So we’re packing all of our stuff up tonight for our grand cross-country Electric Larry and the San Frantastic Road Trip Experience tomorrow, and I found the following notepad stuffed in my old blazer:
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It’s the memo pad left out for guests at the Embassy Suites in West Covina, CA a place where we’ve had, like, three Christmases due to my mom’s job in the recording studio. The top idea says “bank hostage crisis” which is an idea for a screenplay that has been knocking around in my head since 1995 or so. It was the second idea that seemed to work:
five roommates, Cinqo de Mayo
“I live in a generation that pees first and asks where the toilet is later”
From those words scribbled on a hotel pad, my life was whisked in a different direction. In 1998, I actually wrote the screenplay based on that random thought, about five housemates trying to stop a Cinqo de Mayo party at their house – and after three years it became the Pink House movie, the main reason (besides Christmas with the family) that we are taking this month-long road trip.
The cool thing is this: the script went through eleven drafts before it was shot, and then during production all kinds of changes were made. In the editing process, 25% more of the script was cut, and 95% of the rest was altered in some way. Hardly one line from the first written draft is in the movie edit I handed to our sound mixer today. Except one: “We live in a generation that pees first and asks where the toilet is later.”
That silly, seemingly-nonsensical sentence made it from the breast pocket of my brown sport coat in the mid-1990s – all the way to today, unscathed. It’s the Little Piece of Dialogue that Could.