Edit Yanko Slava[S1]  ņÅÄĮĖĆÉŃ ŽÅŌ×ÅŅĒ, 13 ÉĄĢŃ 2000 Ē.

 

ššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššš FIGHT CLUB

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššš by

 

ššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššš Jim Uhls

 

 

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššš based on a novel by

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš Chuck Palahnuik

 

üŌÉĶ Ć×ÅŌĻĶ ףÄÅĢÅĪĻ ŌĻ, ŽŌĻ ĪÅ ŠĻŠĮĢĻ × ĘÉĢŲĶ

INSOMNIA.. 3

ēĮÓŌŅĻĢÉ.. 18

ėĮ×ĮŌÉĪĮ TYLER'a. 21

šŅÅŚÅĪŌĮĆÉŃ Tyler'a. 33

īåšņļćåöåīļ.. 40

Fight Club É ÜŌÉ RULES. 44

āĻŅŻ ÉĢÉ The Soup äŅÅĶÕŽÉČ šŅÅÄĖĻ×. 64

śäåóų śįėļīžéģ ņįóžéóōėõ ÷ šļóģåäīéź ņįś. 69

EXT. STREET NEAR LOU'S TAVERN - LATER.. 88

 

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššš 2/16/98

 

 

šššš SCREEN BLACK

 

šššššššššššššššš ššššššššššššRUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš People were always asking me, did I

šššššššššššššššš know Tyler Durden.

 

šššš FADE IN:

 

šššš INT.š SOCIAL ROOM - TOP FLOOR OF HIGH RISE -- NIGHT

 

šššš TYLER has one arm around Jack's shoulder; the other hand

šššš holds a HANDGUN with the barrel[S2]  lodged in JACK'S MOUTH.

šššš Tyler is sitting in Jack's lap[S3] .

 

šššš They are both sweating and disheveled, both around 30; Tyler

šššš is blond, handsome; and Jack, brunette, is appealing in a

šššš dry sort of way.š Tyler looks at his watch.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš 3 minutes.

šššššššššššššššššššššš (looking out window)

šššššššššššššššš This is it: ground zero. Would you like to say a

šššššššššššššššš few words, to mark the occasion.

 

ššššš šššššššššššššššššššššššJACK

šššššššššššššššš ... i... ann....iinn.. ff....nnyin...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš With a gun barrel between your teeth,

šššššššššššššššš you speak only in vowels.

 

šššš Jack tongues the barrel to the side of his mouth.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššššššššš (still distorted)

šššššššššššššššš I can't think of anything.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš With my tongue, I can feel the

šššš ššššššššššššrifling in the barrel. For a second,

šššššššššššššššš I totally forgot about Tyler's whole

šššššššššššššššš controlled demolition thing and I

šššššššššššššššš wondered how clean this gun is.

 

šššš Tyler checks his watch.

 

ššššššššššššššššššššš šššššššTYLER

šššššššššššššššš It's getting exciting now.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš That old saying, how you always hurt

šššššššššššššššš the one you love, well, it works both

šššššššššššššššš way.

 

šššš Jack turns so that he can see down -- 31 STORIES.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš We have front row seats for this

šššššššššššššššš Theater of Mass Destruction.š The

šššššššššššššššš Demolitions Committee of Project

šššššššššššššš ššMayhem wrapped the foundation columns

šššššššššššššššš of ten buildings with blasting

šššššššššššššššš gelatin.š In two minutes, primary

šššššššššššššššš charges will blow base charges, and

šššššššššššššššš those buildings will be reduced to

ššššššššššš šššššsmoldering [S4] rubble[S5] .š I know this

šššššššššššššššš because Tyler knows this.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš 2 and ½ Think of everything we've accomplished.

šššššššššššššššššššššš (checks watch)

šššššššššššššššš Thirty seconds.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš And suddenly, I realize that all of this -- the

šššššššššššššššš gun, the bombs, the revolution - has got something to do with a girl named Marla Singer.

 

šššš PULL BACK from Jack's face.š It's pressed against TWO LARGE

šššš BREASTS that belong to...BOB, 45, a moose of a man.š Jack is

šššš engulfed by Bob in an intense embrace.š Bob weeps openly.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Bob. Bob had bitch-tits.

 

PULL BACK to wide on...

 

šššš INT. CHURCH MEETING ROOM - NIGHT

 

šššš Men are paired off, hugging, talking in emotional tones.

šššš Near the door, a SIGN on a stand: "REMAINING MEN TOGETHER."

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

ššššššššššššššš šThis was a support group for men with

šššššššššššššššš testicular cancer.š The big moosy

šššššššššššššššš slobbering all over me that was Bob.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš BOB

šššššššššššššššš We're still men.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššš ššššššššYes.š We're men.š Men is what we are.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Six 8 months ago, Bob's testicles were

šššššššššššššššš removed.š Then hormone therapy.š He

šššššššššššššššš developed bitch tits because his

šššššššššššššššš testosterone was too high and his

šššššššššššššššš body upped the estrogen.š That was

šššššššššššššššš where my head fit -- into his huge,

šššššššššššššššš sweating tits that hung enormous, the

šššššššššššššššš way we think of God's as big.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš BOB

šššššššššššššššš They're gonna have to open my pec's

šššššššššššššššš again to drain the fluid.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

-- into his huge,

šššššššššššššššš sweating tits that hung enormous, the

šššššššššššššššš way we think of God's as big.

 

šššš Bob hugs tighter; then looks with empathy into Jack's eyes.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš BOB

šššššššššššššššš Okay.š You cry now.

 

šššš Jack looks at Bob.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Wait.š Back up.š Let me start earlier.

 

INSOMNIA

šššš INT. JACK'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

 

šššš Jack lies in bed, staring at the ceiling.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš For six months.

šššššššššššššššš I couldn't sleep.

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš Echo.
šššššššššššššššš I couldn't sleep. I couldn't sleep. I couldn't sleep.

 

šššš INT. COPY ROOM - DAY

 

šššš Jack, sleepy, stands over a copy machine.š His Starbucks cup

šššš sits on the lid[S6] , moving back and forth as the machine copies.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš With insomnia, nothing is real.

šššššššššššššššš Everything's far away.š Everything's

šššššššššššššššš a copy of a copy of a copy.

 

šššš Other people make copies, all with Starbucks cups, sipping[S7] .

šššš Jack picks up his cup and his copies and leaves.

 

šššš INT. JACK'S OFFICE - SAME

 

šššš Jack, sipping, stares blankly at a Starbucks bag on the

šššš floor, full of newspapers and FAST FOOD GARBAGE.

 

šššššššššššššš ššššššššššššššRUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš When deep space exploration ramps comes up,

šššššššššššššššš It'll be the corporations that name

šššššššššššššššš everything.š The IBM Stellar Sphere.

šššššššššššššššš The Microsoft Philip Morris Galaxy. šPlanet

šššššššššššššššš Starbucks.

 

šššš Jack looks up as a pudgy[S8]  man, Jack's BOSS, enters, Starbucks

šššš cup in hand, and slides a stack of reports on Jack's desk.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš BOSS

šššššššššššššššš I'm going to need you out-of-town a

šššššššššššššššš little more this week.š We've got

šššššššššššššššš some "red-flags" to cover.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš It must've been Tuesday.š He was

šššššššššššššššš wearing his "cornflower-blue" tie.

 

šššššš ššššššššššššššššššššššJACK

šššššššššššššššššššššš (listless management speak)

šššššššššššššššš You want me to de-prioritize my

šššššššššššššššš current reports until you advise of

šššššššššššššššš a status upgrade?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš BOSS

ššššš šššššššššššYou need to make these your primary

šššššššššššššššš "action items."

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš BOSS

šššššššššššššššš Here are your flight coupons.š Call

šššššššššššššššš me from the road if there are any

šššššššššššššššš snags[S9] .š Your itinerary[S10] ...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš He was full of pep[S11] .š Must've had his

šššššššššššššššš grande latte enema.

 

šššš Jack hides a yawn[S12] , pretends to listen.

 

šššš INT. BATHROOM - JACK'S CONDO - NIGHT

 

šššš Jack sits on the toilet, CORDLESS PHONE to his ear, flips

šššš through an IKEA catalog.š There's a stack of old Playboy

šššš magazines and other catalogs nearby.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Like so many others everyone else, I had become a

šššššššššššššššš slave to the IKEA nesting instinct.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššššššššš (into phone)

šššššššššššššššš Yes.š I'd like to order the Erika

šššššššššššššššš Pekkari dust ruffles[S13] . slip covers.

 

šššš Jack drops the open catalog on the floor.

 

šššš MOVE IN ON CATALOG -- ON PHOTO of COFFEETABLE SET...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš If I saw something clever like a little coffee

šššššššššššššššš table in the shape of a yin-yang, I had to have it.

 

šššš PAN TO PHOTO of ARMCHAIR...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

The klipske personal office unit, the hovetrekke home exer-bike or the Johanneshov sofa with a armchair in the Strinne green stripe pattern...

 

šššš INT. LIVING ROOM/DINING AREA/KITCHEN

 

šššš The armchair APPEARS.š PAN OVER next to armchair...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Even Or the Rislampa wire lamps of

šššššššššššššššš environmentally-friendly unbleached

ššššš šššššššššššpaper.

 

šššš The lamps APPEAR.š PAN OVER to wall...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Even the Vild hall clock of

šššššššššššššššš galvanized steel, resting on the

šššššššššššššššš Klipsk shelving unit.

 

šššš The clock APPEARS as the shelving unit APPEARS on the wall.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš I'd flip through catalogs and

šššššššššššššššš wonder, "What kind of dining set

šššššššššššššššš defines me as a person?"š We used to

šššššššššššššššš read pornography.š Now it was the

šššššššššššššššš Horchow Collection.

 

šššš A dining room set APPEARS.š Jack, the cordless phone still

šššš glued to his ear, walks INTO FRAME and continues.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššš ššššššššNo, I don't want Cobalt.š Oh, that

šššššššššššššššš sounds nice.š Apricot.

 

šššš Jack opens a cabinet, takes out a plate.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš I had it all.š Even the glass dishes

šššššššššššššššš with tiny bubbles and imperfections:

 

šššš He rummages through the refrigerator.š It's practically

šššš empty.š Jack takes out a jar of mustard, opens it and uses

šššš a butter knife to eat it.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššš šš: proof they were crafted by the

šššššššššššššššš honest, simple, hard-working

šššššššššššššššš indigenous peoples of wherever.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

I was holding

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

We used to read pornography.
Now it was the Horchow Collection.

 

 

 

šššš INT. DOCTOR'S OFFICE - DAY

 

šššš Jack, eyes puffy, face pale, sits before an INTERN, who

šššš studies him with bemusement.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš INTERN

šššššššššššššššš No, you can't die of insomnia.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

What abut narcolepsy? I nod off.
I wake up in strange places.
I have no idea how I got there.

Maybe I died already.š Look at my face.

šššššššššššššššš

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš INTERN

šššššššššššššššš You need to lighten up.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Can't you please, just give me something?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Red-and-blue Tuinal, lipstick-red

šššššššššššššššš Seconals.

 

ššššššššššššššššššššš šššššššINTERN

šššššššššššššššššššššš (overlapping w/ above)

šššššššššššššššš No. You need healthy, natural sleep.

šššššššššššššššš Chew valerian root and get some more

šššššššššššššššš exercise.

 

šššš The Intern ushes Jack to the door.š They step into the...

 

šššš INT. HALLWAY

 

šššš The Intern walks away from Jack, picks up a chart.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš I'm in pain.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš INTERN

šššššššššššššššššššššš (facetious)

šššššššššššššššš You want to see pain?š Swing by First

šššššššššššššššš Methodist Tuesday nights.š See the

šššššššššššššššš guys with testicular cancer.š That's

šššššššššššššššš pain.

 

šššš The Intern moves into the other room.š Jack stares after him.

 

šššš EXT. FIRST METHODIST CHURCH - NIGHT

 

šššš Jack heads for the front door.

 

šššš INT. FIRST METHODIST CHURCH MEETING ROOM - NIGHT

 

šššš Jack stares at a group of men, including Bob, who are all

šššš listening to a group member speak at a lectern.š The SPEAKER

šššš has pale skin and sunken eyes -- he's clearly dying.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš SPEAKER

šššššššššššššššš I... wanted three kids.š Two boys and

šššššššššššššššš a girl.š Mindy wanted two girls and

šššššššššššššššš one boy.š We never could agree on

šššššššššššššššš anything.

 

šššš The Speaker cracks a sad smile.š Some men chuckle, happy to

šššš lighten the mood.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš SPEAKER

šššššššššššššššš Well, she had her first child a month

šššššššššššššššš ago, a girl, with her new husband...

šššššššššššššššš And, Thank God.š I'm glad for her,

šššššššššššššššš because she deserves...

 

šššš The speaker breaks down, WEEPS UNCONTROLLABLY.

 

šššš Jack watches.š A couple of the men go up to the speaker,

šššš comforting him, leading him away.š A LEADER takes the stand.

 

ššššššššš šššššššššššššššššššLEADER

šššššššššššššššš Everyone, let's thank Thomas for

šššššššššššššššš sharing himself with us.

 

šššš Jack, uncomfortable, joins EVERYONE ELSE:

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš EVERYONE

šššššššššššššššššššššš (in unison)

ššššššššššššššš šThank you, Thomas.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš LEADER

šššššššššššššššš I look around this room and I see a

šššššššššššššššš lot of courage.š And it gives me

šššššššššššššššš strength.š We give each other

šššššššššššššššš strength.

 

šššš Jack looks around.š Many of the men are sniffling, sobbing.

šššš Jack squirms in his seat.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš LEADER

šššššššššššššššš It's time for the one-on-one.š Let's

šššššššššššššššš follow Thomas's example and really open

šššššššššššššššš ourselves up.

 

šššš Everyone gets out of their chairs and begins pairing-off.

šššš Jack stands, uncomfortable.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš LEADER

šššššššššššššššš Would you find a partner?

 

šššš Bob, his chin down on his chest, starts toward Jack,

šššš shuffling his feet.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš And this is how I met the big moosey. His eyes already

šššššššššššššššš shrink-wrapped in tears.š Knees

šššššššššššššššš together, those awkward little steps.

 

šššš Bob takes Jack into an embrace.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš BOB

šššššššššššššššš My name is Bob.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Bob!š

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Bob had been a champion bodybuilder.š You

ššššššš šššššššššknow that chest expansion program you

šššššššššššššššš see on TV?š That was his idea.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš BOB

šššššššššššššššš I was a juicer. You know,using steroids.š

šššššššššššššššš Diabonol, Wisterol -- it's for

šššššššššššššššš Racehorses and for Christ sakes.š And now I'm

šššššššššššššššš bankrupt, I'm divorced, my two grown kids

šššššššššššššššš won't even return my phone calls...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Strangers with this kind of honesty

šššššššššššššššš make me go a big rubbery one.

 

šššš Bob breaks into sobbing, putting his head on Jack's shoulder

šššš and completely covering Jack's face.š After a long beat of

šššš crying, Bob raises up his head, looks at Jack's NAMETAG.

 

šššššššššš ššššššššššššššššššBOB

šššššššššššššššš Go ahead, Cornelius.š You can cry.

 

šššš They look at each other.š Slowly, Jack's eyes grow wet.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš And then... something happened.š I let go.

 

ššššššš šššššššššššššššššššššBOB

That's really good.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš :lost in oblivion -- dark and silent

šššššššššššššššš and complete.

 

šššš Bob pulls Jack's head back into his chest.š Jack tightens

šššš his arms around Bob.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš I found freedom.š Losing all hope was

šššššššššššššššš freedom.

 

šššš Jack pulls away from Bob.š On Bob's chest, there's a WET

šššš MASK of Jack's face from how he looks weeping.

 

 

 

šššš INT. JACK'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

 

šššš Jack lies sound asleep.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Babies don't sleep this well.

 

 

šššš INT. SMALL PROTESTANT CHURCH - NIGHT

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš I became addicted.

 

šššš Jack moves into a "group hug" of sickly people, men and

šššš women.š In view is a sign by the door "Free and Clear."

 

šššš INT. OFFICE BUILDING BASEMENT - NIGHT

 

šššš Jack stands with a weeping middle-aged WOMAN.š He begins to

šššš cry along with her.š A sign by the door: "Onward and Upward."

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš If I didn't say anything, people

šššššššššššššššš assumed the worst.š They cried

šššššššššššššššš harder.š Then I cried harder.

