Midnight and I’m not asleep yet. Go out to the living room, flip through some channels. A movie on HBO called 8MM is on.

Joaquin Phoenix to Nicholas Cage:

“You’re not a cop, are you? If I ask you and you are, you gotta tell me…”

“I’m not a cop.”

Of course this is nonsense.

Here’s what I don’t get though, even from the Hollywood writer’s perspective. Why does the guy asking “Are you a cop?” always follow it up by telling the potential undercover officer what his duty is? To fess up?

That doesn’t make any sense to me.

If he’s a cop, surely he’ll know the rule, wouldn’t he? Only the non-police officer wouldn’t know the rule, but he’ll say “No” anyway.

Update: Saw a bit more of the movie. The 2 main characters are being granted entry into a room full of possibly illegal activity. There’s a guard at the door. He asks everyone who enters

Are you currently in or have you ever been affiliated with law enforcement? (‘No’)

Yeah. That should be enough to grant that motion to suppress, right?

  • mk

    This is an incredibly unintelligent comment, but it’s all I can think of to write:


    (I’ll explain why later)