A monologue from the screenplay by Paul Haggis
I can’t be like this, Frankie. Not after what I’ve done. I’ve seen the world. People chanted my name.
Well, not my name… some damn name you gave me. But they were chanting for me. I was in magazines. You think I ever dreamed that’d happen?
I was born two pounds, one-and-a-half ounces. Daddy used to tell me I’d fight my way into this world, and I’d fight my way out.
That’s all I wanna do, Frankie. I just don’t wanna fight you to do it. I got what I needed. I got it all.
Don’t let ’em keep taking it away from me. Don’t let me lie here ’till I can’t hear those people chanting no more.