 

šššš INT. PUBLIC BUILDING CONFERENCE ROOM - NIGHT

 

šššš Everyone, including Jack, sits back in their seats, EYES

šššš CLOSED.š The Leader speaks into a microphone.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš LEADER

šššššššššššššššš Now, we're going to open the

šššššššššššššššš green door -- the heart chakra...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš I wasn't really dying, I wasn't host

šššššššššššššššš to cancer or parasites; I was the

šššššššššššššššš warm little center that the life of

šššššššššššššššš this world crowded around.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš LEADER

šššššššššššššššš ...And you open the door and you

šššššššššššššššš step inside.š We're inside our

šššššššššššššššš hearts.š Now, imaging your pain as a

šššššššššššššššš white ball of healing light.š That's

šššššššššššššššš right, the pain itself is a ball of

šššššššššššššššš healing light.

 

šššš Jack, eyes closed, is silent...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš LEADER

šššššššššššššššš It moves over your body, healing you.

šššššššššššššššš Keep this going remember to breathe and step forward,

šššššššššššššššš through the back door of the room.

šššššššššššššššš Where does it lead?š To your cave.

šššššššššššššššš Step forward into your cave.

 

šššš INT. CAVE - JACK'S IMAGINATION

 

šššš Jack walks along, moving through an ICE CAVERN...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš LEADER'S VOICE

šššššššššššššššš That's right.š You're going deeper

šššššššššššššššš into your cave.š And you're going to

šššššššššššššššš find your power animal...

 

šššš Jack comes upon a PENGUIN.š The penguin looks at him, cocks

šššš his head to signal Jack forward.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš PENGUIN

šššššššššššššššš Slide.

 

šššš The penguin jumps onto a patch of ICE and slides away.

 

šššš EXT. STREET - NIGHT

 

šššš Jack walks out a doorway, saying goodbye to people.š He

šššš walks down the sidewalk, shining with peace.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Every evening I died and every

šššššššššššššššš evening I was born again.š Resurrected.

 

ššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššš CUT BACK TO:

 

šššš INT. FIRST METHODIST CHURCH MEETING ROOM - RESUMING

 

šššš Jack's still in an embrace with Bob.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

ššššššššššššššš šBob loved me because he thought my

šššššššššššššššš testicles were removed too.š Being

šššššššššššššššš there, my face against his tits,

šššššššššššššššš ready to cry -- this was my vacation.

 

šššš MARLA SINGER enters.š She has short matte black hair and

šššš big, dark eyes like a character from japanese animation.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš And, she ruined everything.

 

šššš Marla looks around, raises a cigarette to her lips.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

ššš šššššššššššššThis is cancer, right?

 

šššš Bob and Jack stare, dumbfounded.

 

šššš INT. FIRST METHODIST CHURCH MEETING ROOM - LATER

 

šššš Everyone paired-off.š MOVE THROUGH ROOM... FIND JACK'S FACE

šššš as he stares... MOVE THROUGH ROOM... FIND MARLA'S FACE.

šššš She's drinking coffee, smoking a cigarette.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš This ... chick ... Marla Singer ...

šššššššššššššššš did not have testicular cancer.š She

šššššššššššššššš was a liar.

 

šššš INT. SMALL PROTESTANT CHURCH - NIGHT

 

šššš Marla sits with the group, smoking, listening intently while

šššš a member speaks.š Jack spies on her.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš She had no diseases at all.š I had

šššššššššššššššš seen her at my melanoma Monday night

šššššššššššššššš group ...

 

šššš INT. CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL - NIGHT

 

šššš Marla sits at the end of a row, smoking.š All the faces down

šššš the row are turned toward her, incredulous...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš ... and at "Free and Clear," at my blood

šššššššššššššššš parasites group Thursdays.

 

šššš Jack leans out further than the others, scornful.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Then at hope. My bimonthly sicle cell circleš

 

-- And, again, at "Seize The Day," my

šššššššššššššššš tuberculosis Friday night.

 

ššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššš CUT BACK TO:

 

šššš INT. FIRST METHODIST CHURCH MEETING ROOM - ANOTHER NIGHT

 

šššš Jack watches... Marla's eyes are closed, her head on the

šššš shoulder of the MAN she's embraced by.š She opens her eyes,

šššš catching Jack's stare.š Jack looks away.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Marla -- the big tourist.š Her lie

šššššššššššššššš reflected my lie.

 

šššš Marla rests her chin on the man's shoulder.š Tears roll down

šššš her cheeks.š She wipes at them.

 

šššš EXT. FIRST METHODIST CHURCH - NIGHT

 

šššš Marla walks out,š The support group's dispersing.š Jack

šššš exits amongst them.š He spots Marla walking away.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš And suddenly, I felt nothing.š I

šššššššššššššššš couldn't cry.š So, once again, I

šššššššššššššššš could not sleep.

 

šššš Jack stares after Marla for a long moment.š He walks away.

 

šššš INT. BEDROOM - LATER

 

šššš Jack, in underwear, is cross-legged on the floor, assembling

šššš IKEA furniture, CORDLESS PHONE shouldered to his ear.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššššššššš (into phone)

šššššššššššššššš No, I just can't believe that card is

šššššššššššššššš declined -- Okay, okay, let me give

šššššššššššššššš you a different card number.

 

šššš Jack gets his wallet off the floor, pulls out another card

šššš and, MOS over the following, he reads it into the phone.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Next group, after guided meditation,

šššššššššššššššš after we open our chakras, when it's

šššššššššššššššš time to hug, I'm going to grab that

šššššš ššššššššššlittle bitch, Marla Singer, and scream: pin her

šššššššššššššššš arms against her sides and say...

 

šššš INT. MEETING ROOM - NIGHT - JACK'S IMAGINATION

 

šššš CLOSE ON JACK as he CLAMPS his arms around Marla.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šš ššššššššššššššMarla, you liar, you big tourist.š I

šššššššššššššššš need this.š Now get out.

 

šššš INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

 

šššš Jack, in pajamas, stares at Home Shopping Network on his TV.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

ššššššššššššš šššI hadn't slept in four days...

 

šššššššššššššššš When you have insomnia, you're never

šššššššššššššššš really asleep and you're never really awake.š

 

 

 

šššš INT. SMALL PROTESTANT CHURCH - NIGHT

 

šššš Jack walks in and joins the crowd, looking around.š People

šššš are chattering with each other.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš -- But, in here, in everyone, there's

šššššššššššššššš the squint of a five-day headache.

šššššššššššššššš Yet they forced themselves to be

ššš šššššššššššššpositive.š They never said

šššššššššššššššš "parasite;" they said "agent."š They

šššššššššššššššš always talked about getting better.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš LEADER

šššššššššššššššš Okay, everyone.

 

šššš Everyone sits in chairs.š Jack catches sight of Marla.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš LEADER

šššššššššššššššš To begin tonight's communion, Chloe

šššššššššššššššš would like to say a few words.

 

šššš Taking the lectern is CHLOE, a pale, sickly girl whose skin

šššš stretches yellowish and tight over her bones.š She wears a

šššš head bondage.š She clears her throat.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Ahh, Chloe.š Chloe looked the way

šššššššššššššššš Joni Mitchell's skeleton would look

šššššššššššššššš if you made it smile and walk around

šššššššššššššššš a party being extra nice to everyone.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš CHLOE

šššššššššššššššš Well, I'm still here -- but I don't

šššššššššššššššš know for how long.š That's as much

šššššššššššššššš certainty as anyone can give me.š but

šššššššššššššššš I've got some good news -- I no

šššššššššššššššš longer have any fear of death.

 

šššš APPLAUSE from around the room.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš CHLOE

šššššššššššššššš But... I am in a pretty lonely place.

ššššš šššššššššššNo one will have sex with me.š I'm so

šššššššššššššššš close to the end and all I want is to

šššššššššššššššš get laid for the last time.š I have

šššššššššššššššš pornographic movies in my apartment,

šššššššššššššššš and lubricants and amyl nitrate ...

 

šššš The LEADER gingerly takes control of the microphone.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš LEADER

šššššššššššššššš Thank you, Chloe.š Everyone, let's

šššššššššššššššš thank Chloe.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš EVERYONE

šššššššššššššššš Thank you, Chloe.

 

šššš INT. SMALL PROTESTANT CHURCH - LATER

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš LEADER

šššššššššššššššš Now let's ready our self for guided meditation,

you're standing at the entrance

šššššššššššššššš to your cave.š You step inside your

šššššššššššššššš cave and you walk.š Keep walking.

 

šššš Jack's face, eyes closed, is motionless.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš If I did have a tumor[S14] , I'd name it

šššššššššššššššš Marla.š Marla...the little scratch on

šššššššššššššššš the roof of your mouth that would

šššššššššššššššš heal if only you could stop tonguing

šššššššššššššššš it, but you can't.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš LEADER

šššššššššššššššš :: deeper into your cave as you walk. You feel the healing of your energy all around you. Now, find your power animal.

 

šššš INT. CAVE - JACK'S IMAGINATION

 

šššš Jack finds Marla smoking a cigarette.š Marla cocks her head,

šššš indicating whe wants him to --

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš It's lie. [Slide.]

 

šššš INT. SMALL PROTESTANT CHURCH - RESUMING

 

šššš Jack's eyes open and turn to Marla, watching her blow smoke

šššš rings with her eyes closed.

 

šššš INT. SMALL PROTESTANT CHURCH - LATER

 

šššš Everyone stands and mills about, pairing-off.

 

šššššššššššššššššššš ššššššššLEADER

šššššššššššššššš Okey. Now let's partner up. Pick someone special to you tonight.

 

šššš Jack sees the ghastly spectre of Chloe ambling towards him.

šššš He tries to smile.š She smiles with a twisted, dying mouth.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššš ššCHLOE

šššššššššššššššš Hello, Mr. Tayler.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš I never gave my real name at support

šššššššššššššššš groups.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Hi, Chloe.

 

ššššššššššššššššš šššššššššššCHLOE

šššššššššššššššš We've never actually talked.

 

šššš Chloe's eyes are eerily bright with desperation.š Jack, in

šššš a sincere attempt at levity, chokes out:

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš You look good.š You ... look ... like

šššššššššššššššš a pirate.

 

šššš Chloe laughs, a little too much.š Jack squeezes out a laugh.

šššš Then he sees Marla, off by herself.š Someone heads for her.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Excuse me, I have to...

 

šššš Jack gives a quick nod to Chloe and darts towards Marla.

šššš Chloe watches him go.

 

šššš STAY ON JACK AND MARLA as Jack CLAMPS his arms around her.

šššš He whispers into her ear.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Hey. We need to talk.

 

ššššššš šššššššššššššššššššššMARLA

šššššššššššššššš Sure.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš I'm on to you.š You're a faker.š You

šššššššššššššššš aren't dying.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš What?

šššššššššššššššššššššššššš ššJACK

šššššššššššššššš You're a faker.š You aren't dying.

šššššššššššššššš

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš Sorry?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš In the Tibetan philosophy and Sylvia Plath

šššššššššššššššš sense of the word, I know we're all - we're all dying, all right?š But you're not

šššššššššššššššš dying the way Chloe back there is dying.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš So?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš LEADER

šššššššššššššššš Tell the other person how you feel.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš So you're a tourist. OK. I've seen you. I saw you at

šššššššššššššššš Melanoma. I saw you at tuberculosis. I saw you at testicular

šššššššššššššššš cancer.

 

ššššššššššššššššššššššš šššššMARLA

šššššššššššššššš And I saw you practicing this...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Practicing what?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš Telling me off.š Is it going as well

šššššššššššššššš as you hoped... ?

šššššššššššššššššššššš (reads his nametag)

šššššššššššššššš "... Rupert. Mr. Taylor."

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš I'll expose[S15]  you.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš Go ahead.š I'll expose you.

 

šššššššššššššššššš ššššššššššLEADER

šššššššššššššššš All right. Come together. Let yourselves cry.

 

šššš Marla puts her head down on Jack's shoulder as if she were

šššš crying.š Jack pulls her head back up.š She deadpans at him.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

ššššššššš šššššššOh, God, why are you doing this?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš It's cheaper than a movie, and

šššššššššššššššš there's free coffee.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

No, look: this is important, OK? These are my groups.
I've been coming for over a year.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

A year?š How'd you manage that?
Why do you do it?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Anyone who might've noticed either

šššššššššššššššš died or recovered and never came back.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš LEADER

šššššššššššššššš Let yourself cry.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš I don't know. When people think you're dying, and they

šššššššššššššššš Really, really, really listen, instead of just...

 

šššššš ššššššššššššššššššššššMARLA

šššššššššššššššš -- Instead of just waiting for their

šššššššššššššššš turn to speak.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Yeah.

 

šššš Brief recognition between them, broken as the Leader passes.

 

ššššššššššššššš šššššššššššššLEADER

šššššššššššššššš Share yourselves completely.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš You don't wanna to get into this.

 

 

šššš Jack waits till the Leader's out of earshot.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš šššššš(warning)

šššššššššššššššš It becomes an addiction.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš Really?

 

šššš Jack sighs, then pulls back.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš I'm not kidding. I can't cry if there's another faker

šššššššššššššššš present. And I need this. So you got to find somewhere else to go.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš Candy-stripe a cancer ward.š It's not

šššššššššššššššš my problem.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššš ššššPlease.š Can't we do something... ?

 

šššš Marla starts out of the room.š Jack follows her.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš LEADER

šššššššššššššššš Now, the closing prayer.

 

šššš EXT. CHURCH - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS

 

šššš Marla gets to the sidewalk, moving quickly along.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Wait, wait. Hold on. I'll tell you. We're gonna split up the week. OK? You can

šššššššššššššššš have lymphoma, tuberculosis and --

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš You take tuberculosis.š My smoking

šššššššššššššššš doesn't go over at all.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš I think testicular cancer should be

šššššššššššššššš no contest.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš Well, technically, I have more of a

šššššššššššššššš right to be there than you.š You

šššššššššššššššš still have your balls.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš You're kidding.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš I don't know -- am I?

 

šš ššJack follow Marla into...

 

šššš INT. LAUNDROMAT - CONTINUOUS

 

šššš Marla walks with authority up to an unwatched DRYER.š She

šššš takes out clothes, picks out jeans, pants and shirts.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš What do you want? š

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš I'll take the parasites[S16] .

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš You can't have both parasites.š You

šššššššššššššššš can take blood parasites --

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

ššššš šššššššššššI want brain parasites.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Okay.š I'll take blood parasites and

šššššššššššššššš organic brain dementia --

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš I want that.

 

ššššššššššššššššššššš šššššššJACK

šššššššššššššššš You can't have the whole brain!

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš So far, you have four and I only have

šššššššššššššššš two!

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Then, take blood parasites.š It's

šššššššššššššššš yours.š Now we each have three.

 

šššš Marla gathers the chosen garments and heads out past Jack...

 

šššš EXT. SIDEWALK - CONTINUOUS

 

šššš Jack follows, bewildered.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Hey. You... left half your clothes.

 

šššš HONK!š Jack starts.š Marla's led him into the street with

šššš traffic barreling down.

 

šššš Marla walks on, oblivious as CARS screech to a halt, HORNS

šššš BLARING.š Jack dashes, following...

 

šššš INT. THRIFT STORE - CONTINUOUS

 

š šššMarla drops the pile of clothes on a counter.š An old CLERK

šššš sifts through the clothes, begins writing on a pad.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš What. You're selling those?

 

šššš Marla steps down hard on Jack's foot.š He winces in pain.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššššššššš (for the Clerk to hear)

šššššššššššššššš Yes, I'm selling some chothes.

 

šššš The Clerk starts to ring up the assessed amounts.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš So, we each have three -- that's six.

šššššššššššššššš What about the seventh day?š I want

šššššššššššššššš ascending[S17]  bowel[S18]  cancer.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš The girl had done her homework.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš No. No. I want ascending bowel cancer.

 

šššš The Clerk gives a strange look as he hands money to Marla.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš That's your favorite, too?š Tried to

šššššššššššššššš slip it by me, eh?

 

šš ššššššššššššššššššššššššššJACK

šššššššššššššššš We'll split it.š You get it the first

šššššššššššššššš and third Sunday of the month.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš Deal.

 

šššš They shake.š Jack tries to withdraw his hand; Marla holds it.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš Looks like this is goodbye.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Let's not make a big thing out of it.

 

šššš She walks to the door, pocketing money, not looking back.

 

šššššššššššššš ššššššššššššššMARLA

šššššššššššššššš How's this for not making a big thing?

 

šššš Jack watches her go.š A moment, then he follows after...

 

šššš EXT. SIDEWALK - CONTINUOUS

 

šššš Jack hesitates, unsure, then run/walks to catch up to her...

 

ššššššššššššššš šššššššššššššJACK

šššššššššššššššš Um... Marla, should we maybe exchange

šššššššššššššššš numbers?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš Should we?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš In case we want to switch nights.

