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Before Sunrise Monologue

Before Sunrise by Richard Linklater & Kim Krizan
Character: Jesse
Gender: Male
Age (range): 18 - 55
Style: Drama
Length: 2 minutes

 

Jesse: I know what you mean about wishing somebody else wasn't there. It's just, usually, it's myself that I wish I could get away from. Seriously, think about this. I have never been anywhere that I haven't been. I've never had a kiss when I wasn't one of the kissers. You know, I've never gone to the movies when I wasn't there in the audience. I've never been out bowling if I wasn't there making some stupid joke.
I think that's why so many people hate themselves. Seriously. It's just they are sick to death of being around themselves. Let's say that you and I were together all the time. You'd start to hate a lot of my mannerisms. The way, the way every time that we would have people over I'd be insecure, and I'd get a little too drunk. Or the way I tell the same stupid, pseudo-intellectual story again and again. You see I've heard all those stories so of course I'm sick of myself.
But being with you it's made me feel like I was somebody else. I mean the only other way to lose yourself like that is, you know, dancing or alcohol or drugs, or stuff like that.