Additional scenes: Charles Herman



  • John presents his Equilibrium Theory to Professor Hellinger



  • A series of extreme close-ups and close ups show the final paper of John’s work as Professor Hellinger intently flips through the paper.
  • The classical music is still present but quieter, showing that the Professor is concentrating on the theory. The viewer also waits to hear whether the work is acceptable.
  • An over the shoulder shot shows John in front of Professor Hellinger looking slightly nervous. He shifts his focus to the door.
  • Charles is seen in a POV shot in bright green shirt, pacing. He looks nervous for John.
  • Professor Hellinger states: You do realise that this flies in the face of 150 years of economic theory.
  • An over the shoulder shot shows John say, “It is, sir.”
  • John is shown in a close up and Professor Hellinger concludes: Well Mr Nash, with a breakthrough of this magnitude, I am confident that you will get any placement that you like.”
  • The music swells and John is shown in a close up to be rather overwhelmed.
  • Professor Hellinger can be heard: “Wheeler Labs, they’ll ask you to recommend two team members. Stills and Frank are excellent choices.”
  • A POV shot shows Charles jumping up and down, punching the air in excitement.
  • In a close up, John acknowledges his excitement with a smile.
  • John says: “Sol and Bender, sir.”
  • Professor Hellinger replies: “Sol and Bender are extraordinary Mathematicians. Has it occurred to you Mr Nash that Sol and bender might have plans of their own?”
  • A final close-up shows John smiling.


What does Charles represent in this scene? Why is he important?


2) John asks Charles for guidance in the park


  • Close-up point of view shot shows John deciphering codes patterns in magazines (the sun is shining on the code he has found.
  • The viewer hears a young girl say “what are you doing?” and point of view shot shows a neatly dressed child standing in front of John.
  • John says, “Attempting to isolate patterned reoccurences in periodicals over time.”
  • The child states, “You talk funny Mr Nash.”
  • John asks if he knows the girl and the girl replies: “My uncle says you’re very smart but not very nice, so I shouldn’t pay no mind if you are mean to me.”
  • John asks who her uncle is and the viewer hears “The prodigal roommate returns.”
  • A panning point of view shot, from John’s perspective, shows Charles standing in front of John.
  • Charles explains that, “he took (Marcee) in because her mother (Charles’ sister) was killed in a car crash.
  • John remarks “she’s so small,” and Charles jokes, “She’s young, that’s how they come.”
  • Charles explains that he’s “at Harvard” doing the “author’s workshop”, “D.H. bloody Lawrence.” John replies: “I really do think you should buy yourself a new book.”
  • Charles asks John how he is. John replies: “At first I thought my work here was trivial but a new assignment came up and…I can’t really tell you any details.”
  • Charles retorts: “Top secreat, black bag, black ops?”
  • A two shot is used to show Charles and John talking. John explains that he “met a girl” and Charles replies: “that’s wonderful.”
  • John wants to know if he “should he marry her?” “The job is fine. I have enough money. It all seems to add up. How do you know for sure?”
  • In a close-up, Charles says, “nothing’s ever for sure John. That’s the only sure thing I do know.”


What does Charles represent in this scene? Why is he important?


  • Hear him first, then see him again.
  • he is the rebellious side of John.
  • Charles is still studying the same book as he did when we were first introduced to him
  • Pigeons don’t move when Marcee runs through.
  • Close up and medium shots
  • “Nothing is ever for sure John, that’s the only sure thing I do know” – charles isn’t even a person irony
  • John is working a lot so he doesn’t have much social interaction – needs a friends to talk about and catch up, asks whether he should marry Alicia.
  • Marcee introduces family


3) John completes a guest lecture at Harvard University (National Mathematics conference)


Before this scene occurs, John has become increasingly paranoid about his work with William Parcher. He has been in a car chase with Russian spies, has seen agents outside his house, his classroom at MIT ad he has told Alicia to go to her sister’s; she is wondering what is wrong with John.


