Dr. Mark Powell
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Dr. Mark Powell (Character)
from K-PAX (2001)

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K-PAX (2001)
Dr. Mark Powell: How do you know right from wrong?
Prot: Every being in the universe knows right from wrong, Mark.

Dr. Mark Powell: Uh, how is it that being a visitor from space, that you, uh, you look so much like me or, or anyone else from Earth?
Prot: Why is a soap bubble round?
Dr. Mark Powell: "Why is a soap bubble round?"
Prot: You know, for an educated person, Mark, you repeat things quite a bit. Are you aware of that? A soap bubble is round because it is the most energy-efficient configuration. Similarly, on your planet I look like you. On K-PAX I look like a K-PAXian.
Dr. Mark Powell: Prot, why did you want to come to our planet?
Prot: Well, I've been here many times before. But what brought me here first? I don't know. Pure curiosity, I guess. I'd never been to a Class BA-3 planet before.
Dr. Mark Powell: Class BA-3?
Prot: Early stage of evolution. Future uncertain.

Prot: [eating a banana] Your produce alone has been worth the trip.
Dr. Mark Powell: Could you tell me a bit about your boyhood on K-PAX? Where were you born? You were, uh, born, right? K-Paxians have babies?
Prot: Oh, yes. Much like on Earth, but unlike you humans, the reproductive process is, uh, quite unpleasant for us.
Dr. Mark Powell: Could you compare the effect to something that I might understand. Like a toothache...?
Prot: It's more like having your nuts in a vise, except we feel it all over. And to make matters worse, the sensation is associated with something like your nausea accompanied by a very bad smell. The moment of climax is like being kicked in the stomach and then falling into a pool of mot droppings.
Dr. Mark Powell: Mot droppings?
Prot: A mot is a being much like your skunk only far more potent.
Dr. Mark Powell: Uh, if it's such a terrible experience, uh, how do you reproduce?
Prot: As carefully as possible.

Dr. Mark Powell: What would you say if I told you I think you're as human as I am?
Prot: I would say you're in need of a thorazine drip, Doctor.

Dr. Mark Powell: I'd like to begin by asking you... if you know why you're here.
Prot: Of course. You think I'm crazy.
Dr. Mark Powell: I prefer the term "ill". Do you think you are... ill?
Prot: A little homesick, perhaps.
Dr. Mark Powell: Really? Where is home?
Prot: K-PAX.
Dr. Mark Powell: K-PAX?
Prot: Capital "K," hyphen, capitals "P-A-X." K-PAX is a planet. But don't worry. I'm not going to leap out of your chest.
Dr. Mark Powell: I'm not worried. It's just that I'm only familiar with nine planets.
Prot: Well, actually, there are ten, but that doesn't matter. I'm not from your solar system. K-PAX is about 1,000 of your light-years away from here in what you would call your constellation Lyra.

Dr. Mark Powell: What if I were to tell you that according to a man who lived on our planet, named Einstein, that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light?
Prot: I would say that you misread Einstein, Dr. Powell. May I call you Mark? You see Mark, what Einstein actually said was that nothing can accelerate to the speed of light because its mass would become infinite. Einstein said nothing about entities already traveling at the speed of light or faster, at tachyon speeds.

Dr. Mark Powell: Have a seat.
Prot: "Have a seat." What a curious expression.

Dr. Chakraborty: He most definitely has a sensitivity to white light, but I think it's his range that you'll find interesting.
Dr. Mark Powell: What am I looking at?
Dr. Chakraborty: Uh, he can detect light at a wavelength of up to 300 to 400 angstroms. Ultraviolet. Of course, Prot's explanation is that due to his planet's peculiar quality of light caused by its two suns, K-PAXians are used to light conditions much like our twilight most of the time.
Dr. Mark Powell: Whoa, w-wait, wait a minute. Uh, Chuck, I didn't think human beings could see ultraviolet light.
Dr. Chakraborty: We can't.

Dr. Mark Powell: Oh, 6:15 was late. Didn't leave the station till 6:30. Should have caught the nearest beam of light.

Prot: You know what I've learned about your planet? There's enough life on Earth to fill 50 planets. Plants, animals, people, fungi, viruses, all jostling to find their place, bouncing off each other, feeding off each other. Connected.
Dr. Mark Powell: You don't have that kind of connection on K-PAX?
Prot: Nobody wants, nobody needs. On K-PAX, when I'm gone, nobody misses me. There would be no reason to. And yet I sense that when I leave here... I will be missed. Yes. Strange feeling.

Dr. Mark Powell: Well, let's hope extraterrestrials qualify for Medicaid.

Dr. Mark Powell: You know, maybe what's wrong with him is that he is.
Claudia Villars: Is what?
Dr. Mark Powell: From the planet K-PAX.

Dr. Mark Powell: What happened?
Ernie: My good friend Howie... he, he just about strangled me to death.
Dr. Mark Powell: What?
Ernie: Son of a bitch I love him!