Ridley (Draft 6) By Tom Hesford

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1. THEATRE. INT. DAY. RIDLEY stands Wearing a BLACK LEATHER and RED TSHIRT, with BLACK DRIVING GLOVES. He has a KNIFE brandished facing GARY dressed in HOMELESS ATTIRE. He moves towards him menacingly. RIDLEY Change! give me a reason to even spare your life. Gary backs away. GARY I’ve done nothing to hurt you. leave me be. RIDLEY I’m not sure that’s a good enough reason. Ridley laughs as he pulls back the knife and begins to drive it into the body of the homeless actor as he falls down in unconsciousness. RICHARD (director) walks up to them giving them a light clap. RICHARD I think we’ll have to call it a day at that but well done. RIDLEY What did you think? RICHARD Better, much better. You’re still lacking a bit of... ferocity though. I know its not easy but you need to try and imagine what drives him to do these terrible things. RIDLEY I’m trying. RICHARD Anyway we’ll run it through again tomorrow. Richard turns and walks as away as Ridley stands taking a glance at the knife. CUT TO:

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2. THEATRE. INT. DAY. RIDLEY stands by the door putting on his COAT whilst GARY and ZOE stand a few meters away from him. GARY The blue nile is normally good on tuesday. ZOE Yeah sure. Ridley flashes a shocked look towards Zoe and nudges closer to them as she struggles to get her coat round her arm. GARY Do you need some help with that. Gary helps her to pull her arm through the coat. ZOE Oh, you’re such a gentleman. The pair laugh to each other and Ridley approaches them. RIDLEY Are we all off to the Blue Nile then? GARY Yeah, I’m not sure. RIDLEY I bet it’ll fun. ZOE We’re kind of going for a meal first. If you see... RIDLEY Right. Fair enough. ZOE Sorry. GARY (Sarcastically) Yeah. Zoe and Gary head out of the door as Ridley retreats back inside intentionally taking a long time to zip up his coat. CUT TO:

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3. HOTEL ROOM. INT. NIGHT. RIDLEY paces up and down, script in hand. RIDLEY Death gives real meaning to our lives. Without death we.. Ridley grimaces looking annoyed. RIDLEY Death gives real meaning to our lives. Without death, what would be our purpose in life. Ridley pauses and looks down at the script. RIDLEY In Life. He looks into the mirror stressed and scratches his head. At the door JEFFREY appears donned in a BLACK LEATHER JACKET and RED TSHIRT. JEFFREY Hello Ridley. Ridley turns around swiftly in shock. RIDLEY What? Who are you? The sign says do not disturb. Jeffrey chuckles to himself. JEFFREY Stay calm Ridley. All is well. Jeffrey wanders over to Ridley who stands still in shock as Jeffrey holds his hand out to shake. JEFFREY I’m Jeffrey. Ridley merely continues to stare at him, confused. RIDLEY What is it that you want exactly? Jeffrey chuckles and wanders across the room, He jolts slightly in his trademark tick.

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JEFFREY I’m here to help you Ridley. I hear you’ve been having some trouble getting into your new role, yes? RIDLEY Maybe I have. JEFFREY I’m here to offer you my, shall we say informed advice. Jeffrey wanders towards Ridley, looking him closely in the eye. JEFFREY Do you know what it feels like to kill a man Ridley? Well I do. I know what it feels like to put an end to someone’s very being. Jeffrey smiles as Ridley shuffles around with a horrified look on his face shaking his head. Jeffrey chuckles to himself, pulling on a pair of LEATHER DRIVING GLOVES as he walks towards the door. JEFFREY Come on. I want to show you something. CUT TO: 4. DARK STREET. EXT. NIGHT. Ridley and Jeffrey stand at the end of the dimly lit street. they stare at a homeless man sitting on a bench shivering with a can of special brew. RIDLEY What are we doing here? JEFFREY Come on Ridley, I can tell you’re a smart guy. (PAUSE) Don’t play dumb. RIDLEY I Don’t think this is necessary. Its just a play. JEFFREY Just a play?

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RIDLEY Look, just no. Ridley turns to try and walk away but Jeffrey grabs him. JEFFREY Who’s going to miss him? He’s a burden if anything. We’ll be putting him out of his misery. RIDLEY I’m an actor! I don’t kill people. JEFFREY But its not you. Is it Ridley? Jeffrey brandishes a knife and Ridley tentatively follows him towards the man. Hiding the knife behind his back Jeffrey approaches the man. HOMELESS MAN Spare any change? JEFFREY Could I spare any what? HOMELESS MAN Any change? Ridley keeps distance looking petrified as Jeffrey cackles advancing on the man. JEFFREY Change? Give me a reason to even spare your life. The man cowars against the wall as Jeffrey brandishes the knife in his face. HOMELESS MAN Leave me be. I’ve done nothing to you. Jeffrey continues to laugh as he runs the knife down the mans body. RIDLEY Stop it. The man freezes in his shocked state. Jeffrey turns to look at Ridley.

