S1m0ne (2002) Movie Script

Mr Taransky...?
She's walking?
Don't tell me
she's walking.
She can't walk.
This, this...
- Not this.
- Nicola...? How was your massage?
You're in breach.
Is this about the new pages?
I made the changes...
all the changes
you wanted.
You are virtually
in every scene.
It is not the size
of the role, Viktor.
Am I, or am I not
to the biggest trailer
on the lot? Hmm?
It's the biggest
on earth. I swear.
It's a 50-foot
They don't make them
any longer.
- Taller, Viktor.
- Taller?
- Taller!
- What?
- You've insulted me for the last time.
- You're right.
It's actually...
it's actually taller.
- You're right. It's amazing.
- Coffee?!
Wait a minute...
The tyres are overinflated.
See? It's just this.
See? Look. Here.
- The air comes right out.
- This is so sad.
See, it's lower already.
- Nicola, please, don't do this to me.
- I had three other offers.
I only signed on
to this picture out of loyalty.
Well, then show me some.
They're going to shut me down!
It's not working, Viktor.
I mean, my God!
The scene with
the thousand geese?
I don't understand
this film!
Nobody is going
to understand this film.
Look, I already put out a press release
citing 'creative differences, '
- So just let it go.
- You went to the press?
- Do we have everything?
- Alright. You know what? You're right.
You are right.
And when you're right, you're right.
- Thank you.
- Let me help you with these.
You ought to go.
I don't deserve you.
This film doesn't
deserve you.
It deserves much
much better than you!
'Creative differences'? The difference
is you're not creative.
To hell, please.
Jack? Jack
are you there?
She's good.
You can hardly tell
she's reading off a Teleprompter.
I'm right here.
Right beside you.
Look. I've analysed
this footage.
We've got everything
we need in the can already.
If I could just make
the proper adjustments
we can finish this film
without her.
According to the writ
her attorneys filed at noon today
they'll sue if the film is released
with Nicola in a single frame.
They will sue, Viktor.
They're serious.
So let's recast.
Nicola Anders is the only actress
in the world that could play that part.
- It's a remake, Hal.
- That's right.
Nicola is not bigger
than this picture.
Of course
she is, Viktor.
No other 'name'
is going to sign on now.
Who needs a name?
We'll cast an unknown.
I'm not going to play
opposite an unknown.
- We can't sell an unknown.
- The numbers don't work.
If we ever want to be in
the Nicola Anders business again
we have to cut our losses
and shelve the picture.
No! I will not give in
to that blackmailing...
let's take a walk.
Ridiculous performance.
- I told you she was bad.
- No, yours in there.
Why do you always have to make things
so difficult for yourself?
I'm being difficult?
Yes. Mm-hmm.
Elaine, do you know
what these are?
- 'Mike 'n' lke's'?
- They're not just any 'Mike 'n' lke's, '
these are cherry
'Mike 'n' lke's. '
Do you know why I
Viktor Taransky
two-time Academy Award-
nominated director...
That was
'Short Subject. '
...overseeing the most
cherished movie project
of my entire career, am walking
around with... look, look...
pockets full
of these things?
- I have a feeling you'll tell me.
- I'm going to tell you.
Because Ms Nicola Anders...
supermodel with a SAG card...
has it written in her contract
that all cherry 'Mike 'n' lke's'
be removed from her candy dish
along with strict instructions
that any room she walks into
must have seven packs
of cigarettes waiting for her...
three of them opened;
that there be a personal Jacuzzi
within 80 paces
of her dressing room;
and any time she travels, her nanny
must fly with her first-class.
So, what's wrong
with that?
Elaine, she doesn't
have children.
Don't you see?
They're mocking us.
We're at their mercy.
What happened?
We always had movie stars, but
they used to be our stars, remember?
We were the ones that would
tell them what to do.
We would tell them
what to wear
- Who to date...
- That's what you want?
When they were under contract to us
we could change their names at will.
- Yeah... more than once.
- Viktor, do you realise
you're nostalgic for an era
you weren't even born in?
I do remember why I got
into this business.
- You seem to have forgotten.
- Oh, please. Come on.
New York... Cassavetes.
- Here we go.
- What were we doing?
We were trying to make something
important. I don't know.
- Shine a light in that darkened cinema.
- It's called a projector.
Illuminate hearts and minds
with a ray of truth.
- Okay.
- I thought that's what we were doing.
I have good memories
of those days, too.
I do, but this isn't about that...
or you, or me
or some high-minded ideal.
This is business.
- Spare me.
- Look around.
Who do you think
pays for all of this?
This is about
investment and return.
I'm not interested
in investment and return!
I'm not interested in who pays for
anything! I'm trying to make a movie!
I'm responsible
for this, Viktor.
Those days
in New York...
it's over, Viktor.
You're not renewing
my contract?
How can I?
Your last three
pictures tanked.
No bankable star is going
to work with you after this.
I mean, if you just
compromised a little.
Well, not every day
you're fired by the mother
of your own child.
You and I both know
that I kept you on
after the divorce
for old times' sake.
And so you could still hold
your head up in front of Lainey.
- I fought for you.
- Yeah, well...
I'm sorry, Viktor.
- Sweetheart.
- Hey, Dad.
- How are you, honey?
- Good.
I'm sorry
Mum canned you.
I'm going to finish
this picture.
Lainey, I'm going
to finish it.
Because it's important.
I know you will, Dad.
You're Viktor Taransky.
I'm Viktor Taransky.
Okay. Bye, Dad.
- Hi, sweetheart.
- Hey, Mum.
Are you okay?
I'm Viktor Taransky.
Mr Taransky?
Mr Taransky, thank God.
I've been trying to see you.
I've been calling.
Your assistant
wouldn't put me through.
I told her it was a matter
of life and death.
I was afraid I wasn't going
to get to you in time.
Please, just...
- Keep your distance.
- I did it! I did it!
I licked skin
I licked hair
- I licked every part of her.
- I'm going to call Security.
I'll call Security
if you don't back off.
I have her
Mr Taransky...
the answer
to your prayers.
- The answer to this.
- I was misquoted.
I have your new
leading lady right here...
in my pants.
Please, sir
I don't know you.
- I don't know where you come from...
- It's me!
Mr Taransky, don't...
don't you recognise me? The 'Future
of Film' Conference in San Jose.
Remember that?
Hank. Hank Aleno.
I was a keynote speaker.
You must remember my speech...
- 'Who Needs Humans? '
- Right.
