And the winners are: Hugh Grant (36%) as Buddy; Penelope Cruz (33%) as Marianne; A tie between Paul Giamatti and Vince Vaughn (27% each) as Steve; Estelle Getty (40%) as the Mother; and John Travolta (45%) as Vinnie. Thank you for voting!
EXT. BROADWAY THEATER. MANHATTAN - DAY
Hurrying, two MEN leap out of a taxi and rush into a theater.
INT. THEATER - DAY
Minutes into the play, they're escorted in the darkness to their seats; second row orchestra. Excusing themselves past already seated spectators, they flop into their seats.
I sat on my glasses.
Smart. You're lucky we're close to the stage.
Buddy retrieves a sculpture of twisted frames. With help from the light from the stage, Buddy tries in vain to repair them.
Shaking his head, he shoves the disrepair back into his pocket and observes the blur of an audience. Squinting, his glance falls upon a beautiful woman sitting in the balcony. A bolt of lightening heightens his admiration for this lovely vision.
She turns towards him. Prudently, he waves to her; she returning his overtures with discreet smiles.
Isn't she beautiful?
Steve follows his trance.
She's a knockout.
I'm going to introduce myself at intermission.
She's with two other people. They could be her
grandmother and father...or husband.
Buddy pays no attention while riveted on his angel and her smiles.
Intermission arrives. Buddy glances up and notices his vision miming to meet her.
They make their way through the throngs to the refreshments concession where he searches frantically. He feels a gentle tap on his shoulders, then turns to its source; a petite, ELDERLY WOMAN.
Bashfully, the woman turns away, then smiles at him seductively. Buddy blinks at her, puzzled.
Humiliated, her face turns beet red as it contorts into rage. He withdraws at the unexpected transformation. Her SON steps between his mother and Buddy.
And socks him between the eyes causing Buddy to fall backwards onto the floor. The mother hits him continuously with her purse.
Defending himself from the blows,
What'd I do?!
Suddenly, a young WOMAN appears admonishing Vinnie.
That man is a gigolo!
Mamma! It's an innocent misunderstanding.
Innocent my eye. Let's go, Vinnie.
The daughter leans over Buddy.
I'll be there soon.
As Buddy sits up,
Are you all right?
He stares at the lovely vision.
You're the woman in the balcony.
I'm a nurse. Are you hurt?
(feeling his nose)
I don't think it's broken.
Let's have a look. I don't live far from here.
Really? I mean, sure.
As he walks out of the theater with Marianne,
Today, I'm the l-l-luckiest m-m-man on the f-f-face
of the earth-th-th.
FADE TO BLACK
**written by petra michelle**