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Сценарии к фильмам на английском языке - Бойцовский Клуб (Fight Club)

Сценарии к фильмам на английском языке - Бойцовский Клуб (Fight Club)
Категория: Сценарий на Английском языке

В ролях:Эдвард Нортон, Брэд Питт, Хелена Бонэм Картер, Мит Лоаф, Зак Гренье, Ричмонд Аркетт, Дэвид Эндрюс
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SCREEN BLACK

JACK (V.O.)
People were always asking me, did I
know Tyler Durden.

FADE IN:

INT. SOCIAL ROOM - TOP FLOOR OF HIGH RISE -- NIGHT

TYLER has one arm around Jack's shoulder; the other hand
holds a HANDGUN with the barrel lodged in JACK'S MOUTH.
Tyler is sitting in Jack's lap.

They are both sweating and disheveled, both around 30; Tyler
is blond, handsome; and Jack, brunette, is appealing in a
dry sort of way. Tyler looks at his watch.

TYLER
One minute.
(looking out window)
This is the beginning. We're at
ground zero. Maybe you should say a
few words, to mark the occasion.

JACK
... i... ann....iinn.. ff....nnyin...

JACK (V.O.)
With a gun barrel between your teeth,
you only speak in vowels.

Jack tongues the barrel to the side of his mouth.

JACK
(still distorted)
I can't think of anything.

JACK (V.O.)
With my tongue, I can feel the
rifling in the barrel. For a second,
I totally forgot about Tyler's whole
controlled demolition thing and I
wondered how clean this gun is.

Tyler checks his watch.

TYLER
It's getting exciting now.

JACK (V.O.)
That old saying, how you always hurt
the one you love, well, it works both
way.

Jack turns so that he can see down -- 31 STORIES.

JACK (V.O.)
We have front row seats for this
Theater of Mass Destruction. The
Demolitions Committee of Project
Mayhem wrapped the foundation columns
of ten buildings with blasting
gelatin. In two minutes, primary
charges will blow base charges, and
those buildings will be reduced to
smoldering rubble. I know this
because Tyler knows this.

TYLER
Look what we've accomplised.
(checks watch)
Thirty seconds.

JACK (V.O.)
Somehow, I realize all of this -- the
gun, the bombs, the revolution -- is
really about Marla Singer.

PULL BACK from Jack's face. It's pressed against TWO LARGE
BREASTS that belong to...BOB, 45, a moose of a man. Jack is
engulfed by Bob in an intense embrace. Bob weeps openly.

JACK (V.O.)
Bob had bitch tits.

PULL BACK to wide on...

INT. CHURCH MEETING ROOM - NIGHT

Men are paired off, hugging, talking in emotional tones.
Near the door, a SIGN on a stand: "REMAINING MEN TOGETHER."

JACK (V.O.)
This was a support group for men with
testicular cancer. The big moosie
slobbering all over me was Bob.

BOB
We're still men.

JACK
Yes. We're men. Men is what we are.

JACK (V.O.)
Six months ago, Bob's testicles were
removed. Then hormone therapy. He
developed bitch tits because his
testosterone was too high and his
body upped the estrogen. That was
where my head fit -- into his huge,
sweating tits that hung enormous, the
way we think of God's as big.

BOB
They're gonna have to open my pec's
again to drain the fluid.

Bob hugs tighter; then looks with empathy into Jack's eyes.

BOB
Okay. You cry now.

Jack looks at Bob.

JACK (V.O.)
Wait. Back up. Let me start earlier.

INT. JACK'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

Jack lies in bed, staring at the ceiling.

JACK (V.O.)
For six months. I could not sleep.

INT. COPY ROOM - DAY

Jack, sleepy, stands over a copy machine. His Starbucks cup
sits on the lid, moving back and forth as the machine copies.

JACK (V.O.)
With insomnia, nothing is real.
Everything is far away. Everything
is a copy of a copy of a copy.

Other people make copies, all with Starbucks cups, sipping.
Jack picks up his cup and his copies and leaves.

INT. JACK'S OFFICE - SAME

Jack, sipping, stares blankly at a Starbucks bag on the
floor, full of newspapers and FAST FOOD GARBAGE.

JACK (V.O.)
When deep space exploration ramps up,
it will be corporations that name
everything. The IBM Stellar Sphere.
The Philip Morris Galaxy. Planet
Starbucks.

Jack looks up as a pudgy man, Jack's BOSS, enters, Starbucks
cup in hand, and slides a stack of reports on Jack's desk.

BOSS
I'm going to need you out-of-town a
little more this week. We've got
some "red-flags" to cover.

JACK (V.O.)
It must've been Tuesday. he was
wearing his "cornflower-blue" tie.

JACK
(listless management speak)
You want me to de-prioritize my
current reports until you advise of
a status upgrade?

BOSS
You need to make these your primary
"action items."

JACK (V.O.)
He was full of pep. Must've had his
grande latte enema.

BOSS
Here are your flight coupons. Call
me from the road if there are any
snags. Your itinerary...

Jack hides a yawn, pretends to listen.

INT. BATHROOM - JACK'S CONDO - NIGHT

Jack sits on the toilet, CORDLESS PHONE to his ear, flips
through an IKEA catalog. There's a stack of old Playboy
magazines and other catalogs nearby.

JACK (V.O.)
Like everyone else, I had become a
slave to the IKEA nesting instinct.

JACK
(into phone)
Yes. I'd like to order the Erika
Pekkari slip covers.

Jack drops the open catalog on the floor.

MOVE IN ON CATALOG -- ON PHOTO of COFFEETABLE SET...

JACK (V.O.)
If I saw something like clever coffee
table sin the shape of a yin and
yang, I had to have it.

PAN TO PHOTO of ARMCHAIR...

JACK (V.O.)
Like the Johanneshov armchair in the
Strinne green stripe pattern...

INT. LIVING ROOM/DINING AREA/KITCHEN

The armchair APPEARS. PAN OVER next to armchair...

JACK (V.O.)
Or the Rislampa wire lamps of
environmentally-friendly unbleached
paper.

The lamps APPEAR. PAN OVER to wall...

JACK (V.O.)
Even the Vild hall clock of
galvanized steel, resting on the
Klipsk shelving unit.

The clock APPEARS as the shelving unit APPEARS on the wall.

JACK (V.O.)
I would flip through catalogs and
wonder, "What kind of dining set
defines me as a person?" We used to
read pornography. Now it was the
Horchow Collection.

A dining room set APPEARS. Jack, the cordless phone still
glued to his ear, walks INTO FRAME and continues.

JACK
No, I don't want Cobalt. Oh, that
sounds nice. Apricot.

Jack opens a cabinet, takes out a plate.

JACK (V.O.)
I had it all. Even the glass dishes
with tiny bubbles and imperfections,
proof they were crafted by the
honest, simple, hard-working
indigenous peoples of wherever.