You were booed off
the stage. I remember.
- Whoa, that's got to be...
- Eight years ago.
In that whole time
I never left my computer.
- Uh-huh. Good for you, Hank.
- Well, it's good and bad.
That's what caused this...
the eye tumour...
- Microwaves from the screen.
- Oh dear, I'm sorry.
Don't be, because
it was worth it.
- You have to see her.
- Oh, I've seen those.
- Not like this.
- I'll take care of that.
Well, you're talking about
a 'syn-thespian, ' a 'virtual actor. '
- No, we call them 'Vac-tors. '
- 'Vac-tors'? I need flesh.
- No, we call them 'Vac-tors. '
- 'Vac-tors'? I need flesh.
- Flesh is weak.
- It can't be done.
It can be done. With my new
computer code, it can be done.
You and me...
we can do this
I don't know anything
about computers.
See, that's why... you're
so perfect, Mr Taransky.
You have something...
that I don't have.
What's that?
An eye...
an eye for performance.
You know the truth
when you see it. I know.
I mean, I've seen your movies.
I love your movies.
- You love my movies?
- 'Straw God'...
that changed my life.
You saw 'Straw God'?
I have seen every frame
of your work.
You're the only
with the artistic
to realise my vision.
You and me
art and science...
we're the perfect
Hank... I've had
a rough day today.
But I tell you what
I'll call you about this next week.
- We can talk.
- I won't be here in a week.
- The tumour is inoperable.
- I'll call you about it, okay?
That's what I'm trying to say.
The tumour is inoperable.
I'll be dead.
Well, I'm already
dead, Hank.
Call me!
This week!
What do you mean she won't work
with me? She's done nothing.
She doesn't have a single
credit to her name.
Better no credits
than a Taransky credit.
You don't understand. I've mortgaged
everything to finish this film.
The creditors are calling me.
They're at the door, for God's sake.
Damn it!
Mr Taransky.
Mr Taransky!
- Mr Taransky!
- No, I'm not him!
- Mr Taransky!
- I'm not him!
Mr Taransky!
Hank Aleno!
I represent the estate
of Mr Hank Aleno.
It was his last wish
that you have this.
What is it?
I have no idea.
He wanted you to have it.
Valarie, what are
you running from?
From Valarie.
Valarie, no!
Jack, are you there?
Something like this can happen
and what... was it for?
'Why are we here? '
Is that what
you're asking, Jack?
Why are we here?
No 'why'...
just here.
Just here.
Ladies and gentlemen
of the jury
I know I may be guilty
of a crime
but it was committed with
the purest of intentions.
I wanted to send a message
to the acting community
who... put themselves
above the work
who put themselves above me.
So, what did
you guys think?
So fake.
Totally artificial.
Like we're supposed to believe
that was 19th-century Lisbon.
- Come on.
- Guys...
who's looking at the sets
when she's on screen?
Oh, yeah.
There he is. That's my dad
Viktor Taransky.
- She was magnificent.
- She's absolutely unreal.
She wasn't too cartoony
or anything?
- Who, the nun?
- Or are you talking about the mother?
A star like that, who cares
about the supporting cast?
Congratulations again.
She's not of this earth.
- You should be very proud.
- Oh... 'not of this earth. '
- And the rest of the film?
- She's a miracle, Dad.
Where did you
find her?
Well, I saw her picture
on the computer.
You really didn't notice
anything unusual about it?
Only your brilliance.
To be honest
with what you had to work with
I was expecting a train wreck.
- You really pulled it off.
- I did?
Yeah. I have a feeling
Mum will take you back after this.
Back on the lot.
That's what...
I know. I know.
Come on, let's go.
A dazzling new ingenue has come
from seemingly nowhere
to capture the hearts of movie-going
audiences around the world
to capture the hearts of movie-going
audiences around the world
in her debut film
'Sunrise, Sunset. '
But who is Simone?
We know so little about her.
And why the secrecy?
All we know for sure
is that she was discovered
by little-known director
Viktor Tarinsky.
- Good to see you too, Elaine.
- Where is she?
- She's not here.
- Why isn't she with you?
Why? Because she would never come
to something like this.
She's intensely private.
Back to work, everyone.
She's not here.
Hey, listen.
Have you read the reviews?
They're love letters.
Listen to this one. Oh, here.
'Simone has the voice
of a young Jane Fonda
the body
of Sophia Loren
the grace of
well, Grace Kelly...
and the face of Audrey Hepburn
combined with an angel. '
- Almost right.
- I can't wait to meet her.
Oh, I don't know
if that's going to happen.
Why not?
She is somewhat
of a recluse.
That's how
she stays so pure.
She isolates herself
in her art.
Viktor, it's my studio.
Elaine, it's my actor.
There are other studios.
There's only one Simone.
Okay, have it
your way, Viktor.
Hello, Walter.
Nobody came in or went out
just like you said.
Very good.
- Mr Taransky?
- Yes?
Is Ms Simone
coming in today?
She's already here.
She arrived before you got here.
She's going to leave
long after you're gone.
under no circumstances
are you or anybody else
ever to enter this set
without my express
permission, understood?
Yes, sir.
Mr Taransky?
What if it catches
on fire?
Let it burn.
Good morning, Simone.
Good morning, Mr Taransky.
Simone, a star is...
Do you know
what this means?
We have stepped
into a new dimension.
Our ability
to manufacture fraud
now exceeds our ability
to detect it.
I am the death of real.
...death of real.
...death of real.
Too much Meryl Streep.
A little less Streep...
and a little more...
While we're at it
there's a little something
I want to add
to your repertoire.
You've got the wrong
Holly Golightly.
Remember that thing
Audrey Hepburn does
in 'Breakfast
at Tiffany's'?
How do I look?
- Give me Audrey.
- How do I look?
Perfect, Simone.
Oh, God.
I'm so relaxed
around you.
I'm so myself.
You did create me.
I just brought someone else's
dream to life.
Mr Taransky, we both know
I was nothing without you.
I was computer code.
I was ones and zeros.
I was nothing.
that's true.
I don't want to boast, but...
Are you ever going to tell
the truth about me, Mr Taransky?
I'm going to tell
the truth about you.
Why wouldn't I?
Of course...
with Hank's tragic passing
his secret did die
with him.
This is a classic case
of technology
in search of an artist.
Someone with integrity
someone with vision
someone who can see...
see beyond this
irrational allegiance
to flesh and blood.
Someone who can see that with the rise
in the price of a real actor
and the fall in the price
of a fake
that the scales have tipped...
naturally in favour
of the fake.
