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JOHN MILTON
It's your wife, man. She's sick, she needs you; she's got to come first. Ah, wait a minute, wait a minute. You mean the possibility of leaving this case has never even entered you mind?
KEVIN LOMAX
You know what scares me? I quit the case, she gets better...and I hate her for it. I don't want to resent her, John, I've got a winner here. I've got to nail this fucker down, do it fast, and put it behind me. Just get it done. Then—then—put all my energy into her.
JOHN MILTON
[impressed] I stand corrected.
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KEVIN LOMAX
What are you?
JOHN MILTON
Oh, I have so many names.
KEVIN LOMAX
Satan.
JOHN MILTON
Call me Dad.
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JOHN MILTON
[Chanting in Latin] Diaboli virtus in lumbas est. Diaboli virtus in lumbas est. [continues the chant in English] The virtue of the devil is in his loins.
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KEVIN LOMAX
In the Bible, you lose. We're destined to lose, Dad.
JOHN MILTON
Well, consider the source, son.
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KEVIN LOMAX
Lose? I don't lose- I win! I'm a lawyer, that's my job, that's what I do!
JOHN MILTON
I rest my case.
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JOHN MILTON
So...have we treated you well so far?
KEVIN LOMAX
Yes, very well, thanks.
JOHN MILTON
And your wife? Is she having a good time?
KEVIN LOMAX
Yes, it's been great. The whole thing has been great.
JOHN MILTON
Thats our secret, we kill you with kindness. Whats your secret?
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KEVIN LOMAX
What do you want from me?
JOHN MILTON
I want you to be yourself. You know, I'll tell you, boy. Guilt - it's like a bag of fuckin' bricks. All you gotta do is set it down....Who are you carrying all those bricks for anyway? God? Is that it? God? Well, I tell ya, let me give you a little inside information about God. God likes to watch. He's a prankster. Think about it. He gives man instincts. He gives you this extraordinary gift, and then what does He do? I swear, for His own amusement, His own private cosmic gag reel, He sets the rules in opposition. It's the goof of all time. Look, but don't touch. Touch, but don't taste. Taste, don't swallow. Aha ha ha. And while you're jumpin' from one foot to the next, what is He doin'? He's laughin' His sick, fuckin' ass off. He's a tight-ass. He's a sadist. He's an absentee landlord. Worship that? Never!
KEVIN LOMAX
"Better to reign in Hell, than to serve in Heaven," is that it?
JOHN MILTON
Why not? I'm here on the ground with my nose in it since the whole thing began! I've nurtured every sensation man has been inspired to have! I cared about what he wanted and I never judged him. Why? Because I never rejected him, in spite of all his imperfections! I'm a fan of man! I'm a humanist. Maybe the last humanist. Who, in their right mind, Kevin, could possibly deny the 20th century was entirely mine? All of it, Kevin! All of it! Mine! I'm peaking, Kevin. It's my time now. It's our time.
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JOHN MILTON
What about you? Your family, you gotta miss 'em.
JOHN MILTON
No?
MARY ANN LOMAX
I told Kevin the only thing worse than not having a father was having mine.
JOHN MILTON
I can relate. I can, believe me.
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JOHN MILTON
You were right about one thing. I have been watching. Couldn't help myself. Watching, waiting, holding my breath. But I'm no puppeteer, Kevin. I don't make things happen. Doesn't work like that.
KEVIN LOMAX
What did you do to Mary Anne?
JOHN MILTON
Free will, it's like butterfly wings- one touch and it never gets off the ground. I only set the stage; you pull your own strings.
KEVIN LOMAX
What did you do to Mary Anne? [produces and aims pistol at Milton]
JOHN MILTON
A gun? In here?
KEVIN LOMAX
Goddamn it, what did you do to my wife!
JOHN MILTON
Well, on a scale of one to 10—10 being the most depraved act of sexual theatre known to man, 1 being your average Friday night run-through at the Lomaxes' household—I'd say, not to be immodest, Mary Ann and I got it on at about...SEVEN.
KEVIN LOMAX
FUCK YOU! [empties clip at Milton, all torso strikes]
JOHN MILTON
Whoa! Got me! Damn! Yeah! Come on! Step on up, son! Come on, that's good! Yeah, you got to hold on to that anger, you got to hold on to that fury. That's the last thing to go, that's the final hiding place, it's the final fig leaf.
KEVIN LOMAX
Who are you?
JOHN MILTON
Who am I? Who are you? Never lost a case. Why? Cause you're so fuckin' good, yeah...but why?
KEVIN LOMAX
'Cause you're my father.
JOHN MILTON
I'm a little more than that, Kevin. Awfully hot in that courtroom, wasn't it? What's the game plan, Kevin? It was a nice run, Kevin. Had to close out some day. Nobody wins them all.
KEVIN LOMAX
What are you?
JOHN MILTON
Aww, I have so many names.
KEVIN LOMAX
Satan?
JOHN MILTON
Call me Dad.
KEVIN LOMAX
Mary Anne, she knew it. She knew it, so you destroyed her.
JOHN MILTON
You blaming me for Mary Anne? Oh, I hope you're kidding. Come on, Mary Anne in New York? You could have saved her anytime you wanted. All she wanted was love. Hey, you were too fucking busy. Face it, you started lookin' to better-deal her the minute you got here.
KEVIN LOMAX
You don't know that, you don't know what we had.
JOHN MILTON
Hey, I'm on your side!
KEVIN LOMAX
You're a liar! [starts to leave]
JOHN MILTON
Wait, Kevin, there's nothing out there for you. Don't be such a fucking chump- stop deluding yourself! I told you to take care of your wife. I told you the world would understand. What did you do? [imitates Kevin's voice] "You know what scares me, John? I leave the case, she gets better- then I hate her for it." Remember?
KEVIN LOMAX
It was a test! Your test!
JOHN MILTON
Who told you to pull out all the stops on Mr. Gettys?
KEVIN LOMAX
You set me up!
JOHN MILTON
And Moyez, the direction you took. Popes, Swamis, snake handlers—all feeding from the same trough. Whose ideas were those?
KEVIN LOMAX
It's entrapment! You set me up!
JOHN MILTON
And Cullen! Knowing he was guilty! Seeing those pictures! What did you do? You put that lying bitch on the stand [laughs]
KEVIN LOMAX
You PLAYED me!
JOHN MILTON
What did I say to you? WHAT WERE MY WORDS TO YOU? Maybe it was your time to lose. You didn't think so.
KEVIN LOMAX
Lose? I don't lose- I win! I win! I'm a lawyer, that's my job, that's what I do!
JOHN MILTON
I rest my case. Vanity is definitely my favorite sin. Self-love, the all-natural opiate. It's not like you didn't care for Mary Ann, Kevin. You were just a little more involved with someone else: yourself.
KEVIN LOMAX
You're right. I did it all. I let her go.
JOHN MILTON
Don't be too hard on yourself, Kevin. You wanted something more.
KEVIN LOMAX
I let her go and just kept on moving.
JOHN MILTON
You cannot keep on punishing yourself, Kevin. It's awesome how far you've come. I didn't make it easy. Not for you... [Christabella appears] or your sister. Half-sister, to be exact.
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JOHN MILTON
Your vanity is justified, Kevin. Your son will sit at the head of all tables, my boy! He's gonna set this whole thing free.
KEVIN LOMAX
The Anti-Christ?