Leslie Nielsen screenplay – Actor | Producer | Soundtrack, Airplane! (1980) | The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991) | The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)
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Leslie Nielsen screenplay subject of prison petition
Petition Addressing the Texas Judicial System Requests Support through Leslie Nielsen’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 Leslie Nielsen 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 Leslie Nielsen 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 Leslie Nielsen’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, Leslie Nielsen 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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So far, youve learned how to create dialogue subtext, express emotions via subtext, create character subtext, use locations to create subtext and youve learned how to recognize subtext in everyday life from family, friends, strangers, co-workers and even your pet. The more you practice recognizing subtext, making note of it and incorporating it into your writing, the closer you are to a screenplay sale!
All of these actions tell us something without saying a word. Next time youre tempted to tell us something in a screenplay via dialogue, stop! Instead, think of an action or reaction you can use to show us!
Leslie Nielsen – Dogs bark a warning. Cats purr to show affection. Dogs whimper to be let out to go potty. Cats scratch to get attention at feeding time. Birds sing a happy song or curse a learned word. Birds flutter their wings in fear. Horses whinny for attention. Horses buck when they sense danger.
Since the pet cant tell us, they show us! Same goes for screenplays dont tell us, show us and watch the underlying meaning translate to subtext.
Now, filmmakers have location scouts to find these perfect physical settings for them, but I think its one of the great joys of my job as an author (as it was when I was a screenwriter) to be constantly on the lookout for perfect locations to use in current and yet-to-be-conceived storylines. And theyre all ours for the taking.
Leslie Nielsen – And in a subsequent scene, the nine-year-old heroine has just realized what the desire of her life is and runs through a long, curving passageway, another classic symbol of transition and birth, but the scene is filmed as an endless following shot in the psychedelically orange gateways of the Fushimi Inari shrine (Google it and take a look!), and truly delivers on the sensation of transformation that the moment is.
On the nose? Yes, but well-played and effective, and it does what the Midpoint is supposed to do: it kicks the second half of act two up to another level.
by: Leslie Nielsen – Actor | Producer | Soundtrack, Airplane! (1980) | The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991) | The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)