Someone who can see
that if a performance is genuine
it doesn't matter
if the actor's real or not.
And what's 'real' anymore?
Most actors these days
have digital work done to them.
That's a grey area.
The only real truth
is the work.
I'm going to tell
the truth about you
after your next picture.
You're so beautiful.
You're too beautiful.
We're going to fix that.
Is this on?
I will not be taking any questions
regarding Simone.
I do, however, have a statement
to read on her behalf.
'To whom it may concern:
I'm deeply grateful
for the extraordinary
public response
to Mr Taransky's film.
At this time I will be
conducting no interviews
- Or making publicity appearances...
- This is unbelievable...
I politely request
that the press
respect my privacy and let
the work speak for itself.
Yours truly, Simone. '
Who is Simone dating?
Where did you find her?
- Is 'Simone' her real name?
- Didn't I make it clear?
No questions
regarding Simone.
We're just trying
to get some answers.
I will make
my final statement.
Ms Simone begins production
on her new film today...
'Eternity Forever. '
This is a project
which has been near and dear
to my heart
since I wrote it
nine years ago.
Thank you.
Would you answer
a question regarding 'Hank'?
Who asked me about Hank?
Funny, why is the movie dedicated
to Hank? Are they involved?
They were at one time
inseparable. Yes.
- And now?
- Now...
sadly to say
only in spirit.
Thank you.
Your car will be ready
in just a minute.
- We gave you complimentary car wash.
- Oh, really?
- Yeah. They're cleaning the engine now.
- Thank you.
- Viktor, hey.
- Hal.
I am so happy for us.
The film, the chemistry...
nothing against Nicola Anders
but I think that Simone and I
we really worked great together.
- You were never together.
- Still, the connection was undeniable.
You can't... Look, I have not
read 'Eternity Forever, '
but it is fantastic.
And I know I would be perfect
for the part of 'Clive. '
- 'Clyde. '
- 'Clyde, ' right.
That's what I'm
talking about.
Yes, perfect.
Come on, man.
- I ran into Simone on the lot.
- Really?
- Yes, really.
- She never mentioned it.
She's busy right now.
People coming at her from all angles.
Maybe she didn't
want you to know, huh?
I strongly sensed
that she thought
I would be perfect
for 'Clyde' as well.
- Really?
- Strongly.
- Excuse me.
- Sure.
Simone, it's so great
to hear from you.
How are you
You'll never guess
who I'm with.
- You met him on the lot the other day.
- It was more in passing.
No, you're not
even close. Hal.
- Hal Sinclair.
- What's wrong now?
I'm getting nothing from her side
of the conversation.
No, I don't think
he put on weight.
Do you think he'd be right
for 'Eternity Forever'?
He's not
the right type?
You want to go
in another direction?
We'll try and talk her
into it, don't worry.
- Anything you can do. Anything.
- Yeah, listen, honey...
- Is this some kind of jamming device?
- This is a bad place to talk.
Maybe he's just
talking to himself.
Taransky's not
that good an actor.
Honey, I know you want
to do charity work...
No, they've taken
special precautions.
Some kind
of new encryption.
Why would they
do that?
Well, whatever it is...
it's dark.
Yeah. Very.
We'll talk at the beach house
this weekend.
- Can you ever stop doing that?
- Why?
You'll lose yourself
in that thing.
You gotta get out more.
How you gonna meet boys?
Dad, I know
plenty of boys.
You do? Who?
Where do you meet them?
You meet them
in those chat rooms?
How do you know it's not
some middle-aged freak?
I can spot a middle-aged
freak a mile away.
It's beautiful today.
Let's go outside and eat.
Lainey, leave
the computer, please.
Dad, it might be better
to eat inside.
Stay here.
What is this?
What the hell is going on?
What are you doing here?
- You're trespassing.
- You can't hide her forever!
Simone appears only
when I want her to appear!
Sounds like a prisoner.
Are you holding her hostage?
You're the hostage.
You look kind of captive to me.
Lainey, don't you ever wonder
where I'm really hiding Simone?
Just as long as I know
where you are, Dad.
- Bye, Dad.
- Bye, honey.
Hello, Viktor.
Sorry I got her
back late.
Oh, no problem.
Hey, you want
to come in?
- Hi.
- Hi, honey.
- Hi, Vik.
- Kent.
Viktor, we simply have
to discuss 'Eternity Forever. '
I still haven't received
Simone's script notes.
There aren't any.
If the filmmakers
are happy, she's happy.
She considers
you know
an instrument.
So she's really going
to do all this nudity?
It's on the page.
We have to do something
about this budget.
It's completely
You allowed nothing
for limousine service.
- She drives herself.
- Uh-huh.
- Hair and makeup?
- Does her own.
- In her theatre training.
- Oh, she was in the theatre?
- Where?
- I'll send you her resume.
Okay, great. Thanks.
At least, Viktor, contingency
for wardrobe. Anybody can go up a size.
I guarantee she will not gain
an ounce. She is so disciplined.
We've gotta do something
about this... stuntwoman.
- What about it?
- Well, there isn't one.
She doesn't need one.
Does all her own stunts.
- Even the fall from the plane?
- Even the fall from the plane.
Oh. We'll shoot it
on the last day.
Listen, Viktor.
I want to talk to you now
not as Elaine, studio head
but as Elaine, ex-wife...
hey, second ex-wife.
Seriously... you got
lucky this last time
but you need
to be careful.
We both know you wouldn't be making
this overblown art film
if you hadn't convinced
Simone to be in it.
talking to you now
not as Viktor, director
but as Viktor
your first former husband
what happened
to you? Hmm?
Experience, Viktor.
That's what happened to me.
Yeah, I've seen this
a hundred times.
- Really?
- Yeah.
These young stars
the very people
who discovered them.
I'm worried about you
that's all.
This woman, she controls
your destiny.
She doesn't control
my destiny.
There's something about her
I don't trust.
Hi, Jane.
Thanks for taking me back
Mr Taransky.
I know that it looked like
I sided with the studio
but I've always believed
in you. Honestly.
Don't worry. I understand.
Are they...
- They're all here.
- Okay, thank you.
- Hello.
- Viktor.
I just want to say
I am delighted
to have such
a wonderful cast
assembled here
for 'Eternity Forever. '
A reminder:
as a condition for working
on this picture
you will not be
rehearsing with Simone.
You will not be shooting
with Simone.
Actually, you are forbidden
from contacting Simone
at any time
for any reason whatsoever.