He rummages through the refrigerator. It's practically
empty. Jack takes out a jar of mustard, opens it and uses
a butter knife to eat it.

INT. DOCTOR'S OFFICE - DAY

Jack, eyes puffy, face pale, sits before an INTERN, who
studies him with bemusement.

INTERN
No, you can't die of insomnia.

JACK
Maybe I died already. Look at my
face.

INTERN
You need to lighten up.

JACK
Can't you give me something?

JACK (V.O.)
Red-and-blue Tuinal, lipstick-red
Seconals.

INTERN
(overlapping w/ above)
You need healthy, natural sleep.
Chew valerian root and get some more
exercise.

The Intern ushes Jack to the door. They step into the...

INT. HALLWAY

The Intern walks away from Jack, picks up a chart.

JACK
I'm in pain.

INTERN
(facetious)
You want to see pain? Swing by First
Methodist Tuesday nights. See the
guys with testicular cancer. That's
pain.

The Intern moves into the other room. Jack stares after him.

EXT. FIRST METHODIST CHURCH - NIGHT

Jack heads for the front door.

INT. FIRST METHODIST CHURCH MEETING ROOM - NIGHT

Jack stares at a group of men, including Bob, who are all
listening to a group member speak at a lectern. The SPEAKER
has pale skin and sunken eyes -- he's clearly dying.

SPEAKER
I... wanted three kids. Two boys and
a girl. Mindy wanted two girls and
one boy. We never could agree on
anything.

The Speaker cracks a sad smile. Some men chuckle, happy to
lighten the mood.

SPEAKER
Well, she had her first child a month
ago, a girl, with her new husband...
And, Thank God. I'm glad for her,
because she deserves...

The speaker breaks down, WEEPS UNCONTROLLABLY.

Jack watches. A couple of the men go up to the speaker,
comforting him, leading him away. A LEADER takes the stand.

LEADER
Everyone, let's thank Thomas for
sharing himself with us.

Jack, uncomfortable, joins EVERYONE ELSE:

EVERYONE
(in unison)
Thank you, Thomas.

LEADER
I look around this room and I see a
lot of courage. And it gives me
strength. We give each other
strength.

Jack looks around. Many of the men are sniffling, sobbing.
Jack squirms in his seat.

LEADER
It's time for the one-on-one. Let's
follow Thomas's example and open
ourselves.

Everyone gets out of their chairs and begins pairing-off.
Jack stands, uncomfortable.

LEADER
Can everyone find a partner?

Bob, his chin down on his chest, starts toward Jack,
shuffling his feet.

JACK (V.O.)
The big moosie, his eyes already
shrink-wrapped in tears. Knees
together, invisible steps.

Bob takes Jack into an embrace.

JACK (V.O.)
Bob was a champion bodybuilder. You
know that chest expansion program you
see on TV? That was his idea.

BOB
...using steroids. I was a juicer.
Diabonol, then, Wisterol -- it's for
racehorses, for Christsake. Now I'm
bankrupt, divorced, my two grown kids
won't return my calls...

JACK (V.O.)
Strangers with this kind of honesty
make me go a big rubbery one.

Bob breaks into sobbing, putting his head on Jack's shoulder
and completely covering Jack's face. After a long beat of
crying, Bob raises up his head, looks at Jack's NAMETAG.

BOB
Go ahead, Cornelius. You can cry.

They look at each other. Slowly, Jack's eyes grow wet.

JACK (V.O.)
Then... something happened. I was
lost in oblivion -- dark and silent
and complete.

Bob pulls Jack's head back into his chest. Jack tightens
his arms around Bob.

JACK (V.O.)
I found freedom. Losing all hope was
freedom.

Jack pulls away from Bob. On Bob's chest, there's a WET
MASK of Jack's face from how he looks weeping.

JACK (V.O.)
Babies don't sleep this well.

INT. JACK'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

Jack lies sound asleep.

JACK (V.O.)
I became addicted.

INT. SMALL PROTESTANT CHURCH - NIGHT

Jack moves into a "group hug" of sickly people, men and
women. In view is a sign by the door "Free and Clear."

INT. OFFICE BUILDING BASEMENT - NIGHT

Jack stands with a weeping middle-aged WOMAN. He begins to
cry along with her. A sign by the door: "Onward and Upward."

JACK (V.O.)
If I didn't say anything, people
assumed the worst. They cried
harder. I cried harder.

INT. PUBLIC BUILDING CONFERENCE ROOM - NIGHT

Everyone, including Jack, sits back in their seats, EYES
CLOSED. The Leader speaks into a microphone.

LEADER
Tonight, we're going to open the
green door -- the heart chakra...

JACK (V.O.)
I wasn't really dying, I wasn't host
to cancer or parasites; I was the
warm little center that the life of
this world crowded around.

LEADER
...And you open the door and you
step inside. We're inside our
hearts. Now, imaging your pain as a
white ball of healing light. That's
right, the pain itself is a ball of
healing light.

Jack, eyes closed, is silent...

LEADER
It moves over your body, healing you.
Keep this going and step forward,
through the back door of the room.
Where does it lead? To your cave.
Step forward into your cave.

INT. CAVE - JACK'S IMAGINATION

Jack walks along, moving through an ICE CAVERN...

LEADER'S VOICE
That's right. You're going deeper
into your cave. And you're going to
find your power animal...

Jack comes upon a PENGUIN. The penguin looks at him, cocks
his head to signal Jack forward.

PENGUIN
Slide.

The penguin jumps onto a patch of ICE and slides away.

EXT. STREET - NIGHT

Jack walks out a doorway, saying goodbye to people. He
walks down the sidewalk, shining with peace.

JACK (V.O.)
Every evening I died and every
evening I was born again. Resurrected.

CUT BACK TO:

INT. FIRST METHODIST CHURCH MEETING ROOM - RESUMING

Jack's still in an embrace with Bob.

JACK (V.O.)
Bob loved me because he thought my
testicles were removed too. Being
there, my face against his tits,
ready to cry -- this was my vacation.

MARLA SINGER enters. She has short matte black hair and
big, dark eyes like a character from japanese animation.

JACK (V.O.)
And, she ruined everything.

Marla looks around, raises a cigarette to her lips.

MARLA
This is cancer, right?

Bob and Jack stare, dumbfounded.

INT. FIRST METHODIST CHURCH MEETING ROOM - LATER

Everyone paired-off. MOVE THROUGH ROOM... FIND JACK'S FACE
as he stares... MOVE THROUGH ROOM... FIND MARLA'S FACE.
She's drinking coffee, smoking a cigarette.

JACK (V.O.)
This ... chick ... Marla Singer ...
did not have testicular cancer. She
was a liar.

INT. SMALL PROTESTANT CHURCH - NIGHT

Marla sits with the group, smoking, listening intently while
a member speaks. Jack spies on her.

JACK (V.O.)
She had no diseases at all. I had
seen her at my melanoma Monday night
group ...