 

ššššš šššššššššššššššššššššššMARLA

šššššššššššššššš OK.

 

šššš Jack takes out a business card, writes his number on the

šššš back, hands it to her.š She takes the pen, grabs his hand

šššš and writes her number on his palm.š She walks into the

šššš street, causing more SCREECHING and HONKING.š She turns,

šššš holds up the card.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš This is how I met Marla Singer. Marla's philosophy of life that she might die at any moment. The tragedy, she said, was that she didn't.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš It doesn't have any name. Who are you?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš It doesn't have your name.š Who are

šššššššššššššššš you?š Cornelius?š Ruport?š Dr.

šššššššššš ššššššZaius?š Any of the stupid names you

šššššššššššššššš give each night?

 

šššš Jack starts to answer, but the traffic noise is too loud.

šššš Marla just shakes her head, turns, and keeps moving.š A BUS

šššš moves into view, obscuring her.

 

ēĮÓŌŅĻĢÉ

šššš INT. AIRPLANE CABIN - DAY

 

šššš The plane touches down; the cabin BUMPS.š Jack's eyes open.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš You wake up at SeaTac...

 

šššš INT. AIRPLANE CABIN - DAY

 

šššš Jack snaps awake again, looking around, disoriented.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš S.F. -- L.A.X.

 

šššš EXT. HIGHWAY - DUSK

 

šššš The rear of a CRASHED CAR sticks up by the side of the road.

šššš Jack stands, marking on a clipboard.š The SUN SETS behind.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš You wake up at O'Hare. Dallas-Fort Worth. B.W.I...

 

šššš INT. AIRPORT - NIGHT

 

šššš Jack stands at a gate counter.š An ATTENDANT smiles at him.

 

 

 

šššš Jack looks with blearing eyes at his watch, steps away and

šššš looks at an overhanging CLOCK.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Pacific, Mountain, Central.š Lose an

šššššššššššššššš hour, gain an hour.š

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš ATTENDANT

šššššššššššššššš Check-in for that flight doesn't

šššššššššššššššš begin for another two hours, Sir.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš This is your life, and it's ending one minute at a time.

ššššššššššššššššššššš šššššššššššš

šššš INT. AIRPLANE CABIN - DAY

 

šššš Jack's eyes snap open as the plane LANDS.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš You wake up at Air Harbor

šššššššššššššššš International.

 

šššš INT. AIRPORT WALKWAY

 

šššš Jack stands on a conveyor belt, briefcase at his feet.š He

šššš watches PEOPLE MOVING PAST on the opposite conveyor.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš If you wake up at a different time

šššššššššššššššš and in a different place, could you

šššššššššššššššš wake up as a different person?

 

šššš Jack misses seeing TYLER on the opposite conveyor belt.

šššš They pass each other.

 

šššš INT. AIRPLANE CABIN - IN FLIGHT - NIGHT

 

šššš Jack sits next to a BUSINESSMAN.š As they have idle

šš ššCONVERSATION, we MOVE IN ON Jack's tray.š An ATTENDANT'S

šššš HANDS set coffee down with a small container of cream.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Everywhere I travel -- tiny life.

šššššššššššššššš Single-serving sugar, single-serving

šššššššššššššššš cream, single pat of butter.

 

ššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššš CUT TO:

 

šššš HANDS place a dinner tray down.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Microwave Cordon Bleu hobby kit.

 

šššš INT. HOTEL ROOM - BATHROOM - NIGHT

 

šššš Jack brushes his teeth in the MIRROR.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Shampoo/conditioner combos.š Single-

šššššššššššššššš serving mouthwash, tiny bar of soap.

 

šššš Jack picks up an individual, wrapped Q-TIP, looks at it.š He

šššš moves out of the bathroom into...

 

šššš MAIN ROOM

 

šššš Jack sits on the bed.š He turns on the TV.š It's tuned to

šššš the "Sheraton Channel," shows WAITERS serving people in a

šššš large BANQUET ROOM.š Jack stops brushing his teeth, feels

šššš something on the bed, lifts it -- a small DINNER MINT.

 

šššš INT. AIRPLANE CABIN - IN FLIGHT - NIGHT

 

šššš Jack sits next to a frumpy WOMAN.š They chat.š Jack turns to

šššš look at his food, takes a bite.š He turns back and it's...

 

šššš --a BALD MAN next to him, talking.š Jack takes another bite,

šššš turns back and it's...

 

šššš --a BUSINESSMAN next to him.š Jack takes another bite, turns

šššš back, and it's...

 

šššš --a BUSINESS WOMAN next to him.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš The people I meet on each flight --

šššššššššššššššš they're single-serving friends.

šššššššššššššššš Between take-off and landing, we have

šššššššššššššššš our time together, but that's all we

šššššššššššššššš get.

 

šššš INT. AIRPLANE CABIN - LANDING

 

šššš Jack's eyes snap open.

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TV

šššššššššššššššš Wellcome

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš You wake up at Logan.

 

šššš INT. WAREHOUSE - CONTINUOUS

 

šššš A giant corrugated METAL DOOR opens.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš On a long enough time line, the

šššššššššššššššš survival rate for everyone drops to

šššššššššššššššš zero.

 

šššš Two TECHNICIANS lead Jack to the BURNT-OUT SHELL of a

šššš WRECKED AUTOMOBILE.š Jack sets down his briefcase, opens it

šššš and starts to make notes on a CLIPBOARDED FORM.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš I was a recall coordinator.š My job is

šššššššššššššššš to apply the formula.š It's a story

šššššššššššššššš problem.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TECHNICIAN #1

šššššššššššššššš Here's where the infant went through

šššššššššššššššš the windshield.š Three points.

 

ššššššššššššššš šššššššššššššRUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš A new car built by my company leaves

šššššššššššššššš somewhere traveling at 60 miles per

šššššššššššššššš hour.š The rear differential locks up.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TECHNICIAN #2

šššššššššššššš ššThe teenager's braces around the

šššššššššššššššš backseat ashtray would make a good

šššššššššššššššš "anti-smoking" ad.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš The car crashes and burns with

šššššššššššššššš everyone trapped inside.š Now: do we

šššššššššššššššš initiate a recall?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TECHNICIAN #1

šššššššššššššššš The father must've been huge.š See

šššššššššššššššš how the fat burnt into the driver's

šššššššššššššššš seat with his polyester shirt?š Very

šššššššššššššššš "modern art."

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Take the number of vehicles in the

šššššššššššššššš field, (A), and multiply it by the

šššššššššššššššš probable rate of failure, (B), then

ššššššššššššš šššmultiply the result by the average

šššššššššššššššš out-of-court settlement, (C).š A

šššššššššššššššš times B times C equals X...

 

ššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššš CUT TO:

 

šššš INT. AIRPLANE CABIN - MOVING DOWN RUNWAY

 

šššš Jack is speaking to the BUSINESSWOMAN next to him.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš If X is less than the cost of a

šššššššššššššššš recall, we don't do one.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš BUSISNESS WOMAN

šššššššššššššššš Are there a lot of these kinds of

šššššššššššššššš accidents?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Oh, you wouldn't believe.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš BUSINESS WOMAN

šššššššššššššššš ... Which... car company do you work

šššššššššššššššš for?

 

šššššššššššššššš ššššššššššššJACK

šššššššššššššššš A major one.

 

šššš Turgid silence.š Jack turns to the window.š He sees a

šššš PELICAN get SUCKED into the TURBINE.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Every time the plane banked too

šššššš ššššššššššsharply on take-off or landing, I

šššššššššššššššš prayed for a crash, or a mid-air

šššššššššššššššš collision -- anything.

 

šššš Jack's face remains bland during the following: the plane

šššš BUCKLES -- the cabin wobbles.š People panic.š Masks drop.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš No more haircuts.š Nothing matters,

šššššššššššššššš not even bad breath.

 

šššš The side of the plane SHEARS OFF!š Screaming PASSENGERS are

šššš sucked out into the night air, flying past the quivering

šššš wind.š Magazines and other objects fly everywhere.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Life insurance pays off triple if you

šššššššššššššššš die on a business trip.

 

šššš Jack remains in his same position, same bland expression.

 

šššš DING! -- the seatbelt light goes OUT.š Jack SNAPS AWAKE.

šššš EVERYTHING IS NORMAL.š Some passengers get out of their

šššš seats.š From next to Jack, a VOICE we've heard before...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš VOICE

ššš šššššššššššššThere are three ways to make napalm.

šššššššššššššššš One, mix equal parts of gasoline and

šššššššššššššššš frozen orange juice...

 

ėĮ×ĮŌÉĪĮ TYLER'a

 

ššš Jack turns to see TYLER.š Without turned to Jack, Tyler

šššš continues:

 

 

šššš Tyler grabs a safety instruction CARD from the seatback,

šššš hands it to Jack.

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš 'If you are seated in an emergency exit row...'

šššššššššššššššš Yeah. 'And you feel you would be unable or

šššššššššššššššš unwilling to perform the duties listed on the safety card.'

šššššššššššššššš 'Please ask flight attendant to reseat you.'

 

šššš Tyler turns to Jack.

 

šššššššššššššššš Two, equal parts gasoline and diet

šššššššššššššššš cola.š Three, dissolve kitty-litter

ššššš šššššššššššin gasoline until the mixture is

šššššššššššššššš thick.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš It's a lot of responsibility? Pardon me?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Wanna switch seats? Tyler Durden.

 

šššššš ššššššššššššššššššššššJACK

šššššššššššššššš No. I'm not sure I'm the man for the particular job.

 

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš An exit-door procedure 30,000 feet. Mm-hm. The illusion of safety.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Yeah. I guess so.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš This is how I met --

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Tyler Durden.

 

šššš Tyler offers his hand.š Jack takes it.

 

ššššššššššššššššššš šššššššššTYLER

šššššššššššššššš You know why they have oxygen masks

šššššššššššššššš on planes?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš So you can breathe? No, supply oxygen?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Oxygen gets you high.š In a

šššššššššššššššš catastrophic emergency, we're taking

šššššššššššššššš giant, panicked breaths...

 

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Suddenly, we become euphoric and

šššššššššššššššš docile.š We accept our fate. It's all right here.

 

šššš Tyler points to passive faces on the drawn figures.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Emergency water landing, 600 miles

šššššššššššššššš per hour.š Blank faces -- calm as

šššššššššššššššš Hindu cows.

 

šššš Jack laughs.

šš ššššššššššššššššššššššššššJACK

šššššššššššššššš That's a - - That's an interesting theory.

 

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš What do you do, Tyler?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš What do you mean? want me to do?

 

š šššššššššššššššššššššššššššJACK

šššššššššššššššš What do you do for a living.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Why?š So you can pretend like you're interesting?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš OK.

 

šššššššššššššššš ššššššššššššTYLER

šššššššššššššššš You have a kind of sick desperation

šššššššššššššššš in your laugh.

 

šššš Jack laughs.š Tyler reaches under the seat in front of him

šššš and lifts a BRIEFCASE.

 

šššš Jack points to his own briefcase.

 

šššššššššššššššššš ššššššššššJACK

šššššššššššššššš We have the same briefcase.

 

šššš Tyler turns the top of his briefcase toward Jack.

 

 

 

šššš Jack looks at Tyler, then pops the latches and raises the

šššš lid to reveal quaintly-wrapped bars of SOAP.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššš ššššššTYLER

šššššššššššššššš Soap -

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Sorry?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Soap - I make and sell soap...

šššššššššššššššš the yardstick of civilization.

šššššššššššššššššššššš (reaches in his pocket)

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Na this is how I met:

šššššššššššššššš

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš 'Tyler Durden'

 

šššš Tyler hands Jack his card.š "THE PAPER STREET SOAP COMPANY."

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Did you know if you mixed equal parts

šššššššššššššššš Of gasoline and frozen orange juice concentrate

šššššššššššššššš you can make napalm?

šššššššššššššššš cola.š Three, dissolve kitty-litter

šš ššššššššššššššin gasoline until the mixture is

šššššššššššššššš thick. If you were to add nitric acid to the

šššššššššššššššš soap-making process, one would get

šššššššššššššššš nitroglycerin.š With enough soap, one

šššššššššššššššš could blow up the world, if one were

šššššššššššššššš so inclined.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš No. I did not that. Is that right?

šššššššššššššššš One can make all kinds of explosives using household items.

š

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

ššššššššš šššššššReally?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš If one were so inclined. No. I did not that. Is that right?

 

 

 

šššš Tyler SNAPS the briefcase shut.š Jack stares.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Tyler, you are by far the most

šššššššššššššššš interesting "single-serving" friend

šššššššššššššššš I've ever met.

 

šššš Tyler stares back.š Jack, enjoying his own chance to be

šššš witty, leans closer to Tyler.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš You see, obviously, on the plane everything

šššššššššššššššš is small, self-contained--

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš The spork.š I get it.š You're very

šššššššššššššššš clever.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Thank you.

 

ššš šššššššššššššššššššššššššTYLER

šššššššššššššššš How's that working out for you?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš What?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Being clever.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

ššššššššššššššš ššššššš(thrown)

šššššššššššššššš Well, uh... great.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Keep it up, then.š Keep it right up.

 

šššš Tyler stands, looks towards the aisle.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Now a question about etiquette. ... as I pass, As I squeeze past, do I give you

šššššššššššššššš the ass or the crotch?

 

šššš Tyler moves to the aisle, his ass toward jack, walks away...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš We are defined by the choices we make.

 

šššš Tyler goes to the curtain dividing First Class, slaps the

šššš curtain aside and sits in an empty seat.š Jack watches.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš How I came to live with Tyler is:

šššššššššššššššš airlines have this policy about

šššššššššššššššš vibrating luggage.

 

šššš INT. BAGGAGE CLAIM AREA - NIGHT

 

šššš Utterly empty of baggage.š No people except for Jack and a

šššš SECURITY TASK FORCE MAN.š The Security TFM, smirking, holds

šššš a receiver to his ear from an official phone on the wall.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Was - was it ticking?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš SECURITY TFM

šššššššššššššššššššššš (to Jack)

šššššššššššššššš Actually, throwers don't worry about ticking.

ššš šššššššššššššModern bombs don't tick.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Sorry.š "Throwers?"

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš SECURITY TFM

šššššššššššššššš Baggage handlers.š But when a

šššššššššššššššš suitcase vibrates, the throwers have

š šššššššššššššššto call the police.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš My suitcase was vibrating?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš SECURITY TFM

šššššššššššššššš Nine time out of ten, it's an

šššššššššššššššš electric razor.š But, every once in

šššššššššššššššš a while ...

šššššššššššššššššššššš (whispers)

šššššššššššššššš ...it's a dildo.š It's airline policy

šššššššššššššššš not to imply ownership in the event

šššššššššššššššš of a dildo.š We use the indefinite

šššššššššššššššš article: "A dildo."š Never "Your

šššššššššššššššš dildo."

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš I don't own a -- .

 

šššš Jack sees, through the window, Tyler, at the curb, throwing

šššš his briefcase into the back of a shiny, red CONVERTIBLE.

šššš Tyler leaps over the door into the driver's seat and PEELS

šššš OUT.š Jack turns away, looks at the Security TFM.

 

šššš In the background, a HARRIED MAN dashes after Tyler and the

šššš convertible, SCREAMING.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš SECURITY TFM

ššššššššššš ššššššššššš(into phone)

šššššššššššššššš Yeah, uh huh... yeah?

šššššššššššššššššššššš (pause, still on phone)

šššššššššššššššš Oh...

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššššššššš (to Security TFM)

šššššššššššššššš I had everything in that suitcase. My

šššššššššššššššš C.K. shirts... my D.K.N.Y. on my shoes...me EX ties. Never mind.

 

 

šššš EXT. EMPTY RUNWAY

 

šššš A lone SUITCASE sits on the concrete.š SECURITY PERSONNEL

šššš keep their distance.š KABOOM!š The suitcase explodes.

 

šššš INT. BAGGAGE CLAIM AREA - RESUMING

 

šššš The Security TFM, shakes his head, hangs up.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš SECURITY TFM

šššššššššššššššš I'm terribly sorry.

 

šššš The Security TFM hands Jack a claim form.š Jack snatches it,

šššš disgusted, takes out a pen, starts filling out the form.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš SECURITY TFM

šššššššššššššššš You know the industry slang for

šššššššššššššššš "Flight Attendant?"š "Air Mattress."

