Tobin Bell’s ‘Saw IV’ Jigsaw Journal #5

During a career portraying some 75 film and TV characters, actor Tobin Bell has kept extensive journals detailing the on and off-camera minutiae in every one of his characters’ lives. While some might see this as obsessive; to Bell, it’s simply the proper way to do his job. Now, on the eve of this month’s “Saw IV” release, the star of the highest-grossing horror franchise of all time is revealing his Jigsaw journals for the first time, exclusively to MTV.

TODAY’S ENTRY: From Bell’s “Saw III” journal, notable quotations that have inspired Jigsaw, alongside his very own “words of wisdom”.

Click here to see the actual entry, hand-written by “Jigsaw.” Translation and commentary from Bell follow.

* “The greatest crime of all is the loss of the will to live.” Me

* “I’ve been the subject of many manhunts … it seems you need to launch one for yourself.” Me

* “Right or wrong, God judge me, not man. For be my motive good or bad, of one thing I am sure: My everlasting condemnation of those who have all, but appreciate nothing.”

* “People exaggerate the value of things they haven’t got.” George B. Shaw

* “What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly.” Thomas Paine

* “Cherish all your happy moments. They make a fine cushion for old age.” Booth Tarkington

* “Cherish all your joyous moments, for they make a fine boat in the stream of old age.” (another of Jigsaw’s original quotes)

These mottos take up 2 pages in the Jigsaw journals, compiling quotes about the preciousness of life by everyone from Goethe to Martha Graham to Lenny Bruce. Interspersed with such time-tested nuggets are Jigsaw’s own would-be pearls of wisdom, with the killer attributing them to “Me”. Bell explains: “These are just things that had come to me; stuff I had read at different points in time. These are one-liners that fuel this guy. The line I love is the line boxed-in here. I think this speaks of him; if I had to come up with one line to sum up Jigsaw, it’s this one: ’Right or wrong, God judge me, not man…’ It’s the kind of thing he’d want on his tombstone.”