‘Network’ (Max): “Take me to the middle of the George Washington Bridge!”

NETWORK by Paddy Chayefsky

From: Movie

Type: Comedic

Character: Max Schumacher is a "craggy, lumbering, roughhewn" news executive.

Gender: Male

Age Range: 40's | 50's | 60's

Summary: Max tells a story that he's told a hundred times, yet still cracks him up.

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MAX: Must’ve been 1950 then. I was at NBC. Morning News. Associate producer. I was a kid, twenty-six years old. Anyway, they were building the lower level on the George Washington Bridge, and we were doing a remote there. Except nobody told me! Ten after seven in the morning I get a call. “Where the hell are you? You’re supposed to be on the George Washington Bridge!” I jump out of bed, throw my raincoat over my pajamas, run down the stairs. I get out in the street. I flag a cab. I jump in. I say: “Take me to the middle of the George Washington Bridge!” (tears streaming down his cheeks) The driver turns around. He says, don’t do it, buddy. (so weak now he can barely talk) He says, you’re a young man. You got your whole life ahead of you.

*For the version that was done in the Broadway play starring Bryan Cranston, (by a different character), click here.

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