In the movie at least, he’s also a drug addict: he has a MobiPak strapped to his lower back and pumps himself with some of his formulas. In the story, he has five (unseen) children; in the film, he confides in Jeff under the influence of Laffodil that his father abandoned him at an early age, which seems to have led him to want to control the emotions and behavior of others.
Jurnee Smollett’s Lizzy is created for the film. She’s bright, attractive, and clearly attracted to Jeff, who hesitantly reciprocates because he feels like he should never get close to anyone again. Lizzy, meanwhile, lives in a world of her own pain: while we’re initially told she’s in the facility for theft, we later learn she accidentally left her baby girl in a hot car. one morning in July for three hours on her way to work, killing her.
Mark Verlaine is Abnesti’s right-hand man. We don’t see him much in the short story, but in the movie he’s played by Mark Paguio and he’s treated by Abnesti almost like a butler and a bit like a punching bag, instead of an equal and fellow scientist. It’s also clear that Verlaine harbors great reservations about the direction in which the experiments are headed, and he takes actions near the end of the film that help determine the outcome of the narrative (which doesn’t happen in the story). ).
In the story and the film, Abnesti uses Luvactin to get Jeff to have sex and fall in love, one after another, with two different women. On the page, the two women (named Heather and Rachel) are placed in a room and Abnesti tells Jeff that he needs to decide which of the two women should get a dose of Darkenfloxx. The idea is to see if Jeff has any residual feelings for either of the women. He doesn’t, but he’s so appalled at the idea of either getting Darkenfloxx that he refuses to choose.
This experiment takes place in different combinations, with each of the women then refusing to choose between Jeff and an inmate named Rogan, whom each woman fucked under the influence of Luvactin. But since the results aren’t conclusive enough for Abnesti, the experiment takes a decidedly more vicious turn: Abnesti will administer Darkenfloxx to one of the women and then shove Jeff with Verbaluce for his reaction.
The test goes horribly wrong as the woman, Heather, is overwhelmed by the effects of Darkenfloxx and kills herself. But the very next day, Abnesti brings Jeff back, this time to see Rachel get Darkenfloxxed. Jeff refuses to give nominal permission to take Verbaluce into his system, and when Abnesti comes out for permission to give him Docilryde, Jeff grabs his remote, floods his own system with Darkenfloxx, and kills himself rather than let Abnesti move on. In a surreal coda, his conscience flies away but not before a voice asks him if he would like to go back, an offer he declines.