Avi: "Ray? We have a bit of a problem. He murdered Catherine, like on a whim."
Ray: "Did anybody see her check in? Good. Take care of it. Dig a hole."
"We follow the innocent Boston man as he enters the prison yard... But just as he's about to lower his head and cry, we hear the sounds of a helicopter up above. He looks up... He sees the movie star at the controls. (Me.) It hovers down. He reaches his hand out. Close-up... hand holding hand. Credits roll."
He's holding Mickey's arm by now, tears in both their eyes. It's what they wanted to happen, both of them; it's what they want to happen now, of course -- Sean pulls Mickey out of the hell they found their way into -- but it's also how they wish it had gone, to begin with. Sean was a tool in a plan, a bystander who solved everybody's problems when he fucked up, and then he was the way for everybody to win. But it would make him feel better if Mickey had won too; less blood on his hands. Less guilt now, out of nowhere. And Mickey, in love with movies all his life, gets to be a part of it.
They dance, and gad about, singing about the movie they're going to make. Van Miller could hear every word, if he were listening; maybe he'd hear the change in Mickey as it happened, instead of finding out too late. I know that I, as a passive viewer, knew the second Sean Walker reached for Mickey's hand that Van Miller was going to be a dead motherfucker in very short order, essentially because he doesn’t understand the kind of person Mickey is, which is a roughhouser and a gambler who hates being told what to do and is stuck in the past. The kind of person who can make himself believe that Sean Walker could be acting in good faith because Mickey deserves a second chance to start over, play it out from the exact moment it all went away.
That's what makes this dangerous for my man Van Miller. What makes it dangerous for Mickey is that Sean Walker also thinks he's acting in good faith -- and will believe it, and in his dream with Mickey, and in the story of redemption they are telling... Until the second Mickey walks out the door, when the phone will ring, or his assistant comes in, and some new shiny object gets his attention.
Down in the TMZ parking structure, waiting for Harvey's boyfriend to come for the check.
Tommy: "Little dude, he's a good kid, Ray. I know you're worried he's gay..."