CHUCK: There’s something I gotta confess, something I gotta tell ya. Listen to me, Penny… You’ve known me for a long time.
PENNY: As the host of the Dating Game, the-
CHUCK: Yeah yeah yeah
PENNY: Gong Show, Rah-Rah Show…
CHUCK: Yeah yeah yeah, listen listen listen… I worked for the CIA. You understand? And I killed people. I killed a lot of people. You understand? I killed a lot of people.
[Penny BURSTS into laughter. Chuck does as well.]
CHUCK (V.O.): I came up with a new game show idea recently. It’s called the old game… You get three old guys with loaded guns onstage. They look back at their lives. See who they were; what they accomplished, how close they came to realizing their dreams… The winner is the one who doesn’t blow his brains out. He gets a refrigerator.
— Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), written by Charlie Kaufman, book by Chuck Barris
The Daily Dialogue theme for the week is last laugh suggested by Vic Tional. Today’s suggestion by rgiamatteo.
Trivia: David O. Russell was offered the film to direct but turned it down, deciding “that it was just not about anything but a guy who liked to fuck girls and say that he shot people in the head”.
Dialogue On Dialogue: Commentary from rgiamatteo: “Not only does the whispery voiceover serve the noirish feel of the film, but it also clues us into the humanity undergirding Chuck’s persona of sex-crazed compulsive liar. For a slew of reasons hinted at in the film, Chuck wanted to do more with his life than host a mean-spirited game show full of bad acts. Having failed to do so, he just made up a second life as a CIA assassin – wrote a whole book about it, in fact, which was the basis of Kaufman’s screenplay. Penny’s disbelieving laugh at Chuck’s delusion of grandeur casts a tragic light on Barris as he ‘looks back at his life’ and ‘sees who he was, what he accomplished.’ Also, such a terrific last line – dark but punchliney, like Barris himself.”