Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Scene excerpt: "Go Far"—Christopher's desire for love, part of Filmmaking Forum: Scene Analysis.
- [Narrator] Like a diamond in a collection of gems, her natural beauty distinguishes her from all others. - How can you fix that? You can't, there's no way you have control of those situations, and you can encourage them, and I would always say to him, you know Chris, there's someone for everyone, and there's someone out there who will love you with your disability, and I'm not sure I even believed that myself, but I wanted Chris to at least have something to hope for.
- [Narrator] She is superior in her ability to manipulate light, for there is a constant glow about her. - He definitely expressed wanting to be in a relationship, wanting to be able to get married, wanting to have children at some point in his life, but also expressing the reality of the fact that it wasn't likely to happen. - [Narrator] What I love most of all is that she has no prejudices. She's one of a rare breed of girls with the ability to look far enough past my disability to see the person I am.
- Knowing Chris, and knowing his personality, how wonderful he is with children, how caring, how generous, to be honest it's still like, it still upsets me to be honest, to think that he can never have that. - [Narrator] As I gaze at her in awe, she approaches me. She takes my left hand, as if she understands my urgency, and wraps my arms around her. - The years are passing, now you're in law school, and your friends are inviting you to come and be in their wedding.
- Even though Chris took so many paths that many of us will never even aspire to, sometimes it's those simple things, getting married and having a family that, you know, anybody can do, that the great Chris Rush couldn't do. - Chris had been a groomsman many times in these weddings, and was always excited and proud to do it, but the frustration was there that he would never have his own wedding.
- I got engaged to be married, and I had asked him to be one of the groomsmen in my wedding. It should have occurred to me more, and I wish that it had. It didn't really strike me how difficult something like that probably was for him, but I still remember the phone call when I called him and I asked him to be in my wedding, and his response, "Well, yeah right. "No, really." I'm like, no Chris, this is important to me, like you've got to be in my wedding, and he was just, he was honored to be in it. - You care about someone when you want to help him, and it's something that you're powerless to help with, and I don't know, that whenever we talked about it.
I mean, he would tear up, and I would tear up, and I you know, would give him a hug, and say I'm sorry Chris, I wish, you know, I wish there was something. - [Narrator] Soon, reality taps on my shoulder, and she's gone. I drop my eyes and head to the ground, reminding myself that she's out my league. I shrug my shoulders and turn my back, left only with the souvenir of pain. - The things that Dory and I can correct, and the things that he can correct solved 90% of the problems, but the disappointments in his inability to establish an intense personal romantic relationship were debilitating to him.
- It just was one of the limitations that I think Chris faced, and that we faced, that we couldn't get around. I mean, he had all these extraordinary relationships and impersonal relationships where I think he was far closer with people than a lot of married people are, but in the end, I think missing that intimate partner, that was something that was very difficult for Chris.