- Works for me.
- How will you shoot our love scenes?
- Body double.
- For her?
For you.
Anyway, Simone insisted
on speaking with you herself
before filming started.
I believe she's on the line now.
Simone, are you there?
I certainly am
Mr Taransky.
So are we, Simone.
Why don't you leave me alone
with my co-stars, Mr Taransky
so we can get to know
each other better?
I'll be back in a minute.
Hi, who's there? Don't be shy.
Introduce yourselves.
I'm Mac. I turned down
a Bertolucci film to be here.
Hi, Simone.
I'm Corel.
Hi, I'm Claris. You used
to date my cousin, Dell.
I'm Hewlett. We can rehearse
in private if you like.
My name is Lotus.
God, I can't believe
I'm talking to you.
We are going to become
such great friends.
Hi, Simone
it's Hal.
It's great to be working
together... again.
Is that everyone?
Well, obviously, as you know...
...l'm Simone.
Who else?
I just want to start
by apologising
for my process.
I know it's an unusual way
to work
I just find I relate better to people
when they're not actually there.
Oh, of course.
Of course.
I don't have much
to say
except that I know
it's gonna be a great project
if we all just trust
Mr Taransky's vision.
Always do
what Mr Taransky says.
If in doubt
do it the Taransky way.
I know we're gonna make
a wonderful movie together.
Together. Absolutely.
What you don't
understand, Clyde
- Is that love...
- Still too big.
I like it
but it's too big.
Alright. Smaller teardrops
this time.
What you don't
understand, Clyde
is that love
is like a wildflower.
But that flower only grows
on the edge...
of a very high cliff.
Simone. Simone...
Gonna be a little change
in plans, Simone.
You have no idea
the effect your performance
is having on people.
We can't stop now.
These films, they're speaking
to the human condition.
We're changing lives.
People need to believe
you're real.
To reveal the truth now
it would be too cruel.
You're gonna get in a lot
of trouble, Mr Taransky.
Why do you have
to bring that up?
I mean
everything's a risk.
But it's worth it
isn't it?
We've done
enough work today.
You've been cooped up
in there too long.
So how about you and I
going out on the town?
Tonight, they're going
to see you with their own eyes.
Excuse me.
I will be checking in
a very special guest.
- A Ms Enomis.
- Ah, Ms Enomis.
Now, Ms Enomis
demands her privacy
so you will switch off
all surveillance cameras.
I alone will escort
Ms Enomis to her room
via the rear exit.
She must not be disturbed at any time
for any reason whatsoever.
I'm sure I can rely
on your discretion.
Understood, sir.
Thank you.
There she is!
- Who is it?
- It's Simone.
Okay, I think
everybody's here.
I think we're
alright now.
Oh, thank God for you, Faith
thank God for you.
I mean, this is
way above and beyond
the call of duty
for a stand-in.
I must tell you
you have no idea
the service you've performed
for Simone
shielding her
from these animals.
Oh, no, Mr Taransky.
Thank God for you.
- For me?
- Yeah.
How many directors would go
to so much trouble
to protect an actress?
It's incredible.
you know, we're gonna
have to go back to my place
just to, you know
keep them off the scent.
Of course.
You look so...
So much like...
like her?
Oh, yes, of course
like her.
But you're
so very beautiful
in your own right.
I do find myself
strangely attracted to you
Mr Taransky.
Call me Viktor.
- Oh.
- Oh, Viktor, Viktor.
- Viktor.
- Yes?
- This is so exciting.
- Yes.
Do what you do to Simone.
What? What did you say?
I said, do whatever
you do to Simone.
What I do to Simone?
Call me 'Simone'!
Yes. Say it again
I want to know what it's like
to be her just for one night.
Please, call me Simone.
You're with me
so you can be close to her?
Is that a problem?
Okay. Excuse me
just a minute.
- Is something wrong?
- Well, actually...
maybe we can do this
some other time
- Or something.
- Are you busy tomorrow?
the presidential suite.
I think that should
take care of everything.
Yes, sir
I believe it will.
Leave me
for a moment.
- Brilliant.
- Elaine!
- There she is.
- The picture...
the picture...
it's a revelation.
Thank you. Thank you.
We all worked so hard.
- It was you.
- No, it was all of us.
It was incredible.
Thank you all.
Thank you.
- Whoa!
- Viktor! Is she here?
Hey, Viktor
is she here?
Oh, I'm fine, Hal.
How are you?
- Somebody said she was here.
- Jesus. That's her glass.
Jack Daniels
straight up.
- My kind of woman.
- Come on, where is she?
I don't know.
Is that her
by the fountain?
You know
between you and me
- She doesn't really exist.
- Simone!
- Simone!
- Simone's here?
- Why didn't anybody tell me?
- She's here?
- Simone!
- I got your glass!
- I'm your biggest fan!
- Simone!
- Simone!
- Simone?
Get out!
Not you two.
She goes to a major
Hollywood A-list party
and we don't get
an interview...
a comment?
We don't even get a photograph?
Is that what
you're telling me?
Nobody got
a photograph.
Nobody ever gets
a photograph.
- Our best people are on it, Mr Sayer.
- Get better people!
What about the 24-hour
tail on Taransky?
They're camped out every place
he goes. Every concierge
every maitre d'
they're all on the take.
But this Simone woman
is good.
Obviously, that is not
her real name.
She uses
an assumed identity.
She travels
under a false name.
She checks into a hotel
under an alias.
Never stays in the same place
two nights in a row.
What about the satellite
photos? What happened?
- Nothin'.
- Nothing from space?
What about
the fingerprints?
What happened when we dusted
that whole hotel suite?
Well, we have some
of Taransky's fingerprints
a lot of yours...
and none of hers.
No one is that perfect
that pure.
You know, I had something
on Mother Teresa once...
and then she died and it just
wasn't worth it anymore.
I know how to flush out
this Simone woman...
a 'tell-all' story
from her childhood.
You have one?
I will when you're
finished writing it.
Please don't
make me do this.
Guard, open this door
right now.
- Mr Taransky gave me instructions...
- No!
- What are you doing?
- Mr Taransky!
- Why did you do this?
- We have to talk to her!
- We know she's in there.
- Okay. What is this about?
We've got the tracking numbers
for 'Eternity Forever. '
- They're in the toilet.
- She has to get out and sell the film.
What do you want her to do
go door-to-door?
Even Garbo would be on the talk-show
circuit if she were alive!
