Gail O’Grady screenplay – Actress | Producer, NYPD Blue (1993-1999) | Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999) | American Dreams (2002-2005)
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Gail O’Grady screenplay subject of prison petition
Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through Gail O’Grady’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 Gail O’Grady 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 Gail O’Grady 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 Gail O’Grady’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, Gail O’Grady 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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Theres nothing an actor loves more than a grand entrance! Its the #1 way to attract talent to a role. Audiences love the grand entrance too. Remember the way were introduced to the female lead in Kill Bill Vol. 1? Or the way Johnny Depps character sails into his introduction in the first Pirates of the Caribbean?
THE GRAND ENTRANCE
Gail O’Grady – This DOES NOT mean a screenwriter should only write scripts for specific actors. It means that the quality of the lead role should be worthy of an A-list actor. With this in mind, lets take a look at what makes a commercial character:
Screenwriters are focused on creating identifiable heroes. Producers are focused on a hero they can sell to an A-list actor or name talent. If the role isnt strong enough, the producer wont be able to attach talent and secure funding. Screenwriters should be asking, Will the character attract an A-list actor to the role? Even if the film is headed to an indie, cable or art-house market, most require recognizable talent, especially in the lead role, before the project can sell.
Theres a locational aspect to the third act: the final battle will often take place in a completely different setting than the rest of the film or novel. In fact, half of the third act can be, and often is, just getting to the site of the final showdown. One of the most memorable examples of this in movie history is the STORMING THE CASTLE scene in The Wizard of Oz, where, led by an escaped Toto, the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion scale the cliff, scope out the vast armies of the witch (Yo Ee O), and tussle with three stragglers to steal their uniforms and march in through the drawbridge of the castle with the rest of the army (an example of a PLAN BY ALLIES). The Princess Bride also has a literal Storming the Castle scene, with the Billy Crystal and Carol Kane characters waving our team off shouting, Have fun storming the castle!
Gail O’Grady – There is often a new, FINAL PLAN that the hero/ine makes that takes into account the new information and revelations. As always with a plan, its good to spell it out.
We also very often have gotten a sobering or terrifying glimpse of the TRUE NATURE OF THE ANTAGONIST a great example of that kind of nature of the opponent scene is in Chinatown, in that scene in which Jake is slapping Evelyn and he learns the truth about her father.
By the end of the second act, pretty much everything has been set up that we need to know particularly who the antagonist is, which sometimes we havent known, or have been wrong about, until its revealed at the second act climax. Of course, sometimes, or maybe often, there is one final reveal about the antagonist that is saved till the very end or nearly the end, as in The Usual Suspects and The Empire Strikes Back and Psycho.
by: Gail O’Grady – Actress | Producer, NYPD Blue (1993-1999) | Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999) | American Dreams (2002-2005)