May 14, 2021

Cillian Murphy screenplay subject of prison petition

Cillian Murphy screenplay – Actor | Producer | Soundtrack, 28 Days Later… (2002) | Inception (2010) | Sunshine (2007)


Cillian Murphy screenplay subject of prison petition

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Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through Cillian Murphy’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 Cillian Murphy 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 Cillian Murphy 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.

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About Cillian Murphy’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, Cillian Murphy 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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Aspiring screenwriters often believe producers are just looking for great concepts. I can tell you from experience that most writers are good at coming up with great concepts, but they still fail to sell; even well-executed concepts. Don’t get the wrong idea. Producers need great concepts to get their projects funded, but they need plot irony to sell the story to an audience. An aspiring screenwriter who commercializes a script by adding plot irony has signifcantly increased the potential for a sale.


Reference this structure when developing stories and during the outlining phase to help assure proper commercial delivery of the script. Once the writer has mastered these areas, it’s vital to start looking at the script the way a producer sees it. Why? He’s the buyer. He’s person writing your check and I’m here to teach you how to get his attention. Let’s start with Plot Irony:

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Cillian Murphy – Reread The Firm and tell me Grisham didn’t write that character for Tom Cruise (at the age he was when the book came out). Then look at Grisham’s The Pelican Brief. Darby is Julia Roberts, right? This writing-for-actors technique works, not just to create bestselling novels, but also to help you nail your intended actors when the book is made into a movie. (In fact Nicholson not only signed on to play the role of Jake Gittes, but according to Polanski himself, Nicholson was instrumental in getting Polanski to agree to direct. That’s what happens when a smart actor has a vested interest in getting a movie made).

I’m a great believer in writing a character with a specific actor in mind — and I’m not just talking about screenwriters doing this, but authors too. In fact, as authors, we can use this technique even more easily than screenwriters can, because we don’t have to go out and get the actor to play the part (and then compromise later with the ninth or nineteenth choice on our wish list!). We can write any actor we please into any part we choose. So why not take advantage of that happy position of unlimited power?

But that casting was no accident. Screenwriter Robert Towne wrote the part specifically for Jack Nicholson, who was not a star at the time, although he was rising. Towne used Nicholson’s voice, his mannerisms, his attitude, to develop a colorful, complicated, fully realized lead.

by: Cillian Murphy – Actor | Producer | Soundtrack, 28 Days Later… (2002) | Inception (2010) | Sunshine (2007)