It is precisely because
she doesn't crave the limelight
- That people love her!
- This is bullshit!
She is about the work
and only the work!
This is overshadowing
the work.
- If you can't handle her, I will.
- It's not a good time.
She's emotional.
Today, her mother dies.
Scene 42 of 'Good for Nothing. '
This is not a good time.
- It never is. Step aside!
- We're going in!
- This is ridiculous!
- No! No!
- What are you doing?
- Simone!
I trusted you.
- Simone?
- You can come out, it's Elaine!
We just want
to have a meeting.
We can talk...
girl-to-girl. Just us.
- Where is she?
- She's gone.
- Where are the sets?
- God, that is so like her.
Where are the cameras?
Viktor, we're not paying
for this, are we?
What is all this
What is all this?
I suppose...
it was gonna come out
sooner or later.
I guess I'm actually
relieved in a way.
I can just
say it finally.
She's a computer...
She's a computer
She's buried in here.
Day in, day out.
Of course.
I should have guessed.
It's why she never
goes anywhere
why she's never
seen in public.
- Now you're getting it.
- Spends her whole life in chat rooms.
- The one place she can be herself.
- Anonymous.
Only it's worse.
It's far worse.
She's extremely
She has a morbid
fear of people
of germs
places, heights...
name it.
This is terrible.
How is she going to plug the film?
- Yes, indeed.
- She has to do publicity.
Maybe I could get her
to do something.
Maybe a television
talk show or something.
- Taped.
- Make it live, please.
- Live?
- Please.
She'd never go there.
It would have to be remote.
- We can work with that.
- I can't promise anything.
- We understand.
- Thank you, Viktor.
- Thank you, Viktor.
- Don't grovel.
- Thank you.
- Give her our best.
- That agoraphobia... it's like a plague.
- It's out of control in Europe.
It's so good of you
to protect her like this.
She wanted you...
no, no...
don't touch that.
She wanted you
to have that.
She was there.
She was right there.
Oh, my gosh.
She didn't, by any chance
happen to mention me?
Actually, she did.
she said that she thought
you were very beautiful.
- Really?
- Yeah.
Would you want to go
and get something
to eat, or something?
Viktor, I'd love to
but don't you have
to go talk to Simone?
If I can find her.
Alright. Good.
Thanks, Viktor.
Thank you.
I'm gonna... bye.
Tonight, on
'Frank Brand Live'...
since taking the nation
by storm
in her debut movie
'Sunrise, Sunset, '
no one has managed to land
a live television interview
with this fabulous
shooting starlet, Simone...
until now.
I'm happy to say that she's agreed
to talk with us tonight
from the set
of her new film.
Welcome, Simone.
So glad you can find time
in your hectic schedule to be here.
It's my pleasure.
Wonderful to be
with you, Frank.
No one can accuse you
of being overexposed, Simone.
Why have you stayed so completely
out of the limelight?
I guess I just think
actors talk too much.
I mean, does the world really
want to hear my life story
just because I have a movie
opening on Friday?
She is all woman.
Of course, the problem
with shying away
from publicity these days
is that it tends
to attract even more.
Don't I know it.
But the only reason
I'm here now
is to put the attention
back where it belongs...
on Mr Taransky's film.
And you don't secretly
want the attention?
I'm not even sure
I deserve it.
You see, after tonight
I'll have just as much
screen time on your show
as I have in my movies.
Now, how is that healthy
for a performer?
Because you have to understand
Frank, none of this is real.
Who I am on screen
and who I really am
they're two totally
different people.
Change of topic, Simone.
You have been
romantically linked
to dozens of men
in the press...
Mick Jagger, Steven Hawking
Fidel Castro
most recently
Viktor Taransky.
Is there a 'Mr Right'
in there somewhere?
You know, Frank, I'd rather not
discuss my private life.
But Viktor and I
we are inseparable.
Oh, Viktor.
You dog.
I wouldn't be here today
without him.
Would you like
a moment, Simone?
No, I'm okay.
Then let's talk about this work
you care so much about.
Sure. Where would you like
to start, Frank?
- How about the nudity?
- I know where that is.
Nudity's just never been
an issue for me.
- I know that tree.
- Clothes are simply an option.
I know that tree.
I know where that is.
What exactly attracted you
to your first two projects?
I suppose what I like most
about the movies I'm in
is that they're not
about special effects.
And they are better
for it, I might add.
We appear to be having
some satellite difficulties.
But before we lose you
completely, Simone
I just want to say
thank you.
Thank you, Frank.
Ladies and gentlemen
I've been here before.
On my honeymoon
with my ex-wife.
Yeah, look.
It's the exact same tree.
And look
in the distance.
The mountain.
It's a hotel.
I don't understand.
Could they have built
that hotel since yesterday?
Get in the car.
Simone! Simone!
We don't do the photos
you don't get the cover.
It's as simple as that.
Yes. Written answers
to written questions.
Didn't we have
this conversation before?
Yeah, web site interviews
no problem.
I think people are gonna love
'Eternity Forever. '
'Eternity Forever'
is my finest work.
I loved working with the director
of 'Eternity Forever. '
- He's a genius.
- You wish.
It's wonderful being
a movie star...
but there's so many other ways
I want to express myself.
But it's not enough
to be a movie star.
You have to be
a pop star, too...
if you really want
to make a difference.
Nice boat, Taransky!
It's not a boat
it's a yacht.
I know
what you're up to.
You know, I really
don't have time for this.
I think you do
'cause I know it's a fake.
It's bogus.
You used an old library shot
of the background.
She never was
in New Mexico.
She never even left
the studio.
I've done my homework.
- I've studied her.
- I bet you have.
I've looked at every piece
of publicity she's done.
And as far as I can tell
there's no evidence
that she has ever
left the studio.
and for some reason
this woman leaves no paper trail?
Now, I've obtained a copy
of your bank account.
I know you have
power of attorney
but so far, you have
not turned over
a single solitary cent
to this woman.
I keep it
in the trust.
I know that's what you want
people to believe
but I've got to tell you
embezzlement is a serious matter.
Not to mention abduction.
- Abduction?
- Yeah.
Off the record... I want to know
how you're doing it.
Is it drugs?
Is it mind control?
Is it blackmail?
Is it all three?
What do you do? Do you keep her
locked in a box somewhere?
What is it exactly
that you want?
I want to see her.
Unless you show me Simone
live and in person
I show these photos
to the authorities.
You want to see her?
You've got a deal.
You want to see her?
You're gonna see her!