  • The viewer sees John in a medium shot looking tired, staring out in front of him and he holds his briefcase tightly.
  • We hear “Uncle John!” and in a point of view shot Marcee runs in front of John, with Charles in the background.
  • John lifts Marcee and holds her tight.
  • Charles hugs John saying, “Wow. Someone needed a hug.”
  • Charles explains that he has come to see John speak in his guest lecture: “How can I see a guest lecture by the inimitable John Nash?”
  • A long shot shows John, Marcee and Charles standing together.
  • In an over the shoulder shot (from Charles), John says: “I got myself into something. I think I might need some help.”
  • Charles replies: “Now you tell me. What is it?”
  • John is beckoned by Harvard lecturers.
  • A series of medium shots show John struggling through his lecture, while members of the audience look confused and awkward.
  • A point of view shot (from John) shows men in black suits enter he back of the lecture hall.
  • In a point of view shot, John looks at Charles and Charles looks at the back of the room.
  • Ominous music builds.
  • As John walks towards the stage exit, he says: “Sometimes our expectations are betrayed by the numbers.”
  • Interchangeable medium and long shots with panning movements show John running away from the men in black suits.
  • John is stopped and a man introduces himself as “Dr Rosen. I’m a psychiatrist.”
  • John punches Dr Rosen until he is restrained.
  • A dutch angle is used to show John being injected while John is screaming.
  • A point of view shot shows Charles stopping Marcee from going to Charles.
  • John is screaming, “the Russians!”
  • As John is taken away in a vehicle, a point of view shot shows Charles walking away with Marcee.


What does Charles represent in this scene? Why is he important?

  • John looks at Charles when he needs help, he is scared
  • Once the doctors take John, Charles changes. He cannot help physically as he is fictional. Charles may know that John needs help so doesn’t do anything.
  • The sedation might cause Charles to slip away


3) John believes Charles has betrayed him


  • John has been taken to the Macarthur Psychiatric Hospital.
  • He is in restraints and tells Dr Rosen that his “work is non-military in application” and that he doesn’t “know anything.”
  • John tries to get out of his restraints and falls onto the floor.
  • A point of view shot shows Charles seated in the corner, staring at John. Charles looks concerned and John says, “I didn’t mean to get you involved in this.”
  • Dr Rosen stands over John and a series of close-up and medium shots show John and Charles looking concerned.
  • John says, “the prodigal roommate revealed….How do you say Charles Herman in Russian?
  • Dr Rosen asks, “Tell me who you see…There’s no one there, John.”
  • Charles looks guilty as John screams: “he’s right there.”


  • Dr Rosen speaks with Alicia Nash and explains, “John has Schizophrenia.”
  • Dr Rosen states that he is “aware of” one hallucination that he is aware of: “An imaginary roommate named Charles Herman.
  • Alicia states, “Charles isn’t imaginary.”
  • Dr Rosen asks: “Have you ever met Charles? Has he ever come to dinner?” Alicia explains, “He’s always in town for so little time, lecturing.”
  • Dr Rosen continues, “Was he at your wedding? Have you seen a picture of him or talked on the phone? I phoned Princeton. According to their housing records, John lived alone.”


What does Charles represent in this scene? Why is he important?

  • John starts to realise Charles is in his imagination
  • Charles doesn’t say anything
  • As the viewer we learn that John’s world was delusional. “he has schizophrenia” “John lived alone.”


4) John stops taking his medication

  • John tells Alicia, he will run his baby son’s bath.
  • Alicia finds the shed in the back garden with all of John’s code-breaking across the walls.
  • A series of high-angle close-ups show the baby being surrounded by water.
  • Long shots show Alicia run to the house crying “John! No.”
  • A medium shot shows John happily shutting a window saying, “Charles you just watch the baby.”
  • Alicia grabs the baby and John says, “Charles was watching him. He was okay.” Alicia screams. There is no one here!” John justifies Charles’ presence by stating: “He’s been injected with a cloaking serum. I can see him because of a chemical that was released into my bloodstream when my implant disolved.”
  • Alicia goes to phone Dr Rosen. John sees William Parcher nd Marcee in the room, pleading with John to stop her. William says: “Finish her, she knows too much now.” Charles says, “John do what he says.”
  • A dutch angle shows John spinning as flashbacks show scenes from John’s life (delusional and real). John’s voice-over states: “Alicia and Charles never co-exist in the same interactive field…Charles and Marcee can not co-exist with Alicia.” Finally the voice-over says “I understand.”


What does Charles represent in this scene? Why is he important?

  • first time we see Charles since before he was sick
  • Spinning – is a dutch angle shot
  • Charles comes into the scene “to watch the baby”
  • John then realises that they all


Final scene: John says goodbye to Charles at Princeton

  • “John you can’t ignore me forever”
  • Close up again of John and Charles
  • “You’ve been a very good friend to me.” “The best” “But I won’t talk to you again
  • Close up of Charles looking emotionally destroyed..

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