BeirutDVD - 2018
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Opening narrative that is controversial P1 of 2:
For 4,000 years...villains and heroes, and they don't do that here. Here, you have Jews, Muslims, Christians, all living shoulder to shoulder, and it's messy. And the challenge for the State Department, for us...
-Sounds like I'm not gonna get a quick answer.
--Mason's just playing the diplomat, Congressman. He's been here long enough to explain this place in a minute.
-Let's have the shorter version. Give me the snapshot.
I don't know if I'd call it a snapshot, but I tell people, "If you wanna understand Lebanon, think of a boardinghouse without a landlord. The only thing the tenants have in common is their talent for betrayal. So these people have been living together, cheek by jowl, 20 centuries. 2,000 years of revenge, blood feuds, vendetta, murder.
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One night there's a storm. Raining like hell. There's a knock at the door. Who is it? It's the Palestinians. They want in. They've been up and down the block. They had doors slammed in their face. They're cold. They're tired. They want in and they want in now. So the house is thrown into confusion. Tenants arguing. Some of 'em violently opposed. Some think, "Let 'em in. They'll be gone tomorrow." Some think, "I let them in tonight, then I'll have an ally against my enemy." Some of 'em are terrified if they keep the door shut. So it isn't until after the Palestinians move in that the other people in the house realize the tragedy of the situation. That the Palestinians want nothing more than to just burn down the Israeli house next door. Welcome to Beirut.
You're an experienced negotiator. Negotiate.
Not you. Israel. Why come to us? Why go to the son when the father is so close?
I'm not here to answer questions. I'm here to tell you what must happen.
Well, it's a widely held belief that dangling a skirt in front of a jet-lagged American man of your age is a high percentage play.
Sent a comm signal out about 20 minutes ago, we just got called back. We've got four million in cash in the Embassy safe. There's a Naval cruiser stationed offshore with a SEAL team on standby. We've got approval to retarget the observation satellites. We've got all the pieces in place. We just gotta hope there's somebody worth talking to.
Okay, fine. Just pretend for a minute that I'm actually gonna do my job. Who am I working for? The White House? The State Department? Don Gaines?
-Make Cal your client. Unless you blame him for what happened here.
People can trust people based on whether or not they have something to gain?
You don't have time to be polite, and you cannot afford to be predictable. You need cards to play, and you need them right now.
I was raised as an only child in a very small home with two people who basically hated each other just enough to stay together. So, I guess you could say I've been mediating since before I was born. So, to give you some kind of context, when I was about nine years old, one night my father came home from one of his girlfriends' house. And my mother served him for dinner that night about a dozen of his best racing pigeons.
Syria has antiaircraft bunkers all over the Bekaa Valley. Half of them are decoys.
Munich Olympics. Madrid. 16 Israeli tourists. A synagogue in Istanbul. 14 victims. Children. El Al flight 305. 46 dead. Families.
Things happened in haste. People acted in ways that might be subject to a variety of legitimate interpretation. ... Everybody got what they wanted. It's a rare thing. Might as well enjoy it.
He wants this to go sideways. He wants to tip it over and give Israel all the reason it needs to come on in here.
Always good people suffer the most, huh?
What's it like to throw your whole career away in one night?
-You should know, right?
You're tougher than I was. I don't get surprised very often. Not in a good way.
That's my version of a compliment.
I thought we'd try and make a deal.
-And do what? Shake down the PLO?
You're the PLO. You're Arafat. You're desperately trying to hold this cease-fire together. The last thing you want is the Israelis crossing the border. One more incident, one more bomb, another assassination, and they'll stop asking for permission. They're gonna roll up and push you right into the sea.
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HAMM: Yeah, no, it's a - narratively, the story - it's not based on any one true story. It's sort of an amalgam of experiences that when Tony Gilroy, the writer of the script, was researching this role, he had seen a lot of the people in the CIA or the Foreign Service had gone through some sort of version of being kidnapped or taken hostage in some way and used as pawns in this geopolitical theater.
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