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Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through Eric Christian Olsen’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 Eric Christian Olsen 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 Eric Christian Olsen 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 Eric Christian Olsen’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, Eric Christian Olsen 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 internal conflict MUST be related to love. This is one of the areas where screenwriters stray from the RomCom formula. No matter what internal conflict the main characters (both male/female) have, it must be related to love. For example, a self-esteem issue could stem from being left at the altar in a previous relationship, a courage issue could stem from not having the courage to leave a previous relationship and take a chance on a relationship that works, etc. The trick is to make sure BOTH leads have an internal issue related to love. If one doesnt, then its a Comedy, not a RomCom.
Eric Christian Olsen – RomComs are famous for their establishing shots. I cant tell you how many times Ive seen the New York City landscape, a favorite location for RomComs. If the screenwriter uses a more specific location (other than a large landscape, like a house), then just make sure the story ends with this scene. For example, in the film While You Were Sleeping were in the train station (Chicago) and thats where the story ends.
Often the hero/ine will lose support from key allies when s/he begins to cross the line. This is the place that you see a friend or loved one lay into the hero/ine with a blistering monologue about how the hero/ine is doing everything wrong, or even walk out on the hero/ine, saying they cant recognize the hero/ine anymore.
Eric Christian Olsen – – In The Silence of the Lambs, when Catherine is kidnapped, Clarice is warned by her FBI roommate and ally that if she doesnt study for and take her FBI exams, shell be kicked out of the program. Of course Clarice puts Catherines well-being above her own; thats why we love her but the looming exams and threat of expulsion are a great way to back her into a corner and force hard choices.
These escalating actions will often lead to HARD CHOICES and CROSSING THE LINE: The hero/ine actually starts doing things that are against character, self-destructive, or downright immoral.
Now the actions your hero/ine takes toward his or her goal will become larger and increasingly obsessive. Small actions have not cut it, so its time for desperate measures.
by: Eric Christian Olsen – Actor | Producer | Soundtrack, Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003) | Fired Up! (2009) | Not Another Teen Movie (2001)