INT. CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL - NIGHT

Marla sits at the end of a row, smoking. All the faces down
the row are turned toward her, incredulous...

JACK (V.O.)
... and at "Free and Clear," my blood
parasites group Thursdays.

Jack leans out further than the others, scornful.

JACK (V.O.)
-- And, again, at "Seize The Day," my
tuberculosis Friday night.

CUT BACK TO:

INT. FIRST METHODIST CHURCH MEETING ROOM - ANOTHER NIGHT

Jack watches... Marla's eyes are closed, her head on the
shoulder of the MAN she's embraced by. She opens her eyes,
catching Jack's stare. Jack looks away.

JACK (V.O.)
Marla -- the big tourist. Her lie
reflected my lie.

Marla rests her chin on the man's shoulder. Tears roll down
her cheeks. She wipes at them.

EXT. FIRST METHODIST CHURCH - NIGHT

Marla walks out, The support group's dispersing. Jack
exits amongst them. He spots Marla walking away.

JACK (V.O.)
And suddenly, I felt nothing. I
couldn't cry. So, once again, I
could not sleep.

Jack stares after Marla for a long moment. He walks away.

INT. BEDROOM - LATER

Jack, in underwear, is cross-legged on the floor, assembling
IKEA furniture, CORDLESS PHONE shouldered to his ear.

JACK
(into phone)
No, I just can't believe that card is
declined -- Okay, okay, let me give
you a different card number.

Jack gets his wallet off the floor, pulls out another card
and, MOS over the following, he reads it into the phone.

JACK (V.O.)
Next group, after guided meditation,
after we open our chakras, when it's
time to hug, I'm going to grab that
little bitch, Marla Singer, pin her
arms against her sides and say...

INT. MEETING ROOM - NIGHT - JACK'S IMAGINATION

CLOSE ON JACK as he CLAMPS his arms around Marla.

JACK
Marla, you liar, you big tourist. I
need this. Get out.

INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

Jack, in pajamas, stares at Home Shopping Network on his TV.

JACK (V.O.)
When you have insomnia, you're never
really asleep and you're never really
awake. I hadn't slept in four days...

INT. SMALL PROTESTANT CHURCH - NIGHT

Jack walks in and joins the crowd, looking around. People
are chattering with each other.

JACK (V.O.)
-- But, in here, in everyone, there's
the squint of a five-day headache.
Yet they forced themselves to be
positive. They never said
"parasite;" they said "agent." They
always talked about getting better.

LEADER
Okay, everyone.

Everyone sits in chairs. Jack catches sight of Marla.

LEADER
To open tonight's communion, Chloe
would like to say a few words.

Taking the lectern is CHLOE, a pale, sickly girl whose skin
stretches yellowish and tight over her bones. She wears a
head bondage. She clears her throat.

JACK (V.O.)
Ahh, Chloe. Chloe looked the way
Joni Mitchell's skeleton would look
if you made it smile and walk around
a party being extra nice to everyone.

CHLOE
Well, I'm still here -- but I don't
know for how long. That's as much
certainty as anyone can give me. but
I've got some good news -- I no
longer have any fear of death.

APPLAUSE from around the room.

CHLOE
But... I am in a pretty lonely place.
No one will have sex with me. I'm so
close to the end and all I want is to
get laid for the last time. I have
pornographic movies in my apartment,
and lubricants and amyl nitrate ...

The LEADER gingerly takes control of the microphone.

LEADER
Thank you, Chloe. Everyone, let's
thank Chloe.

EVERYONE
Thank you, Chloe.

INT. SMALL PROTESTANT CHURCH - LATER

LEADER
Now, you're standing at the entrance
to your cave. You step inside your
cave and you walk. Keep walking.

Jack's face, eyes closed, is motionless.

JACK (V.O.)
If I did have a tumor, I'd name it
Marla. Marla...the little scratch on
the roof of your mouth that would
heal if only you could stop tonguing
it, but you can't.

LEADER
Now, find your power animal.

INT. CAVE - JACK'S IMAGINATION

Jack finds Marla smoking a cigarette. Marla cocks her head,
indicating whe wants him to --

MARLA
Slide.

INT. SMALL PROTESTANT CHURCH - RESUMING

Jack's eyes open and turn to Marla, watching her blow smoke
rings with her eyes closed.

INT. SMALL PROTESTANT CHURCH - LATER

Everyone stands and mills about, pairing-off.

LEADER
Pick someone special to you tonight.

Jack sees the ghastly spectre of Chloe ambling towards him.
He tries to smile. She smiles with a twisted, dying mouth.

CHLOE
Hello, Mr. Tayler.

JACK (V.O.)
I never gave my real name at support
groups.

JACK
Hi, Chloe.

CHLOE
We've never actually talked.

Chloe's eyes are eerily bright with desperation. Jack, in
a sincere attempt at levity, chokes out:

JACK
You look good. You ... look ... like
a pirate.

Chloe laughs, a little too much. Jack squeezes out a laugh.
Then he sees Marla, off by herself. Someone heads for her.

JACK
Excuse me, I have to...

Jack gives a quick nod to Chloe and darts towards Marla.
Chloe watches him go.

STAY ON JACK AND MARLA as Jack CLAMPS his arms around her.
He whispers into her ear.

JACK
We need to talk.

MARLA
Sure.

JACK
I'm on to you. You're a faker. You
aren't dying.

MARLA
What?

JACK
Okay, in the Sylvia Plath philosophy
way, we're all dying. But you're not
dying the way Chloe is dying.

LEADER
Tell the other person how you feel.

JACK
You're a tourist. I saw you at
melanoma, tuberculosis and testicular
cancer.

MARLA
And I saw you practicing this...

JACK
Practicing what?

MARLA
Telling me off. Is it going as well
as you hoped... ?
(reads his nametag)
"... Mr. Taylor."

JACK
I'll expose you.

MARLA
Go ahead. I'll expose you.

LEADER
Share yourself completely.

Marla puts her head down on Jack's shoulder as if she were
crying. Jack pulls her head back up. She deadpans at him.

JACK
Why are you doing this?

MARLA
It's cheaper than a movie, and
there's free coffee.

JACK
These are my groups. I was here
first. I've been coming for a year.

MARLA
A year? How'd you manage that?

JACK
Anyone who might've noticed either
died or recovered and never came back.

LEADER
Let yourself cry.

MARLA
Why do you do it?

JACK
I... I don't know. I guess... when
people think you're dying, they
really listen, instead...

MARLA
-- Instead of just waiting for their
turn to speak.

JACK
Yeah.

Brief recognition between them, broken as the Leader passes.

LEADER
Quietly, now. Share with each other.

Jack waits till the Leader's out of earshot.

JACK
(warning)
It becomes an addiction.

MARLA
Really?

Jack sighs, then pulls back.

JACK
Look, I can't cry with a faker
present.

MARLA
Candy-stripe a cancer ward. It's not
my problem.

