S1m0ne

Synopsis: The career of a disillusioned producer, who is desperate for a hit, is endangered when his star walks off the film set. Forced to think fast, the producer decides to digitally create an actress "Simone" to sub for the star--the first totally believable synthetic actress. The "actress" becomes an overnight sensation, with a major singing career as well, and everyone thinks she's a real person. However, as Simone's fame skyrockets, he cannot bear to admit his fraud to himself or the world.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Andrew Niccol
Production: New Line Cinema
  1 nomination.
 
IMDB:
6.1
Metacritic:
49
Rotten Tomatoes:
51%
PG-13
Year:
2002
117 min
$9,492,087
Website
275 Views


Mr Taransky...?

She's...

She's walking?

Don't tell me

she's walking.

She can't walk.

Nicola!

This, this...

- Not this.

- Nicola...? How was your massage?

You're in breach.

Cigarette.

Is this about the new pages?

I made the changes...

all the changes

you wanted.

You are virtually

in every scene.

It is not the size

of the role, Viktor.

Am I, or am I not

entitled

to the biggest trailer

on the lot? Hmm?

It's the biggest

on earth. I swear.

It's a 50-foot

Airstream.

They don't make them

any longer.

- Taller, Viktor.

- Taller?

- Taller!

- What?

Eh...?

- You've insulted me for the last time.

- You're right.

It's actually...

it's actually taller.

- You're right. It's amazing.

- Coffee?!

Wait a minute...

The tyres are overinflated.

See? It's just this.

See? Look. Here.

- The air comes right out.

- This is so sad.

See, it's lower already.

- Nicola, please, don't do this to me.

- I had three other offers.

I only signed on

to this picture out of loyalty.

Well, then show me some.

They're going to shut me down!

It's not working, Viktor.

I mean, my God!

The scene with

the thousand geese?

I don't understand

this film!

Nobody is going

to understand this film.

Look, I already put out a press release

citing 'creative differences, '

- So just let it go.

- You went to the press?

- Do we have everything?

- Alright. You know what? You're right.

You are right.

And when you're right, you're right.

- Thank you.

- Let me help you with these.

You ought to go.

I don't deserve you.

Oh.

This film doesn't

deserve you.

It deserves much

much better than you!

'Creative differences'? The difference

is you're not creative.

To hell, please.

Jack? Jack

are you there?

She's good.

You can hardly tell

she's reading off a Teleprompter.

I'm right here.

Right beside you.

Look. I've analysed

this footage.

We've got everything

we need in the can already.

If I could just make

the proper adjustments

we can finish this film

without her.

According to the writ

her attorneys filed at noon today

they'll sue if the film is released

with Nicola in a single frame.

They will sue, Viktor.

They're serious.

So let's recast.

Nicola Anders is the only actress

in the world that could play that part.

- It's a remake, Hal.

- That's right.

Nicola is not bigger

than this picture.

Of course

she is, Viktor.

No other 'name'

is going to sign on now.

Who needs a name?

We'll cast an unknown.

I'm not going to play

opposite an unknown.

- We can't sell an unknown.

- The numbers don't work.

If we ever want to be in

the Nicola Anders business again

we have to cut our losses

and shelve the picture.

No! I will not give in

to that blackmailing...

Viktor

let's take a walk.

Ridiculous performance.

- I told you she was bad.

- No, yours in there.

Why do you always have to make things

so difficult for yourself?

Difficult?

I'm being difficult?

Yes. Mm-hmm.

Elaine, do you know

what these are?

- 'Mike 'n' lke's'?

- They're not just any 'Mike 'n' lke's, '

these are cherry

'Mike 'n' lke's. '

Do you know why I

Viktor Taransky

two-time Academy Award-

nominated director...

That was

'Short Subject. '

...overseeing the most

cherished movie project

of my entire career, am walking

around with... look, look...

pockets full

of these things?

- I have a feeling you'll tell me.

- I'm going to tell you.

Because Ms Nicola Anders...

supermodel with a SAG card...

has it written in her contract

that all cherry 'Mike 'n' lke's'

be removed from her candy dish

along with strict instructions

that any room she walks into

must have seven packs

of cigarettes waiting for her...

three of them opened;

that there be a personal Jacuzzi

within 80 paces

of her dressing room;

and any time she travels, her nanny

must fly with her first-class.

So, what's wrong

with that?

Elaine, she doesn't

have children.

Don't you see?

They're mocking us.

We're at their mercy.

What happened?

We always had movie stars, but

they used to be our stars, remember?

We were the ones that would

tell them what to do.

We would tell them

what to wear

- Who to date...

- That's what you want?

When they were under contract to us

we could change their names at will.

- Yeah... more than once.

- Viktor, do you realise

you're nostalgic for an era

you weren't even born in?

I do remember why I got

into this business.

- You seem to have forgotten.

- Oh, please. Come on.

New York... Cassavetes.

Remember?

- Here we go.

- What were we doing?

We were trying to make something

important. I don't know.

- Shine a light in that darkened cinema.

- It's called a projector.

Illuminate hearts and minds

with a ray of truth.

- Okay.

- I thought that's what we were doing.

I have good memories

of those days, too.

I do, but this isn't about that...

or you, or me

or some high-minded ideal.

This is business.

- Spare me.

- Look around.

Who do you think

pays for all of this?

This is about

investment and return.

I'm not interested

in investment and return!

I'm not interested in who pays for

anything! I'm trying to make a movie!

I'm responsible

for this, Viktor.

Those days

in New York...

it's over, Viktor.

You're not renewing

my contract?

How can I?

Your last three

pictures tanked.

No bankable star is going

to work with you after this.

I mean, if you just

compromised a little.

Well, not every day

you're fired by the mother

of your own child.

You and I both know

that I kept you on

after the divorce

for old times' sake.

And so you could still hold

your head up in front of Lainey.

- I fought for you.

- Yeah, well...

I'm sorry, Viktor.

Dad!

- Sweetheart.

- Hey, Dad.

- How are you, honey?

- Good.

I'm sorry

Mum canned you.

I'm going to finish

this picture.

Lainey, I'm going

to finish it.

Because it's important.

I know you will, Dad.

You're Viktor Taransky.

I'm Viktor Taransky.

Okay. Bye, Dad.

- Hi, sweetheart.

- Hey, Mum.

Are you okay?

I'm Viktor Taransky.

Mr Taransky?

Mr Taransky, thank God.

I've been trying to see you.

I've been calling.

Your assistant

wouldn't put me through.

I told her it was a matter

of life and death.

I was afraid I wasn't going

to get to you in time.

Please, just...

- Keep your distance.

- I did it! I did it!

I licked skin

I licked hair

- I licked every part of her.

- I'm going to call Security.

I'll call Security

if you don't back off.

I have her

Mr Taransky...

the answer

to your prayers.

- The answer to this.

- I was misquoted.

I have your new

leading lady right here...

in my pants.

Please, sir

I don't know you.

- I don't know where you come from...

- It's me!

Mr Taransky, don't...

don't you recognise me? The 'Future

of Film' Conference in San Jose.

Remember that?

Hank. Hank Aleno.

I was a keynote speaker.

You must remember my speech...

- 'Who Needs Humans? '

- Right.

You were booed off

the stage. I remember.

- Whoa, that's got to be...

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Andrew Niccol

Andrew M. Niccol is a New Zealand screenwriter, producer, and director. He wrote and directed Gattaca, S1m0ne, Lord of War, In Time, The Host, and Good Kill. more…

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