A Modern Twain Story: The Prince and the Pauper


absent thee from felicity awhile,

"and in this harsh world

draw thy breath in pain,

"to tell my story."

- That was great.

- Thanks.

It's too bad you got caught up

in cheesy movies and lost your career.

I didn't lose my career.

I walked away from it

because I became an idiot.

Let's go, Tom!

What's he got you speaking Italian for?

Well, it's good to know accents

for different roles.

Yeah, well, just remember,

we've got a busy weekend ahead of us.

Yeah. Pop, look, I'm not so sure

I want to work with you this weekend.

You think I'm going to give you money?

You gotta work for money.

I know, I know. It's just that...

The school has this acting club called

The Broadway Players, and...

- The Broadway what?

- Players.

They meet every weekend

and sometimes at night.

I was hoping that maybe I could join.

So you're going to join an acting group.

What about work?

Well, maybe I can get a job in the studio

after school and work on the sets.

You don't know what you're talking about,


That production in there ain't hiring locals.

They're a bunch of pig heads

with no respect for the working man.

Palm Beach is looking

to kick them out any day now.

And that's why you are going to go

to work this weekend, learn landscaping,

and that's that.

- I don't wanna learn landscaping.

- Landscaping is great work.

I'm not good at it!

And, frankly, I just hate dirt!

There's money in dirt. Look, Thomas...

Look, Pop, I'll work with you this weekend,

but not because I want to.

Hey, Tommy. Do Darth Sidious.

His death was a necessary loss.

Soon, I will have a new apprentice,

one that's younger and more powerful.

- Hi, Tom.

- Hey, Sandy.

Hey, do Eddie Tudor.

Oh, yeah.

- Hey, loser!

- Did you just call me a loser?

- Yeah, I did. That's my girlfriend.

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Jeffrey Hatcher

Jeffrey Hatcher is an American playwright and screenwriter. He wrote the stage play Compleat Female Stage Beauty, which he later adapted into a screenplay, shortened to just Stage Beauty (2004). He also co-wrote the stage adaptation of Tuesdays with Morrie with author Mitch Albom, and Three Viewings, a comedy consisting of three monologues - each of which takes place in a funeral home. He wrote the screenplay Casanova for director Lasse Hallström, as well as the screenplay for The Duchess (2008). He has also written for the Peter Falk TV series Columbo and E! Entertainment Television. more…

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