JACK
Please. Can't we do something... ?

Marla starts out of the room. Jack follows her.

LEADER
Now, the closing prayer.

EXT. CHURCH - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS

Marla gets to the sidewalk, moving quickly along.

JACK
We'll split up the week. You can
have lymphoma, tuberculosis and --

MARLA
You take tuberculosis. My smoking
doesn't go over at all.

JACK
I think testicular cancer should be
no contest.

MARLA
Well, technically, I have more of a
right to be there than you. You
still have your balls.

JACK
You're kidding.

MARLA
I don't know -- am I?

Jack follow Marla into...

INT. LAUNDROMAT - CONTINUOUS

Marla walks with authority up to an unwatched DRYER. She
takes out clothes, picks out jeans, pants and shirts.

MARLA
I'll take the parasites.

JACK
You can't have both parasites. You
can take blood parasites --

MARLA
I want brain parasites.

JACK
Okay. I'll take blood parasites and
organic brain dementia --

MARLA
I want that.

JACK
You can't have the whole brain!

MARLA
So far, you have four and I only have
two!

JACK
Then, take blood parasites. It's
yours. Now we each have three.

Marla gathers the chosen garments and heads out past Jack...

EXT. SIDEWALK - CONTINUOUS

Jack follows, bewildered.

JACK
You... left half your clothes.

HONK! Jack starts. Marla's led him into the street with
traffic barreling down.

Marla walks on, oblivious as CARS screech to a halt, HORNS
BLARING. Jack dashes, following...

INT. THRIFT STORE - CONTINUOUS

Marla drops the pile of clothes on a counter. An old CLERK
sifts through the clothes, begins writing on a pad.

JACK
You're selling those?

Marla steps down hard on Jack's foot. He winces in pain.

MARLA
(for the Clerk to hear)
Yes, I'm selling some chothes.

The Clerk starts to ring up the assessed amounts.

MARLA
So, we each have three -- that's six.
What about the seventh day? I want
ascending bowel cancer.

JACK (V.O.)
The girl had done her homework.

JACK
I want ascending bowel cancer.

The Clerk gives a strange look as he hands money to Marla.

MARLA
That's your favorite, too? Tried to
slip it by me, eh?

JACK
We'll split it. You get it the first
and third Sunday of the month.

MARLA
Deal.

They shake. Jack tries to withdraw his hand; Marla holds it.

MARLA
Looks like this is goodbye.

JACK
Let's not make a big thing out of it.

She walks to the door, pocketing money, not looking back.

MARLA
How's this for not making a big thing?

Jack watches her go. A moment, then he follows after...

EXT. SIDEWALK - CONTINUOUS

Jack hesitates, unsure, then run/walks to catch up to her...

JACK
Um... Marla, should we maybe exchange
numbers?

MARLA
Should we?

JACK
In case we want to switch nights.

MARLA
I suppose.

Jack takes out a business card, writes his number on the
back, hands it to her. She takes the pen, grabs his hand
and writes her number on his palm. She walks into the
street, causing more SCREECHING and HONKING. She turns,
holds up the card.

MARLA
It doesn't have your name. Who are
you? Cornelius? Mr. Taylor? Dr.
Zaius? Any of the stupid names you
give each night?

Jack starts to answer, but the traffic noise is too loud.
Marla just shakes her head, turns, and keeps moving. A BUS
moves into view, obscuring her.

JACK (V.O.)
This is how I met Marla Singer.

INT. AIRPLANE CABIN - DAY

The plane touches down; the cabin BUMPS. Jack's eyes open.

JACK (V.O.)
You wake up at O'Hare.

INT. AIRPLANE CABIN - DAY

Jack snaps awake again, looking around, disoriented.

JACK (V.O.)
You wake up at SeaTac.

EXT. HIGHWAY - DUSK

The rear of a CRASHED CAR sticks up by the side of the road.
Jack stands, marking on a clipboard. The SUN SETS behind.

INT. AIRPORT - NIGHT

Jack stands at a gate counter. An ATTENDANT smiles at him.

ATTENDANT
Check-in for that flight doesn't
begin for another two hours, Sir.

Jack looks with blearing eyes at his watch, steps away and
looks at an overhanging CLOCK.

JACK (V.O.)
Pacific, Mountain, Central. Lose an
hour, gain an hour. This is your
life, and it's ending one minute at
a time.

INT. AIRPLANE CABIN - DAY

Jack's eyes snap open as the plane LANDS.

JACK (V.O.)
You wake up at Air Harbor
International.

INT. AIRPORT WALKWAY

Jack stands on a conveyor belt, briefcase at his feet. He
watches PEOPLE MOVING PAST on the opposite conveyor.

JACK (V.O.)
If you wake up at a different time
and in a different place, could you
wake up as a different person?

Jack misses seeing TYLER on the opposite conveyor belt.
They pass each other.

INT. AIRPLANE CABIN - IN FLIGHT - NIGHT

Jack sits next to a BUSINESSMAN. As they have idle
CONVERSATION, we MOVE IN ON Jack's tray. An ATTENDANT'S
HANDS set coffee down with a small container of cream.

JACK (V.O.)
Everywhere I travel -- tiny life.
Single-serving sugar, single-serving
cream, single pat of butter.

CUT TO:

HANDS place a dinner tray down.

JACK (V.O.)
Microwave Cordon Bleu hobby kit.

INT. HOTEL ROOM - BATHROOM - NIGHT

Jack brushes his teeth in the MIRROR.

JACK (V.O.)
Shampoo/conditioner combo. Single-
serving mouthwash, tiny bar of soap.

Jack picks up an individual, wrapped Q-TIP, looks at it. He
moves out of the bathroom into...

MAIN ROOM

Jack sits on the bed. He turns on the TV. It's tuned to
the "Sheraton Channel," shows WAITERS serving people in a
large BANQUET ROOM. Jack stops brushing his teeth, feels
something on the bed, lifts it -- a small DINNER MINT.

INT. AIRPLANE CABIN - IN FLIGHT - NIGHT

Jack sits next to a frumpy WOMAN. They chat. Jack turns to
look at his food, takes a bite. He turns back and it's...

--a BALD MAN next to him, talking. Jack takes another bite,
turns back and it's...

--a BUSINESSMAN next to him. Jack takes another bite, turns
back, and it's...

#ИМЯ?

JACK (V.O.)
The people I meet on each flight --
they're single-serving friends.
Between take-off and landing, we have
our time together, but that's all we
get.

INT. AIRPLANE CABIN - LANDING

Jack's eyes snap open.

JACK (V.O.)
You wake up at Logan.

INT. WAREHOUSE - CONTINUOUS

A giant corrugated METAL DOOR opens.

JACK (V.O.)
On a long enough time line, the
survival rate for everyone drops to
zero.