 

šššš INT. TAXI - MOVING - NIGHT

 

šššš Along a residential street.š Jack looks ahead, sees a tall,

šššš grey, bland BUILDING on the corner.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Home was a condo on the fifteenth

šššššššššššššššš floor of a filing cabinet for widows

šššššššššššššššš and young professionals.š The walls

šššššššššššššššš were solid concrete.š A foot of

šššššššššššššššš concrete is important when your next-

šššššššššššššššš door neighbor lets her hearing aid go

šššššššššššššššš and has to watch game shows at full

šššššššššššššššš volume...

 

šššš The taxi turns a corner and Jack sees the front of the

šššš building.š A diffuse CLOUD of SMOKE wafts away from a BLOWN-

šššš OUT SECTION of the fifteenth floor.š FIRETRUCKS, POLICE CARS

šššš and a MOB are all crowded around the lobby area.

 

ššššššššššššššš šššššššššššššRUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš -- Or when a volcanic blast of debris

šššššššššššššššš that used to be your furniture and

šššššššššššššššš personal effects blows out your floor-

šššššššššššššššš to-ceiling windows and sails flaming

šššš ššššššššššššinto the night.

 

šššš EXT. STREET IN FRONT OF BUILDING

 

šššš Jack, gaping at the sight above him, absently gives the

šššš Cabbie money.š The taxi pulls away.š Jack starts toward the

šššš building.š He pushes through the fray of people, into the...

 

šššš INT. LOBBY

 

šššš The DOORMAN sees Jack enter, gives a sad smile, shakes his

šššš head.š Jack starts for the elevator.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš I suppose these things happened.

 

ššššššššššššššššššššššššš šššDOORMAN

šššššššššššššššš There's nothing up there.

 

šššš Jack presses the button.š The Doorman moves next to him.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš DOORMAN

šššššššššššššššš You can't go into the unit.š Police

šššššššššššššššš orders.

 

šššš The elevator doors open.š Jack hesitates.š The doors close.

šššš Jack heads out the lobby doors.š The Doorman follows...

 

šššš EXT. CONDO BUILDING - CONTINUOUS

 

šššš Jack walks past SMOKING, CHARRED DEBRIS -- a flash of ORANGE

šššš from the Yang table, a CLOCK FACE from the hall clock, part

šššš of an arm from the GREEN ARMCHAIR.š His feet CRUNCH glass.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš DOORMAN

šššššššššššššššš Do you have somebody you can call?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš How embarrassing. A house full condiments[S19] and no food.

 

šššš Jack comes to his REFRIGERATOR lying on its side.š He

šššš reaches down and takes a note: "MARLA --" and a phone

šššš number, from under a BANANA MAGNET.

 

šššš CLOSE SHOT - JACK'S STOVE

 

šššš Hissing.

 

šššššš ššššššššššššššššššššššRUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš The police would later tell me that

šššššššššššššššš the pilot light might have gone

šššššššššššššššš out... letting out just a little bit

šššššššššššššššš of gas.

 

šššš EXT. PAYPHONE - RESUMING

 

šššš Jack gets to a PAYPHONE.š The Doorman follows, watching him.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš DOORMAN

šššššššššššššššš Lots of young people try to impress

šššššššššššššššš the world and buy too many things.

 

šššš Jack picks up the receiver, puts in a quarter.š He looks at

šššš Marla's number a long moment.

 

šššš CLOSE SHOT - JACK'S ENTIRE CONDO - KITCHEN AND LIVING ROOM

 

šššš The SOUND of the HISS...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš The gas could have slowly filled the

šššššššššššššššš condo.š Seventeen-hundred square feet

šššššššššššššššš with high ceilings, for days and days.

 

šššš EXT. PAYPHONE - RESUMING

 

šššš Jack replaces the receiver.š He pockets Marla's number, digs

šššš out a small FILOFAX.š He flips through the pages for phone

šššš numbers and addresses.š Most of the pages are blank.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš DOORMAN

šššššššššššššššš Many young people feel trapped and

šššššššššššššššš desperate.

 

šššš INSERT - CLOSE ON THE BASE OF JACK'S REFRIGERATOR.

šššš JACK calls Marla. It RINGS... and RINGS and RINGS.

šššš

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Then, the refrigerator's compressor

šššššššššššššššš could have clicked on...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA (phone)

ššššššššššš šššššYeah?

 

šššš Click.š KABOOM!š SCREEN GOES WHITE.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA (phone)

šššššššššššššššš I can hear you breathing. You --

 

šššš EXT. PAYPHONE - RESUMING

 

šššš Jack looks at the Doorman.š Tyler's BUSINESS CARD falls from

šššš the Filofax.š Jack catches it.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš DOORMAN

šššššššššššššššš If you don't know what you want, you

šššššššššššššššš end up with a lot you don't.

 

šššš The Doorman walks away.š Jack sighs and hangs up the

šššš phone. Jack takes Tyler's card out from his pocket.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš If you asked me now, I couldn't tell

šššššššššššššššš you why I called him.

 

šššš Jack re-deposits the quarter, dials Tyler's number.š It

šššš RINGS... and RINGS and RINGS.š Jack sighs and hangs up the

šššš phone.š A moment, then the phone RINGS.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Hello?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER'S VOICE

šššššššššššššššš Who's this?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

ššššš šššššššššššTyler?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER'S VOICE

šššššššššššššššš Who's this?

šššššššššššššššš [potato chips crunching]

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Uh... I'm sorry.š We met on the

šššššššššššššššš plane.š We had the same briefcase.

šššššššššššššššš I'm... you know, the clever guy.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER'S VOICE

šššššššššššššššš Oh, yeah.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš I just called a second ago.š There

šššššššššššššššš was no answer.š I'm at a payphone.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER'S VOICE

šššššššššššššššš I star-sixty-nined you.š I never pick

šššššššššššššššš up my phone.š What's up?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Well... You're not gonna believe this. Let me see... here's the

šššššššššššššššš thing...

 

šššš EXT. LOU'S TAVERN - NIGHT

 

šššš A small building in the middle of a concrete parking lot.

 

šššš INT. LOU'S TAVERN - SAME

 

šššš Jack and Tyler sit in the back, with a pitcher of BEER.

 

ššššššššššššššššššššš šššššššJACK

šššššššššššššššš You buy furniture.š You tell

šššššššššššššššš yourself: this is the last sofa I'll

šššššššššššššššš ever need.š No matter what else

šššššššššššššššš happens, I've got the sofa issue

šššššššššššššššš handled.š Then, the right set of

šššššššššššššššš dishes.š The right dinette.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš This is how we fill up our lives.

 

šššš Tyler lights a cigarette.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš I guess so.

 

ššššššššššššššššššššš šššššššTYLER

šššššššššššššššš And, now it's gone.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš All gone.

 

šššš Tyler offers cigarettes.š Jack declines.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš You know, man, it's could be worse.š A woman could cut

šššššššššššššššš off your penis while you're sleeping

šššššššššššššššš and toss it out the window of a

šššššššššššššššš moving car.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš There's always that. I don't know, it's just when you buy furniture you tell yourself that's it. That's last sofa I'm gonna need. Whatever else happens, I've got that sofa problem handled. I had it all. I had a stereo that was very decent, a wardrobe that was getting very respectable. I was close to being complete. š

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Shit, man, now it's all gone.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš All gone.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Hmm. All gone. Do you know what a duvet[S20]  is?

ššššššššš ššššššš

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Comforter.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš It's blanket. It's just a blanket. No. Why do guys like you and I know what a duvet is? Is this essential to our survival in the hunter-gatherer sense of the world? No. What are we, then?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš We're, uh, you know ... consumers.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Right, we're consumers. We are by-products of a lifestyle obsession. Murder, crime, poverty - these things don't concern me. What concern me are celebrity magazine, television with 500 channels, some guy's name on my underwear. Rogaine, Viagra, Olestra.š

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Martha Stewart.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Fuck Martha Stewart.

šššššššššššššššš Martha's polishing the brass on the TITANIC.

šššššššššššššššš It's all going down, man.

šššššššššššššššš So fuck off with your sofa units

ššššššššššššš šššand spring green stripe patterns.

šššššššššššššššš I say, never be complete.

šššššššššššššššš I say, stop being perfect.

šššššššššššššššš I say, let's --, let's evolve[S21] .

šššššššššššššššš Let the chips fall where they may.

šššššššššššššššš But that's me, and I could be wrong.

šššššššššššššššš Maybe it's a terrible tragedy.šš

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš No. It's just stuff. It's not a tragedy, but ...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Well, you did lose a lot of versatile solutions for modern living.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Fuck, you're right. No. I don't smoke.

šššššššššššššššš My insurance is probable gonna cover it, so ...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš What?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš The things you own end up owning you. But do what you like, man.

 

 

šššššššššššššššš I mean, you did lose a lot of nice,

šššššššššššššššš neat little shit.š The trendy paper

šššššššššššššššš lamps, the Euro-trash shelving unit,

šššššššššššššššš am I right?

 

šššš Jack laughs, nods.š He shakes his head, drinks.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš But maybe, just maybe, you've been

šššššššššššššššš delivered.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššššššššš (toasts)

šššššššššššššššš Delivered from Swedish furniture.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Delivered from armchairs in obscure

šššššššššššššššš green stripe patterns.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

ššš šššššššššššššDelivered from Martha Stewart.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Delivered from bullshit colors like

šššššššššššššššš "Cobalt," "Ebony," and "Fuchsia."

 

šššš They laugh together.š Then, silence.š They drink.

 

šššššššššššššš ššššššššššššššJACK

šššššššššššššššš Insurance'll cover it.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Oh, yeah, you gotta start making the

šššššššššššššššš list.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš What list?

 

ššššššššššššššššššš šššššššššTYLER

šššššššššššššššš The "now I get to go out and buy the

šššššššššššššššš exact same stuff all over again"

šššššššššššššššš list.š That list.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš I don't... think so.

 

ššššššššššššššššššššššššššš šTYLER

šššššššššššššššš This time maybe get a widescreen TV.

šššššššššššššššš You'll be occupied for weeks.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Well, I have to file a claim...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš The things you own, they end up

šššššššššššššššš owning you.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Don't I?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Do what you like.

šššš Street.

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššššššššš (looks at watch)

šššššššššššššššš God, it's late. Hey, thanks for the beer.š

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Yeah, man. A hotel?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš I should find a hotel...

 

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš What?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš What?

š

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš A hotel?

 

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Yeah.

 

ššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššš ššššSo, you called me up, because you

šššššššššššššššš just wanted to have a drink before

šššššššššššššššš you... go find a hotel?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš I don't follow...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš We're on our third pitcher of beer.

šššššššššššššššš Just ask me.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš What are you talking about?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Oh, God. Three peaches of beer, and you still can't ask me.

 

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš What?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš You called me 'cause you needed a place to stay.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Oh, hey, no, no, no ...

 

ššššššššššššššš šššššššššššššTYLER

šššššššššššššššš Yes. You did. So just ask. Cut the foreplay and just ask, man.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Would that be a problem?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Is it a problem for you to ask?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Can I stay at your place?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Yeah.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Thanks.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

ššššššššššššššš šYou're welcome.š But, I want you to

šššššššššššššššš do me a favor.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Yeah. Sure.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš I want you to hit me as hard as you

šššššššššššššššš can.

 

šššššššššš ššššššššššššššššššJACK

šššššššššššššššš What?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš I want you to hit me as hard as you

šššššššššššššššš can.

 

Brad Pitt stars as Tyler Durden

Freeze picture.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Let me tell you a little bit about

šššššššššššššššš Tyler Durden.

 

šššš EXTREME CLOSE-UP - FILM FRAME

 

šššš -- And we see it's PORNOGRAPHY.

 

šššš INT. PROJECTIONIST ROOM - THEATRE - NIGHT

šŅÅŚÅĪŌĮĆÉŃ Tyler'a

 

šššš Jack, in the foreground, FACES CAMERA.š In the BACKGROUND,

šššš Tyler sits at a bench, looking at individual FRAMES cut from

šššš movies.š Near him, a PROJECTOR rolls film.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššš ššTyler was a night person.š

šššššššššššššššš While the rest of us are sleeping, he worked.

šššššššššššššššš He had one-part job as a projectionist.

šššššššššššššššš See, a movie doesn't come in one big reel,

šššššššššššššššš It comes on a few.š So someone has to be there to switch the In old theaters, two

šššššššššššššššš projectors are used, so someone has

šššššššššššššššš to change projectors at the exact

šššššššššššššššš moment second when one reel ends and the next

šššššššššššššššš one another reel begins.š If you look for it, Sometimes

šššššššššššššššš you can see these little two dots on screen in come into the

šššššššššššššššš upper right hand corner of the screen...

 

šššš Tyler points to the side of OUR FRAME and the TWO DOTS

šššš briefly APPEAR ONSCREEN.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš In industry we're called them "cigarette burns."

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš It's called

šššššššššššššššš That's the cue for a "changeover[S22] ."š

šššššššššššššššš He flips[S23]  the projectors.

šššššššššššššššš The movie goes on,

šššššššššššššššš The movie keeps right on going and nobody in the

šššššššššššššššš audience has any idea.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Why would anyone want this shitty job?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Because it affords him other interesting

šššššššššššššššš opportunities.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš -- Like splicing single frames of

šššššššššššššššš pornography movies into family films.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš So when the snooty cat and the courageous[S24]  dog with celebrity voices --

šššššššššššššššš eat out of a garbage can, there's the flash

šššššššššššššššš meet for the first time in reel three,

šš ššššššššššššššthat's when you'll caught the flashš --

šššššššššššššššš of Tyler's contribution to the film.

 

šššš In the AUDIENCE, CHILDREN suddenly start squirming,

šššš confused, looking at each other.

 

šššš A WOMAN abruptly stops sucking her soda straw, feeling

šššš vaguely terrible.š Her uncomfortable HUSBAND slowly leans

šššš back in his seat.

 

šššš Jack and Tyler watch from the projection booth window.

 

ššššššššššššššššššššššššššš šTYLER

šššššššššššššššš One-forty-eighth of a second.š That's

ššššššš šššššššššhow long it's up there.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Nobody knows that they saw it.

šššššššššššššššš No one really knows that they've seen it.

šššššššššššššššš But they did.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

ššššššššššššš šššA nice big cock.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Even Only a hummingbird[S25]  couldn't caught

šššššššššššššššš Tyler at work.

 

šššš INT. LARGE BANQUET HALL - NIGHT

 

šššš Tyler moves around one of many tables, setting down SOUP

šššš BOWLS.š Jack stands in the same position, FACING CAMERA.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Tyler also works sometimes as banquet waiter

šššššššššššššššš at the luxurious Pressman Hotel.

 

šššš The GUESTS command the WAITERS with snaps of fingers.

 

šššš INT. SERVICE ELEVATOR - NIGHT

 

šššš Jack turns and WE PAN to Tyler, standing by a CART with a

šššš giant SOUP TUREEN.š His hands are at his open fly and he's

šššš in position to piss into the soup.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

ššššššššššššš šššHe was the guerrilla[S26]  terrorist of the

šššššššššššššššš food service industry.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Do not watch.š I cannot go when you watch.

 

šššš Jack waits.š The SOUND of a STREAM of LIQUID is HEARD.

 

ššššššššššššššš šššššššššššššTYLER

šššššššššššššššš ... Oh, yeah.š Oh, yeah.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš

šššššššššššššššš Apart from seasoning the lobster bisque,

šššššššššššššššš He farted[S27]  on meringue[S28] , sneezed[S29]  on

šššššššššššššššš braised[S30]  endive[S31] . And, with cream of

šššššššššššššššš mushroom soup, well...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER (O.S.)

šššššššššššššššš Go ahead.š Say it. Tell 'em.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš You get the idea.

 

šššš EXT. PARKING LOT OF TAVERN - RESUMING[S32] 

 

šššš Tyler and Jack come out the back door.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš What do you want me to do?

šššššššššššššššš You just want me to hit you?

šššššššššššššššš I don't know about this.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Come on. Do me this one favor.

šššššššššššššššš I don't know, either.š I want to find

šššššššššššššššš out.š I've never been hit, have you?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Why? No.š But that's a good thing, isn't it?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Why? I don't know why. I don't know.

šššššššššššššššš I've never been in a fight, have you?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš No.š But that's a good thing, isn't it?

 

šššššššššššššš ššššššššššššššTYLER

šššššššššššššššš No. I don't know.

šššššššššššššššš How much can you really know

šššššššššššššššš about yourself if you've never been

šššššššššššššššš in a fight?š I don't want to die without any

šššššššššššššššš scars.š Come on... you're the

šššššššššššššššš only person I've ever asked.

šššššššššššššššš hit me before I lose my nerve.

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Oh. God! Me?

 

šššš Jack stares at him.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Why not you?š I'm letting you go

šššššššššššššššš first.š Do it.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš This is crazy.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš So go crazy. Alright, go crazy.š Let it rip.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šš ššššššššššššššI don't know about this.

