Slyvester:

By Eli Osei:


1. FADE IN


2. INT. CHEESECAKE FACTORY. DAY


We open to a factory constructed solely of cheese. MINDY, the cool (Persian, by breed, Australian, by birth) cat steps out her office. She looks around the factory floor, searching for mice and union leaders – not knowing which she fears more. PING. She looks down at her phone. “Rat Pack strikes local brewery,” reads the Chew York Times article, “Democats once again question President Nyan Cat’s unexplained loyalty to prohibition.” Mindy sighs. She mutters a phrase of resignation. Maybe: ‘LSD, whatchyagonnado?’ or ‘Silly little world, silly little world of mice and men’ or ‘Those three blind kids sure are lucky’. And steps back into her office. We’re definitely in the wrong movie.


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3. INT. CHEESECAKE FACTORY. DAY


We're inside the very heart of American life: a dimly lit, sparsely furnished Cheesecake Factory restaurant. The Stallones, exchanging stories about the past few days, walk in for their weekly brunch. SYLVESTER (known also as SLY) leads the group. Across the restaurant stands SMICHAEL, the branch manager. Smichael is thirty-three going on fifty and tries to go about life with a spring in his step, but is forever haunted by memories of losing the 1999 St. Michael’s Middle School Dance-a-thon. Smichael, compartmentalizing his sad thoughts and putting on what his mother used to call “a smiley-wiley” face, stands ready for the Stallones.


SYLVESTER (TO FAMILY)

So then this guy's like "Dude, come on, dude just tell me the truth. You're totally him, dude. We used to work at the Shake Shack together, dude."


Sylvester's children: SISTINE, SAGE, SEARGEOH, SCARLET, and SOPHIA all laugh.


SAGE

And whatya say to him, dad?


SCARLET

What do you think he said, doofus?


SISTINE

He obviously told him that those years in the Shack were home to some of his greatest memories.


SOPHIA

They name a chapel after you and suddenly you can't string together a logical thought?


SISTINE

(In an Italian accent)

I just came-a here to eat the cake.


SYLVESTER

I told him, "listen, 'dude', I've never worked at a 'Smoothie Shack' before. A milk shack? Sure. But we don't talk about that. It was pretty dark man... Udders."

(He shakes)

"But a Smoothie Shack? Who do you think you're talking to? I'm S-"


SMICHAEL

Sly!


SYLVESTER

Smichael!


SMICHAEL

Stimmy, get out here!


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4. INT. CHEESECAKE FACTORY KITCHEN. CONTINUOUS


TIMMY, an 18 year-old rising (waiting) star places the $0.50 cherries he bought from his dealer earlier that day atop their signature cherry cheesecake. He turns towards the kitchen door and prepares himself to deal with Smichael. Timmy inhales, Timmy exhales.


TIMMY

I am a strong and independent woman. I am a strong and independent woman. No boundary will stop me. No opportunity will drop me.

(He inhales and then exhales)

I am a strong and independent woman. I will renew my Cosmopolitan subscription. I love this magazine. These affirmations work. These affirmations work. I am a strong and independent woman.


Thinking about how lucky he is to have found a magazine so relatable and an affirmation section so affirming, Timmy walks through the door and into...



5. INT. CHEESECAKE FACTORY. CONTINUOUS


SMICHAEL

Stimmy won't you seat Mr. Stallone and his family?


TIMMY

It's Timmy, sir.


SMICHAEL

What I tell you!? What I tell you!? You can be Timmy at home, you can be Timmy on your lunch break, you can even be Timmy at those little comic-con gatherings of yours. But when this man and his family are here, it's Stimmy, Stimmy, Stimmy. You think my parents named me Smichael?


SAGE

Stimmy? I don't get it.


SOPHIA

It was a campaign lie and a twitter myth. No one did.


STIMMY

Why don't we get you folks seated?


SYLVESTER

How much is a table?


STIMMY

Excuse me?


SYLVESTER

The tables, do you, uh, charge

extra for them?


STIMMY

Oh, oh well I don't know. It's

probably a flat rate.


SYLVESTER

Of?


STIMMY

Five, maybe ten dollars? Say but Mr.

Stallone, aren't you r-


SYLVESTER

We'll be standing.