Two TECHNICIANS lead Jack to the BURNT-OUT SHELL of a
WRECKED AUTOMOBILE. Jack sets down his briefcase, opens it
and starts to make notes on a CLIPBOARDED FORM.

JACK (V.O.)
I'm a recall coordinator. My job is
to apply the formula. It's a story
problem.

TECHNICIAN #1
Here's where the infant went through
the windshield. Three points.

JACK (V.O.)
A new car built by my company leaves
somewhere traveling at 60 miles per
hour. The rear differential locks up.

TECHNICIAN #2
The teenager's braces around the
backseat ashtray would make a good
"anti-smoking" ad.

JACK (V.O.)
The car crashes and burns with
everyone trapped inside. Now: do we
initiate a recall?

TECHNICIAN #1
The father must've been huge. See
how the fat burnt into the driver's
seat with his polyester shirt? Very
"modern art."

JACK (V.O.)
Take the number of vehicles in the
field, (A), and multiply it by the
probable rate of failure, (B), then
multiply the result by the average
out-of-court settlement, (C). A
times B times C equals X...

CUT TO:

INT. AIRPLANE CABIN - MOVING DOWN RUNWAY

Jack is speaking to the BUSINESSWOMAN next to him.

JACK
If X is less than the cost of a
recall, we don't do one.

BUSISNESS WOMAN
Are there a lot of these kinds of
accidents?

JACK
Oh, you wouldn't believe.

BUSINESS WOMAN
... Which... car company do you work
for?

JACK
A major one.

Turgid silence. Jack turns to the window. He sees a
PELICAN get SUCKED into the TURBINE.

JACK (V.O.)
Every time the plane banked too
sharply on take-off or landing, I
prayed for a crash, or a mid-air
collision -- anything.

Jack's face remains bland during the following: the plane
BUCKLES -- the cabin wobbles. People panic. Masks drop.

JACK (V.O.)
No more haircuts. Nothing matters,
not even bad breath.

The side of the plane SHEARS OFF! Screaming PASSENGERS are
sucked out into the night air, flying past the quivering
wind. Magazines and other objects fly everywhere.

JACK (V.O.)
Life insurance pays off triple if you
die on a business trip.

Jack remains in his same position, same bland expression.

DING! -- the seatbelt light goes OUT. Jack SNAPS AWAKE.
EVERYTHING IS NORMAL. Some passengers get out of their
seats. From next to Jack, a VOICE we've heard before...

VOICE
There are three ways to make napalm.
One, mix equal parts of gasoline and
frozen orange juice...

Jack turns to see TYLER. Without turned to Jack, Tyler
continues:

TYLER
Two, equal parts gasoline and diet
cola. Three, dissolve kitty-litter
in gasoline until the mixture is
thick.

JACK
Pardon me?

Tyler turns to Jack.

JACK (V.O.)
This is how I met --

TYLER
Tyler Durden.

Tyler offers his hand. Jack takes it.

TYLER
You know why they have oxygen masks
on planes?

JACK
No, supply oxygen?

TYLER
Oxygen gets you high. In a
catastrophic emergency, we're taking
giant, panicked breaths...

Tyler grabs a safety instruction CARD from the seatback,
hands it to Jack.

TYLER
Suddenly, we become euphoic and
docile. We accept our fate.

Tyler points to passive faces on the drawn figures.

TYLER
Emergency water landing, 600 miles
per hour. Blank faces -- calm as
Hindu cows.

Jack laughs.

JACK
What do you do, Tyler?

TYLER
What do you want me to do?

JACK
I mean -- for a living.

TYLER
Why? So you can say, "Oh, that's
what you do." -- And be a smug little
shit about it?

Jack laughs. Tyler reaches under the seat in front of him
and lifts a BRIEFCASE.

TYLER
You have a kind of sick desperation
in your laugh.

Jack points to his own briefcase.

JACK
We have the same briefcase.

Tyler turns the top of his briefcase toward Jack.

TYLER
Open it.

Jack looks at Tyler, then pops the latches and raises the
lid to reveal quaintly-wrapped bars of SOAP.

TYLER
Soap -- the yardstick of civilization.
(reaches in his pocket)
I make and sell soap...

Tyler hands Jack his card. "THE PAPER STREET SOAP COMPANY."

TYLER
If you were to add nitric acid to the
soap-making process, one would get
nitroglycerin. With enough soap, one
could blow up the world, if one were
so inclined.

Tyler SNAPS the briefcase shut. Jack stares.

JACK
Tyler, you are by far the most
interesting "single-serving" friend
I've ever met.

Tyler stares back. Jack, enjoying his own chance to be
witty, leans closer to Tyler.

JACK
You see, when you travel, everything
is small, self-contained--

TYLER
The spork. I get it. You're very
clever.

JACK
Thank you.

TYLER
How's that working out for you?

JACK
What?

TYLER
Being clever.

JACK
(thrown)
Well, uh... great.

TYLER
Keep it up, then. Keep it right up.

Tyler stands, looks towards the aisle.

TYLER
... As I squeeze past, do I give you
the ass or the crotch?

Tyler moves to the aisle, his ass toward jack, walks away...

TYLER
We are defined by the choices we make.

Tyler goes to the curtain dividing First Class, slaps the
curtain aside and sits in an empty seat. Jack watches.

JACK (V.O.)
How I came to live with Tyler is:
airlines have this policy about
vibrating luggage.

INT. BAGGAGE CLAIM AREA - NIGHT

Utterly empty of baggage. No people except for Jack and a
SECURITY TASK FORCE MAN. The Security TFM, smirking, holds
a receiver to his ear from an official phone on the wall.

SECURITY TFM
(to Jack)
Throwers don't worry about ticking.
Modern bombs don't tick.

JACK
Excuse me? "Throwers?"

SECURITY TFM
Baggage handlers. But when a
suitcase vibrates, the throwers have
to call the police.

JACK
My suitcase was vibrating?

SECURITY TFM
Nine time out of ten, it's an
electric razor. But, every once in
a while ...
(whispers)
...it's a dildo. It's airline policy
not to imply ownership in the event
of a dildo. We use the indefinite
aricle: "A dildo." Never "Your
dildo."

Jack sees, through the window, Tyler, at the curb, throwing
his briefcase into the back of a shiny, red CONVERTIBLE.
Tyler leaps over the door into the driver's seat and PEELS
OUT. jack turns away, looks at the Security TFM.

In the background, a HARRIED MAN dashes after Tyler and the
convertible, SCREAMING.

JACK
(to Security TFM)
I had everything in that bag. My
C.K. shirts... my D.K.N.Y. shoes...

SECURITY TFM
(into phone)
Yeah, uh huh... yeah?
(pause, still on phone)
Oh...

EXT. EMPTY RUNWAY

A lone SUITCASE sits on the concrete. SECURITY PERSONNEL
keep their distance. KABOOM! The suitcase explodes.

INT. BAGGAGE CLAIM AREA - RESUMING

The Security TFM, shakes his head, hangs up.

