Tho it's a bit embarassing to say Notting Hill is my all time fav, I have to say it and wanna share with everyone! Actually I have watched and re-watched the movie for so many times but it's still lovely to read the script - after all, it is the dialogue that made the movie rock!...Continua
[She's awaiting an answer.]
William: Anna. Look - I'm a fairly level-headed bloke. Not often in and out of love. But...
[He can't really express what he feels.]
...can i just say 'no' to your kind request and leave it at that?
Anna: ... Yes, that's fine. Of course. I...you know...of course...I'll just ....be getting along then...nice to see you.
William: the truth is ...
[He feels he must explain.]
with you, I'm in real danger. it looks like a perfect situation, apart from that foul temper of yours - but my relatively inexperienced heart would, I fear, not recover if I was once again ... cast aside, which I would absolutely expect to be. There are too many pictures of you everywhere, too many films. You'd go and I'd be ...well, buggered, basically.
Anna: I see. (pause) That really is a real 'no', isn't it?
William: I live in Notting hill. You live in Beverly Hills. Everyone in the world knows who you are. My mother has trouble remembering my name.
Anna: Okay. Fine. Fine. Good decision.
The fame thing isn't really real, you know. don't forget - I'm also just a girl. Standing in front of a boy. Asking him to love her.
[Pause. She kisses him on the cheek.]
[Then turns and leaves. Leaving him.]...Continua
Some call it perfectionism. I called it sloppy, ...........
When, however - many years later - the script finally did arrive, two things scared the life out of me. One was how good it was (William Goldman: 'One of the two best screenplays of the last ten years') and the other was that Julia Roberts was going to be the girl....Continua
[They move from the kitchen into the corridor.]
Anna: And remember - Spike owes you an expensive dinner. Or holiday - depending if he's got the brains to get the going rate on betrayal.
William: That's not ture. And wait a minute .. this is crazy behaviour. Can't we just lauh about this? Seriously - in the huge sweep of things, this stuff doesn't matter.
Spike: What he's going to say next is - there are people starving in the Sudan.
William: Well, there are. And we don't need to go anywhere near that far. My best freind slipped - she slipped downstairs, cracked her back and she's in a wheelchair for the rest of her life. All I'm asking for is a normal amount of perspective.
Anna: You're right; of course, you're right. It's just htat I've dealt with this garbage for ten years now - you've had it for ten minutes. Our perspectives are different.
William: I mean - today's newspapers will be lining tomorrow's waste paper bins.
Anna: Eexcused me?
William: Well, you know - it's just one day. Today's papers will all have been thrown away tomorrow.
Anna: You really don't get it. This story gets filed. Every time anyone writes anything about me - they'll dig up these photos. Newspapers last forever. I'll regret this forever.
[He takes this in. That's the end.]
William: Right. Fine. I will do the opposite, if it's all right by you - and always be glad you came. But you're right - you probably better go....Continua
Her most famous part - men went to bed with the dream - and they didn't like it when they woke up with the reality - do you feel that way with me?
[Anna and William. Sat down at table. There's a picture hanging on the wall behind.]
Anna I can't believe you have that picture on your wall.
[It is a poster of a Chagall painting of a floating wedding couple, with a goat as company.]
William You like Chagall?
Anna I do. It feels like how being in love should be. Floating through a dark blue sky.
William With a goat playing a violin.
Anna Yes - happiness wouldn't be happiness without a violin-playing goat....Continua