Get on Up script
Get on Up (2014)
Synopsis: James Brown (Chadwick Boseman) was born in extreme poverty in 1933 South Carolina and survived abandonment, abuse and jail to become one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. He joined a gospel group as a teenager, but the jazz and blues along the "chitlin' circuit" became his springboard to fame. Although his backup musicians came and went, Brown retained the ability to mesmerize audiences with his music, signature moves and sexual energy.

1 EXT. ROAD. AUGUSTA. 1988. 1 EXT. ROAD. AUGUSTA. 1988. 1

A hot muggy Georgia morning. A pickup truck comes around acorner and moves towards us. Inside, music plays on theradio. We can’t quite see who’s driving.

2 INT/EXT. PICKUP TRUCK/AUGUSTA STREETS. MOMENTS LATER 2

The driver heads down the road. He beats his hand on the

steering wheel to the rhythm of the music. The driver turns

up the music. As the rhythm speeds, so does the truck.

3 INT. BATHROOM - SAME TIME 3

A WOMAN, 40, sits on toilet within a stall using thebathroom. She’s smoking a cigarette.

4 EXT. PARKING LOT. MOMENTS LATER. 4

Cars parked in rows. The pickup pulls into the lot andscreech-stops.

5 INT. ADJACENT OFFICE. INSURANCE SEMINAR. DAY. 5

About 30 people are attending a seminar. Behind a SEMINAR

PRESENTER, The truck can be seen outside a window, stereothumping.

SEMINAR PRESENTER

Which brings us on to Dental

Insurance. Generally speaking, when

you receive care from a

participating PDP dentist, your out

of-pocket expenses will typically

be lower than if your were to

accept care from a dentist outside

the group. The law deems it illegal

for dentists to charge any more

than the network approves... But

listen, in my three and a half

years of experience in this

business people mainly care about

keeping their premiums low. So,

each of you must be prepared to

sell the network to your clients

and always cater to their specific

condition.

Annoyed, the presenter turns momentarily to the truck.

6 INT/EXT. PICKUP TRUCK / PARKING LOT 6 INT/EXT. PICKUP TRUCK / PARKING LOT 6

A fifty-five year, out of shape black man in mirror shadesand a shell-suit. He’s breathing heavily. Patting thedashboard, as the song ends. The man sits there a moment and

exits.

JAMES BROWN hitches up his pants, and walks across the lot.

7 INT. NONDESCRIPT OFFICE 7

There’s no one around. He’s jumpy. His movements odd.

Twitchy.

JAMES:

(To himself)

Where’s everybody?

Around a corner he comes face to face with a cleaner, MAVIS,

who is wearing headphones as she vacuums.

Mavis screams and removes her headphones.

MAVIS:

Mr. Brown. You scared me!

JAMES:

Mavis. Where’s everybody at? I gota meetin’ this mornin’.

MAVIS:

It’s Sunday, Mr. Brown.

JAMES:

No, it’s Tuesday, Mavis.

James is caught flat-footed. SOMEWHERE OFF a toilet flushes.

He rounds the corner. No-one. Opens the bathroom door. Looksinside. Sniffs. Slams it and storms off down the corridor

passing a sign outside his office that reads: GET ON UP.

8 INT./EXT. ADJACENT OFFICE/ PARKING LOT. DAY. 8

As the INSURANCE SEMINAR presenter continues, the woman whowas on the toilet takes her seat.

SEMINAR PRESENTER

Now, understand that not all peoplehave the same type of needs. Whenit comes to an insurance planeveryone is different.

(MORE)

SEMINAR PRESENTER (CONT'D)

You can’t possibly sell the same

monthly premium to just anyone who

strolls through your door. If you

learn one lesson this weekend, let

it be this:
We must accommodate the

specific condition of the client.

Bottom line! Their needs are-

The adjoining door flies opens as James enters, pissed.

JAMES:

OK Stop. Sir. Stop. Who been in

there?

SEMINAR PRESENTER

Excuse me?

JAMES:

I own this building, someone has

been in there used my commode. Now

who was it?

SEMINAR PRESENTER

Sorry. We’re actually renting this

part of the building today, and

we’re in the middle of a seminar.

JAMES:

I don’t care if you’re in the

middle of a heart attack son.

Someone been in there, I hear the

chain flush, I can smell it. Now

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Jez Butterworth

Jeremy "Jez" Butterworth is an English playwright, screenwriter, and film director. He has written screenplays in collaboration with his brothers, John-Henry and Tom. more…

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