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Liquid hijack Marlboros: … or fame and its downside as explained by Benicio Del Toro’s Benny to Jeffrey Wright’s Jean-Michel Basquiat in Julian Schnabel’s script for the movie. Maybe I should go see “Downtown 81” when it opens in the Bay Area … (via Drew’s Script-O-Rama)

BENNY
Famous people are usually pretty stupid. You’re too smart. You’d get bored to death. You don’t wanna be like John Henry—fighting the machine. Just do what you do. It’s about integrity. Follow your heart.

BASQUIAT
Who’s John Henry?

BENNY
Oh man! Folklore guy–worked on the railroad. Y’know, pounding in spikes and laying down track. Then one day they invented a machine to do it. And he says “Fuck that, I’m a MAN” and he challenges the machine to a race to lay down a mile of track. It takes two days. Neck and neck the whole time. They get right to the end, and he beats it by one spike. (pause) Got a cigarette?

BASQUIAT
So then what?

BENNY
He drops dead! See? Just do your shit like you do it! Your friends like you, you get laid, everyone walks by, sees your stuff everywhere. It’s good. What else do you want?

They watch a long stretch limo cruises up across the street.

BASQUIAT
Like I said–my liquid hijack Marlboros.

Is anybody reading Colson Whitehead’s “John Henry Days”?

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