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Sling Blade Scene 3

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Scene 3

Scene 3

  • Woolridge turns the lights off so Karl can enter.
  • Billy Bob Thornton's underbite has never looked better than in the silhouette of one dim lamp.
  • Karl starts telling the story of how he killed somebody.
  • As a kid, Karl lived in a shed because his mom didn't want him in the house.
  • Karl's dad worked at the saw mill. He didn't get paid much, but he got paid enough to feed his son mustard and biscuits three or four times a week. How generous.
  • One day, Karl saw the mill owner's son, Jesse Dixon, on top of his naked mother on the porch.
  • Karl killed Jesse with a Kaiser blade—nearly chopped his head off.
  • Then, when his mother was upset that Karl had killed Jesse, Karl killed her, too.
  • Karl says he would do it the same way again if he had the chance.
  • Why? Living in the institution has been better for Karl than living in the shed. He has a bed, food, and he learned to read the whole Bible.
  • The reporter asks Karl if he'd kill anyone else.
  • "I don't reckon I got no reason to kill nobody," Karl says.
  • That line has so many negatives, we're not sure if it's a yes or a no. Guess we'll have to keep watching.

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