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Situational Acting

Lesson6

Suicidal death of wife

Marlon Brando

(Before the beginning of the scene, Paul's wife commits suicide by slitting her wrists in a bathtub. She managed a cheap hotel in Paris . They lived in the hotel together, and his wife cheated on him with another hotel resident, Marcel. In this scene, her dead body is lying in state in one of the hotel's bedrooms, surrounded by purple flowers.)

Paul: You look ridiculous in that makeup. Like a caricature of a whore. A little touch of mommy in the night. (sits in a chair next to his dead wife's body) Fake Ophelia drowned in the bathtub. (scoots closer) I wish you could see yourself. You'd really laugh. You're your mother's masterpiece. (scoots closer again) There's too many f....g flowers in this place. I can't breathe. You know, in the top of the closet, cardboard box, I found all your -- I found all your little goodies. Pens, key chains, foreign money, French ticklers, the whole shot. Even a clergymen's collar. I didn't know you collected all those little knick-knacks left behind. Even if a husband lives ... 200 f.....g years, he's never gonna be able to discover his wife's true nature. I mean, I -- I might be able to comprehend the universe ... but I'll never discover the truth about you. Never. I mean, who the hell were you? Remember that day, the first day I was there? I knew I couldn't get into your pants unless I said, uh... What did I say? Oh, yes. Uh, "May I have my bill, please? I have to leave." Remember? Last night, I ripped off the lights on your mother and the whole joint went bananas. All your guests, as you used to call them. Well, I guess that includes me, doesn't it? Huh? It does include me,doesn't it? For five years I was more a guest in this f.....g flophouse than a husband. With privileges, of course. Then, to help me understand, you let me inherit Marcel, the husband's double whose room was the double of ours. And you know what? I didn't even have the guts to ask him, didn't even have the guts to ask him if the same numbers you and I did were the same numbers you did with him.Our marriage was nothing more than a... a foxhole for you and all it took for you to get out was a 35-cent razor and a tub full of water. You cheap, goddamn .....g, godforsaken whore, I hope you rot in hell. You're worse than the dirtiest street pig that anyone could find anywhere, and you know why? You know why? Because you lied. You lied to me and I trusted you. You lied, you knew you were lying. C'mon, tell me you didn't lie. Haven't you got anything to say about that? You can think up something, can't you? Huh? Go on, tell me something. Go on, smile, you c..t. Go on. Tell me something sweet. Smile at me and say that I just misunderstood. (starting to cry) Go on, tell me... you pig f....r. You goddamn fucking, pig-f....g liar. (openly sobbing) Rosa, I'm sorry -- I ... I just can't-- I can't stand it... to see these goddamn things on your face. (removes her false eyelashes) You never wore makeup, all this f.....g shit. I'm gonna take this off your mouth. Lipstick. (wipes off her lipstick with a flower petal) Rosa. Oh, God. I'm sorry. I, I don't know why you did it. I'd do it too, if I knew how. I just don't know-- I just have to find a way. Watch video

Imagine you have got into trouble with some gangsters but you escape after hitting one of them. Suddenly one fine morning you are surrounded by the gangsters along with their leader. You now need to explain to the leader that the fight was started by them and you were right in hitting one of them in a convincing manner. The leader should be convinced and should let you go free. Here, you should show fear, courage and respect at the same time.

Can you enact it?

The thing to be understood here is that, you are alone and there is a big gang against you, so the first thing that will strike your mind is safety. You may either get ready to runaway or jump off to some place. However, since you have done nothing wrong and since the mistake is on their side, you need to tell to the gang leader point blank your point of view. Here is the scene ,staring dhanush in the movie "Pollathavan" that depicts the above scenario

 

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