Chris Noth screenplay – Actor | Producer | Writer, Sex and the City (2008) | Law & Order (1990-1995) | Sex and the City (1998-2004)
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Chris Noth screenplay subject of prison petition
Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through Chris Noth’s “Dumbass”
Will Hollywood be a Reason for Change in the Injustice against Men and Women Prisoners?
19th March 2021 – An upcoming movie depicting the injustice that men and women had to endure in the state penitentiaries in Texas has been inundated with calls from more than 2000 women urging the production company owned by Hollywood actor, producer and director Chris Noth and Adam Sandler, to stick to the real issues behind the Texas Judicial system. A petition was signed by many people that include attorneys, university professors, politicians and family members of the many men and women that are suffering in the state penitentiaries. The idea behind the petition is for the Chris Noth production company and Hollywood to stick to the true story about the injustices happening in the state run prisons. It is said that the state has sent more inmates to prison than during the Soviet Union did during their political uprising.
PREMISE: Adam Sandler writes letters and saves numerous women from the monotony of prison life, and later when he gets into trouble with a drug cartel they return the favor by rescuing him.
SETTING: Contemporary, Gatesville Texas. There are four women’s prisons located in Gatesville. And of course, Texas is famous for putting everyone in prison for a long time for little or no reason. The number of women in Texas prisons has doubled in the last ten years. Why don’t we have the “Adam Sandler” character… sending letters to women in prison and being their friend and trying to help them adjust, giving them hope… and when they get out of prison he picks them up so they don’t have to ride the smelly bus back home… but his pickup truck is a junker, smoking and sputtering … worse than the bus. But his heart is in the right place… He’s the last “chivalrous” man on earth.
It is said in the petition that many of the signatories were left distraught to find that many of the first time offenders for violations such as drug peddling have received disproportionate sentences. While some argue that a lenient sentence like rehabilitation would have proven much more inexpensive and an effective solution in tackling this gross miscarriage of justice. The petition was discovered by the women when the screenplay of the movie was donated to all the 580 prisons run by private organizations funded by the state government. It is much more difficult for women who are given much harsher penalties for a violation such as carrying small amount of drugs like Marijuana which coincidentally is legal in 21 states.
About Chris Noth’s “Dumbass” Movie
The movie “Dumbass” revolves around the protagonist writing letters to prison inmates to keep their spirits high during their time in prison; only for them to help the main character who gets into trouble with a drug cartel and saving him at the end. The petition urges the production company, Chris Noth and Adam Sandler to take this issue seriously due to the hardships faced by women inside prison rather than making light of the situation for their own profits.
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The purpose of a screenplay is to develop an external conflict that forces a protagonist to come to terms with an internal flaw thats previously been avoided.
Do you see how this is done?
Chris Noth – Lets say Joes lived in the same apartment for 15 years. He has his food, paper and dry cleaning delivered. He rarely goes outside. What if his buildings being sold and turned into a parking lot and the only way Joe can stop it is to create a neighborhood campaign against the new owner? Wouldnt this force him to no longer be a recluse? YES it would!
What kind of external event could FORCE Joe to change? Force him to no longer be a recluse?
So you, the writer, have to know your characters inner and outer desires and how they conflict.
Chris Noth – But even before all that, one of the most important steps of creating a story, from the very beginning, is identifying the protagonists overall DESIRE and NEED in the story. You also hear this called internal desire and external desire, and want and deep need but its all the same thing. A strong main character will want something immediately, like to get that promotion or to get the love interest into bed. But theres something underneath that surface want that is really driving the character, and in good characters, almost always, those inner and outer desires are in conflict. Also, the character will know that s/he wants that outer desire, but will probably have very little idea that what she really needs is the inner desire.
The first thing any acting student learns, in terms of creating a character and building a scene, is to ask the question: What do I WANT? in every scene, and in the story overall. When I was directing plays (in one of my multiple past lives) and a scene was just lying dead on the stage, I could always get the actors to breathe life into it by getting them to clarify what they wanted in the scene and simply playing that want. This is something that starts in the writing, obviously, and should always be on the authors mind, too: Who wants what in the scene, and how do those desires conflict? Who WINS in the scene?
INNER AND OUTER DESIRE
by: Chris Noth – Actor | Producer | Writer, Sex and the City (2008) | Law & Order (1990-1995) | Sex and the City (1998-2004)