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.

who it was?


It is. It’s fuckin’ him.

BACK AT THE FRONT someone sniggers.

James spins round. SILENCE. Someone sniggers behind him.

James spins back round and approaches the salesman.


Something funny?


No, sir.


Then why you cats laughing?


I wasn’t laughing. It wasn’t me.

James stares at the man. Turns on his heel.

He storms out of the building and across the lot to hispickup truck

THE PAYBACK starts: insanely tight, deep funk.


I’m telling you that was James


Outside a window behind the seminar presenter, James can beseen rifling through the back of his pickup truck.

The woman who used his bathroom watches James’ every move.


Look, I suggest we just continue...

OK. So. How does the program work?

Initially, participating dentists

undergo an extensive credentialing

process which, if approved, allows

customers to pay the minimum

deductible allowed and the

remainder is insured. But with non

participating dentists the cost per

visit is much higher and comes

completely out of pocket. So some

people may want a high deductible

because they have more to cover,

but most common folks simply want

the lowest possible plan... and

remember our key takeaway!?

Entire seminar in UNISON.

We must accommodate the specific condition of-

The office door flies open. James comes back in with aSHOTGUN.


OK listen up people.

The room goes still and completely silent.


Being it’s Sunday and all I’m gone

ask each of you to imagine you’re

sittin’ in church right now. While

today’s sermon may be good they’s

something else on your mind. You

realize you gotta take a shit.


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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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