Charlie Meadows
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Charlie Meadows (Character)
from Barton Fink (1991)

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Barton Fink (1991)
[Barton is ranting about elitist playwrights]
Barton: Who cares about the fifth Earl of Bathsdrop and Lady Higgenbottom and... and... who killed Nigel Grinchgibbons?
Charlie: I can feel my butt gettin' sore already!

Charlie: Look upon me! I'll show you the life of the mind!

Charlie: I sure do forget myself sometimes.

Charlie: Hell you've got it made writing for the pictures, beating out that competition, and me being patronizing! Is the egg showing, or what?

Charlie: The doctor, what's he gonna tell me? Can't trade my head in for a new one.

Charlie: I could tell you stories to curl your hair, but it looks like you've already heard 'em.

Charlie: Beery wrestling picture? Could be a pip, could be a pip.

Charlie: What a day. Felt like I couldn't sell ice water in the Sahara.

Charlie: Listen to me belly achin', like my problems add up to a hill of beans.

Charlie: Sometimes it gets so hot I want to crawl right out of my skin.

Charlie: You think I made your life hell? Take a look around this dump. You're just a tourist with a typewriter, Barton, I live here.

Charlie: I pulled off early today. Took your advice, went to a doctor about this ear. He says 'You have an ear infection, ten dollars please'. So I says 'I told you I had an ear infection, you give me ten dollars!' Well that started an argument.

Charlie: I could tell you some stories...
Barton: Sure you could and yet many writers do everything in their power to insulate themselves from the common man, from where they live, from where they trade, from where they fight and love and converse and...
Barton: So naturally their work suffers and regresses into empty formalism and... well I'm spouting off again, but to put it in your language, the theatre becomes as phony as a three-dollar bill!
Charlie: Well I guess that's a tragedy right there!

Charlie: Heil Hitler.

Charlie: Yeah... Ladies do ask for attention. In my experience, they pretend to give it, but it's generally a smokescreen for demanding it back with interest.