Simone Script - Dialogue Transcript

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Simone 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   -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' Ike's'?

- They're not just any 'Mike 'n' Ike's,'



these are cherry

'Mike 'n' Ike'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' Ike'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    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    th-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...



...I'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   -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    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         people.



We could've sold

this out    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         believe

than just one?



And now, the one,

the only-- Simone!



I love you...






It's great to be here.



" Looking out

on the morning rain "



" I used to feel

so inspired "



" And when I knew I had

to face another day "



" Lord, it made me feel

so tired "



" Before the day

I met you "



" Life was so unkind "



" But you're the key

to my peace of mind "



" 'Cause you make me feel "



" You make me feel "



" You make me feel "



" Like a natural woman "



" Oh, baby,

what you've done to me "



" Done to me "



" You made me feel

so good inside "



" Good inside "



" And I just wanna be "



" Wanna be "



" Close to you,

you make me feel so alive "



" 'Cause you make me feel "



" You make me feel "



" You make me feel "



" Like a natural woman "



" You make me feel "



- " You make me feel "

- " You make me feel "



" You make me feel "



" You make me feel

like a real... "



" You make me feel "



" Feel like a... "



" You make me feel

like a real... "



Thank you.



Never stop believing.



Yeah! Simone!



" What you've done to me... "



" Natural woman. "



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?



Immigration? 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,



    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.



" Looking out

on the morning rain "



" I used to feel

so inspired "



" And when I knew

I had to face another day "



" Lord, it made me feel

so tired "



" Before the day

I met you "



" Life was so unkind "



" You're the key

to my peace of mind "



" 'Cause you make me feel "



" You make me feel "



" You make me feel

like a natural woman "



" When my soul

was in the lost and found "



" You came along

to claim it "



" I didn't know

what was wrong with me "



" Till your kiss

helped me name it "



" Now I'm no longer doubtful

to what I'm living for "



" And if I make you happy,

I don't need to do more "



" 'Cause you make me feel "



" You make me feel "



" You make me feel

like a natural woman "



" Woman "



" Oh, baby,

what you've done to me "



" Done to me "



" You made me feel

so good inside "



" Good inside "



" And I just wanna be "



" Wanna be "



" Close to you,

you make me feel so alive "



" 'Cause you make me feel "



" You make me feel "



" You make me feel

like a natural woman "



" You make me feel "



" You make me feel "



" You make me feel

like a real... "



" You make me feel "



" Feel like I'm real... "



" You make me feel

like a real... "



She likes

chicken pot pie...



just like me.


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