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CONTINUED: JEFFREY You’re not paying attention are you? Its all about the eyes. The eyes show whats inside a person. They’re what let him and the audience know I’m serious.

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Jeffrey turns back to the man as he breaks from his frozen state. He jolts in his tick before drawing the knife back and driving it into him, staring calmly and intently. CUT TO: 5. THEATRE LOBBY/ENTRANCE. INT. DAY. Zoe wanders in through the door of the theatre closely followed by Ridley. RIDLEY Zoe! Zoe! Zoe turns around. ZOE Oh hi Ridley. RIDLEY How are you? ZOE Good. RIDLEY How was your date with Gary the other night? ZOE Don’t ask. Ridley fights back a smile. RIDLEY Why? What happened? ZOE Look, lets just say he wasn’t very gentlemanly when it came to saying good night. RIDLEY Typical. Zoe turns around and tries to head inside. (CONTINUED)

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RIDLEY So are you doing anything interesting tonight? ZOE Not particularly. RIDLEY Do you a fancy a drink? ZOE Sorry Jeffrey, I can’t. RIDLEY I’ll be a gentlemen. ZOE Look Ridley, I just can’t! Zoe heads off inside leaving Ridley looking deflated. CUT TO: 6. THEATRE. INT. DAY. RIDLEY stands Wearing a BLACK LEATHER and RED TSHIRT, with BLACK DRIVING GLOVES. He has a KNIFE brandished facing GARY dressed in HOMELESS ATTIRE. He moves towards him menacingly. RIDLEY Change. Give me a reason to even spare your life. Gary backs away. GARY I’ve done nothing to hurt you. Leave me be. Ridley advances further towards him. RIDLEY I’m not sure that’s a good enough reason. Ridley jolts in the style of Jeffrey’s tick. He laughs as he pulls back the knife and begins to drive it into the body of the homeless actor as he falls down into a state of unconsciousness.

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CONTINUED: RICHARD Brilliant. Brilliant stuff.

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Ridley smiles as richard walks over patting him on the back. RICHARD Much more convincing. You really gave me the chills there. CUT TO: 7. HOTEL ROOM. INT. NIGHT.

Ridley lies on his bed struggling to keep his eyes open as he gazes at the tv. His head slips down and his eyes close. JEFFREY Evening Ridley. Jeffrey stands at the foot of Ridley bed as he jolts up startled. RIDLEY Christ. Jeffrey chuckles ot himself. JEFFREY Wakey, wakey. RIDLEY Look I’ve had a long day, if you don’t mind. JEFFREY Evil never sleeps Ridley. you should know that. Ridley shakes his head and rubs his eyes. JEFFREY So. Are you prepared for tomorrow? RIDLEY I’d like to think so. JEFFREY Really, I’m sure having your brain scrambled by this turgid nonsense is great preparation. Jeffrey picks up the script from the bedside table and peruses it for a few seconds. (CONTINUED)

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JEFFREY Okay. What’s your motive? RIDLEY What? JEFFREY What makes you want to kill this particular fellow? Ridley looks tired and confused. RIDLEY I don’t know. He’s just not a nice guy, I suppose. JEFFREY Just not a nice guy. Not good enough. Ridley merely sighs and turns onto his side. Jeffrey walks over and clips Ridley around the ear. JEFFREY Look I’m here to help you. You’re going to make a convincing killer, I’ll see to that. This my legacy. CUT TO: 8. OUTSIDE STRIP CLUB. EXT. NIGHT. Ridley and Jeffrey stand around the corner from the strip club entrance. Jeffrey holds the script aloft, pointing out things to Ridley. JEFFREY Look, the key thing to think about here is this guy, he’s despicable. He’s a misogynist, he’s got more money than he knows how to spend. The world will be better without him. RIDLEY But we don’t really believe that, do we. These actions are just meaningless violence. Jeffrey looks disapprovingly at Ridley.

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JEFFREY There’s always a motive Ridley, always a reason. A slightly drunken man in a suit stumbles out of the club and into the street. JEFFREY Ah, the victim. Jeffrey smiles and points to the script. JEFFREY Strangulation is a hard one to master. Do you want to try this one out? or just observe? RIDLEY I’ll observe, from a distance. JEFFREY Oh know, you’ve got to get right in close for this one. Jeffrey advances on the victim and Ridley follows him. JEFFREY The key thing to note here is swiftness. If the victim has time to react, its game over. Watch. The man stumbles to a halt as Jeffrey grabs him from behind and begins to tighten the tie around his neck. The man falls his knees and begins to choke. The victim freezes dead still in position. Jeffrey lets go of the tie as the victim stays in his choked position. JEFFREY Once you’ve got the victim in place you’re plain sailing. Perseverance is all. Ridley at the mans terrified face and grimaces. JEFFREY Are you listening. RIDLEY Yes, I’m listening. Its just a bit distracting, with him, you know.

