written by Eric Roth & Michael Mann, from the article by Marie Brenner
Don Hewitt (Philip Baker Hall): You're exaggerating!
Lowell: I am? You pay me to go get guys like Wigand, to draw him out. To get him to trust us, to get him to go on television. I do. I deliver him. He sits. He talks. He violates his own fucking confidentiality agreement. And he's only the key witness in the biggest public health reform issue, maybe the biggest, most-expensive corporate-malfeasance case in U.S. history. And Jeffrey Wigand, who's out on a limb, does he go on television and tell the truth? Yes. Is it newsworthy? Yes. Are we gonna air it? Of course not. Why? Because he's not telling the truth? No. Because he is telling the truth. That's why we're not going to air it. And the more truth he tells, the worse it gets!
Don Hewitt: You are a fanatic. An anarchist. You know that? If we can't have a whole show, then I want half a show rather than no show. But oh, no, not you. You won't be satisfied unless you're putting the company at risk!
Lowell: C'mon, what are you? And are you a businessman? Or are you a newsman?! Because that happens to be what Mike and I do for a living...
Mike Wallace (Christopher Plummer): Lowell.
Lowell: (runs on) "Put the corporation at risk"...? Give me a fucking break!
Mike Wallace: Lowell.
Lowell: These people are putting our whole reason for doing what we do...on the line!
Mike Wallace: Lowell!
Mike Wallace: I'm with Don on this.
This was taken directly from the shooting script of "The Insider" so there may be some differences between this and the final product. Especially considering it's Pacino performing.
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