SECURITY TFM
I'm terribly sorry.

The Security TFM hands Jack a claim form. Jack snatches it,
disgusted, takes out a pen, starts filling out the form.

SECURITY TFM
You know the industry slang for
"Flight Attendant?" "Air Mattress."

INT. TAXI - MOVING - NIGHT

Along a residential street. Jack looks ahead, sees a tall,
grey, bland BUILDING on the corner.

JACK (V.O.)
Home was a condo on the fifteenth
floor of a filing cabinet for widows
and young professionals. The walls
were solid concrete. A foot of
concrete is important when your next-
door neighbor lets her hearing aid go
and has to watch game shows at full
volume...

The taxi turns a corner and Jack sees the front of the
building. A diffuse CLOUD of SMOKE wafts away from a BLOWN-
OUT SECTION of the fifteenth floor. FIRETRUCKS, POLICE CARS
and a MOB are all crowded around the lobby area.

JACK (V.O.)
-- Or when a volcanic blast of debris
that used to be your furniture and
personal effects blows out your floor-
to-ceiling windows and sails flaming
into the night.

EXT. STREET IN FRONT OF BUILDING

Jack, gaping at the sight above him, absently gives the
Cabbie money. The taxi pulls away. Jack starts toward the
building. He pushes through the fray of people, into the...

INT. LOBBY

The DOORMAN sees Jack enter, gives a sad smile, shakes his
head. Jack starts for the elevator.

DOORMAN
There's nothing up there.

Jack presses the button. The Doorman moves next to him.

DOORMAN
You can't go into the unit. Police
orders.

The elevator doors open. Jack hesitates. The doors close.
Jack heads out the lobby doors. The Doorman follows...

EXT. CONDO BUILDING - CONTINUOUS

Jack walks past SMOKING, CHARRED DEBRIS -- a flash of ORANGE
from the Yang table, a CLOCK FACE from the hall clock, part
of an arm from the GREEN ARMCHAIR. His feet CRUNCH glass.

JACK (V.O.)
How embarrassing.

DOORMAN
Do you have somebody you can call?

Jack comes to his REFRIGERATOR lying on its side. He
reaches down and takes a note: "MARLA --" and a phone
number, from under a BANANA MAGNET.

CLOSE SHOT - JACK'S STOVE

Hissing.

JACK (V.O.)
The police would later tell me that
the pilot light might have gone
out... letting out just a little bit
of gas.

EXT. PAYPHONE - RESUMING

Jack gets to a PAYPHONE. The Doorman follows, watching him.

DOORMAN
Lots of young people try to impress
the world and buy too many things.

Jack picks up the receiver, puts in a quarter. He looks at
Marla's number a long moment.

CLOSE SHOT - JACK'S ENTIRE CONDO - KITCHEN AND LIVING ROOM

The SOUND of the HISS...

JACK (V.O.)
The gas could have slowly filled the
condo. Seventeen-hundred square feet
with high ceilings, for days and days.

EXT. PAYPHONE - RESUMING

Jack replaces the receiver. He pockets Marla's number, digs
out a small FILOFAX. He flips through the pages for phone
numbers and addresses. Most of the pages are blank.

DOORMAN
Many young people feel trapped and
desperate.

INSERT - CLOSE ON THE BASE OF JACK'S REFRIGERATOR

JACK (V.O.)
Then, the refrigerator's compressor
could have clicked on...

Click. KABOOM! SCREEN GOES WHITE.

EXT. PAYPHONE - RESUMING

Jack looks at the Doorman. Tyler's BUSINESS CARD falls from
the Filofax. Jack catches it.

DOORMAN
If you don't know what you want, you
end up with a lot you don't.

The Doorman walks away. Jack stares at Tyler's card.

JACK (V.O.)
If you asked me now, I couldn't tell
you why I called him.

Jack re-deposits the quarter, dials Tyler's number. It
RINGS... and RINGS and RINGS. Jack sighs and hangs up the
phone. A moment, then the phone RINGS.

JACK
Hello?

TYLER'S VOICE
Who's this?

JACK
Tyler?

TYLER'S VOICE
Who's this?

JACK
Uh... I'm sorry. We met on the
plane. We had the same briefcase.
I'm... you know, the clever guy.

TYLER'S VOICE
Oh, yeah.

JACK
I just called a second ago. There
was no answer. I'm at a payphone.

TYLER'S VOICE
I star-sixty-nined you. I never pick
up my phone. What's up?

JACK
Well... let me see... here's the
thing...

EXT. LOU'S TAVERN - NIGHT

A small building in the middle of a concrete parking lot.

INT. LOU'S TAVERN - SAME

Jack and Tyler sit in the back, with a pitcher of BEER.

JACK
You buy furniture. You tell
yourself: this is the last sofa I'll
ever need. No matter what else
happens, I've got the sofa issue
handled. Then, the right set of
dishes. The right dinette.

TYLER
This is how we fill up our lives.

Tyler lights a cigarette.

JACK
I guess so.

TYLER
And, now it's gone.

JACK
All gone.

Tyler offers cigarettes. Jack declines.

TYLER
Could be worse. A woman could cut
off your penis while you're asleep
and toss it out the window of a
moving car.

JACK
There's always that.

TYLER
I don't know, maybe I'm wrong. Maybe
it's a terrible tragedy.

JACK
...no ...no ...

TYLER
I mean, you did lose a lot of nice,
neat little shit. The trendy paper
lamps, the Euro-trash shelving unit,
am I right?

Jack laughs, nods. He shakes his head, drinks.

TYLER
But maybe, just maybe, you've been
delivered.

JACK
(toasts)
Delivered from Swedish furniture.

TYLER
Delivered from armchairs in obscure
green stripe patterns.

JACK
Delivered from Martha Stewart.

TYLER
Delivered from bullshit colors like
"Cobalt," "Ebony," and "Fuchsia."

They laugh together. Then, silence. They drink.

JACK
Insurance'll cover it.

TYLER
Oh, yeah, you gotta start making the
list.

JACK
What list?

TYLER
The "now I get to go out and buy the
exact same stuff all over again"
list. That list.

JACK
I don't... think so.

TYLER
This time maybe get a widescreen TV.
You'll be occupied for weeks.

JACK
Well, I have to file a claim...

TYLER
The things you own, they end up
owning you.

JACK
Don't I?

TYLER
Do what you like.

JACK
(looks at watch)
God, it's late. I should find a
hotel...

TYLER
A hotel?

JACK
Yeah.

TYLER
So, you called me up, because you
just wanted to have a drink before
you... go find a hotel?

JACK
I don't follow...

TYLER
We're on our third pitcher of beer.
Just ask me.

JACK
Huh?

TYLER
You called me so you could have a
place to stay.

JACK
No, I...

TYLER
Why don't you cut the shit and ask if
you can stay at my place?

JACK
Would that be a problem?

TYLER
Is it a problem for you to ask?

