Cast Away


Tom Hanks in Cast Away


We both had done the math.
Kelly added it all up.
And she had to let me go.
I added it up
Knew that I had lost her
cause I was never gonna get off that island
I was gonna die there
totally alone
I was gonna get sick or injured or something
The only choice I had
The only thing I could control
Was When and How and Where that was gonna happen.
So, I made a rope.
And I went up to the summit to hang myself.
I had to test it
You know
you know me
And the weight of the log snapped the limb of the tree
So I couldn't even kill myself the way I wanted to
I had power over nothing.
And that's when this feeling came over me like a warm blanket
I knew, somehow that I had to stay alive
I had to keep breathing
even though there was no reason to hope
And all my logic said I would never see this place again
So that's what I did
I stayed alive and kept breathing.
And one day that logic was proven all wrong
because the tide came in and gave me a sail
and now here I am.
I'm back.
In Memphis
Talking to you.
I have ice in my glass.
And I've lost her all over again.
I'm so sad that I don't have Kelly
But I'm so grateful that she was with me on that island.
And I know what I have to do now.
Gotta keep breathing.
Because tomorrow the sun will rise.
Who knows what the tide could bring.

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Coach's Notes

The first thing you might notice is the lack of punctuation in this script. No problem. Think of it as a piece of poetry, if you want. Watch the clip closely. Use your imagination to feel just how the character must have felt, locked away for 5 years, all alone, no hope of ever seeing the woman he loves ever again. Then seeing her again. Then losing her again. As with the Jerry MaGuire script, we still want you to work on pacing. slowly this time. This script is filled with meaning and deep emotion. Try to access the truth of this script.


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