Human Nature script
Human Nature (2001)
Synopsis: A philosophical burlesque, "Human Nature" follows the ups and downs of an obsessive scientist, a female naturalist, and the man they discover, born and raised in the wild. As scientist Nathan (Tim Robbins) trains the wild man (Rhys Ifans) in the ways of the world - starting with table manners - Nathan's lover Lila (Patricia Arquette) fights to preserve the man's simian past, which represents a freedom enviable to most.

The lascivious cop gags, then vomits on the floor. Lila drags

on her cigarette, calmer now.


At least now I'll be able to blame

the state, not God, for my




Puff, thirties, dirty, scraggly hair and beard but in a crisp

business suit, testifies before a congressional committee.

The auditorium is filled with reporters and spectators. Puff

sits in front of a microphone, counsel at his side. He pours

himself a glass of water, drinks, clears his throat, then

stentorian, confident.


I am sorry, gentlemen, sorry for all

of us. Your's is a complicated, sad


This is a revelation to the assembled crowd. People whisper

to each other.


And I never knew that. I was living

a life of simplicity, of purity,

when I was ripped out of my Eden and

immersed in this harshness. Some

would argue that the life I was living

was not a human life at all. And,

gentlemen, I don't have any clever

retort. I am not a philosopher. The

only thing I know is that I am sorry,

sorry for my expulsion from Eden,

sorry for my Lila rotting in her

jail cell, and sorry for Nathan...

rotting in his grave.

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Charlie Kaufman

Charles Stuart "Charlie" Kaufman (born November 19, 1958) is an American screenwriter, producer, director, and lyricist. He wrote the films Being John Malkovich (1999), Adaptation (2002), and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). He made his directorial debut with Synecdoche, New York (2008), which was also well-received; film critic Roger Ebert named it "the best movie of the decade" in 2009. It was followed by Anomalisa (2015). more…

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