JACK
Can I stay at your place?

TYLER
Yes, you can.

JACK
Thank you.

TYLER
You're welcome. But, I want you to
do me one favor.

JACK
What's that?

TYLER
I want you to hit me as hard as you
can.

JACK
What?

TYLER
I want you to hit me as hard as you
can.

Freeze picture.

JACK (V.O.)
Let me tell you a little bit about
Tyler Durden.

EXTREME CLOSE-UP - FILM FRAME

-- And we see it's PORNOGRAPHY.

INT. PROJECTIONIST ROOM - THEATRE - NIGHT

Jack, in the foreground, FACES CAMERA. In the BACKGROUND,
Tyler sits at a bench, looking at individual FRAMES cut from
movies. Near him, a PROJECTOR rolls film.

JACK
Tyler was a night person. He
sometimes worked as a projectionist.
A movie doesn't come in one big reel,
it's on a few. In old theaters, two
projectors are used, so someone has
to change projectors at the exact
second when one reel ends and
another reel begins. Sometimes you
can see two dots on screen in the
upper right hand corner...

Tyler points to the side of OUR FRAME and the TWO DOTS
briefly APPEAR ONSCREEN.

TYLER
They're called "cigarette burns."

JACK
It's called a "changeover." The
movie goes on, and nobody in the
audience has any idea.

TYLER
Why would anyone want this shitty job?

JACK
It affords him other interesting
opportunities.

TYLER
-- Like splicing single frames from
adult movies into family films.

JACK
In reel three, right after the
courageous dog and the snooty cag --
who have celebrity voices -- eat out
of a garbage can, there's the flash
of Tyler's contribution...

In the AUDIENCE, CHILDREN suddenly start squirming,
confused, looking at each other.

A WOMAN abruptly stops sucking her soda straw, feeling
vaguely terrible. Her uncomfortable HUSBAND slowly leans
back in his seat.

Jack and Tyler watch from the projection booth window.

TYLER
One-forty-eighth of a second. That's
how long it's up there.

JACK
No one really knows that they've seen it.
But they did.

TYLER
A nice, big cock.

JACK
Only a hummingbird could have caught
Tyler at work.

INT. LARGE BANQUET HALL - NIGHT

Tyler moves around one of many tables, setting down SOUP
BOWLS. Jack stands in the same position, FACING CAMERA.

JACK
Tyler also worked as a banquet waiter
at the luxurious Pressman Hotel.

The GUESTS command the WAITERS with snaps of fingers.

INT. SERVICE ELEVATOR - NIGHT

Jack turns and WE PAN to Tyler, standing by a CART with a
giant SOUP TUREEN. His hands are at his open fly and he's
in position to piss into the soup.

JACK
He was the guerrilla terrorist of the
food service industry.

TYLER
Don't watch. I can't if you watch.

Jack waits. The SOUND of a STREAM of LIQUID is HEARD.

TYLER
... Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah.

JACK
He farted on meringue; he sneezed on
braised endive; and, with creme of
mushroom soup, well...

TYLER (O.S.)
Go ahead. Say it.

JACK
You get the idea.

EXT. PARKING LOT OF TAVERN - RESUMING

Tyler and Jack come out the back door.

JACK
I don't know about this.

TYLER
I don't know, either. I want to find
out. I've never been hit, have you?

JACK
No. That's a good thing, isn't it?

TYLER
I don't want to die without any
scars. How much can you really know
about yourself if you've never been
in a fight? Come on... you're the
only person I've ever asked.

JACK
Me?

Jack stares at him.

TYLER
Why not you? I'm letting you go
first. Do it.

JACK
This is crazy.

TYLER
Alright, go crazy. Let 'er rip.

JACK
Where do you want it? In the face?

TYLER
Surprise me.

Jack swings a wide, clumsy roundhouse -- hits Tyler's
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neck -- makes a dull, flat sound.

JACK
Shit. Sorry. That didn't count.

TYLER
Like hell. That counted.

Tyler shoots out a straight punch to Jack's chest. Jack
falls back against a car. His eyes tear up.

TYLER
How do you feel?

JACK
Strange.

TYLER
But a good strange.

JACK
Is it?

TYLER
We've crossed the threshold. You
want to call it off?

JACK
Call what off?

TYLER
The fight.

JACK
What fight?

TYLER
This fight, pussy.

Jack swings another roundhouse that slams right under
Tyler's ear. Tyler punches Jack in the stomach. Tyler and
Jack move clumsily, throwing punches. They breathe heavier,
drooling saliva and blood, growing dizzier from every impact.

EXT. CURBSIDE - LATER

Jack and Tyler sit on the curb, watching sparse headlights
on the nearby freeway. Their eyes are glazed with endorphin-
induced serenity. They look at each other, laugh. Look away.

TYLER
If you could fight anyone... one on
one, whoever you wanted, who would
you fight?

JACK
Anyone?

TYLER
Anyone.

Jack thinks.

JACK
My boss, probably.
(pause)
Who would you fight?

TYLER
My dad. No question.

A long pause as Jack studies Tyler's face.

JACK
Oh, yeah.
(nodding)
I didn't know my dad. Well, I knew
him, till I was six. He went and
married another woman, had more kids.
Every six years or so he'd do it
again -- new city, new family.

TYLER
He was setting up franchises. My
father never went to college, so it
was really important that I go.

JACK
I know that.

TYLER
After I graduated, I called him long
distance and asked, "Now what?" He
said, "Get a job." When I turned
twenty-five, I called him and asked,
"Now what?" He said, "I don't know.
Get married."

JACK
Same here.

TYLER
A generation of men raised by women.
I'm wondering if another woman is the
answer we really need.

Another pause. Jack feels his bleeding lip, smiles.

JACK
We should do this again sometime.

Tyler cracks a smile, give a sidelong glance to Jack.

EXT. PAPER STREET - NIGHT

A street sign: "PAPER STREET." A PAPER MILL stis on one
side, facing a lone HOUSE on the other. The rest of the
land is grass and weeds. It's a grand, old three-story,
long abandoned. Tyler leads Jack toward it.

JACK
Where's your car?

TYLER
What car?

JACK (V.O.)
I don't know how Tyler found the
house, but he'd been there for half
a year.

INT. PAPER ST. HOUSE - ENTRANCE -- NIGHT

Tyler leads Jack through the FRONT DOOR...

JACK (V.O.)
It looked like it was waiting to be
torn down. Most of the windows were
boarded up.

INT. PAPER ST. HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - MOMENT LATER

Tyler and Jack climb CREAKY STAIRS to the 2ND FLOOR LANDING.

JACK (V.O.)
None of the doors locked. The stairs
were ready to collapse. I didn't
know if he owned it or he was
squatting.

Tyler opens the door to a ROOM...

INT. ROOM - CONTINUOUS

Jack enters, stis on the creaky BED. Dust drifts upwards.

JACK (V.O.)
Neither would have surprised me.