šššššššššššššššš Where do you want it? In the face?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš I don't, either. But who gives a shit?

šššššššššššššššš No one's watching, what do you care?

 

ššššššššššššššššš šššššššššššJACK

šššššššššššššššš Wait. This is crazy. You want me to hit you? Surprise me.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

ššššššššššššššš That's right.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš What, like in the face?

 

ššššššššššššššššššššš šššššššTYLER

šššššššššššššššš Surprise me.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš This is so fucking stupid.

 

 

šššš Jack swings a wide, clumsy roundhouse -- hits Tyler's

šššš neck -- makes a dull, flat sound.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Ohh. Motherfucker! You hit me in the ear! Shit.š Sorry.š That didn't count.

š

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Well, Jesus, I'm sorry. Like hell.š That counted.

 

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš OW! Christ! Why the ear, man?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Ow, I fucked it up. Well, Jesus, I'm sorry. Like hell.š That counted.

 

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš No. That was perfect!

 

šššš Tyler shoots out a straight punch to Jack's chest.š Jack

šššš falls back against a car.š His eyes tear up.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš You al right? How do you feel?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš That really huts. Strange.

 

šššššššššš ššššššššššššššššššTYLER

šššššššššššššššš Right. šBut a good strange.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Hit me again. Is it?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš No. You hit me. We've crossed the threshold.š You

šššššššššš ššššššwant to call it off?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Come on! Call what off?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš The fight.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš What fight?

 

ššššššššššššššššššššššš šššššTYLER

šššššššššššššššš This fight, pussy.

 

šššš Jack swings another roundhouse that slams right under

šššš Tyler's ear.š Tyler punches Jack in the stomach.š Tyler and

šššš Jack move clumsily, throwing punches.š They breathe heavier,

šššš drooling saliva and blood, growing dizzier from every impact.

 

šššš EXT. CURBSIDE - LATER

 

šššš Jack and Tyler sit on the curb, watching sparse headlights

šššš on the nearby freeway.š Their eyes are glazed with endorphin-

šššš induced serenity.š They look at each other, laugh.š Look away.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš We should do this again sometime.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš If you could fight anyone... one on

šššššššššššššššš one, whoever you wanted, who would

ššššššš šššššššššyou fight?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Anyone?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Anyone.

 

šššš Jack thinks.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš My boss, probably.

šššššššššššššššššššššš (pause)

šššššššššššššššš Who would you fight?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš My dad.š No question.

 

šššš A long pause as Jack studies Tyler's face.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Oh, yeah.

šššššššššššššššššššššš (nodding)

šššššššššššššššš I didn't know my dad.š Well, I knew

šššššššššššššššš him, till I was six.š He went and

šššššššššššššššš married another woman, had more kids.

šššššššššššššššš Every six years or so he'd do it

šššššššššššššššš again -- new city, new family.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš He was setting up franchises.š My

šššššššššššššššš father never went to college, so it

šššššššššššššššš was really important that I go.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš I know that.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš After I graduated, I called him long

šššššššššššššššš distance and asked, "Now what?"š He

šššššššššššššššš said, "Get a job."š When I turned

šššššššššššššššš twenty-five, I called him and asked,

š ššššššššššššššš"Now what?"š He said, "I don't know.

šššššššššššššššš Get married."

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Same here.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš A generation of men raised by women.

šššššššššššššššš I'm wondering if another woman is the

šššššššššššššššš answer we really need.

 

šššš Another pause.š Jack feels his bleeding lip, smiles.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš We should do this again sometime.

 

šššš Tyler cracks a smile, give a sidelong glance to Jack.

 

šššš EXT. PAPER STREET - NIGHT

 

šššš A street sign: "PAPER STREET."š A PAPER MILL stis on one

šššš side, facing a lone HOUSE on the other.š The rest of the

šššš land is grass and weeds.š It's a grand, old three-story,

šššš long abandoned.š Tyler leads Jack toward it.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Where's your car?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš What car?

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš [belches[S33] ]

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš I don't know how Tyler found the

šššššššššššššššš house, but he'd been there for half

šššššššššššššššš a year.

 

šššš INT. PAPER ST. HOUSE - ENTRANCE -- NIGHT

 

šššš Tyler leads Jack through the FRONT DOOR...

 

ššššššššššššššššššššššššš šššRUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš It looked like it was waiting to be

šššššššššššššššš torn down.š Most of the windows were

šššššššššššššššš boarded up.

 

šššš INT. PAPER ST. HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - MOMENT LATER

 

šššš Tyler and Jack climb CREAKY STAIRS to the 2ND FLOOR LANDING.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš There was no lock on the front door from when the police

šššššššššššššššš or whoever kicked it in.šššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššš ššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššš

šššššššššššššššš None of the doors locked.š

šššššššššššššššš The stairs were ready to collapse.š

šššššššššššššššš I didn't know if he owned it or he was

šššššššššššššššš squatting.

 

šššš Tyler opens the door to a ROOM...

 

šššš INT. ROOM - CONTINUOUS

 

šššš Jack enters, stis on the creaky BED.š Dust drifts upwards.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Neither would have surprised me.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Yep.

šššššššššššššššš That's you.

šššššššššššššššš That's me.

šššššššššššššššš That's the toilet.

šššššššššššššššš Good?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Yeah.

 

 

 

šššš INT. SHOWER - MORNING

 

šššš Jack turns on the water.š LOUD VIBRATIONS from the walls.

šššš Water spits in starts.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš What a shithole?

šššššššššššššššš Nothing worked.š The rusty plumbing

šššš ššššššššššššleaked.š Turning on a light meant

šššššššššššššššš another light in the house went out.

 

šššš EXT. LOU'S TAVERN PARKING LOT - NIGHT

 

šššš All the tavern's lights are off.š Tyler and Jack FIGHT.

šššš FIVE GUYS stand around watching.

 

šššš INT. PAPER ST. HOUSE - KITCHEN - MORNING

 

šššš Jack, his face showing NEW BRUISES AND CUTS, makes coffee

šššš with a wire-mesh strainer.š Tyler shuffles in, wearing a

šššš flannel bathrobe.š He spears pieces of bread on a fork,

šššš starts roasting them over a burner.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš There were no neighbors.š Just

šššššššššššššššš warehouses and the paper mill.š The

šššššššššššššššš fart smell of steam, the hamster cage

šššššššššššššššš smell of wood chips.

 

šš ššEXT. PAPER ST. HOUSE - NIGHT

 

šššš Jack sits watching as Tyler SWINGS an old GOLF CLUB --

šššš THWACK -- sends a golf ball soaring down the desolate street.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš At night, Tyler and I were alone for

šššššššššššššššš half a mile in every direction.

 

šššš EXT. LOU'S TAVERN PARKING LOT - NIGHT

 

šššš All the lights are off.š TEN GUYS YELL, standing around Jack

šššš and Tyler, who FIGHT.š THREE CARS are parked in the lot.

 

šššš INT.š ōÕĮĢÅŌ ĪĮ ĶÅÓŌÅ ŅĮĀĻŌŁ.

šššš āĻÓc É äÖÅĖ ÓÓÕŌ × ŠÉÓÓÕĮŅŁ. õ äÖÅĖĮ ×ÓŃ ŅĻÖĮ ŅĮŚĀÉŌĮ. ūÅĘ ÓŌŅĮĪĪĻ ĪĮ ĪÅĒĻ ŠĻĒĢŃÄŁ×ĮÅŌ.

 

šššš INT. BASEMENT - DAY

 

šššš Jack sits on basement stairs, watching as Tyler, knee-deep

šššš in water, works at an open FUSEBOX, flipping breakers in a

šššš certain order, showing Jack how it's done.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Every time it rained, we had to kill the

šššššššššššššššš power.š By the end of the first

šššššššššššššššš month, I didn't miss TV.š

šššššššššššššššš I didn't even mind the warm, stale

šššššššššššššššš refrigerator.

 

 

šššš EXT. LOU'S TAVERN PARKING LOT - NIGHT

 

šššš īĮŅĻÄÕ ÕÖÅ ĀĻĢŲŪÅ. ėŌĻ-ŌĻ Ó ĖÅĶ-ŌĻ ÄÅŅÅŌÓŃ. ļÄÉĪ ÉŚ ÕŽĮÓŌĪÉĖĻ× ÄŅĮĖÉ ŠĮÄĮÅŌ ĪĮ ĮÓĘĮĢŲŌ.

šššš ōŅÅŌÉŹ ÓŌĻŃŻÉŹ ŠĻŚĮÄÉ ŠĻÄŁĶĮÅŌ ŅÕĖÕ É ÓŠŅĮŪÉ×ĮÅŌ:

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš Man

šššššššššššššššš Can I be next?

 

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššš ššššššššAll right, man. Lose the tie.

 

šššš EXT. PAPER ST. HOUSE - NIGHT

 

šššš Jack and Tyler SWING an old GOLF CLUB --

šššš THWACK -- sends a golf ball soaring down the desolate street.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš At night, Tyler and I were alone for

šššššššššššššššš half a mile in every direction.

 

šššš INT. READING ROOM - NIGHT

 

šššš CANDLES BURN.š Tyler and Jack are seated across from each

šššš other on the buckled floor, reading MAGAZINES.š Rain DRIPS

šššš from the ceiling.š No furniture.š THOUSANDS of MAGAZINES.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Rain trickled down through the plaster

šššššššššššššššš and the light fixtures.

šššššššššššššššš Everything wooden swelled and shrank.

šššššššššššššššš Everywhere were rusted nails to snag your elbow on.š

šššššššššššššššš The previous occupant had been a bit of a shut-in.

šššššššššššššššš

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššššššššš (of magazine)

šššššššššššššššš Hum.

 

š šššššššššššššššššššššššššššJACK

šššššššššššššššš What?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Oh, a new riot control grenade...

šššššššššššššššššššššš (reading)

šššššššššššššššš "...the successful combination of

šššššššššššššššš concussive, 3000 foot-candle flash-

šššššššššššššššš blasts and simultaneous high-velocity

šššššššššššššššš disbursement of...blah, blah, blah..."

 

šššš Tyler begins RIPPING the ARTICLE from his magazine.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššššššššš ("Reader's Digest")

šššššššššššššššš "I am Joe's Lungs."š It's written in

šššššššššššššššš first person.š "Without me, Joe could

šššššššššššššššš not take in oxygen to feed his red

šššššššššššššššš blood cells."š There's a whole

šššššššššššššššš series -- "I am Joe's Prostate."

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš "I get cancer, and I kill Joe."

īåšņļćåöåīļ

šššš Tyler tosses his article in a pile of other articles,

šššš chooses another magazine.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK on bicycle.

šššššššššššššššš Hey, man! What are you reading?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Soldier of Fortune.š Business Week.

šššššššššššššššš New Republic.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Show-off.

 

 

šššš INT. äÖÅĖ ĪĮ ŅĮĀĻŌÅ. ÷ŁŌÉŅĮÅŌ ŅĻŌ ĪĻÓĻףĶ ŠĢĮŌĖĻĶ.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš After fighting everything else in your life

šššššššššššššššš got the volume turned down.

šššššššššššššššš

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš What?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš You could deal with anything.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš Boss

šššššššššššššššš Have you finished those reports?

 

šššš INT. äĻĶĮ. ÷ ×ĮĪĪĻŹ ĖĻĶĪĮŌÅ.

šššš

šššš TYLER × ×ĮĪĪĻŹ ĶĻÅŌÓŃ. JACK ÓÉÄÉŌ ĪĮ ŠĻĢÕ ŽÅĒĻ-ŌĻ ĻŠŃŌŲ ÓŌÉŅĮÅŌ Ó ĢÉĆĮ ŠĢĮŌĖĻĶ.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš If you could fight anyone... one on

šššššššššššššššš one, whoever you wanted,

ššššš šššššššššššwho would you fight?

šššššššššššššššš

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Anyone?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Anyone.

 

šššš Jack thinks.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš I'd fight my boss, probably.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Really?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Yeah.

šššššššššššššššš Why, who would you fight?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš I'd fight my dad. My dad. No question.

 

šššš A long pause as Jack studies Tyler's face.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš I don't know my dad. Well, I knew

šššššššššššššššš him, but he left when I was, like, six-years old.š He went and

šššššššššššššššš married other woman and had some other kids.

šššššššššššššššš He, like, did this every 6 years.

šššššššššššššššš He goes to a new city and starts a new family.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Fucker should open up franchises. He was setting up franchises.š

šššššššššššššššš My Dad never went to college, so it

šššššššššššššššš was really important that I go.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš That's sound familiar. I know that.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

ššššššššššššššš šAfter I graduated, I called him up long

šššššššššššššššš distance and asked, "Dad, now what?"š

šššššššššššššššš He says, "Get a job."š

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Same here.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Now I'm 25.

šššššššššššššššš I make my yearly call again.

šššššššššššššššš I say "Dad, now what?"š

šššššššššššššššš He says, "I don't know. Get married."

šššššššššššššššš

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Yeah. I mean: You can't get married. I'm 30 year-old boy.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš A generation of men raised by women.

šššššššššššššššš I'm wondering if another woman is the

šššššššššššššššš answer we really need.

 

šššš Another pause.š Jack feels his bleeding lip, smiles.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš We should do this again sometime.

 

šššš Tyler cracks a smile, give a sidelong glance to Jack.

 

šššš EXT. LOU'S TAVERN PARKING LOT - NIGHT

 

šššš All the lights are off.š Jack and Tyler stand amidst FIFTEEN

šššš GUYS around TWO GUYS FIGHTING.š The crowd YELLS MORE WILDLY

šššš than before.š In the background are EIGHT PARKED CARS.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš I should have been haggling with my

šššššššššš ššššššinsurance company.š I should have

šššššššššššššššš been looking for a new condo...

 

šššš EXT. STREET - NIGHT

 

šššš Jack walks along.š He stops, looking at a CHURCH with

šššš SUPPORT-GROUP-PEOPLE milling around the entrance, drinking

šššš coffee and sodas.š Marla's there, amongst them, smoking.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš .... I should have been upset about

šššššššššššššššš my nice, neat, flaming little shit.

 

šššš Jack's face shows no reaction.š He continues to walk.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš But I wasn't.

 

šššš INT. KITCHEN - MORNING

 

šššš Jack, in work clothes, interlocks his fingers and POPS his

šššš knuckles, picks up a saucepan with coffee and sips.š Tyler,

šššš in waiter's uniform, comes to have Jack straighten his tie.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Most of the week, we were Ozzie and

šššššššššššššššš Harriet.

 

šššš Jack picks up his briefcase and walks out the door.

 

šššššššššš ššššššššššššššššššRUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš But every Saturday night:š , Wednesday night, ever Wednesday

šššššššššššššššš night...

 

šššš EXT. LOU'S TAVERN PARKING LOT - NIGHT

 

šššš All the lights are off.š No one around, but there are at

šššš least TWENTY-FIVE CARS parked in the full lot.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš ... we were finding something out: we

šššššššššššššššš were finding out, more and more, that

šššššššššššššššš we were not alone.

 

šššš EXT. STREET - NIGHT

 

šššš Jack walks along.š He stops, looking at a CHURCH with

šššš SUPPORT-GROUP-PEOPLE milling around the entrance, drinking

šššš coffee and sodas.š Marla's there, amongst them, smoking.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

ššššš šššššššššššIt used to be that when I came home angry and depressed

šššššššššššššššš I just cleaned my condo,

šššššššššššššššš polish my Scandinavian furniture.

šššššššššššššššš I should've been looking for a new condo...š

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš I should've been haggling with my

šššššššššššššššš insurance company.š

šššššššššššššššš .... I should've been upset about

šššššššššššššššš my nice, neat, flaming little shit.

šššššššššššššššš But I wasn't.

 

šššš INT. CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY

 

šššš A SLIDE SHOW progresses, run by a chipper salesman, WALTER.

šššš Jack sits, deadpan, with a PUFFY LIP and a BRUISED cheek.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš WALTER

šššššššššššššššš The basic premise of cyber-netting

šššššššššššššššš your office is -- make things more

šššššššššššššššš efficient.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Monday Thursday mornings, all I could do was

šššššššššššššššš think about next week.

 

šššš Boss gives Jack a dubious look.š Walter's next SLIDE: a

šššš COMPUTER SCREEN.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš BOSS

šššššššššššššššš Can I get the icon in cornflower blue?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš WALTER

šššššššššššššššš Absolutely.

šššššššššššššššš Efficiency is priority number one, people,

šššššššššššššššš because waste is a thief.

 

šššš Walter continues, his sales pitch drowned out by Jack's V.O.:

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Walter, the Microsoft account exec.

