gordon's first chronological appearance was in the animated comic Saw: Rebirth where it is revealed that he was a cold, uncaring doctor, and the person responsible for diagnosing John Kramer with cancer. A hospital orderly named Zep Hindle hinted to John that Lawrence had been cheating on his wife, and he was, with his medical student, a woman named Carla Song. This, together with his uncaring attitude at work and his crumbling relationship with his wife and daughter, was the reason he was targeted by John Kramer, now known by the media as the Jigsaw Killer.
Lawrence was mentioned briefly in one of the case files that can be found in Saw: The Videogame. He is also referred to several times in the sequel: Flesh and Blood, mainly through Det. Tapp's audio files and notes on the Jigsaw case. In them he mentions that Gordon "fits the profile" of Jigsaw, and even suffered an emotional breakdown when he was young and had to be instituted. He also delves into his investigation of Gordon's illicit relationship with Carla Song. He was a cancelled boss in which he would fire a gun and throw molotovs. He would appear as a surgeon with a trademark pigmask.
In Saw II, Lawrence's severed foot, which is degrading to bone and muscle, is shown in the bathroom along with Zep and Adam's decaying corpses, meaning that he did not return to Adam with help. The film - along with the subsequent four films - never specified whether or not Lawrence lived or died. His name is also seen outside his office door in a flashback scene. Dr. Gordon was however seen in Michael Marks' test putting a key in Michael's eye but he was robed. This appearance sprouted out rumors that Gordon was alive and this was officially confirmed in Saw 3D.
John: Do you remember me?
Lynn: I saw you on television, Lawrence Gordon was your doctor.
John: I was his patient and he was mine.
Lynn and John, talking about Lawrence
Lawrence's severed foot is seen yet again in Saw III; once at the start of the film, where Saw II left off, and again in a flashback.
He is also seen being placed down unconscious in the bathroom, ready for his test in the first film. It is also revealed in Saw III that Lawrence worked at the same hospital as another doctor called Lynn Denlon who bore similar characteristics to him in the first film.
Lynn is seen reading Dr. Gordon's report on John Kramer, handed to her by Amanda. Amanda also possibly got the antibiotics for John's operation from Lawrence, as he works in the same hospital as Lynn.
In Saw IV, Lawrence is referenced to, but not by name; he is referenced to when Homicide Detective Fisk discovers that another doctor has been abducted by the Jigsaw Killer from the same hospital. The other doctor is later revealed to be Lynn Denlon, the "other" refers to Gordon, as Lawrence was abducted by Jigsaw before Lynn. His name is also seen outside his office again at the hospital.
Strahm, while pursuing Hoffman, comes across the bathroom and the blood trail Gordon leaves behind while crawling away for help for him and Adam.
A flashback in Saw VI to a conversation with John Kramer (Jigsaw) and William Easton prior to the first film, Lawrence is also mentioned by name. John says that "he has his hand on the door knob half the time".
Behind the scenesEdit
- Many fans speculated that Dr. Lawrence Gordon would reappear in new installments of the franchise. This was considered unlikely, since in August 2005, actor Cary Elwes filed a lawsuit against his management firm and the producers of Saw. He alleged that he was promised "a minimum of one percent of the producers' net profits" and did not receive the full amount as promised, but, since then, the whole matter was resolved out of court.
Elwes on LawrenceEdit
According to Elwes, much of Gordon's development throughout the film was not in the script but improvised and discussed as the film went on, "As far as his breakdown is concerned, that was not in the script. That was something that James and I worked on- we said we have to take this guy from being the paternalistic character who was trying to calm Adam down at the beginning of the film and by the end, they have swapped roles. I said to James I thought that would be an interesting dynamic if we did that, so we worked on that until there was a nice balance there. I tend to not think in terms of likeability for the character. I think they grey areas are much more fascinating to play because we're all grey. No one is black and white or good or bad or happy or sad or what have you. [we all have] particular idiosyncrasies that make them fascinating and that's how I tend to approach a character. I try not to judge them because if you get into the area of judging the character you're playing you're getting into a sticky area."
- He is the only main character to survive all the way from Saw to the end of Saw 3D.
- He is the first and only protagonist to become a Jigsaw apprentice
- It has been hinted that he was alive in Saw II. This is because in the opening trap, when the video showed where the key was, it showed the hooded man walking with a limp.
- Many fans claimed to have seen his corpse in Saw II, but the claims were confirmed false in the Saw II commentaries.
- There were many hints and signs that told the audience that Dr. Gordon was alive and they were scattered from movies Saw II to Saw VI.
- It is strange that after Lawrence sawed off his foot, he did not pass out from shock until he cauterized his stump. However, taking into account the situation, it is possible that his adrenaline kept him conscious.
- In Saw II and III, Lawrence's foot was lying on its left side, but in Saw and Saw 3D, it was lying on its right side.
- At the end of Saw, Lawrence promised Adam he would bring back help. But in Saw 3D, he did not seem to care much about Adam's corpse. Since Saw II, this had lead many fans to believe that Adam is alive and is working with Lawrence as a Jigsaw accomplice.
- Lawrence Gordon was originally to appear in Saw: The Video Game, released to coincide with the release of Saw VI. He was to be captured by Jigsaw and sent to the asylum and to follow Jigsaw's game in order to release his family. He was to appear to be a boss to David Tapp, who had to defeat him. However Gordon wasn't included in the game as Lionsgate had plans for him in Saw VII so had him removed from the storyline of the game.  .
- Mark Hoffman: Chained to the Bathroom Trap and left to die of dehydration and starvation.
Deaths connected to GordonEdit
- Michael Marks: Sewed the key to the The Flytrap right under Michael's eye.
- Lynn Denlon: Suggested her as a test subject to John Kramer and later dies as a result.
- Trevor: Sewed his eyes shut forcing Art Blank to kill him to get the key to his own trap.
List of Appearances/ActorsEdit
- Saw (first appearance) - Cary Elwes
- Saw: The Video Game (Pighead Boss) (Cut)
- Saw II '(name, voice and foot) - (Darren Lynn Bousman, uncredited)
- Saw II: Flesh & Blood (case files and mentioned)
- Saw III (foot, flashback, name, mentioned and uncredited)
- Saw IV (referenced, name in archive footage, uncredited)
- Saw V (name on file)
- Saw VI (mentioned)
- Saw 3D - Cary Elwes
- Saw: Rebirth - Cary Elwes