The Distinguished Gentleman script
Synopsis: In the conniving world of politics, even a professional shyster like Thomas Jefferson Johnson (Eddie Murphy) can find himself outmatched. After using name recognition to get elected, Johnson enjoys many of the same financial perks as other politicians. However, while investigating the connection between electric companies and cancer in young children, he unexpectedly develops a conscience. Unfortunately, fellow Congressman Dick Dodge (Lane Smith) isn't about to let him rock the boat.

TOMMY:

Absolutely my friend! How can I

pleasure you?

ZEKE:

Bourbon straight up and a Perrierrocks for the lady.

(CONTINUED)

THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN - Rev. 4/3/92 5.

7 CONTINUED:
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TOMMY:

Ah! Fire and ice! Wonderful!

But may I suggest you make that adouble sir? After all, so manyguests, so few of me -- who knowswhen I may be back?

ZEKE:

Sure, why not.

AT THE ENTRANCE LORETTA pauses before going into the room.

LORETTA:

You know where the powder room is, hon?

I should freshen my face before I go in.

DEBBIE:

It's just over there.

ON JEFF JOHNSON with his well-groomed wife, VERA, and abarrel-chested Man in full resort wear, wearing an OLAFANDERSEN name tag.

JOHNSON:

So how the heck are you, Olaf?

ANDERSEN:

I should be asking how you are, congressman.

Johnson pats his chest and smiles at Vera.

JOHNSON:

This old ticker never felt better.

ANDERSEN:

It's good to see you back on yourfeet, Jeff. We need you in Washington.

Inconspicuously, a pretty young redhead whispers to Vera.

This is JENNIFER, Johnson's Administrative Assistant

(his AA).

VERA JOHNSON:

How's that granddaughter of yours,

Olaf? Ready for the Olympics?

ANDERSEN:

She'll be thrilled you asked after her.

8

IN THE HALLWAY Loretta emerges from the Ladies' Room... 8

catches a spike heel... recovers her balance... thenfrantically searches her hands and clothes, SCREAMS,

and gets down on hands and knees.

(CONTINUED)

THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN - Rev. 4/3/92 6.

8 CONTINUED:
8

My God!

LORETTA:

My God! Oh my God!

Debbie rushes over to her.

DEBBIE:

What's the matter?

LORETTA:

(hyperventilating)

My -- my ring. My diamond. I took

it off in the ladies' room to wash myhands. I was just putting it on -I

must have dropped it.

DEBBIE:

(getting down)

Let me help you, we'll find it.

LORETTA:

Call Security!

9 IN THE FUNCTION ROOM Tommy maintains his watch onLoretta. Zeke Bridges taps Tommy on the shoulder.

9

ZEKE:

Hey, what about our drinks?

Tommy instantly assumes an ANGRY YOUNG STREET BLACKVOICE:

Yeah?

TOMMY:

What you want?

What?

ZEKE:

You already took our order.

TOMMY:

That wasn't me! You must be

thinking of Jamal. I'm Karim.

What you want?

ZEKE:

Bourbon straight up and a Perrierrocks.

Hunh.

TOMMY:

(snorts derisively)

He walks two steps...and once again makes no attempt toget the drinks. Zeke returns to Jeff Johnson.

(CONTINUED)

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Marty Kaplan

Marty Kaplan is the Norman Lear Professor of Entertainment, Media and Society at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and the founding director of the Norman Lear Center for the study of the impact of entertainment on society. more…

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