šššššššššššššššš Walter, with his smooth, soft hands.

šššššššššššššššš Maybe he was thinking about the free-

šššššššššššššššš range potluck he'd been to last

šššššššššššššššš weekend, or his church-group car-wash

šššššššššššššššš fund-raiser.š Or, probably not.

 

šššš Walter moves to Jack and slaps him in the shoulder.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš WALTER

šššššššššššššššš I showed this already to my man here.

šššššššššššššššš You liked it, didn't you?

 

šššš Jack smiles.š His teeth are RED with BLOOD.š They GLOW

šššš eerily in the dim light.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš You can swallow a pint of blood

šššššššššššššššš before you get sick.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš WALTER

šššššššššššššššš Jesus, I'd hate to see what happened

šššššššššššššššš to the other guy.

 

šššš Jack keeps the smile frozen on his face.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Screw Walter.š His candy-ass wouldn't

šššššššššššššššš last a second Wednesday night.

 

šššš EXT. LOU'S TAVERN - NIGHT

 

šššš Out of silent darkness, HEADLIGHTS appear from all

šššš directions.š CARS PULL UP and park in the already-packed

šššš lot.š YOUNG MEN get out and march into the tavern...

 

šššš INT. LOU'S TAVERN - SAME

 

šššš The men, including Jack and Tyler, enter and stand against

šššš the back wall, waiting.š The bartender, IRVINE, calls out:

 

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš It was right in everyone's face.

šššššššššššššššš Tyler and I just made it visible.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš It was on the tip of everyone's

šššššššššššššššš tongue.š Tyler and I just gave it a

šššššššššššššššš name.

 

šššš Irvine flicks on the LIGHTS.š Drunken customers squint and

šššš get the message.š They plop down money, leaving.

 

šššš Irvine hits a button and the JUKEBOX loses power.š Members

šššš of the waiting army begins to share secret looks.š Finally,

šššš one buy locks the door.š Two other guys close the blinds.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš IRVINE

šššššššššššššššš Come on people it's time to go home. Drink up people.š We're closing.

 

šššš INT. TAVERN BASEMENT - SAME

 

šššš A BOMB-SHELTER.š Concrete walls.š One BARE BULB above, Tyler

šššš standing directly beneath it.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Welcome to fight club.

 

šššš The guys mill around, finding partners.š Everyone brims with

šššš eagerness, but tries to act cool.š CHATTER gets LOUDER.

šššš Everyone spreads out, forming a circle, Tyler at center.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Every week, Tyler gave the rules that

šššššššššššššššš he and I decided.

 

šššš PEAKING CHATTER, till Tyler raises his arms and the CHATTER

šššš DIES.š A couple of COUGHS, FEET SHUFFLING, then, SILENCE.

 

Fight Club É ÜŌÉ RULES

ššššššššššššššššššššš šššššššTYLER

šššššššššššššššš Gentlemen, welcome to fight club.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš The first rule of fight club is --

šššššššššššššššš you don't talk about fight club.š

šššššššššššššššš The second rule of fight club is -

šššššššššššššššš you don't talk about fight club.š

šššššššššššššššš The third rule of fight club is --

šššššššššššššššš when someone yells "stop!" goes limp, taps out, the fight is over.š

šššššššššššššššš Fourth rule is - only two guys to a fight.

šššššššššššššššš Fifth rule -- one fight at a time. Fellas.

šššššššššššššššš Sixth rule -- no shirts, no shoes.š

šššššššššššššššš Seventh rule -- fights will go on as long as they have to.š

šššššššššššššššš And the eighth and final rule --

šššššššššššššššš if this is your first night

šššššššššššššššš at fight club...š you have to fight.

 

šššš Tyler steps back.š A short guy, RICKY, and a GOATEED MAN

šššš take off shirts and shoes and step to the center.

 

 

ššššššššššššššššššš šššššššššRUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš This kid from work, Ricky -- supply clerk --

šššššššššššššššš couldn't remember whether you ordered

šššššššššššššššš pens with blue ink or black ...

 

šššš The two fighters circle, then begin throwing PUNCHES...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš But Ricky was a god for ten minutes

šššššššššššššššš last week when he trounced maintre 'D

šššššššššššššššš of a local fool court.

šššššššššššššššš an actuary twice his size.

 

šššš Harder, faster PUNCHES between the two.š SWEAT flies.

šššš SHOUTS become DEAFENING.š Ricky's getting the best of

šššš Goateed Man, POUNDING him...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Sometimes all you could hear were

ššššššššš šššššššflat, hard packing sounds over the

šššššššššššššššš yelling, or the wet choke when

šššššššššššššššš someone caught their breath and

šššššššššššššššš sprayed...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš GOATEED MAN

šššššššššššššššššššššš (spittle-lipped)

šššššš ššššššššššSsssstop... !

 

 

šššš INT. PHOTOCOPY ROOM - DAY

 

šššš Jack stands over a copy machine, hit by flashes of light.

šššš He glances over his shoulder, watches Ricky, wearing an

šššš apron, push a supply cart.š Ricks nods at Jack.

 

ššššššššššššššššššš šššššššššRUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš You weren't alive anywhere like you

šššššššššššššššš were there.š But fight club only

šššššššššššššššš exists in the hours between when

šššššššššššššššš fight club starts and when fight club

šššššššššššššššš ends.

 

šššš INT. OFFICE PARK RESTAURANT - DAY

 

šššš Jack, eating lunch, watches the BROKEN-NOSED WAITER with a

šššš GOATEE -- from the above fight -- converse with a MAITRE D'.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Even if I could tell someone they had

šššššššššššššššš a good fight, I wouldn't be talking

šššššššššššššššš to the same man.

 

šššš The Goateed Waiter approaches Jack and sets a refill soda

šššš down on the table.š The two of them briefly make eye contact.

 

šššššššššš ššššššššššššššššššRUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Who you were in fight club is not who

šššššššššššššššš you were in the rest of the world.

 

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš A guy came to fight club for the

ššššššš šššššššššfirst time, his ass was a wad of

šššššššššššššššš cookie dough.š After a few weeks, he

šššššššššššššššš was carved out of wood.

 

šššš INT. JACK'S OFFICE - DAY

 

šššš Jack, playing SOLITAIRE on his computer, daubs blood from

šššš his mouth with a handkerchief.š Boss, passing by the

šššš doorway, looks in at Jack, irritated.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš BOSS

šššššššššššššššš What are you getting yourself into

šššššššššššššššš every week?

 

šššš Jack keeps playing Solitaire.š Boss enters, folds his arms.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš After fight club, everything else in

šššššššššššššššš your life gets the volume turned

šššššššššššššššš down.š You can deal with anything.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš BOSS

šššššššššš ššššššHave you finished those reports?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššššššššš (handing him reports)

šššššššššššššššš Yes.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš The people who had power over you

šššššššššššš ššššhave less and less.

 

šššš Jack looks at Boss.š Reflexively, Jack's tongue plays with

šššš his teeth.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš By this point, I could wiggle most of

šššššššššššššššš the teeth in my jaw.

 

šššš EXT. STREET - DUSK

 

šššš Tyler and Jack walk, both smoking cigarettes.

 

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš If you could fight any celebrity,

šššššššššššššššš who would you fight?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Alive or dead?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Doesn't matter. Who'd be tough.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Hemingway.š You?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Shatner.š William Shatner.

 

šššš They reach a BUS STOP as a BUS arrives, tossing their

šššš cigarettes, getting on board...

 

šššš INT. BUS - DUSK

 

šššš The bus is crowded.š As Tyler and Jack walk toward the back,

šššš Jack studies the faces of OTHER PASSENGERS...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš We all started seeing things differently.š

šššššššššššššššš Wherever we went, we were sizing thing up.

 

šššš They hold hand grips.š Jack looks up at an ADVERTISEMENT; a

šššš CALVIN KLEIN ad featuring a tan, bare-chested MUSCLE STUD.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš I felt sorry for all the guys packing

šššššššššššššššš into gyms, trying to look like what

šššššššššššššššš Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger said

šššššššššššššššš they should.

 

šššš Tyler looks at Jack, looks at the C.K. advertisement.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Is that what a man looks like?

 

šššššššššššššššššš ššššššššššTYLER

šššššššššššššššš Self-improvement is masturbation.

šššššššššššššššš And Self-destruction. is the answer.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš BIG MAN pass through

šššššššššššššššš Excuse me.

 

šššš A MAN in a suit KNOCKS Tyler's shoulder as he passes.š The

šššš Man takes a handle, close by.š Jack's pissed, staring at the

šššš man, who stares back.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššššššššš (to Tyler, so the

ššššššššššššššššššššššš Man can hear)

šššššššššššššššš You could take him.

 

šššš Tyler looks to Jack, glances over his shoulder at the Man.

šššš Tyler casually picks a small scab off Jack's nostril.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš The trick is not to care.

 

šššš Tyler stares forward.

 

šššš INT. TAVERN BASEMENT - NIGHT

 

šššš Tyler HITS the floor, stomach first.š HIS OPPONENT lands on

šššš top of him, grappling, trying for a CHOKE HOLD.š The

šššš surrounding CROWD, Jack included, SCREAMS at them...

 

šššš Tyler and the Opponent wrestle desperately, and Tyler flips

šššš his attacker, gets on top, sprawling to pin him.š Tyler

šššš turns -- starts reining PUNCHES into the Opponent's GROIN...

 

ššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššš CUT TO:

 

šššš Jack lands a couple of BLOWS to HIS OPPONENT'S stomach --

šššš brings up a left uppercut that smashes the Opponent's jaw.

šššš Tiny spatters of BLOOD adorn the walls, along with sweat.

 

šššš Jack catches sight of a swollen-faced Tyler, watching

šššš appreciatively, a smile growing slowly on his face.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Fight club wasn't about winning or

šš ššššššššššššššlosing.š It wasn't about words.

 

šššš The Opponent recovers, throws a headlock on Jack.š Jack

šššš snakes his arm into a counter headlock.š They wrestle like

šššš wild animals.š The crowd CHEERS maniacally.

 

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš They hysterical shouting was in

šššššššššššššššš tongues, like at a Pentecostal church.

 

šššš Onlookers kneel to stay with the fight, cheering LOUDER.

šššš The Opponent SMASHES Jack's head to the floor, over and over.

 

šš ššššššššššššššššššššššššššJACK

šššššššššššššššš ... stop...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš When the fight was over, nothing was

šššššššššššššššš solved, but nothing mattered.

 

šššš Everyone moves in as the Opponent steps away.š Tyler pushes

šššš through the crowd.š Others lift Jack up.š They turn their

šššš attention to the floor, to a BLOOD MASK of Jack's face --

šššš similar to the TEAR MASK on BOB'S SHIRT.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Cool.

 

 

 

šššš Everyone helps Jack walk.š He's sweating, bleeding, smiling.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Afterwards, we all felt saved.

 

šššš Jack limply shakes his Opponent's hand.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš OPPONENT

ššššš šššššššššššHey, man, how about next week?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Look at me.š How about next month?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš OPPONENT

šššššššššššššššš I hear you.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Irwin, you're in the middle.

šššššššššššššššš New guy, you, too.

 

šššš INT. HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM - NIGHT

 

šššš A NURSE tends to Jack while Tyler watches.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Sometimes Tyler spoke for me.

 

šššš ššššššššššššššššššššššššTYLER

šššššššššššššššš He fell down some stairs.

 

šššš The Nurse doesn't look at Tyler, just keeps tending to Jack.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš I fell down some stairs.

 

šššš INT. PAPER ST. HOUSE - BATHROOM - MORNING

 

šššš Tyler and Jack share the cracked MIRROR.š Tyler's clipping

šššš at his hair with blunt, ill-suited SCISSORS.š Jack's

šššš brushing his teeth, spitting out pink foam.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Fight club became the reason to cut

šššššššššššššššš your hair short and trim your

šššššššššššššššš fingernails.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš OK. Any historical figure.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš I'd fight ... Gandhi.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Good answer.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Haw about you?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Lincoln.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Lincoln?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Big guy. Big reach.š

šššššššššššššššš Skinny guys fight till they're burger.

šššššššššššššššš

 

šššš Jack reaches in his mouth, exploring, pulls -- yanks a

šššš TOOTH.š Jack looks at it.š Tyler puts scissors down, done.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Hey. Remember, even the Mona Lisa's

šššššššššššššššš falling apart.

 

šššš Jack drops the tooth in the sink with Tyler's hair.

 

šššš INT. PAPER ST. HOUSE - KITCHEN - LATE AFTERNOON

 

šššš Jack enters, buttoning his shirt.š The PHONE RINGS.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Hello?

 

šššš INTERCUT WITH...

 

šššš INT. MARLA'S BUILDING, HALLWAY - SAME

 

šššš Marla's in the HALL, on the PAYPHONE, twisting the phone

šššš cord around her neck.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš Where have you been the last 8 weeks?

šššššššššššššššš

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Marla?

 

šššš Jack looks through the archway and sees Tyler, in his gummy

šššš flannel bathrobe, doing sit-ups.š Jack leans, cups the phone.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššššššššš (quietly)

šššššššššššššššš How'did you find me?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš You left that forwarding number.š I haven't

šššššššššššššššš seen you in any support groups.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš We split them up. That was the idea, remember?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš You haven't been going to yours.

 

ššššššššššš šššššššššššššššššJACK

šššššššššššššššš How do you know?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš I cheated.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš I found a new one.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš Really?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš It's for men only.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš Like testicular thing cancer?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Look, this is a bad time...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššš ššššššMARLA

šššššššššššššššš I've been going to debtor's

šššššššššššššššš anonymous.š You want to see some

šššššššššššššššš truly fucked up people?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš I'm just on my way out...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš Me too.š I got a stomach full of

šššššššššššššššš Xanax.š I took what was left of a

šššššššššššššššš bottle.š It might have been too much.

 

šššš Jack looks exasperated, turns TO LOOK INTO THE CAMERA.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Just picture yourself watching Marla

šššššššššššššššš Singer throw herself around her

šššššššššššššššš crummy apartment.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš This isn't a for-real suicide thing.

ššššššššš šššššššThis is probably one of those cry-for-

šššššššššššššššš help things.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš This could go on for hours.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš So you're staying in tonight?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš Do you want to wait to hear me

šššššššššššššššš describe death?

 

šššš Jack puts the handset on top of the phone, still off the

šššš hook, walks out the back door.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA'S VOICE

šššššššššššššššš Do you want to listen and see if my

šššššššššššššššš spirit can use the telephone?

šššššššššššššššš Have you ever heard a death rattle before?

 

šššš Thru the archway: Tyler leans to look in, curious.

 

šššš INT. BEDROOM - LATE NIGHT

 

š šššGRUNTS of PLEASURE and EXERTION.š Glimpses of TORSOS, ASSES,

šššš LEGS, ARMS, BREASTS, and FEMALE HAIR, all DRENCHED in SWEAT.

šššš Sheets RIP.š Bodies hit the FLOOR.š Insane GRUNTING and

šššš LAUGHING.š A flash of MARLA'S FACE.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššš šššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššCUT TO:

 

šššš INT. JACK'S BEDROOM - SUNRISE

 

šššš Jack sits up in bed, looks around the room.

 

šššš INT. 2ND FLOOR LANDING

 

šššš Jack steps out of his room.š The neighboring door is closed.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Tyler's door was closed.š I'd been

šššššššššššššššš living here two months, and Tyler's

šššššššššššššššš door was never closed.

 

šššš INT. BATHROOM - SAME

 

šššš Jack stares into the TOILER, looking at SIX USED CONDOMS.

 

šš ššINT. KITCHEN - MORNING

 

šššš Jack sits at the table, sips coffee, read Reader's Digest.

šššš He hears FOOTSTEPS approaching.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš You're not going to believe what I

šššššššššššššššš dreamt last night.

 

šššš Marla walks in, straightening her dress, looks like she's

šššš been raped by a hurricane.š Jack's jaw drops.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš I can hardly believe anything about

šššššššššššššššš last night.

 

šššš Marla goes to pour coffee.š She takes a swig, GARGLES and

šššš SPITS it in the sink.š She gives Jack a lascivious smile.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš What are you doing here?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš What...?

 

ššššššššššššššššš šššššššššššJACK

šššššššššššššššš This is my house. What are you doing in my house?

 

šššš Marla stares at him a beat, then drops the cup in the sink.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš Fuck you.

 

šššš Marla shoves open the door to the backyard and walks out.

šššš Jack gets up, watches her stomp away.

