‘The Shape of Water’ (Strickland): “That story about Samson. I never told you how it ends…”

Actor Michael Shannon - The Shape of Water Monologue

'The Shape of Water' by Guillermo Del Toro & Vanessa Taylor

From: Movie

Type: Dramatic

Character: Richard Strickland, "a square-jawed, steely-eyed man dressed in a black, immaculate suit and tie."

Gender: Male

Age Range: 30's | 40's | 50's

Summary: Strickland tells Zelda the story of Samson

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STRICKLAND: That story about Samson. I never told you how it ends… (beat) After the Philistines- torture him and blind him- Samson asks God for the strength he needs- and at the last minute- he is spared. For Samson is a good man and a man of principle and the Lord gives his strength back to him. One last time.

And he holds the columns of the temple with his powerful arms and crushes them- and he brings the whole building down on the Philistines. He kills them all. He dies. But he gets every single one of them motherf—. That is his will.  That’s how powerful his will is. (beat) Now, do you know what that story means? For us, Delilah? (beat) It means that if you know something you’re not telling me, you will tell me. Either before or after I bring this particular temple down upon our heads. I am, for the time being, the true plight of the Negro, Zeldelilah…

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