What Is 'The Tourist' About? Elise Ward (Angelina Jolie) is instructed by her fugitive thief of a lover (the mysterious, unseen Alexander Pierce), to fool the Interpol agents hot on her trail by cozying up to a stranger on a train. Tourist Frank Tupelo (Johnny Depp) is the fellow she selects, and soon he's being chased by not only Interpol but a British mobster and his Russian thugs, who are convinced he's Pierce.