 

šššš Jack turns and -- Tyler is at his shoulder, staring after

šššš Marla.š He's in his usual sweatpants.š He grins at Jack,

šššš then moves away, pours himself coffee.š Jack, smoldering,

ššš šslumps at the table and picks up Reader's Digest.š Tyler

šššš puts his foot on a countertop, does stretching exercises.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Ha! Ha! OHH.

šššššššššššššššš You got some fucked-up friends. I'm telling you.

š šššššššššššššššRemember, though... Silly Kooks.

šššššššššššššššš So. I'm coming in last night.

šššššššššššššššš Phone's off the hook.

šššššššššššššššš She's a piece of work.š Get this --

šššššššššššššššš I come in here last night, the

šššššššššššššššš phone's off the hook...

 

šššš Jack pretends to read, quickly glances at Tyler.š TYLER'S

šššš VOICE FADES...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš I already knew the story before he

šššššššššššššššš told it to me.

 

šššš INT. KITCHEN - LATE AFTERNOON (FLASHBACK)

 

šššš Tyler enters, gently lifts the handset and listens.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA'S VOICE

šššššššššššššššššššššš (from handset)

šššššššššššššššš Do you think it'll live up to its name?

šššššššššššššššš Or will it just be a death... hairball? Hair... to evacuate soul.

šššššššššššššššš I'll tell you when I'm floating out of my body.

šššššššššššššššš

šššš Tyler smiles.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Now. How could Tyler, off all people, think

šššššššššššššššš it was a bad thing that Marla Singer

šššššššššššššššš was about to die?

 

šššš INT. MARLA'S - 8TH FLOOR LANDING - LATE AFTERNOON (FLASHBACK)

 

šššš Tyler, a wry smile on his face, ambles up the stiars,

šššš looking at the rotting walls.š He reaches the top of the

šššš stairs and heads for Marla's room.š Before he can knock,

šššš Marla's hand shoots out and grabs him...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA (on phone)

šššššššššššššššš 9, 8, ... 5, 4, 3, hang on, ...

 

šššš INT. MARLA'S ROOM - CONTINUOUS (FLASHBACK)

 

šššš Marla pulls Tyler inside and shuts the door.š Her drugged

šššš eyes look him over.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš You got here fast.

šššššššššššššššš Did I call you? Huh?

 

šššš She staggers and sits on the bed.š She slides off, along

šššš with the blanket and sheets, to the floor.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš The mattresses are all sealed in

šššššššššššššššš slippery plastic.

 

šššš She tries to focus her eyes on Tyler.

 

šššš Tyler studies her with cynical curiosity, looks at a DILDO

šššš lying atop a dresser.š Marla follows his gaze.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš Don't worry.š It's not a threat to you.

 

šššš SIRENS and vehicles SCREECHING outside can be HEARD; doors

šššš opening and SLAMMING; running FOOTFALLS.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš Oh, fuck!š Somebody called the cops...

 

šššš She gets to her feet, grabs Tyler, pulls him out the door.

 

šššš INT. HALLWAY (FLASHBACK)

 

šš ššMarla LOCKS her door, then pulls Tyler toward the STAIRCASE.

šššš COPS and PARAMEDICS charge up with oxygen and medical kits.

šššš Marla and Tyler flatten against the wall to let them pass.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš COP

šššššššššššššššš 513!š Where's 513?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššššššššš (pointing)

šššššššššššššššš End of the hall.

 

šššš The rescuers keep running.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššššššššš (calling after)

šššššššššššššššš You know the girl who lives there used to be

šššššššššššššššš a charming, lovely girl, but she's

šššššššššššššššš lost faith in herself...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš COP

šššššššššššššššš Miss Singer, let us help you!š You

šššššššššššššššš have every reason to live!

 

šššš Marla yanks Tyler's arm, heading down the stairs.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš She's a monster!š Infectious human

šššššššššššššššš waste!š Good luck trying to save her!

 

šššš INT. KITCHEN - NIGHT (FLASHBACK)

 

šššš Tyler makes coffee. šMarla slouches against the refrigerator.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš If I fall asleep, I'm done for.

šššššššššššššššš You're gonna have to keep me up all

šššššššššššššššš night.

 

šššš INT. KITCHEN - MORNING (RESUMING)

 

šššš Tyler chuckles, shakes his head.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Oh, fuckin' weird. Unbelievable, huh?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš He was obviously able to handle it.

 

šššš Tyler stands across from Jack, gets a cigarette from a pack.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš You know what I mean. You fucked her.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš No. I didn't.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Never?

 

šš ššššššššššššššššššššššššššJACK

šššššššššššššššš No.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš I mean, this girl... uh,

šššššššššššššššš you're not into her, are you?š or anything... ?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš No. God, not at all.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš I am Jack's Raging Bile Duct.

 

šššš Tyler lights his cigarette.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš You're sure? You can tell me.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššš ššššJACK

šššššššššššššššš Believe me, I'm sure.

 

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Put the gun to my head and paint the walls with my brains.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš That's good, 'cause she's a predator.

šššššššššššššššš Posing as a house pet.

šššššššššššššššš Stay away from that one.

šššššššššššššššš And the shit that came out from this woman's mouth I've never heard.

šššššššššššššššš Good.š This chick was up on the table

šššššššššššššššš with her legs in the stirrups before

šššššššššššššššš the doctor even walked in the room.

šššššššššššššššš The things that she said... I've

šššššššššššššššš never heard a woman talk like that...

 

šššš INT. TYLER'S ROOM - NIGHT (FLASHBACK)

 

šššš Tyler smokes, post-coital.š Marla puts her lips to his ear.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššššššššš (whispering)

šššššššššššššššš I want to have your abortion.

šššššššššššššššš My God. I haven't been fucked like that since Grade School.

 

šššš INT. KITCHEN - MORNING (RESUMING)

 

šššš Tyler laughs, shakes his head.š Jack's gripping his Reader's

šššš Digest just a little too tight.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš How could Tyler not go for that?

šššššššššššššššš Night before last, he was splicing

šššššššššššššššš sex organs into Cinderella. "Little Mermaid."

 

šššš Tyler sits, studies Jack's face.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Marla doesn't need a lover. She needs a fucking caseworker.

 

šššššššš ššššššššššššššššššššTYLER

šššššššššššššššš She needs a wash.

šššššššššššššššš And she's in love with sport fuckin'.

šššššššššššššššš You're okay with this?

 

šššš Tyler smokes.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš She is a wild, twisted bitch.š Stay

šššššššššššššššš away from that one.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Oh, and my pace is more librarians.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Hey... don't knock librarians.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Marla doesn't need a lover.š She

šššššššššššššššš needs a case worker.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš She needs an exorcist.š This isn't

šššššššššššššššš love.š This is sport-fucking.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš She invaded my support groups, now

šššššššššššššššš she'd invaded my home.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Hey. Hey. Sit down. Listen... do me a favor... sit here

šššššššššššššššš a minute...

 

šššš Tyler pulls out a closer chair, motions to it.š Jack puts

šššš down his Reader's Digest and moves to that chair.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš What?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Now. Listen.

šššššššššššššššš Can't have you talking to her about me?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš What would I talk to her?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLERššššššššš

šššššššššššššššš You've gotta understand something

šššššššššššššššš about me.š I have a little rule,

šššššššššššššššš okay?š Don't ever talk to her about

šššššššššššššššš me.š Ever.š I can't stand that kind

šššššššššššššššš of shit.

 

šššš Tyler fixes Jack with a friendly, but firm stare.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš If you ever say anything about me or what

šššššššššššššššš goes on in this house,

šššššššššššššššš to her or anyone - we're done.

šššššššššššššššš Now. Promise me.

šššššššššššššššš I will find out.š

šššššššššššššššš And you'll never see me again.

ššššššššššššš ššš

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Okay.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš You promise?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Yes, I promise.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Promise?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš I just said I promise!

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš That was three times you promised.

 

šššš Tyler smiles, gets up and leaves.š Jack sits smoldering.

 

ššššššššššššššššššššššššššš šRUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš If only I had wasted a couple of

šššššššššššššššš minutes and gone to watch Marla die,

šššššššššššššššš none of this would've happened.

 

šššš INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

 

šššš Jack watches TV at HIGH VOLUME.š SOUNDS of SEX from upstairs.

 

šššš INT. JACK'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

 

šššš Jack lies calmly on his bed, staring at the ceiling.š Sounds

šššš of THUMPS and CRASHES from beyond the wall.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA'S VOICE

šššššššššššššššššššššš (muffled through wall)

šššššššššššššššš Oh. Harder. Harder. Miserable fucking discharge!

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš I could've moved to another room, one

šššššššššššššššš on the third floor -- so I wouldn't

šššššššššššššššš have heard them.š But I didn't.

 

šššš INT. BASEMENT - NIGHT

 

šššš SOUNDS of RAIN.š Jack flips FUSES off, then walks upstairs.

 

šššš INT. 2ND FLOOR LANDING - SAME

 

šššš Jack walks, HEARS Marla SCREAM in orgasm.š He reaches the

šššš landing.š Tyler's door is ajar.š Jack peeks in...

 

šššš Marla's legs are sprawled on the bed.š The door PUSHES OPEN

šššš WIDER -- Tyler, naked, stands CLOSE TO CAMERA.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš What are you doing?

 

šššš Jack steps back.

 

ššššššššššššššššššššššššššš šJACK

šššššššššššššššš I... uh... just going to bed.

 

šššš Tyler scratches his head, wears a RUBBER GLOVE.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš You want to finish her off?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš No. Tank you.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš Can I have a cigarette?

šššššššššššššššš Who are you talking to?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Shut up!

 

šššš Jack continues toward his room.

 

šššš INT. BATHROOM - NIGHT

 

šššš Jack brushes his teeth.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš I became the calm, little center of

šššššššššššššššš the world.š I was the Zen master.

 

šššš CLOSE UP - COMPUTER MONITOR

 

šššš Haiku is BEING TYPED in a trendy, italicized font.

 

ššššššššššššššššššššššššššššš "Worker bees can leave

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššššš Even drones can fly away

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššššš The queen is their slave"

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš I wrote little haiku poems.

šššššššššššššššš

 

šššš INT. JACK'S OFFICE - DAY

 

šššš Jack's clothes are PERMANENTLY STAINED with BLOOD.š He sits

šššš in Zen pose, cigarette in mouth, finishes typing Haiku.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

ššššššššššš šššššI E-mailed them to everyone.

šššššššššššššššš I faxed them around to everyone.

 

šššš He hits "SEND," gets the "ERROR CHIME" SOUND.š He presses

šššš this key over and over.š Boss enters.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš BOSS

šššššššššššššššš Is that your blood?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Some of it, yes.

 

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš BOSS

šššššššššššššššš You can't smoke in here.

 

šššš Boss stares at Jack like he's from Mars.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš BOSS

šššššššššššššššš Take the rest of the day off.š Come

šššššššššššššššš back Monday tomorrow with clean clothes.

šššššššššššššššš Get yourself together.

 

šššš INT. HALLWAY - SAME

 

šššš Jack's leaving, looks like a war casualty, passing COWORKERS

šššš who coldly stare at him. šHis face is totally passive.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš I got right in everyone's hostile

šššššššššššššššš little face.š Yes, these are bruises

šššššššššššššššš from fighting.š I'm comfortable with

ššššššššššššššš šthem.š I...š am enlightened.

 

šššš EXT. PAPER STREET - SUNSET

 

šššš Jack walks toward the HOUSE.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš You give up the condo life, give up

šššššššššššššššš all your flaming worldly possessions,

šššššššššššššššš go live in a dilapidated house in the

šššššššššššššššš toxic waste part of town...

 

šššš INT. TYLER'S KITCHEN - SUNSET

 

šššš Jack walks in.š SOUNDS of VIOLENT SEX and a POLAROID CAMERA

šššš from upstairs.š Pieces of PLASTER fall from the ceiling.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš ... and you come home to this.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER'S VOICE

šššššššššššššššššššššš (laughing)

šššššššššššššššš You fucking slut[S34] !!

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA'S VOICE

šššššššššššššššš Thank you, sir, may I have another!

šššššššššššššššš Thank you sir, may I have another... !

 

šššš Jack rolls his eyes, takes off his pants.š He runs water in

šššš the sink, finds a tiny bit of SOAP and scrubs at the blood

šššš stains.š The PHONE RINGS.š He answers it.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Hello? Yeah.š Speaking.

 

šššš INTERCUT WITH...

 

šššš INT. POLICE STATION - OFFICE

 

šššš A cop, DETECTIVE STERN, refers to a file.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš DETECTIVE STERN

šššššššššššššššš Yes. This is Detective Stern with the

šššššššššššššššš arson unit.š We have some new

šššššššššššššššš information about the "incident" at

šššššššššššššššš your former condo.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Yes?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš DETECTIVE STERN

šššššššššššššššš I don't know if you're aware but ... your

šššššššššššššššš front door -- it seems someone

šššššššššššššššš sprayed freon into your front door lock, then

šššššššššššššššš tapped it with a chisel to shatter

šššššššššššššššš the cylinder.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš No, I wasn't aware that at all...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš I am Jack's Cold Sweat.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš DETECTIVE STERN

šššššššššššššššš Does this sound strange to you?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Yes, sire, strange.š Very strange.

 

šššš Jack starts to sweat, scrubs his pants obsessively.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš DETECTIVE STERN

šššššššššššššššš The dynamite...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Dynamite?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš DETECTIVE STERN

šššššššššššššššš Yes.š It left a residue of ammonium

šššššššššššššššš oxalate and potassium perchloride.

ššššššššš šššššššDo you know what that means?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš No. What does that mean?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš DETECTIVE STERN

šššššššššššššššš It means it was homemade.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš I'm sorry, This is just coming ... as quite a shock to me, sir...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš DETECTIVE STERN

šššššššššššššššš Whoever set this homemade dynamite

šššššššššššššššš could've blown out the pilot light

šššššššššššššššš days before the actual explosion. The gas,

šššššššššššššššš it seems, was just a detonator.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Who would go and do such a thing?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš DETECTIVE STERN

šššššššššššššššš I'll ask the questions, son.

 

ššššššššš šššššššššššššššššššTYLER

šššššššššššššššššššššš (whispering in Jack's ear)

šššššššššššššššš Tell him...tell him the Liberator[S35] 

šššššššššššššššš who destroyed my property,

šššššššššššššššš has realigned[S36]  my perception[S37] .š

 

šššš Jack almost leaps out his skin, startled; looks to see Tyler

šššš standing right next to him.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Huh?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššššššššš (overlap w/below)

šššššššššššššššš "The liberator who destroyed my

šššššš ššššššššššproperty has re-aligned my paradigm

šššššššššššššššš of perception[S38] ."

 

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš DETECTIVE STERN

šššššššššššššššš Excuse me, are you there?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Shhhhhh!

šššššššššššššššššššššš (into phone,

ššššššššššššššššššššššš overlap w/above)

šššššššššššššššš No. I am listening. It's just a little hard to know what to make of all this.

šššššššššššššššš I don't know what to make of this,

šššššššššššššššš sir, I really don't...

 

ššššššššššššš šššššššššššššššDETECTIVE STERN

šššššššššššššššš Have you recently made enemies

šššššššššššššššš with anyone who might have access to homemade dynamite?

šššššššššššššššš Do you know anyone who'd have the

šššššššššššššššš expertise or motive to do something

šššššššššššššššš like this?

 

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššššššššš (into phone)

šššššššššššššššš Enemies?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš "I reject the basic assumptions[S39]  of

šššššššššššššššš civilization, including material

šššššššššššššššš possession[S40] ."

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš DETECTIVE STERN

šššššššššššššššš Son, this is serious.

 

šššš Jack pushes Tyler away, cups the receiving.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššššššššš (into phone)

ššššššš šššššššššYes. I know it's serious.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš DETECTIVE STERN

šššššššššššššššš I mean that.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššššššššš (into phone)

šššššššššššššššš Yes. It's very serious.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššš (into phone)

šššššššššššššššš No.š No, sir.š I loved that condo.

šššššššššššššššš Look. Nobody takes this more seriously than me.

šššššššššššššššš That condo was my life. OK?

šššššššššššššššš I loved every stick of furniture in that place.

šššššššššššššššš That was not just a bunch of stuff that got destroyed.

šššššššššššššššš It was me!

šššššššššššššššš The lamps, the chairs, the rugs, were

šššššššššššššššš me.š The dishes were me.š The plants

šššššššššššššššš were...

 

šššššš ššššššššššššššššššššššRUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš I'd like to thank the academy...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš DETECTIVE STERN

šššššššššššššššš Is this not a good time for you?

šššššššššššššššš Well, if any ideas come to you, give

šššššššššššš ššššme a call.š In the meantime, don't

šššššššššššššššš leave town.š I may need to bring you

šššššššššššššššš in for questioning.

