Jack Starks
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Jack Starks (Character)
from The Jacket (2005)

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The Jacket (2005)
Jack Starks: When you're dead, the one thing you want is to come back.

[letter Jack writes to Jean]
Jack Starks: Sometimes I think we live through things only to be able to say that it happened. That it wasn't to someone else, it was to me. Sometimes we live to beat the odds. I'm not crazy even though they thought I was. I live in the same world as everyone else. I just saw more of it, as I'm sure you have. They'll find my body tomorrow. You can check it out if you don't believe me. I've seen life after my death, and I'm telling you this because it's the only way to help you and your daughter have a better life of your own. Jean, you're gonna pass out one day smoking a cigarette and burn to death. Your daughter grows up living the same life you're living right now. And she misses you so much. Sometimes life can only really begin with the knowledge of death. That it can all end, even when you least want it to. The important thing in life is to believe that while you're alive, it's never too late. I promise you, Jean, no matter how bad things look, they look better awake than they do asleep. When you die, there's only one thing you want to happen. You wanna come back.

Jackie Price: Do you want this?
[offers a cup of coffee]
Jack Starks: I want this.
[reaches out and kisses her]

Jack Starks: I'm running out of time.
Jackie Price: I don't care. You have to come back. I didn't ask for you, but now... you just have to come back.
Jack Starks: It's not like that. I don't have control over it.
Jackie Price: Well, get control.
[Jack goes back to 1992 and Jackie is alone in the bed in 2007]
Jackie Price: Come back to me, Jack.

Rudy Mackenzie: I've been approached by the Federal Trade Organization.
Dr. Thomas Becker: And what have they approached you about, Mr. Mackenzie?
Rudy Mackenzie: Ah... and this is nuts, but they have asked me to head up the Organization for the Organized!
Dr. Thomas Becker: The Organization... for the Organized?
Rudy Mackenzie: Yeah, you've heard of them?
Dr. Thomas Becker: No, Mr. Mackenzie, I have not.
Patient: That's because there is no such organization, you idiot!
Rudy Mackenzie: That is categorically not true; that is *blatantly* and *manifestly* not true! They have asked me to lead them, and if you've heard of them then they wouldn't be hush hush, would they?
Dr. Thomas Becker: What do the rest of you think?
Jack Starks: Well, uh... I know they exist.
Dr. Thomas Becker: And how is that?
Jack Starks: When I was in the Gulf, the Organization... was recruiting the organized.
Dr. Thomas Becker: Is that a fact, Mr. Starks? Because if it's not, it doesn't help Mr. Mackenzie.
Jack Starks: It is a fact, bona fide and classified.
Rudy Mackenzie: I knew it, I knew it! Those little *fuckers* are everywhere!
Jack Starks: They only recruit the best, Mackenzie.

Dr. Lorenson: Calm down, Mr. Starks.
Jack Starks: Stay calm, see, stay calm. Always ordering us to stay calm, be calm. Be calm! Be calm! They order *you* to order *me* to be calm. The fuck are we supposed to be calm? Look at this place. So, people, wake up! Okay? Orders come from the top only. Don't let them order you around, MacKenzie! Long live the Organization. Long live the Organization for the Organized!

Jackie Price: You got somewhere you need to go?
Jack Starks: [long pause] I'm not sure.
Jackie Price: Well, let me ask you that again. This time, look around and consider your options. Have you got somewhere you need to go?
Jack Starks: Yeah, I do.
Jackie Price: Well, great. Get in.

Jackie Price: There's nothing to steal, but don't be a jerk and take something anyway.
Jack Starks: No. I wouldn't.
[pause]
Jack Starks: My name is Jack.
Jackie Price: No. Let's not do the name thing, because it's - I don't wanna meet you. I may wanna help you tonight, but I don't wanna know you, really.

Jack Starks: It is a fact. Bona fide and classified.

Jack Starks: Join the Organization! The Organization needs you! Fight the good fight!

Jackie Price: How you doing?
Jack Starks: Better now.

Jack Starks: [whispering] I saw you. I know what you did to your patients. Years from now, I saw you. You told me about Piechowski... and Jackson MacGregor... and Ted Casey. You told me. All those guys stay with you. All of us. We all stay with you. We haunt you - *haunt* you.
[laughing]
Jack Starks: All of us. We haunt you. We... haunt... you.

Jack Starks: What's wrong, Doctor? You look like you've seen a ghost.

Jack Starks: I was 27 years old the first time I died.

Jack Starks: The real events that have happened to me have been fucked up, not my mind!

[first lines]
Jack Starks: [Walking over to Iraqi child who's breathing hard] How's it going little man? You all right?
[Babak pulls out gun. Jack puts his hand up in a stop gesture but Babak shoots Jack in the head. Jack falls to the ground]

Jackie Price: So, where I can take you?
Jack Starks: I don't know.
Jackie Price: What do you mean, you don't know?
Jack Starks: I don't know.