Mr Taransky.
- Hello, gentlemen.
- We're all ready.
This time tomorrow night, she'll be
standing in front of 100000 people.
We could've sold
this out 20 times.
Yeah, the sound check
went great.
The laser show
is good to go.
I've got to ask you, though
you ordered an awful lot of smoke.
Well, that's the way
she wants it.
After you told us
about the death threats
security guards are under
strict instructions
- Not to take their eyes off the crowd.
- Excellent.
Here, Simone wanted you
to have these.
no cameras, no binoculars.
Ladies and gentlemen
Viktor Taransky Promotions
is proud to present Simone...
live on stage
for the debut concert of
the 'Splendid Isolation' Tour.
Let's get you into hair
and makeup.
You know, it's easier
to make 100000
believe than just one?
And now, the one
the only... Simone!
I love you...
It's great to be here.
Thank you.
Never stop believing.
Yeah! Simone!
I said I didn't want
to be disturbed!
My two favourite girls
in all the world.
- We stopped by to congratulate Simone.
- Well, you know...
she's lying down.
She's exhausted.
Yeah, I can imagine.
Listen, thank Simone
for the tickets, okay?
That's a good colour
on you.
It was
a great show, Dad.
I can't believe
she's doing this.
Taking advantage
of him this way.
- It's cruel.
- Why?
Obviously, this can't last.
She's gonna dump him.
Viktor won't be able to take that
he's too sensitive.
This'll destroy him.
Elaine, do you realise that
you can't stop talking about Viktor?
I have to talk to her.
I've been meaning
to talk to you.
Elaine, I'm starting
to feel like I don't exist.
Oh, hi, baby.
Thank you.
So how's
your love life?
I do okay.
What about you?
Well, you know me.
Married to my work.
I noticed.
You know I don't like
to get between you and Mum
but she's feeling
down right now.
She broke up
with Kent.
She thinks
you're with Simone.
Ah, Lainey.
That's so ridiculous.
I don't have a relationship
with Simone.
I know, but Mum doesn't.
Maybe if Simone
spoke to her she could
straighten things out.
Dinner maybe.
I don't know
about dinner.
That'd be difficult
I think.
- Maybe a phone call?
- It's too impersonal.
They have to meet
Well, I'll think
of something.
The escalating violence
tragic loss of human life
and threat of all-out war
was overshadowed today
by the announcement
of the Oscar nominations.
- Hello?
- Hello?
- Is this Elaine?
- Who's this?
- My God. Is that you, Simone?
- Yes.
- You look beautiful today.
- Thanks, I...
- Where are you?
- I'm right here...
beside you.
- Oh!
- I borrowed Viktor's car.
- Hi!
- Hi.
I'm really late.
I would love to talk to you
but I'm on my way
to see Viktor right now.
Simone, I know
what's going on between you two.
Oh? No. Oh, Elaine
there's absolutely nothing.
It's strictly
a working relationship.
I just don't want
to see Viktor get hurt.
Sounds to me like you still
have feelings for him.
Well, we have
a daughter together.
I don't love Viktor.
I could never love anyone.
I'm in love
with the camera.
Simone, I recognise
the coat you're wearing.
I gave it to Viktor
on his birthday.
Oh, Christ.
Elaine, I just...
God! Oh my God!
I tell ya.
- Are you alright?
- This does look awful. I know that.
But, Viktor, he's just
so crazy about you.
- Could you go to the Oscars with him?
- No, no, no.
If you won't do it
for him
I ask you, please
do it for me.
Okay, okay. For you.
For you I'll go.
Thank you.
Well, here's my exit.
Alright, I'm glad
that we talked.
- Oh, yes. Bye.
- Bye!
And the winner
of 'Best Actress'...
oh my goodness.
We have a tie.
The winners are Simone
for 'Sunrise, Sunset'...
Thank you.
...and Simone
for 'Eternity Forever. '
Unfortunately, Simone cannot
be with us here tonight
but thanks to the miracle
of modern technology
she joins us live from her goodwill
tour of the Third World.
Ladies and gentlemen...
Thank you.
Oh, thank you.
This means
so much to me.
I'm just sorry I couldn't
be there with you.
First, I want to acknowledge
my fellow nominees.
I don't even feel I belong
in the 'Best Actress' category
let alone with these wonderful
human beings.
And I also want to thank
my co-stars
and the studio
of course.
And as always
I dedicate this to Hank
without whom none of this
would be possible.
I love you, Hank
wherever you are.
Thank you.
Who's Hank?
Her agent?
- Her father.
- Oh.
Why didn't
she thank you?
She did.
Didn't she?
And of course
I must thank my collaborator
Viktor Taransky
without whom none
of this would be possible.
And of course
I must thank my collaborator
Viktor Taransky, without whom
none of this would be possible.
Why didn't I say it?
How could I forget
to say it?
I wrote it.
And of course
I must thank my collaborator
Viktor Taransky
without whom none
of this would be possible.
Excuse me, Mr Taransky
are you ready
for your casting session?
Nicola is here for the role
of Simone's sister.
So much has happened since
we last saw each other.
Oh, yeah. Yeah.
- Why don't you sit?
- Thank you.
I never got a chance
to properly apologise
for what happened
on 'Sunrise. '
Oh, that's okay.
I know. I understand.
When I saw what Simone
did with the role
I mean, I fired
all my people.
I went into rehab.
I took some acting classes.
I changed
my whole look.
She really
really inspired me.
Would you like me
to read?
Oh, sure.
That would be good.
'Who do you think
you are, Carlos
coming in here
like this?
My husband's sleeping
in the next room.
You think
I won't call out?
Do you think
I'll just...
give in to you
without a fight
like I did the last time
and the time before that?
I wish you were dead.
I wish we were
both dead. '
that was just wonderful.
Wonderful acting.
Thank you.
You could play the lead.
Isn't that
Simone's part?
Of course.
Of course it is.
You have such
a beautiful line
right, right there.
It's not a wrinkle
or anything
it's like a dimple.
Right when you smile, it...
I was thinking
of incorporating
something like that
in Simone.
Cosmetically altering
Simone to look like me?
Oh, yeah.
That would be crazy.
That would be crazy.
Yes... that would be nuts.
Would you like me
to try
something different
with this, or do it again?
No, it's fine.
Thank you.
Thank you, Viktor.
Happy birthday, Lainey.
What do you think?
It's fantastic.
It's what she drove
in 'Eternity Forever. '
- I know.
- See?
- You have to thank her for me.
