May 14, 2021

James Norton screenplay subject of prison petition

James Norton screenplay – Actor | Soundtrack | Producer, Happy Valley (2014-2016) | War & Peace (2016) | McMafia (2018)


James Norton screenplay subject of prison petition

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Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through James Norton’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 James Norton 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 James Norton 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 James Norton’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, James Norton 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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Why is knowing this so important to a screenwriter? Because in real life you can’t change a leopard’s spots, but in a movie the writer MUST change the leopard’s spots or the story fails. Like in real life, the hero has no desire to change. In fact, the film hero is perfectly comfortable in his dysfunctional world. It’s his norm. It’s his comfort zone. A bulldozer isn’t likely to evoke change. He’s EXACTLY like the audience; he isn’t able or willing to change! This means the writer has to devise a plot (external conflict) that will FORCE the hero to change.

The audience wants to be the hero! The audience wants to be a larger-than-life character! The audience wants to change their spots! Movies give the audience the hope that change is possible.

James Norton – For 90 to 120 minutes, the audience gets to forget their own shortcomings and experience what it would be like to change. Through the hero this experience is made possible. It’s unlikely the person viewing the film really gets that this is why they’re identifying so closely with the hero, but it is the core reason we are all so entranced by movies.

Most of you are familiar with the cliché, ‘You can’t change a Leopard’s Spots’. It means that you can’t change who a person is or their nature; they will always be the same. It’s the reason the film industry is a billion dollar a year business. A few people do change. Most don’t, but ALL people want to change deep down inside. Why don’t they change? Lots of reasons that we won’t go into here, but what’s important is the fact they want to change. With this in mind, what happens when a person goes to the movies? At the movies, he meets a hero who changes; who becomes stronger, more courageous, removed from fear, etc. The hero accomplishes want the audience only dreams of doing; he changes!

· FINAL BOWS: We need to see all our favorite characters one final time (this may happen earlier, in the Team Battle, or it may be combined with the Ceremony)

James Norton – · CEREMONY AND AWARDS: Not all stories have this element, but mythic structure stories very often have a step in the Resolution in which the hero/ine and team are honored by the community that they have just saved, or in a romance there is a wedding ceremony or suggestion of a wedding ceremony

· RESOLUTION: We get a glimpse into the NEW WAY OF LIFE that the hero/ine will be living after this whole ordeal and all s/he’s learned from it

· FULL CIRCLE: Not every story uses this technique, but often the hero/ine returns to a place we saw at the beginning of the story, and we see her or his character growth.

by: James Norton – Actor | Soundtrack | Producer, Happy Valley (2014-2016) | War & Peace (2016) | McMafia (2018)