I love spotting “end of self” moments in movies. The one in Spike Lee’s 25th Hour was great. I love the one in Phone Booth, too.

Stu Shepard’s (Colin Farrell) confession from Phone Booth:

“I’ve never done anything for anybody who couldn’t do something for me. I string a long an eager kid with promises that I’ll pay him money. I only keep him around because he looks up to me … I lie in person and on the phone. I lie to my friends. I lie to newspapers and magazines who sell my lies to more and more people. I’m just a part of a big cycle of lies. I should be fuckin’ president. I wear all of this Italian shit because underneath, I still feel like the Bronx. I think I need these clothes and this watch. My $2,000 watch is a fake and so am I.

“I neglected the things I should have valued most. I value this shit. I take off my wedding ring to call Pam. Kelly, that’s Pam. Don’t blame her. I never told her I was married and if I had she would have told me to go home. Kelly, looking at you now, I’m ashamed of myself. I mean, I work so hard on this image, on Stu Shepard–the asshole that refers to himself in the third person–that I only proved that I should be alone. I’ve just been something I’m not for so long, I’m so afraid that you won’t like what’s underneath. But here I am, just flesh and blood and weakness. I love you so fuckin’ much. I take off this ring because it only reminds me of how much I’ve failed you. I don’t want to give you up, I want to make things better, but it may not be my choice anymore. You deserve better.”

Brennan Manning says it this way: “Sanctity lies in discovering my true self, moving toward it, and living out of it… While the impostor draws his identity from past achievements, and the adulation of others, the true self claims its identity in its belovedness. We give glory to God simply by being ourselves.