 

šššš END INTERCUT

 

šššš Jack hangs up.š Tyler shrugs.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Just tell him you fuckin' did it.

 

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Shhh.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Tell him you blew it all up.

šššššššššššššššš That what he wants to hear.

šššššššššššššššš Could be worse.š You could be cursed

šššššššššššššššš with the three terrible Karmas.š You

šššššššššššššššš could be beautiful, rich and famous.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš DETECTIVE STERN

šššššššššššššššš Are you still there?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Wait. Are you saying that I'm a suspect?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš DETECTIVE STERN

šššššššššššššššš No. No. I may need to talk to you a little further

šššššššššššššššš so how you lettin' me know if you gonna leave town?

šššššššššššššššš Ok?

 

ššššššššššššššššš šššššššššššTYLER

šššššššššššššššš OK.

 

šššš Jack turns away, continues to scrub his pants.š Marla's

šššš FOOTSTEPS can be HEARD coming downstairs...

 

šššš Jack really grinds the soap against the pants, splashing

šššš water.š He turns, sees Marla enter.š Tyler is GONE.š Marla

šššš lights a cigarette.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Except for their humping, Tyler and

šššššššššššššššš Marla were never in the same room.

šššššššššššššššš My parents pulled this exact same act for years.

šššššššššššššššš

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš The condom is the glass slipper of our generation.

šššššššššššššššš You slip on one when you meet a stranger.

šššššššššššššššš You ... dance all night. Then you throw it away.

šššššššššššššššš The condom I mean, not the stranger.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššššššššš (keeps scrubbing)

šššššššššššššššš What?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš I got this dress at a thrift store

ššššššš šššššššššfor one dollar.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššššššššš (keeps scrubbing)

šššššššššššššššš It was worth every penny.

 

šššš Marla begins a slow, exotic dance, moving very close to

šššš Jack.š She lifts her dress dangerously high, dancing close

šššš to Jack's body, almost touching.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššššššššš (seductive)

šššššššššššššššš It's a bridesmaid's dress.š

šššššššššššššššš Someone loved it intensely

šššššššššššššššš for one day,

šššššššššš ššššššthen tossed it.š

šššššššššššššššš Like a Christmas tree --

šššššššššššššššš so special, then, bam --

šššššššššššššššš it's abandoned on the side of the road,

šššššššššššššššš tinsel[S41]  still clinging[S42]  to it...

 

šššš Jack becomes very aware of having no pants on, presses

šššš against the counter.š Marla pulls her hemline further up.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš Like a sex crime victim,

šššššššššššššššš underwear inside-out,

šššššššššššššššš bound with electrical tape.

šššššššš šššššššš

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššššššššš (coldly)

šššššššššššššššš Well. Then it suits you.

 

šššš She leans in very close to Jack's ear, whispers hoarsely:

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš You can borrow it sometime.

 

šššš Jack takes a step away, keeps scrubbing.š Marla blows smoke

šššš in his face.š Jack takes her cigarette and throws it in the

šššš sink.š Marla backs away, fed up, storms out, going UPSTAIRS.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER (O.S.)

šššššššš ššššššššGet rid of her.

 

šššš Jack turns to see Tyler in the doorway.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Why can't you get rid of her.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššššššššš (pointing at Jack)

šššššššššššššššš Don't mention me.

 

šššš Marla's FOOTSTEPS are coming DOWNSTAIRS.š Jack looks to the

šššš archway, then back at -- Tyler's GONE.š Marla enters, shoes

šššš and balled up clothing under one arm, looking for something

šššš on the junk strewn table.

 

šššššššššššššššššš ššššššššššRUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš I'm six years old again, passing

šššššššššššššššš messages between my parents.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš No, uh... I really think it's time you got out of here.

 

šššš Marla ignores, still searching the table, tossing things,

šššš pushing other things off to the floor.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš Don't worry, I'm leaving.

 

šššš Marla finds what she wanted, a pack of cigarettes.š She

šššš moves up into Jack's face.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Not that we don't love your little visits.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš MARLA

šššššššššššššššš You are such a nut case, I can't even

šššššššššššššššš begin to keep up.

šššššššššššššššš (sing)
ššššš šššššššššššGotta get off. Gotta get off this Merry-Go-Round.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Thanks. Bye.

 

šššš She laughs, spins on her heels.š As she exits the back door,

šššš she sings "This Merry-Go-Round" from "Valley of the Dolls."

šššš Jack watches her through the kitchen window.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER (O.S.)

šššššššššššššššš You're kids. Nice work.

 

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Why do you still waste time with her?

 

šššš Jack turns.š Tyler's right behind him.š Through the window,

šššš Marla can be seen walking away.š Tyler picks up the remnant

šššš of SOAP Jack's been using, holds it up to Jack.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš I'll say this about Marla -

šššššššššššššššš at least she still tryin' to hit bottom.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš What. And I'm not?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Stickin' feathers up your butt does not make you a chicken.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš What are we doing tonight?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Tonight? We make soap.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Really?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš To make soup, first we have to render fat.

šššššššššššššššš

šššš Jack looks at Tyler.

 

āĻŅŻ ÉĢÉ The Soup äŅÅĶÕŽÉČ šŅÅÄĖĻ×

 

šššš CLOSE UP - SIGN: "DANGER - BIOHAZARD."

 

šššš EXT. FENCED-IN BIOHAZARD WASTE DUMP SITE - NIGHT

 

šššš Tyler stands inside the fence.š Jack's atop the fence,

šššš struggling to cross BARBED WIRE.š He wobbles, gets over,

šššš snags his shirt.š Jack falls, RIPPPPP.š Tyler helps.

 

šššš FOOTSTEPS.š A FLASHLIGHT BEAM.š Tyler pulls Jack behind a

šššš DUMPSTER, one of DOZENS.š A silhouette of a SECURITY GUARD

šššš moves along the perimeter, flashlight first.š He walks away.

 

šššš MOVE BACK to Tyler and Jack, who emerge from hiding.š Tyler

šššš eagerly grabs the lid of the closest dumpster.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš The salt bonds has to be just right

šššššššššššššššš -- So the best fat for making soap --

šššššššššššššššš because -- comes from humans bodies...

 

šššš Tyler lifts the lid -- it CREAKS.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Wait. What is this place?

 

ššššš šššššššššššššššššššššššTYLER

šššššššššššššššš A liposuction[S43]  clinic.

 

šššš From the dumpster, Tyler pulls out an industrial-sized,

šššš thick plastic bag full of PINK GOO.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Aha. Pay dirt.š The richest.

šššššššššššššššš Creamiest fat in the world.

šššššššššššššššš From society's richest asses and thighs.

šššššššššššššššš Fat of the land.

 

šššš TIME CUT: Tyler and Jack climb back over the fence, carrying

šššš BAGS of fat.š One of Jack's bags RIPS, spilling the goo down

šššš the chain-link fench.š Jack slips and slides.š Tyler laughs.

šššš Tyler tries to scoop the running fat back into the bag.

 

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Get another one.

 

šššš INT. KITCHEN - NIGHT

 

šššš Jack and Tyler each stir a boiling pot.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš As the fat renders, the tallow floats

šššššššššššššššš to the surface.š Remember the crap

šššššššššššššššš they taught you in like in Boy Scouts.

 

ššššššššššššššššššššššššš šššJACK

šššššššššššššššš I can't Hard to imagine you as a Boy Scouts.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Keep stirrin'. Once a tallow hardens we skim off a layer of glycerin.š

šššššššššššššššš If you were to add nitric acid, you got nitroglycerin.

šššššššššššššššš If you were then to add sodium nitrate and a dish of sawdust, you got dynamite.šššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššššš

šššššššššššššššš Yeah. With enough soup we can blow up just about anything.

š šššššššššššššššThis clear layer in glycerin.

šššššššššššššššš We'll mix it back in when we make the soap.

šššššššššššššššš

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Tyler was full of useful information.

 

šššš Tyler sticks a spoon into a pot, lifts up a scoop of the

šššš glycerin layer.š Then, he crabs a can, opens it.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš (adding lye to mix)

šššššššššššššššš Now. Ancient peoples found their clothes

šššššššššššššššš got clean when they washed them at a

šššššššššššššššš certain spot in the river.š You know why?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš No.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Because, human sacrifices were once

šššššššššššššššš made on the hills above this river.

šššššššššššššššš Year after year, bodies burnt.š

šššššššššššššššš Rain feel. š

šššššššššššššššš Water seeped through the wood

šššššššššššššššš ashes to create lye[S44] . This is lye.

šššššššššššššššš The crucial ingredient.

ššššššššššššš šššOnce it mixed with the melted fat of bodies.

šššššššššššššššš combined with the melted fat of the

šššššššššššššššš bodies, till

šššššššššššššššš a thick white soapy discharge crept into the river.

šššššššššššššššš May I see your hand please?

šššššššš šššššššš

 

šššš Tyler licks his lips until they're gleaming wet.š He takes

šššš Jack's hands and KISSES the back of it.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš What is this?

šššššššššššššššš

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

ššššššššššššššš šThis is chemical burn.

šššššššššššššššš The first soap was made from the ashes of heroes.š

šššššššššššššššš Like the first monkeys shot into space.

 

šššš The saliva shines in the shape of the kiss.š Tyler pours a

šššš bit of the flaked lye onto Jack's hand.š

šššššššššššššš

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Ah. Ah. Ah.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš It'll hurt more than you've ever been burned

šššššššššššššššš and you will have a scar[S45] .

 

 

šššš Jack's whole body JERKS.š Tyler holds tight to Jack's hand

šššš and arm.š Tears well in Jack's eyes; his face tightens.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš What are you doing?

 

šššš Jack looks -- the burn is swollen, glossy, in the shape of

šššš Tyler's kiss.š Jack's face spasms.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Tyler's kiss was a bonfire on the

šššššššššššššššš back of my hand.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Guided meditation worked for cancer,

šššššššššššššššš it could work for this.

 

šššš SHOT OF A GREEN MAPLE LEAF, GLISTENING WITH DEW.š RESUME:

 

šššš Tyler looks at Jack's glazed and detached eyes.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Stay with Come back to the pain.š

š šššššššššššššššDon't shove to center. Don't shut this out.

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACKšššššššššššššššš

šššššššššššššššš No. No. Oh, God!

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Look at your hand.

šššššššššššššššš The first soap was made from the ashes of heroes.š

šššššššššššššššš Like the first monkeys shot into space.

šššššššššššššššš Without pain, without sacrifice, without death, we would have nothing.

 

šššš Jack, snapping back, tries to jerk his hand away.š Tyler

šššš keeps hold of it and their arms KNOCK UTENSILS off the table.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš I tried not to think of the words

šššššššššššššššš "searing[S46] " or "flesh[S47] ."š

šššššššššššššššš I imagined my pain as a ball of healing white light.

šššššššššššššššš

šššš SHOT OF A FOREST, IN GENTLE SPRING RAINFALL.š RESUME:

 

šššš Tyler JERKS Jack's hand, getting Jack's attention...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš Stop it!

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

ššššššššššššššš šStop it.š

šššššššššššššššš This is your pain - This is your burning hand.š

šššššššššššššššš It's right here.š Look at it.

šššššššššššššššš

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš I'm going to my cave!

šššššššššššššššš I'm going to my cave and find my [CC:valium] power animal.š

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš I was going to my cave to find my

šššššššššššššššš power animal.

 

šššš SHOT OF THE INSIDE OF JACK'S FROZEN ICE CAVE.š RESUME:

 

šššš Tyler JERKS Jack's hand again.š Jack re-focuses on Tyler...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš No. Don't deal with this duenos those

šššššššššššššššš dead people do. Come on!š Deal with it the way

šššššššššššššššš a living person does.

 

šššš SHOT OF INSIDE THE ICE CAVE - ON MARLA, LYING NAKED UNDER A

šššš FUR COAT, TURNING HER HEAD TO LOOK TOWARDS US.š RESUME:

 

šššš Jack tries to pull his hand free.š Tyler won't let go.

šššš Jack's eyes glaze over again.š Jack speaks, whiny from pain:

 

ššššššššššššššššššš šššššššššJACK

šššššššššššššššš I get the point. OK! Please!

šššššššššššššššš I... I think I understand.š I think

šššššššššššššššš I get it...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš No, what you're feeling is premature[S48] 

šššššššššššššššš enlightenment[S49] .

 

šššš SHOT OF A GREEN FOREST WITHOUT RAIN.š RESUME:

 

šššš Tyler SLAPS Jack's face, regaining his attention...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš This is the greatest moment of your

šššššššššššššššš Life, man. And you're off somewhere, missing it.

šššššššššššššššš

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš No, I'm not...

 

šššš SHOT OF TREES ENGULFED BY A FOREST FIRE.š RESUME:

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Shut up.š Our fathers were our models

ššššš šššššššššššfor God.š And, if our fathers bailed[S50] ,

šššššššššššššššš what does that tell you about God?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš I don't know...

 

šššš SHOT OF EMBERS POURING FROM THE HELLISH FOREST FIRE.š RESUME:

 

šššš Tyler SLAPS Jack's face again...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Listen to me.š You have to consider

šššššššššššššššš the possibility that God doesn't like

šššššššššššššššš you, he never wanted you.š

šššššššššššššššš In all probability, He hates you.š

šššššššššššššššš This is not the worst thing that can happen...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš It isn't... ?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš We don't need him...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

ššššššššš šššššššWe don't... ? I agree...

 

šššš SHOT OF INSIDE ICE CAVE - NAKED MARLA PULLS JACK DOWN ON TOP

šššš OF HER - JACK KISSES HER - CIGARETTE SMOKE COMES FROM HER

šššš MOUTH - JACK COUGHS.š RESUME:

 

šššš Jack is a wide-eyed zombie...

 

ššššššššššššššššššššš šššššššJACK

šššššššššššššššš ... Marla ... ?

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš Fuck damnation[S51] .š Fuck redemption[S52] .š

šššššššššššššššš We are God's unwanted children,

šššššššššššššššš with no special place

šššššššššššššššš and no special attention,

šššššššššššššššš and so be it.

 

šššš Jack looks at Tyler -- they lock eyes.š Jack does his best

šššš to stifle his spasms of pain, his body a quivering, coiled

šššš knot.š He bolts toward the sink, but Tyler holds on.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššš ššššTYLER

šššššššššššššššš You can go to the sink and run water

šššššššššššššššš over your hand.š Look at me.š Or you

šššššššššššššššš can use vinegar to neutralize the

šššššššššššššššš burn, but first you have to give up.

šššššššššššššššš First, you have to know, not fear, that someday,

šššššššššššššššš you are going to die.š Until you know

šššššššššššššššš that, you will be useless.

 

šššš Jack spasms with a shiver of pain...

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš You ... you don't know how this feels!

šššššššššššššššš like, Tyler.

 

šššš Tyler shows Jack a LYE-BURNED KISS SCAR on his own hand.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš TYLER

šššššššššššššššš It's only we've lost of everything

šššššššššššššššš that we'll free to do anything.ššššššššššššššš šš

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš JACK

šššššššššššššššš OK.

 

šššš Tears begin to drip from Jack's eyes.š Tyler grabs a bottle

šššš of VINEGAR -- pours it over Jack's wound.

šššš Jack closes his eyes, holds his hand... slumps to the floor.

 

šššššššššššššššš ššššššššššššTYLER

šššššššššššššššš Congratulations.š

šššššššššššššššš You're a step closer to hitting bottom.

šššššššššššššššš

šššš INT. BARNEY'S - DAY

 

šššš Jack and Tyler, in trench coats, looking like deaht-warmed-

šššš over, wait as a BUYER fills out forms.

 

šššš There are bars of "The Paper Street Soap Company" soap on

šššš the counter.š Jack looks like he's half-expecting to get

šššš arrested.š His hand is BANDAGED.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš Tyler sold the soap to department

šššššššššššššššš stores at twenty bucks a Ear.š

šššššššššššššššš God knows what they charged.š

šššššššššššššššš It was beautiful. How ironic.

šššššššššššššššš We were selling rich women their own

šššššššššššššššš fat asses back to them.

 

šššš INT. JACK'S OFFICE - DAY

 

šššš Jack sits at his desk, playing a game on his computer,

šššš smoking a cigarette.š Boss enters.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš RUPERT = JACK (V.O.)

šššššššššššššššš He was wearing a yellow tie.š It must

šššššššššššššššš be Thursday.š I didn't even wear a tie

šššššššššššššššš to work anymore.

 

šššš Boss slaps a piece of PAPER down on Jack's desk.

 

šššššššššššššššššššššššššššš BOSS