Being John Malkovich script
Synopsis: In this quirky cult-favorite comedy, unemployed New York City puppeteer Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) reluctantly takes a temp job as a filing clerk for the eccentric Dr. Lester (Orson Bean). While at work, Craig discovers a portal that leads into the mind of renowned actor John Malkovich. When he lets his attractive co-worker Maxine (Catherine Keener) in on the secret, they begin both an unusual business scheme and an odd relationship that involves Craig's restless wife, Lotte (Cameron Diaz).

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INT. THEATER - DAY

Craig guides the hands of the troubled teenage girl, who

is trying to manipulate a marionette. The girl looks up

at Craig. Her tough facade crumbles and she smiles. Craig

smiles back.

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EXT. SCHOOL GROUNDS - DAY

The girls carry Craig on their shoulders. Everyone is joyous.

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EXT. COUNTRY ROAD - DAY

Craig leads the girls in a bike race. Everyone is laughing

and screaming. One of the girls notices that Craig is

riding a man's bike.

MUSIC OUT.

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INT. JAIL CELL - NIGHT

Craig sits in a holding cell with several other men. He is

still in the dress, but the wig is in his lap and the

make-up is smeared off. Lotte appears with a cop outside

Craig's cell. The door is opened, and Craig, Lotte, and

the cop head down the hall.

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INT. CAR - NIGHT

Lotte drives. Craig looks out the window. Both are silent.

LOTTE:

(finally)

Is the trial date set?

CRAIG:

May 11th.

More silence.

LOTTE:

Why'd you do it, Craig?

CRAIG:

I'm a puppeteer.

They drive in silence.

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INT. CRAIG AND LOTTE'S LIVING ROOM - MORNING

Craig sits on the couch in his bathrobe and studies the

want ads. He sees an ad for a company called "WOMYN-TEERS",

looking for "an African-American, Lesbian Separatist

Puppeteer for Community Outreach." Craig rubs his chin in

thought, stands with determination.

MUSIC IN:
SAME AS BEFORE.

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INT. CRAIG AND LOTTE'S BATHROOM - MORNING

Craig applies a dark pancake make-up to his face.

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INT. CRAIG AND LOTTE'S BEDROOM - MORNING

Craig pulls an afro-style wig off a mannequin head on

Lotte's dressing table.

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EXT. STREET - MORNING

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Charlie Kaufman

Charles Stuart "Charlie" Kaufman (born November 19, 1958) is an American screenwriter, producer, director, and lyricist. He wrote the films Being John Malkovich (1999), Adaptation (2002), and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). He made his directorial debut with Synecdoche, New York (2008), which was also well-received; film critic Roger Ebert named it "the best movie of the decade" in 2009. It was followed by Anomalisa (2015). more…

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