Thursday, July 1, 2010

I’m the One Behind the Scenes.

Post by Trai

INT. ATLANTA RED CARPET ROOM -- ANOTHER DAY

Jerry now sits next to a towering white 27 year-old basketball player with a bad haircut. He is CALVIN NACK. They are signing a contract in the airport lounge. A little BOY approaches the player with a basketball trading card.

LITTLE BOY
Are you Calvin Nack? Could you
sign my card?

Nack bends down with a kindly-looking face.

CALVIN NACK
I'm sorry little fella. I can't
sign that particular brand of
card. I can only sign Pro-Jam
Blue Dot cards.

The Little Boy looks confused. As Calvin Nack turns to grab an orange juice from a barmaid, Jerry smoothly dishes off a business card to the little boy.

JERRY'S VOICE
Lately, it's gotten worse.

INT. HOSPITAL BEDROOM -- NIGHT

Hockey Player STEVE REMO, 33, is a big man in a small bed. He is in traction, with concussion. DOCTOR stands nearby, shoots Jerry a look of concern. Family is nearby.

DOCTOR
Do you know your name?

STEVE REMO
I uh... wait. Wait, here it
comes. I have it. My name is
Steve Remo. I play for the
Blackhawks.
(now on a roll)
You are my son. This pretty lady
is my wife. And you are...

Jerry nods encouragingly, presents his best "familiar" face.

STEVE REMO
(continuing)
My agent!

JERRY
Yes!

STEVE REMO
And I gotta play this weekend,
Doc. If I play in 65% of the
games, I make my bonus.

EXT. HOSPITAL HALLWAY -- NIGHT

Remo's 14 year-old SON (JESSE) confronts Jerry outside the hospital room. He's a hulking kid, a Pop Warner football player himself. His voice is in the process of changing.

SON
This is his fourth concussion.
Shouldn't somebody get him to stop?

As he talks, Jerry's cellular phone rings in his bag.

JERRY
(glib, easy)
Come on -- it'd take a tank to
stop your dad. It would take all
five Super Trooper VR Warriors,
right?

The kid stares at Maguire. It feels as if the kid is peering into his soul... and all he sees is trash.

What’s the movie? What do learn about Jerry in these two very short scenes?

3 comments:

Patricia Stoltey said...

Has to be that Tom Cruise movie, Jerry Maguire. Two things we learn: Jerry is a sports agent, and he's a bit of a jerk. :)

bfav said...

Show me the money. Of course it is Jerry Maguire. We learn money is more important to Jerry than his client's health.

Trai said...

Amazing what non-direct action can tell us about our characters!

And yes, that is Jerry Maguire, which has one of my favorite opening 15 pages of all time.

I also like pointing out the weight of the name: Jerry makes me think of "jerry-rig" and it's just one letter short of both "jerk" and "jeer." And Maguire sounds like acquire.

--Trai

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