TRUMAN emerges from a subway exit in Lower Manhattan and walks
briskly down the bustling street. A snarl of taxis, buses and
COMMUTER traffic. A STREET VENDOR thrusts a pretzel under
Truman's nose, a CAREER WOMAN catches his eye.
Truman stops at a newspaper stand and plucks an issue of
Cosmopolitan from the rack, quickly flicking through the glossy
pages. Glancing in the direction of the NEWSPAPER VENDOR and
finding him busy with another customer, Truman deftly tears a
portion of the open page and pockets the cutting.
He guiltily replaces the magazine, startled to find the
Newspaper Vendor standing close behind him.
Gimme a copy of "The Sydney Morning Herald".
We ran out.
As Truman hurries away, the Vendor picks up the copy of Cosmo
and instantly turns to the torn page. It is a Lancome
advertisement with ISABELLA ROSSELLINI's nose missing.
Truman is still in view but the Vendor makes no effort to
confront him, almost as if he were expecting it.
Passing one of the tall, black mirrored buildings that grow
out of the pavement, Truman glimpses himself in the reflective
glass. He doesn't like what he sees and attempts to suck in his
gut, but quickly concedes defeat. The image triggers another
INT. SCHOOLROOM. DAY, TWENTY-SEVEN YEARS EARLIER.
Once again, the flashback appears to be playing on a television