Big Fish
written by John August, from the novel by Daniel Wallace

Edward: (playfully lecherous) Helloooo.
(Josephine (Marion Cotillard) smiles.)
Josephine: Hi. How are you feeling?
Edward: Oh, I was dreaming.
Josephine: What were you dreaming about?
Edward: Well, I don’t usually remember unless they're especially portentous. You know what that word means? (she shakes her head.) Means when you dream about something that's gonna happen. Like one night, I had a dream where this crow came and said, “Your aunt is gonna die.” I was so scared I woke up my parents but they said it was just a dream, and to get back to bed. But the next morning, my aunt Stacy was dead.
Josephine: That's terrible.
Edward: Terrible for her, but think about me, young boy with that kind of power. Wasn't three weeks later that the crow came back to me in a dream and said, "Your daddy's gonna die." I didn't know what to do. I finally told my father. But he said, oh, not to worry, but I could see he was rattled. The next morning, he wasn't himself, kept looking around, waiting for something to drop on his head. Because the crow didn’t say how it was gonna happen, just those words: your daddy's gonna die. Well, he left home early and was gone for a long time. When he finally came back, he looked terrible, like he was waiting for the axe to fall all day. He said to my mother, "I've just had the worst day of my life." (beat)"You think you've had a bad day,” she said. “This morning the milkman dropped dead on the porch!"
(Josephine smiles, looking at him sideways for fooling her with this story.)
Edward: Because see, my mother was banging the milkman.
Josephine: Can I take your picture?
Edward: Oh, you don’t need a picture. Just look up the word handsome in the dictionary.

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