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re: Frank's private tragedy
Posted by: AlanScott 06:12 pm EDT 03/14/19
In reply to: re: Frank's private tragedy - Michael_Portantiere 03:56 pm EDT 03/14/19

No, it's not in the original. It's a ridiculous moment, and it's something we've discussed here before. I think at one time I did a post on several implausibilities that I think are in the current licensed script of the show, but it may have been in response to someone else bringing up the moment.

Fiasco has softened how ridiculous the moment is by having Charley got less het-up than some other Charleys I've seen at that moment, and by cutting Frank's line about how they can make a statement with the movie.

Yes, even if Charley isn't enthusiastic, it's hard to imagine any writer turning down money for something he's already written and which is famous. It's not like Charley would even have to do any work on it. Just sign the agreement. If he feels he's been damaged by writing a show that he's embarrassed to have his name on, the damage is already done. The show is a hit and it's famous, and a movie isn't going to make it appreciably worse or damage his reputation any more than he may feel it's already done.

Even as much of the revised version seems aimed at making the dialogue more realistic, less stylized, that seems to go in the other direction, especially when Frank ludicrously suggests they could make a statement with the movie.
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