- It's from both of us.
You know, you won't
be able to drive it
till you get your permit, but
you can take it around the lot, okay?
What's the matter?
I can't accept it.
Why? Why, honey?
I don't want
a car, Dad.
What do you want?
I'll give you
whatever you want.
The old Viktor Taransky.
I can't stand
to see you like this...
clinging to Simone's
It used to be
all about the work
and now it's all
about her.
And then she's not even
grateful enough to thank you.
Oh, no, that was me.
There you go again
blaming yourself.
Can't you see
what she's done to you?
She's taking advantage.
Mocking you.
You deserve better
than Simone.
- I have to go, Dad.
- Okay.
Oh, sure.
She comes in all the time.
- Really?
- Mm-hmm.
- Is she nice?
- We've become very close.
She told me she wanted to look
at my script next week.
- Jane?
- Got to go.
I'm leaving early.
If anybody needs me
I'll be at the beach house
having dinner
with a certain someone.
Elaine Christian
I was in the neighbourhood.
I just thought I'd drop by.
You don't use
the front door anymore?
Uh... no.
When is she coming over?
- About now.
- Oh.
Okay. I'll just stay
until she gets here.
Well, she's...
already here.
Simone is not coming
over tonight
or any other night.
- I want you back, Elaine.
- I want you back, too.
Oh, Viktor!
Wait! Viktor!
This is crazy.
Who are we kidding?
I can't compete
with Simone.
- Well...
- What woman can?
I'd rather have you
than Simone.
- Believe me.
- Oh. That's so sweet.
No, but I can't
let you do that...
make that kind
of sacrifice.
- No. No.
- God, this is strange.
You know, I have stabbed
people in the back
and clawed and slept
my way to where I am.
- But...
- You have?
Well, it goes
with the territory.
But for some reason
I can't betray Simone.
I can't. There's a goodness
to her, Viktor.
- No, there's nothing to her.
- Oh, Viktor.
You say that now
but in the morning
- You would go back to her.
- No. No.
- You would, Viktor.
- She's gonna retire.
- She'll never work again.
- Her public will demand that she does.
- Not if I don't let her.
- You?
- Yeah.
- How can you stop her?
I'm gonna tell you
a secret now, Elaine.
Simone isn't
a real person.
I invented her.
Every actor
is an invention.
- Elaine...
- Please.
You're lucky she's loyal enough
to stay with you.
Maybe she's staying
out of pity.
Who knows? I mean, she certainly
doesn't need you.
Listen, she's thin air.
- She's pixels.
- What?
Computer code
moulded by me
from a mathematical
I inherited
from a madman.
How much have you
had to drink?
There is no Simone.
- I'm Simone.
- You're Simone?
I've done the impossible.
I have recreated
the infinite nuances
of a human being...
a human soul.
I have taken nothing
and made it something.
I have breathed life
into a machine.
- I made a miracle.
- Viktor, please stop.
- Please.
- I swear, Elaine.
As God is my judge
I swear.
I made Simone.
I made her.
- You made Simone?
- Yes.
she made you.
You bitch.
I'll destroy you.
Yes! Yes! Yes!
Had a rough night?
Let's see if they still
love you after this.
You made me?
I made you first.
Well, we're back
on 'Good Morning, Good Day, '
and we are here once again
with the incomparable Simone.
Simone, before the break
you were taking a rather
controversial position.
I just think
all elementary schools
should have a firing range.
How else can the children learn
to defend themselves?
If there is a hole
in the ozone layer
how come I can't see it?
lmmigration? God!
Isn't it crowded enough?
But God created
furry animals to be worn.
Have you ever tasted
Pan-fried with a little
garlic and fennel?
Everybody always talks about
the negatives of cigarettes.
But look at the benefits.
I mean, you don't
eat as much.
And you've got something
to hold in your hand.
We always knew Simone
wasn't like other celebrities.
- Oh, no.
- She speaks her mind.
She certainly does.
It's plastic, Hank.
I know that's the way
you'd want it.
She killed you, Hank.
Now she's killing me.
She's a serial killer.
But I don't know
how to stop her.
I mean, she's taken on
a life of her own.
I can't
just come clean...
you know, make
some confession... because...
I've defrauded millions.
They'd turn on me.
I just can't put the genie
back in the bottle, because...
if she suddenly
stopped working
you know, just dropped
out of sight
they'd never
let it rest.
I tried killing
her career...
but they like her
even more.
What am I gonna do?
Not another word, Hank.
You are truly a genius.
Thank you, Hank.
Thank you.
What's the matter
You look so sad.
Don't you love me
It's over, isn't it?
I know what
you're thinking, Simone.
This is
a phoney-baloney world.
We're all living
one big lie
so, why shouldn't
you live, too?
You're more authentic than
all these people who worship you.
And that's the problem.
You're looking
at the real fraud.
I told myself this was
all about the work.
But if that were
the truth
it wouldn't matter
to me
that you get
all the attention.
And it does.
It does.
I'm sorry, Simone.
Here I was trying
to convince
the whole world
you existed.
But what I was really
trying to do
was convince them
that I exist.
It's not that
you aren't human...
It's that I am.
I'm sorry, Simone.
It is my sad...
and solemn duty...
to announce...
the tragic passing
of Simone.
How did she die?
It was a rare virus
she contracted
on her goodwill tour
of the Third World.
Did she suffer?
it was quick.
I feel awful.
It's a great loss.
You know, we're going to have
to restructure your deal.
Can I see you later?
I mean, go away
for the weekend?
How could you bring that up
at a time like this?
One minute, Mr Taransky.
Oh my God.
This has got
to be a mistake.
You have the right
to remain silent.
Anything you say can and will be used
against you in a court of law.
- You don't understand.
- Viktor!
- It's a mistake!
- I'll call my attorney.
Elaine, call Bernard!
That's why
it was so light.
I heard him say
'Die, bitch.
I'll destroy you. '
It was so strange.
He actually wanted
to replace Simone with me
in his new movie.
He's a sick man.
He was
a controlling madman.
She was a prisoner.
I blame myself.
I wish I had done
more to stop him.
Forgive me
Mr Taransky.
I'm just trying
to understand here.
Now, all these films
and TV appearances
and magazine covers
and Internet interviews
publicity photos
snapshots from
her childhood...
all fake? Hmm?
This is fake?
This is fake?
Fake, fake, fake
fake, fake.
- All fake?
- Yes.
You understand
So I will confess...
to fraud
but not to murder.