INT. SHOWER - MORNING

Jack turns on the water. LOUD VIBRATIONS from the walls.
Water spits in starts.

JACK (V.O.)
Nothing worked. The rusty plumbing
leaked. Turning on a light meant
another light in the house went out.

EXT. LOU'S TAVERN PARKING LOT - NIGHT

All the tavern's lights are off. Tyler and Jack FIGHT.
FIVE GUYS stand around watching.

INT. PAPER ST. HOUSE - KITCHEN - MORNING

Jack, his face showing NEW BRUISES AND CUTS, makes coffee
with a wire-mesh strainer. Tyler shuffles in, wearing a
flannel bathrobe. He spears pieces of bread on a fork,
starts roasting them over a burner.

JACK (V.O.)
There were no neighbors. Just
warehouses and the paper mill. The
fart smell of steam, the hamster cage
smell of wood chips.

EXT. PAPER ST. HOUSE - NIGHT

Jack sits watching as Tyler SWINGS an old GOLF CLUB --
THWACK -- sends a golf ball soaring down the desolate street.

JACK (V.O.)
At night, Tyler and I were alone for
half a mile in every direction.

EXT. LOU'S TAVERN PARKING LOT - NIGHT

All the lights are off. TEN GUYS YELL, standing around Jack
and Tyler, who FIGHT. THREE CARS are parked in the lot.

INT. BASEMENT - DAY

Jack sits on basement stairs, watching as Tyler, knee-deep
in water, works at an open FUSEBOX, flipping breakers in a
certain order, showing Jack how it's done.

JACK (V.O.)
When it rained, we had to kill the
power. By the end of the first
month, I didn't care about TV. I
didn't mind the warm, stale
refrigerator.

INT. READING ROOM - NIGHT

CANDLES BURN. Tyler and Jack are seated across from each
other on the buckled floor, reading MAGAZINES. Rain DRIPS
from the ceiling. No furniture. THOUSANDS of MAGAZINES.

JACK (V.O.)
The previous occupant had been a bit
of a shut-in.

TYLER
(of magazine)
Hum.

JACK
What?

TYLER
Oh, a new riot control grenade...
(reading)
"...the successful combination of
concussive, 3000 foot-candle flash-
blasts and simultaneous high-velocity
disbursement of...blah, blah, blah..."

Tyler begins RIPPING the ARTICLE from his magazine.

JACK
("Reader's Digest")
"I am Joe's Lungs." It's written in
first person. "Without me, Joe could
not take in oxygen to feed his red
blood cells." There's a whole
series -- "I am Joe's Prostate."

TYLER
"I get cancer, and I kill Joe."

Tyler tosses his article in a pile of other articles,
chooses another magazine.

JACK
What are you reading?

TYLER
Soldier of Fortune. Business Week.
New Republic.

JACK
Show-off.

EXT. LOU'S TAVERN PARKING LOT - NIGHT

All the lights are off. Jack and Tyler stand amidst FIFTEEN
GUYS around TWO GUYS FIGHTING. The crowd YELLS MORE WILDLY
than before. In the background are EIGHT PARKED CARS.

JACK (V.O.)
I should have been haggling with my
insurance company. I should have
been looking for a new condo...

EXT. STREET - NIGHT

Jack walks along. He stops, looking at a CHURCH with
SUPPORT-GROUP-PEOPLE milling around the entrance, drinking
coffee and sodas. Marla's there, amongst them, smoking.

JACK (V.O.)
.... I should have been upset about
my nice, neat, flaming little shit.

Jack's face shows no reaction. He continues to walk.

JACK (V.O.)
But I wasn't.

INT. KITCHEN - MORNING

Jack, in work clothes, interlocks his fingers and POPS his
knuckles, picks up a saucepan with coffee and sips. Tyler,
in waiter's uniform, comes to have Jack straighten his tie.

JACK (V.O.)
Most of the week, we were Ozzie and
Harriet.

Jack picks up his briefcase and walks out the door.

JACK (V.O.)
But, Wednesday night, ever Wednesday
night...

EXT. LOU'S TAVERN PARKING LOT - NIGHT

All the lights are off. No one around, but there are at
least TWENTY-FIVE CARS parked in the full lot.

JACK (V.O.)
... we were finding something out: we
were finding out, more and more, that
we were not alone.

INT. CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY

A SLIDE SHOW progresses, run by a chipper salesman, WALTER.
Jack sits, deadpan, with a PUFFY LIP and a BRUISED cheek.

JACK (V.O.)
Thursday mornings, all I could do was
think about next week.

Boss gives Jack a dubious look. Walter's next SLIDE: a
COMPUTER SCREEN.

WALTER
The basic premise of cyber-netting
your office is -- make things more
efficient.

BOSS
Can I get the icon in cornflower blue?

WALTER
Absolutely.

Walter continues, his sales pitch drowned out by Jack's V.O.:

JACK (V.O.)
Walter, the Microsoft account exec.
Walter, with his smooth, soft hands.
Maybe he was thinking about the free-
range potluck he'd been to last
weekend, or his church-group car-wash
fund-raiser. Or, probably not.

Walter moves to Jack and slaps him in the shoulder.

WALTER
I showed this already to my man here.
You liked it, didn't you?

Jack smiles. His teeth are RED with BLOOD. They GLOW
eerily in the dim light.

JACK (V.O.)
You can swallow a pint of blood
before you get sick.

WALTER
Jesus, I'd hate to see what happened
to the other guy.

Jack keeps the smile frozen on his face.

JACK (V.O.)
Screw Walter. His candy-ass wouldn't
last a second Wednesday night.

EXT. LOU'S TAVERN - NIGHT

Out of silent darkness, HEADLIGHTS appear from all
directions. CARS PULL UP and park in the already-packed
lot. YOUNG MEN get out and march into the tavern...

INT. LOU'S TAVERN - SAME

The men, including Jack and Tyler, enter and stand against
the back wall, waiting. The bartender, IRVINE, calls out:

IRVINE
Drink up people. We're closing.

Irvine flicks on the LIGHTS. Drunken customers squint and
get the message. They plop down money, leaving.

JACK (V.O.)
It was right in everyone's face.
Tyler and I just made it visible.

Irvine hits a button and the JUKEBOX loses power. Members
of the waiting army begins to share secret looks. Finally,
one buy locks the door. Two other guys close the blinds.

JACK (V.O.)
It was on the tip of everyone's
tongue. Tyler and I just gave it a
name.

INT. TAVERN BASEMENT - SAME

A BOMB-SHELTER. Concrete walls. One BARE BULB above, Tyler
standing directly beneath it.

TYLER
Welcome to fight club.

The guys mill around, finding partners. Everyone brims with
eagerness, but tries to act cool. CHATTER gets LOUDER.
Everyone spreads out, forming a circle, Tyler at center.

JACK (V.O.)
Every week, Tyler gave the rules

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