After The Onion and Lisa Lampanelli’s tweets, which simply provided more examples of “When good Liberal go Bad,” now’s the time to switch gears (thus lowering my blood pressure) and get back to the point of this blog. I’d gone over just about everything in the novel of The Help, and though I haven’t seen the film (and don’t plan to) I did have two screenplays that were uploaded to the internet.One was courtesy of Dreamworks, when they were promoting the film for the Oscars. Strangely enough, it’s been taken down, so I’m glad I saved it.
The first script I read appears to be a very early second draft and I’ve posted a screen grab of the cover page below. I can’t vouch for the authenticity, but I’d think if it wasn’t the real thing, Tate Taylor would have come out and said so long ago. After all, it’s dated from 2009.
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This version pretty much follows the novel. Except in a few instances, like how the film was originally set to end. Here are the final scenes that didn’t make it into the movie. Please pay attention to the items I’ve highlighted in yellow:
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Right after the above two scenes end, here’s the final scene that was oh so wisely deleted in the final script edit:
“ALL MY BABIES” . . . BWWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Oh, sorry. It’s just so darn Mammyfied I couldn’t “help” myself. ‘Cause ya know Aibileen wasn’t talking about any black kid, with the possible exception of Treelore (but that’s a whole ‘nother story). No, ALL MY BABIES was Aibileen’s labor of love, an ode to all the children she’d raised.
And if this truly is an early script, then it shows that at the time, Tate Taylor still had no clue that he and Kathryn Stockett’s characters were stereotypes. BIG ONES.
This next scene wasn’t deleted but edited, and the screen grab below it (final Dreamworks script) shows the minor re-write:
“Her dark black skin contrasts angelically with a brilliant white work dress, white panty hose and shoes”
“Aibileen lifts Mae Mobley out of her crib and pulls her into her expansive bosom”
Oh Dear. Aibileen’s description almost fits this one to a T:
Now, here’s that screen grab from Dreamworks final script. Notice what was left out:
If you said “Aibileen lifts Mae Mobley out of her crib and pulls her into her expansive bosom.” You’re a winner!!!
To be continued . . .