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For this session we read a scene from the screenplay Awakenings, by Steven Zaillian, based on the book by Oliver Sacks posted below.
Our prompt was: “Where does the conversation go from here?”
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INT. LEONARD’S DAYROOM – NIGHT Leonard, alone at a table with a book. He glances up as Sayer sits opposite him, then down again at the book. LEONARD I can’t read anymore. The words are written too slow. I keep going back to the beginning, to the beginning, and trying... He turns back to the beginning, tries again, his eyes moving too quickly across the lines, “ahead” of the words. His hands and head begin shaking out of control and it’s all he can do to close the book. LEONARD I’ve let the others down. SAYER You have not. LEONARD I’ve let you down. SAYER You have not. LEONARD I’m grotesque... grotesque... grotesque... SAYER Leonard, I won’t sit here and listen to you talk about yourself like this -- LEONARD Look at me. He is a man consumed by illness. With a voice that is flat and limbs that are bent and hands that are twisted and a grimace that can only hint at the great depth of the despair he is suffering. LEONARD Look at me and tell me I am not. SAYER You are not. It’s over and Leonard knows it. And though he won’t admit it, so does Sayer. Leonard barely gets the words out -- LEONARD This... isn’t... me.
Hollywood Scripts, 1989.