‘500 Days of Summer’ (Tom): “People think of LA as this place with no history”

Monologue from 500 Days of Summer

'500 Days of Summer' by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber


From: Movie
Type: Dramedy

Character: Tom Hansen, a trained architect who works as a writer at a greeting card company.
Gender: Male
Age Range: 20's

Summary: Tom tells Summer what he thinks of LA

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TOM: This is my favorite spot. It’s… it’s hard to explain. You really wanna know? (points) You see that building with the orange hue? That’s been there since 1911. Over there, that’s the Continental. LA’s first skyscraper. Built in 1904. People think of LA as this place with no history, you know, where nothing is real. That’s only cause they’re not paying attention.

That’s … a parking lot. Most of that is parking lots. But there’s so much beauty too. See, if it was me… I just… I’d make sure people noticed. That’s what I would do. Integrate the buildings better. Play off the facades, maximize the light capacity, there’s really so much.

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