And a fan club with
a worldwide membership
in the millions
that's also bogus?
No. No.
The fan club's real.
It's just what
they were worshipping
is a computer code.
Ones and zeroes.
You couldn't have killed Simone
because there was no Simone.
- Right. Exactly.
- And this 'Hank Aleno'
that you keep
talking about
renowned failure who also happens
to be so conveniently dead.
Now, perhaps this man that
you claim helped invent Simone
is an invention
Oh, no. No.
This whole thing is insane!
There is no Simone!
even her name is fake.
It's not Simone.
It's 'Sim one'... see?
'Simulation one'!
It's a computer code!
You really hated her
didn't you?
Perhaps you could explain this
to me, Mr Taransky.
Or is this tape
doctored, too?
This is footage from the marina's
closed-circuit camera
on the night in question...
altered of course.
Can you tell us
why you're disposing
of the body of a woman
who doesn't exist?
Well, it's not
her body.
It's her body...
of work.
Viktor, Viktor, Viktor.
Viktor, I know.
Look. Look. Look.
Why don't you just
come clean? Huh?
Just tell the truth, you're gonna
feel better afterwards.
I'm telling the truth
and I don't feel so good.
Hey, we all know
what happened.
In a fit of jealous rage
you killed Simone
and you dumped
her body off the boat...
- Don't say that.
...that she bought for you.
I did...
I can prove...
I can prove it
to you.
Let me just
take you there.
I'll take you
to the spot.
I can prove it.
Here. Here. Come on.
We can just go there
can't we?
- Let's go. I'll take you there.
- Oh, Viktor.
Okay, good.
Thank you.
Good work.
Now you'll see.
What is this?
No, there's drives
and discs.
Where are the discs? You have
to go back down and get them.
- That's where they are.
- We can't go back down there.
- There's discs down there!
- Calm yourself!
- Please!
- Sit him down.
You must go down
and get the drives.
Hey, you see what's
down there?
Plead guilty.
Plead guilty
and throw yourself
on the mercy
of the court.
It's the best deal
you're gonna get.
I could get
the death penalty.
Yeah. Yeah. You certainly will
if you go to trial.
A jury, in this kind
of ugly mood...
you killed an icon
for God's sake.
- Bernard, listen to me!
- Viktor!
I didn't kill anyone.
Viktor, come on
it's in the paper.
There's no one
to kill.
I'm a filmmaker.
I was trying
to say something.
I wanted recognition.
I wanted to be
so I created her.
Bernard, there's
no one to kill.
Do you understand?
An insanity defence.
- What are you doing?
- 'I created her. '
Viktor! Jesus!
Jesus Christ, Viktor!
What am I doing?
Oh, what am I doing?
- Get me out!
- Viktor!
Get me another lawyer.
I want another lawyer!
Why can't people just
take responsibility
for their actions
anymore, huh?
You know, I can almost
forgive him for killing her.
But to deny
her existence?
I can never
forgive that.
Because obviously
she existed, right?
I know it just as surely
as you're sitting there.
She was the most
vital woman I ever met.
So you did meet her?
Yeah... Lainey
what are you getting at?
I'm the head
of a major studio.
Do you think
I'm gonna make
a three-picture deal
with an actress I never met?
No. No. I mean, really meet her...
like in the flesh?
I know it's embarrassing
to admit it, Mum
but when I think about it
honestly, I haven't.
I've never really
seen Simone up close...
touched her.
Been in her physical presence.
Have you?
We don't want
to believe Daddy
because we don't want to believe
that we were taken in too.
But, Lainey...
there's no evidence
that Simone isn't real.
Listen to what
you're saying, Mum.
I mean, is there
any evidence that she is?
Do you have any idea
what you're doing?
- What's that?
- Part of Dad's story may be true.
Simone may have
contracted a virus.
Certain viruses
can be cured.
I have no idea
what you're talking about.
Listen to me.
There's a psychiatrist
in Ventura
who is willing to testify
under oath that you have
diminished capacity...
due to the trauma
of your divorce
10 years of abject failure
in the movie business
and a bump on the head
you sustained as a child.
No more.
I can't go along
with this horseshit.
- Come on, Viktor.
- I did it.
No. No.
Viktor, come on.
- Tell them they can fry me.
- No, Viktor, please.
- I did it!
- Viktor, please.
It was premeditated!
- Can you please lower your voice?
- I strangled her...
I bludgeoned her...
I set her on fire
and then I killed her!
- I did it!
- Excuse me.
I think you better
see this.
Breaking news...
international media star Simone
is alive and well.
Her studio released
this footage, just minutes ago.
Simone reading today's edition
of 'The LA Times. '
Who says the only bad publicity
is your obituary?
Details at the top
of the hour.
She's indestructible.
He's coming.
Oh, Viktor.
Oh, honey.
I don't know what you did
or how you did it
- But thank you.
- Well, it was Lainey.
But don't thank us
too fast.
You know what we have
to do now?
Well, why stop
at one character
when you can have
a whole cast?
You have to finish what you started.
We can do it together.
- Haven't we done enough?
- Could we go, please?
Where are we going?
Well, I was thinking...
how about you and Simone
moving in with me and Lainey?
That's wonderful.
- What do you think, Lainey?
- About you and Mum?
Well, about me
and Simone...
what I did... everything.
I'm sorry.
Your mistake wasn't
making something fake, Dad.
We're fine with fake...
as long as you don't lie about it.
Oh, come on, Viktor.
It's not a death sentence.
No. It's life.
Hey, Viktor
remember us?
We probably never met.
I'm Milton. How are you?
Max Sayer from 'The Echo. '
- Hi!
- It's life.
Just call. Five minutes.
All we need is five minutes.
Good evening
and welcome.
Simone, the question
on everybody's mind
is simply... 'Why? '
Frank, you know
as well as I do
living in this fish bowl...
the insatiable appetite
of the media...
with everything
that was going on in my life
I just needed to drop
out of sight for a while.
I needed time, and Viktor
bought me that time.
- I owe him so much.
- We all do.
But now I understand you're
eager to get back to work
and it's not the kind of work
we were all expecting.
It's true.
I can reveal I am considering
a career in politics.
And what, may I ask
brought this on?
I suppose this little man
had something to do with it.
- That beautiful baby?
- Yes.
You see, Viktor and I
are both very concerned
about what kind of world
our new son, 'Chip, '
is going
to grow up in.
Aren't you, Viktor?
Oh, yes.
Oh yes.
She likes
chicken pot pie...
just like me.