|Ewan McGregor||Curt Wild|
|Jonathan Rhys Myers||Brian Slade|
|Toni Collette||Mandy Slade|
|Christian Bale||Arthur Stuart|
|Eddie Izzard||Jerry Devine|
|Alastair Cumming||Tommy Stone|
Glam rock star Brian Slade plays a character on stage named Maxwell Demon who predicts his death on stage. Shortly after he announces his prediction, he fakes his own death and is exposed as a fraud. A decade later in 1984, a reporter and former fan, Arthur Stuart, tracks down the former rocker to do an article on his life and downfall. Arthur interviews the man who discovered Slade and a peer to understand Slade's motivations.