Daily Dialogue — December 3, 2012

December 3rd, 2012 by

Joe: What the hell are you doing here? You’re supposed to be at Elton John’s.
Billy: Well, I was there for a minute or two and then I had an epiphany.
Joe: Really?
Billy: Yeah.
Joe: Come on. Just come up. So what was this epiphany?
Billy: Erm, it…it was about Christmas.
Joe: You realized that it was all around.
Billy: No. I realized that Christmas is the time to be with the people you love.
Joe: Right.
Billy: And I realized that, as dire chance and fateful cock-up would have it, here I am, mid-fifties, and without knowing it, I’ve gone and spent most of my adult life with a chubby employee. And, much as it grieves me to say it, it might be that the people I love is, in fact… you.
Joe: Well, this is a surprise.
Billy: Yeah.
Joe: Ten minutes at Elton John’s and you’re as gay as a maypole.
Billy: No, look. I’m serious here. I left Elton’s and a hefty number of half-naked chicks with their mouths open in order to hang out with you at Christmas.
Joe: Well, Bill…
Billy: It’s a terrible, terrible mistake, chubs… but you turn out to be the fucking love of my life. And to be honest, despite all my complaining… we have had a wonderful life.
Joe: Well… thank you. I mean, come on, it’s been an honour. I feel very proud.
Billy: Oh, look, don’t be a moron. Come on, let’s get pissed and watch porn.

Love Actually (2003), written by Richard Curtis

The Daily Dialogue theme this week is confessions of love suggested by Sabina Giado. Today’s suggestion by Teddy Pasternak.

Trivia: When Curtis was in college, his girlfriend left him for a man named Bernard. In each of his screenplays, there is a fairly unpopular character named Bernard. In this case, the character is Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman’s “horrid son”.

Dialogue On Dialogue: Saying “I love you” may be one of the most challenging points of dialogue for a writer and I guess we should every which way we can to avoid actually using those words. Here Curtis goes with: “And, much as it grieves me to say it, it might be that the people I love is, in fact… you.” And he has the good sense to end the exchange with a killer out line: “Come on, let’s get pissed and watch porn.”

2 thoughts on “Daily Dialogue — December 3, 2012

  1. Definitely one of the all-time greatest confessions of love.

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