Birdman script
Birdman (2014)
Synopsis: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), commonly known simply as Birdman, is a 2014 American black comedy film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. It was written by Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo. The film stars Michael Keaton with a supporting cast of Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts. The story follows Riggan Thomson (Keaton), a faded Hollywood actor best known for playing the superhero "Birdman", as he struggles to mount a Broadway adaptation of a short story by Raymond Carver.

BLACK11We hear a clock ticking.

FADE IN:

INT. RIGGAN'S DRESSING ROOM - THEATER - DAY11Close on the brilliant colors of a middle eastern rug, the

center of what seems to be a makeshift “meditation” space.

We slowly tilt up to discover the back of Riggan Thomson (55).

He is in the proper ‘Lotus’ position, dressed only in tight

white briefs and he appears to be meditating deeply. And if all

this seems a little odd, it becomes all the more so when you

notice that he is levitating almost two feet above the floor.

His breath is calm and measured... in and out... in and out.

MAN (V.O.)

How did we end up here?

(Beat.)

This place is a fucking dump.

We begin to slowly move toward Riggan's back while his measure

breathing continues. We see a clock on the wall, ticking.

MAN (V.O.)

Smells like balls.

A slight twitch in Riggan's neck.

MAN (V.O.)

We don't belong in this shithole.

A Skype call shatters the silence. Close on his back, we follow

Riggan as he walks over to the computer and answers the call.

On the computer screen appears Sam (21), in a pair of Levi's

and a Led Zeppelin T-shirt. She has simple and striking good

looks, with an edge in her voice and behind her eyes. She

stands in a Korean Deli among the flowers, talking to Riggan

through her iPhone.

1A1AThe Korean Store owner (50) stands in the background screaming

at her the whole time.

RIGGANSam, I can't--

(CONTINUED)

SAMDad? What kind of--

(Turning to Korean.)

SHUT UP!!!

(Back to screen.)

What kind of flowers did you say you

wanted?

RIGGANAlchemillas. Or something soothing that

smells nice. Listen I can’t--

SAMIt all smells like fucking Kimchi!

RIGGANThen whatever looks nice. Anything but

roses. No roses.

KOREANFlowers don't need you touch! They need you

buy!!!

SAM(Close into the screen.)

I hate this job.

And the Skype call is over. Riggan closes the laptop and leans

forward trying to regain his calm. His reflection appears in

the mirror, and for the first time we see his face. He has a

dark goatee and his hair looks strangely abundant. There is a

piece of paper on the mirror with the handwritten phrase “A

thing is a thing, not what it is said of that thing.”

ANNIE ON SPEAKERSRiggan, they’re starting scene

five. We need you on stage.

RIGGANShit...

Riggan throws on a sweater and stumbles into his slacks. He

hurries out...

INT. HALLWAYS - THEATER - CONTINUOUS22...through the narrow corridors of the theater. There is a lot

of activity as various workers and stage hands appear and

disappear carrying equipment and scenery. As Riggan descends the

stairs, a Stage Hand· passes by in the opposite direction.

STAGE HAND·

Mr. Thomson.

10/29/14 / 2.

(CONTINUED)

RIGGANSteve.

STAGE HAND·

It’s Daniel.

RIGGAN(Already passed.)

Okay.

Riggan continues on until he arrives backstage. He runs into

Jake (42) his producer and friend.

JAKEHow’s it going, buddy.

RIGGANGreat. It’d be even better if I

could get Ralph to stop acting like

he’s in an educational video for

syphilis...

The camera moves off of them and onto...

INT. STAGE - THEATER - CONTINUOUS33...the stage. Suddenly we are in the midst of an Americana style

kitchen.

Around the kitchen table sit Lesley (35), plain and no nonsense,

her simple hairstyle and makeup can't hide how attractive she

is. Laura (35), dark, exotic, the kind of woman who makes every

person she meets feel like she's seducing them. And Ralph (40),

slightly handsome, slightly balding, slightly invisible.

A half empty bottle of gin on the table, they drink from

highball glasses as they chat...

LESLEYHe loved me.

RALPHYeah. He loved her so much he tried

to kill her.

LAURAHe tried to kill you?

LESLEYNo. (A beat.) Okay, well, he did

beat me up one night. He dragged me

around the living room by my

ankles, yelling "I love you, I love

10/29/14 / 3.

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Alejandro González Iñárritu

Alejandro González Iñárritu (born August 15, 1963) is a Mexican film director, producer, screenwriter, and former composer. Iñárritu won the Academy Award for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Picture in 2015 for Birdman. In 2016, he won the Academy Award for Best Director for The Revenant. more…

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