Recently divorced actor Stephen C. McQueen (no relation, unfortunately) seems to have a knack for bad luck. But a failed marriage, a stalled career, a judgmental ex-wife, a distant daughter, a horrid little studio apartment in the far reaches of the London suburbs–all these pathetic elements seem to pale in the chiseled face of his newest tormentor: the Twelfth Sexiest Man in the World, Josh Harper.
Josh is the star of Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know, a biographical play about Lord Byron–and Stephen is his understudy. Not only is Josh fantastically, infuriatingly good-looking, internationally renowned, and remarkably talented, he’s also frustratingly healthy. No matter how many all-night booze-and-coke benders Josh goes on, he always shows up at the stage door for his call like clockwork. Stephen doubts he’ll ever get his chance to slip on the puffy shirt and tight breeches of Byron and tread the boards in the role that would certainly be the break he’s always waited for.
And just when Stephen’s sure he couldn’t resent Josh more, he meets Josh’s witty, restless American wife, Nora . . . and discovers he likes her a little too much. Another man might curse his luck at finding that his potential dream woman is a rival’s wife, but at this point, Stephen would expect nothing else. Caught between his stirring feelings for Nora, the demands of an insistent and secretive Josh, and his lifelong desire for a real career in show business, Stephen must make a terrible decision: Will it be the girl or the fame?
A hapless, bumbling bloke in love, an arrogant megastar with a potpourri of addictions, a sexy married woman out of her element in the fast lane–David Nicholls brings them all together in this knockout romantic comedy.
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|Release Date: 01-30-2007|
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Waiting to Go On
—That’s not real life, lad. That’s just pretending.
—But “real life” is how well you pretend, isn’t it? You. Me. Everybody in the world . . .
Jack RosenthalReady When You Are, Mr. McGill
Summers and Snow ep.3 draft 4
CHIEF INSPECTOR GARRETT (CONT.)
. . . or I’ll have you back directing traffic faster than you can say disciplinary action.
But he’s just toying with us, sir, like a cat with a—
CHIEF INSPECTOR GARRETT
I repeat— Don’t. Make It. Personal. I want a result, and I want it yesterday, or you’re off this case, Summers.
(SNOW goes to speak)
I mean it. Now get out of here—the both of you.
INT. MORTUARY. DAY
BOB “BONES” THOMPSON, the forensic pathologist, sickly complexion, ghoulish sense of humor, stands over the seminaked body of a YOUNG MAN, early thirties, his bloated body lying cold and dead on the mortuary slab, in the early stages of decomposition—CONSTABLE SNOW is clutching a handkerchief to her mouth.
So—fill me in, Thompson. How long d’you think he’s been dead for?
Hard to say. From the stink on him, I think it’s fair to say he’s not the freshest fish on the slab . . .
Clock’s ticking, Bones . . .
Okay, well, judging from the decay...