Barney's Version script
Synopsis: Toward the end of his life, Barney Panofsky (Paul Giamatti) looks back on his triumphs and tragedies, beginning with an ill-fated relationship with Clara (Rachelle Lefevre), whom he marries when she becomes pregnant. When that falls apart, he moves back home to Montreal and gets married twice more, finally finding contentment with Miriam (Rosamund Pike), his third wife. Through it all, Barney is sustained by his work in television, raising children and the advice of his father (Dustin Hoffman).

BARNEY:

Can we do something about her outfit?

WARDROBE GIRL:

I tried. She has them altered

herself.

DIRECTOR:

CUT!

(to Barney)

How was that?

BARNEY:

Appallingly bad.

DIRECTOR:

Great. MOVING ON.

Solange's bright smile instantly sours as she eyes Barney.

SOLANGE:

I want to talk to you!

Barney immediately hustles himself away.

WHITE 10-23-09 6.

SOLANGE (CONT'D)

Don't you run away from me!

She tries to go after him but is stopped by the sound guywho needs to remove her mic.

FOUR EXECUTIVES descend upon him, struggling to keep pace,

including MARK (40). Everyone talking over each other.

MARK EXECUTIVE:

Did you see today'sWe need to go over the

paper? opening for next week's

episode.

MARK EXECUTIVE:

The teaser is a minute And we lost the location

long--so we have to rewrite it

for the studio-

Barney pushes through a door, leading everyone into -

INT. TOTALLY UNNECESSARY PRODUCTIONS OFFICE - CONTINUOUS

Rows of desks occupied by accountants, story editors,

assistants. Barney whisks through the aisles - everyonestill hot on his tail.

BARNEY:

(announcing to entire

office)

Good morning everyone. Yes I've

seen today's paper, no I don't givea flying fuck and neither shouldyou, let that be the end of it.

MARK:

Barney, the network wants to make areally big deal about the 30th season.

BARNEY:

That's in a year.

MARK:

They're looking ahead, and they'reopen to renewing for two more seasons.

(nervous)

But they have a few suggestions.

BARNEY:

How long have you worked for me?

MARK:

Eighteen years.

WHITE 10-23-09 7.

BARNEY:

So why do you still act like a girlasking permission for a sleepover?

Tell me what the hell it is.

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Michael Konyves

Michael Konyves is a Canadian film and television screenwriter. Best known for his Genie Award-nominated screenplay for the 2010 film Barney's Version, his past credits include the television films ... more…

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