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Adaptation Monologue

Adaptation by Charlie Kaufman & Donald Kaufman
Character: Charlie Kaufman
Gender: Male
Age (range): 18 - 55
Style: Comedy/Drama
Length: 3 minutes

 

Charlie Kaufman: Do I have an original thought in my head, my bald head? Maybe if I were happier, my hair wouldn't be falling out. Life is short; I need to make the most of it. Today is the first day of the rest of my life. I'm a walking clich´┐Ż. I really need to go to the doctor and have my leg checked. There's something wrong. Oh well. The dentist called again, I'm way overdue. If I stopped putting things off, I would be happier. All I do is sit on my fat ass, if my ass wasn't fat, I would be happier. I wouldn't have to wear these shirts with the tails out all the time; like that's fooling anyone. Fat ass. I should start jogging again. Five miles a day; really do it this time. Maybe rock climbing; I need to turn my life around. What do I need to do? I need to fall in love. I need to have a girlfriend. I need to read more; improve myself. Maybe I should learn Russian or something. Or take up an instrument. I could speak Chinese. I could be the screenwriter who speaks Chinese and plays the oboe. That would be cool. I should get my hair cut short; stop trying to fool myself and everyone else into thinking I have a full head of hair. How pathetic is that? Just be real. Confident. Isn't that what women are attracted to? Men don't have to be attractive. But that's not true, ''specially these days. There's almost as much pressure on men as there is on women these days. Why should I be made to feel like I should apologize for my existence? Maybe it's my brain chemistry. Maybe that's what's wrong with me. Bad chemistry... all my problems and anxiety can be reduced to a chemical imbalance or some kind of misfiring synapses. I need to get help from them; but I'll still be ugly though. Nothing is going to change that.