Basquiat script
Basquiat (1996)
Synopsis: Despite living a life of extreme poverty in Brooklyn, graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Jeffrey Wright) strives to rise up through the heady New York art scene of the 1970s and 1980s. He becomes the brightest star of neo-Expressionist painting and one of the most successful painters of his time, and even develops a friendship with Andy Warhol (David Bowie). But Basquiat's tumultuous life, specifically his addiction to heroin, overshadows his rise to fame, threatening all.

Jean thinks about it, eyes still following Gina.

BASQUIAT:

Ummm. It'll be great. We'll live together

in peace. What's her name?

(indicates Gina)

He looks up at the waitress.

WAITRESS:

Gina. What'll it be?

BASQUIAT:

Pancakes.

She leaves and whispers something to Gina. Gina turns and glances

over at Jean.

Jean pours more syrup and starts writing his name.

At the grill, LESHKO, the burly Owner/Cook, has his watchful eye

on Jean. He doesn't like what he sees.

Jean smears the syrup thinly, so it doesn't erase itself. He draws

a picture of Gina, using his fingers and the silverware, rendering

her last expression strikingly with a few quick lines.

A GAUNT YOUNG MAN saunters up to Jean's table. He's sort of a

tall Puerto Rican Alain Delon with sleepy eyes. He is BENNY.

BENNY:

Hey – Willie Mays.

BASQUIAT:

Willie Mays.

Suddenly, Rene Ricard enters – a one-man parade. He beckons to

Gina, snapping his fingers.

RENE:

Nurse!!! Oh!!! Nurse!!! Carrot juice. Tofu

burger. Rapido!

GINA:

We don't serve that – amigo.

RENE:

Fine... A greasy cheeseburger. Fries – and

a vodka.

BASQUIAT:

(under his breath)

Who's that?

BENNY:

The Devil, man. Rene Ricard. Art critic

writes for Artforum. People read him. Tell

him who you are..

BASQUIAT:

Who am I?

BENNY:

SAMO.

BASQUIAT:

Oh yeah..

Rene lands at the counter.

Jean's gaze is still on Gina.

She waits on a MAN at a nearby table.

CUSTOMER:

How's the special today?

GINA:

It's your stomach.

She hurries past Jean.

BASQUIAT:

Hey.

She slows down, not wanting to.

BASQUIAT (CONT'D)

What do you think?

She looks at her portrait in the syrup... She can't resist

smiling.

GINA:

It's me. I've never been done in maple

syrup. Here's a rag.

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Julian Schnabel

ulian Schnabel (born October 26, 1951) is an American painter and filmmaker. In the 1980s, Schnabel received international media attention for his "plate paintings"—large-scale paintings set on broken ceramic plates. Schnabel directed Before Night Falls, which became Javier Bardem's breakthrough Academy Award-nominated role, and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, which was nominated for four Academy Awards. more…

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