Damian Lewis screenplay – Actor | Soundtrack | Producer, Band of Brothers (2001) | Dreamcatcher (2003) | Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood (2019)
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Damian Lewis screenplay subject of prison petition
Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through Damian Lewis’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 Damian Lewis 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 Damian Lewis 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 Damian Lewis’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, Damian Lewis 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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If the writer is taking us to a futuristic setting, then we need to know how the world ended up in its current state, whether a high tech Mecca or humanity has reverted back to caves. Fill in the gaps to establish believability for the storys timeline. Weve never been to the future, so we dont know this world or its rules. If the world hasnt changed at all it should have we need to know why. Same goes if were traveling to the past with a unique scenario, like in Cowboys and Aliens.
The problem Im encountering with aspiring writers is they make the assumption the audience will fill in the blanks, so they never establish the rules of the world. While Im a huge advocate of subtext and layering screenplays with underlying meaning, the writer can NOT leave the audience in the dark as to the rules of the world theyve created or theyll risk alienating the audience. The audience must know how, why and must be given a viable explanation that will allow them to suspend their disbelief.
Damian Lewis – Remember the first Jurassic Park and the stunning scene where the characters first see the living dinosaurs? Notice how were taken from that scene immediately to the laboratory where the rules of how this came about is explained in scientific detail. While even I think this scene was a bit dry, it was vital to the believability factor of the audience. In Honey I Shrunk the Kids we learn up front that the father is a mad scientist and we learn of his potential to shrink objects (and eventually kids) before the event happens, thus setting up the believability factor when it happens.
What if the writer hadnt visually and verbally revealed this information? Then the audience would be shouting; No way, vampires cant live in daylight! The entire movie would have lacked believability. While vampires, zombies, ghosts, werewolves and other horror creatures are make believe, they have established rules audiences accept. If these rules are broken, then the writer must provide an explanation. I recommend a visual explanation, if possible, but even a dialogue one will suffice. A word of caution regarding horror; the screenwriter can bend the rules to suit the storys unique world, but dont take it too far or the audience wont accept it.
MULTIPLE LEVELS OF ANTAGONISM
Damian Lewis – There are other types of thematic battles that go on in stories youve heard of all of these before: Man against Nature (Jaws, The Birds), Man against Machine (The Terminator), Man against Monster (Alien), Man against The System (Network, The Verdict, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest), and if you see a lot of stories with one of those themes on your lists, you will probably want to take a look at the classics which have explored those themes.
– In The Silence of the Lambs, its another head-on battle between inexperienced good and mythic evil. The theme that comes out of that book and film is ambivalent: yes, Clarice is able to kill Mr. Gumb (Buffalo Bill) and save Catherine she wins that battle but in the process a much greater evil is unleashed back into the world, as Lecter goes out to do his malevolent business. Myself, I particularly like this kind of ambivalent victory because I think its so true to life, and deliciously metaphorical at the same time.
by: Damian Lewis – Actor | Soundtrack | Producer, Band of Brothers (2001) | Dreamcatcher (2003) | Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood (2019)