Illusions – Instinct

Film:  Instinct
Year:  1999
Screenplay: Gerald Di Pego
Role:  Dr. Ethan Powell
Actor:  Anthony Hopkins
Length: approx. 2 minutes 30 seconds minimum


Who’s in control? So who’s in control, huh? Are you? Am I? The guards outside? The warden in his office? Yeah? Who’s in control? Testing, testing, testing, 1, 2, 3, 4. Dr. Ethan Powell interviewing Dr. Theo Caulder. Now, this will be a very simple test, pass or fail, life or death. Ready juha? Now you write on this paper what I have taken from you. What have you lost? Write it! WRITE IT! WRONG! You never had control, you only thought you had it! An illusion, tabibu juhu! And what do you control – for sure, huh? The volume on your stereo? The air conditioning in your car? What else? WHAT ELSE? … Alright. Another chance. You were nervous. Too much pressure. Try again. What have you lost? What did I take? Write it. Write it! You’re a fool, juha! Ha! Did you think you were free? Where were you going at 2:00 today? Into the gym, right? In the morning, your wake up call. In the middle of the night, when you wake up sweating with your heart pounding. What is it that has you all tied up, juha? Tied up in little knots. Is it ambition? Yeah… You’re no mystery to me, boy. I used to be you! Okay… one last chance. You think I won’t do it? Ha. What’s one psychiatrist less to the world. I’m already deep in the pit. So what can they do to me? Last try. Get it right. What have you lost? What did I take from you? Write it.
Yeeah.. congratulations! You’re a student after all. And you’ve lost nothing but your illusions …and a little bit of skin.