American Splendor script
Synopsis: Underground comic book writer Harvey Pekar, portrayed by Paul Giamatti but also appearing as himself, is the subject of this inventive biopic. Much of the film focuses on the eccentric Pekar's day-to-day life in Cleveland, particularly his relationship with his patient wife, Joyce Brabner (played by Hope Davis and also appearing as herself). As Pekar's musings are brought to the screen in this unique and engaging production, the movie playfully incorporates comic book-like panels.

AMERICAN SPLENDOR

The high-energy music and upbeat titles -- in direct contrast

to the sulking image of Harvey -- continue through the

remainder of the credits.

EXT. CLEVELAND STREET OVERLOOKING FACTORIES - DAY

We’re now on HARVEY’S back as he continues his forlorn

journey. We move forward, past him, to peer over the hill at

the factories below.

REAL HARVEY (V.O.)

Okay. We’re throwing a lot at ya

here, so lemme step in an’ help ya

catch up. This is the story about

comic books, an’ a guy who made a

whole life outta them. You could

even say comics saved his life.

This guy here, he’s our man, Harvey

Pekar -- all grown up and goin’

nowhere.

6.

REAL HARVEY(cont'd)

Although he’s a pretty scholarly

cat, he never got much of a formal

education. For the most part, he’s

lived in shit neighborhoods, held

shit jobs, and is now knee deep

into a second disastrous marriage.

So if yer lookin’ for romance or

escapism or some fantasy figure to

save the day, guess what? Ya got

the wrong movie.

SUDDENLY EVERYTHING--THE MUSIC, THE CREDITS, THE IMAGES-COMES

TO A HALT.

CUT TO:

INT. SOUND STAGE - PRESENT - DAY

HIGH DEFINITION VIDEO DOCUMENTARY FOOTAGE

The REAL HARVEY PEKAR (not the actor who trudged through the

credits) sits behind a microphone, supplying the “voice over”

above. He clutches a movie script in his hand.

The frame is spare, with a few well-chosen items to indicate

that he’s in a recording session.

Although he is significantly older than the man who portrays

him, the “Real Harvey” is every bit as much of a sad sack...

maybe even more.

.

He is large and slightly threatening with knitted brows and

wild eyes. Yet there is something kind and vulnerable about

him -- a teddy bear who could kick your ass.

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Harvey Pekar

Harvey Lawrence Pekar was an American underground comic book writer, music critic, and media personality, best known for his autobiographical American Splendor comic series. more…

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