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JEFFREY Forget about him and stop making I contact. Don’t be swayed, you’re in charge, that’s the thing to remember. Jeffreys turns his focus to the man grabbing hold of the tie and tightening again. The splutters back into action choking heavily now. we see a close up of the evil look of determination on his face. CUT TO: 9. THEATRE. INT. NIGHT. Close up of Ridley’s face with an evil look reminiscent of Jeffrey’s. He tightens a tie of his co star begins to splutter and rythe As Ridley lets go above the tie he falls to appearing unconscious. of determination around the neck uncrontrollably. the ground

Ridley relaxes and the co star lifts himself up from the ground and they shake hands. Richard walks over to Ridley smiling. RICHARD Well done. How do you feel its going? RIDLEY There’s still a few bits I’m struggling with but given time. RICHARD I think you’re doing magnificently. I mean its all in your eyes. very perseverant. Ridley laughs uncomfortably. RIDLEY Thanks. Richard pats Ridley on the back and wanders off. CUT TO:

12. 10. THEATRE. INT. DAY. Ridley stands stirring a cup of coffee whilst gazing on as the dance troupe are rehearsing their bit. Zoe wanders over towards him dressed in her dancers outfit. RIDLEY Zoe, would you like a coffee? Get it while its still hot for once. ZOE Oh yes please. Ridley takes another cup and begins to pour another coffee. RIDLEY You deserve some refreshment after that performance. Very good. ZOE Thank you. RIDLEY The way you move, its very elegant. You’re a real natural dancer. I enjoyed the physicality of it all. ZOE What do you mean? RIDLEY I’m just trying to say... Good performance is all. Zoe gives him a disgusted glare. ZOE You’re a creep. She storms off. RIDLEY Wait. You’re coffee. ZOE Fuck off. Ridley stares at the coffee he has poured, indignantly. RIDLEY I just meant to be nice. Good performance is all. CUT TO:

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11. HOTEL ROOM. INT. NIGHT. Ridley stands at the sink in the en suite bathroom lightly splashing his face. He walks back into the room to find Jeffrey on his bed. RIDLEY I wish you’d stop appearing like this. Jeffrey laughs and motions Ridley to sit on the bed. JEFFREY Sit down. Ridley climbs onto the bed and sits next to Jeffrey. RIDLEY Everything’s coming together pretty well, I think. JEFFREY I just thought I’d come to wish you luck for the big night. RIDLEY Thanks, it’ll be weird not working together once the play starts. JEFFREY Well how about we have a bit of a send off. One last joyous assault. RIDLEY I’m not sure. JEFFREY Come on. Do it for me. After all, I have helped you. Ridley looks reluctantly at Jeffrey. RIDLEY Okay, one last kill. But where? JEFFREY Well here seems apropriate. RIDLEY What? Jeffrey jumps up smiling and picks up to dial the phone.

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JEFFREY Bottle of moet please. Yes, room 237. He places the phone down and strides back over to Ridley. JEFFREY So. How are we feeling about tomorrow? RIDLEY Fairly confident. I think I’ve put the hours in. JEFFREY Great, just so long as you remember everything I taught you. You should be incredibly convincing. The two smile at each other chuckling and there is a knock at the door. Jeffrey picks the bedside lamp and stands beside the door as Ridley walks up to open it. Jeffrey jolts in his tick and as the waiter walks in Jeffrey wacks him on the head with the lamp. Then as he is lay on the floor unconscious Jeffrey lays into him with the lamp as Ridley watches expressionless and unfazed. CUT TO: 12. BACKSTAGE. INT. NIGHT. Ridley looks in the mirror nervously playing with his collar and checking his hair. Jeffrey apears behind him looking menacing. JEFFREY Good luck out there. Jeffrey smiles into the mirror and Ridley smiles back. CUT TO: 13. THEATRE. INT. NIGHT. The crowd is full. Ridley, on stage, Walks up to a man in a ticket booth. RIDLEY One please.

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TICKET MAN The performance has already started sir. RIDLEY Perfect. The man passes him a ticket and he walks past. Standing at the side of the stage he watches on as the dance troupe elegantly move about the stage. He walks onto the stage approaching them. They continue their performance looking acting slightly bemused. As Ridley gets closer to them he pulls out a knife. The dancers halt their performance in a moment of shock and then turn to head for the side of stage. Ridley manages to grab hold of Zoe. She screams theatrically as he pushes her to the ground. ZOE (unconvincingly) No, no, get away. Ridley smiles grabbing hold of her by the neck chuckling to himself. Zoe Suddenly looks in real shock. ZOE Why are you doing this? RIDLEY Who knows why we do what we do? We see Jeffrey’s face as he mouths along. Ridley smiles jolting slightly in his tick as Zoe screams. We see his face as he moves the knife in a stabbing motion. After a few seconds we hear screams from side of stage and then the audience as Ridley stands to reveal the blood ridden body of the actress. He drops the knife and looks stunned and distressed at the site of the body as his gaze is held by it. The Curtain falls. THE END

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