Shari Springer Berman
The Official Shooting Script -
For Educational Purposes Only
INT. HARVEY’S BEDROOM - NIGHT
A BEDROOM MIRROR.
The room is dark. A perfectly square mirror hangs crooked on
Suddenly, out of the darkness, the reflection of a man’s face
comes into focus. He stares straight ahead, perhaps studying
his own unrecognizable reflection. It’s quite clear this is
a portrait of sickness; the man’s pallor is gray, his eyes
are confused. There is something most definitely wrong.
Tentatively, the figure steps away from the mirror, leaving
the frame empty and dark.
ANGLE ON BED
Like a ghost, the naked man (Harvey) stands over his bed
staring down at his sleeping wife (Joyce). In the eerie
light, he’s almost translucent.
Joyce ... Joyce?
Joyce springs up, alarmed.
What’s wrong, Harvey? What are you
Harvey just stands there for a moment saying nothing.
What is it?
(delirious, out of breath)
Tell me the truth. Am I some guy
who writes about himself in a comic
book? Or am I just --am I just a
character in that book?
Joyce rubs her eyes.
If I die, will ‘dat character keep
goin’? Or will he just fade away
Joyce just stares at him, unsure how to answer. Suddenly
Joyce leaps from the bed, nervous, hysterical. She gets down
on the floor and shakes him.
Omigod, Harvey! Harvey, wake up!
CLOSE ON HARVEY’S FACE
His eyes remain closed, his expression far, far away.
FADE TO BLACK:
EXT. CLEVELAND ROW HOUSE - FALL - 1956 - DAY
FADE UP ON:
A surreal kaleidoscope of black, white and red. Similar to
the mirror scene above, the colors slowly come into focus,
revealing the chiseled features of a familiar face. But this
time we see that it is not a real face, but rather a plastic
mask of the D.C. Comic hero