SAGE

Dad!


SYLVESTER

What are today's specials?


STIMMY

Specials by price or quality?


SYLVESTER

What do you think?


STIMMY

Well, our eco-cakes are on offer

today. We've got the Kermit

Cupcake, the Green Granadilla

Gelight, and the "I Just Won The

Lottery, Where's My Money?" combo

deal.


SYLVESTER

(confused)

Um, alright? And what exactly makes these eco? 'Eco-cakes, you said? Ec-


STIMMY

En-vi-ron-men-tal. Environmental

cakes. Eco-cakes. Pretty self-

explanatory, man.


SYLVESTER

Okay and what exactly makes them

environmental cakes?


STIMMY

They're all green.


SAGE

He means environmentally friendly, dad.


STIMMY

No, they're all green. Green as in green the colour. It's about solidarity. We stand with mother nature.


SMICHAEL (OFF SCREEN)

Attaboy! Now bring it home.


STIMMY

And for just $14.99 you could too. Forget the green squares on instagram and the #this and #that. Real change starts with food.


SYLVESTER

$15?

STIMMY

Fourteen-ninety-nine.


SYLVESTER

Well I ought to-


SPAM and SSAM, formerly known as... you get the bit, have been listening from across the room. Spam, is a twenty-five-year-old self-proclaimed 'film connoisseur'. Ssam is the twenty-six-year-old who famously said "television is the new graphic novel, or maybe novel, or maybe it's podcasts are the new graphic novel, or cartoon, are those the same thing? Movies are the new spaper, I mean newspaper, the new newspaper." Now, Spam and Sam have reached Stimmy and the Stallones. They insert themselves into the conversation.


SPAM

Junk mail. Junk mail. Jun-


SOPHIA

What?


SSAM

The name's Ssam, that's Spam.


SOPHIA

That's great. It's great to meet

you Sam, but we're just trying to

have a little family lunch here.


SSAM

It's Ssam. Long S.

(suggestively)

If you know what I mean?


She did not.


SOPHIA

I do not.


SPAM

Anyway, we saw you guys standing over there and, well, we recognised him immediately. How could we not?


SSAM

I mean he's a bit older now, but

he's still got those cheeks.


Sylvester looks uncomfortable.


SPAM

He's still got that smile.


SSAM

Anyway, we just wanted to come over here and invite you all to our table.

SPAM

We get it. The economic climate's

worse than the real one.


SSAM

So we buy eco-cakes.


SPAM

And we loved Rocky II.


SYLVESTER

Well thanks, thank you. That means a lot to me.


SPAM

O...kay


SYLVESTER

Everyone always talks about the first, but never the second. Sometimes I get a "You were great in Creed" comment, and then I've got to say "Different guy, different name, different complexion. Not that complex." They don't get it though.


SSAM

Sorry but wh-


SYLVESTER

Rocky II. Rocky II. Boy, what a movie. You think boxing looks difficult, try being a movie star. You think being a movie star looks difficult, try being a movie star in a boxing movie franchise. That's like Korea happening in Vietnam. Oh, those were the days.


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6. EXT. ROCKY STAIRS. A 1979 MORNING


The sun makes its way up, over Philadelphia. Panting, A young(er) Sylvester Stallone makes his way up the Rocky Stairs. A camera crew follows him. His panting becomes louder and his pace slower. TINA, the focus puller, laughs. Sylvester stops.


SYLVESTER

Who was that?


Beat.


SYLVESTER (CONT'D)

I said who was that?!


Beat.


SYLVESTER

Do you guys want to try running up these stairs?


The whole crew, realizing Sylvester may not be a whole lot smarter than his character, are close to laughter. MICHELLE, the camera operator, replies.


MICHELLE

Oh no, I couldn't imagine that.

These stairs?! We could never.

You're a better person than us, Sly.


SYLVESTER

Thanks, Michelle. But no apologies necessary, you're all forgiven. Let's do it again.


He begins to run back down the stairs. Then after battling down about five of them, he stops.


SYLVESTER

After a break or something. We should probably check the footage.


He slowly walks down the rest of the stairs. The crew do not move. Tina laughs.


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7. INT. BOXING RING. A 1979 AFTERNOON


Sylvester moves up and down the ring, pumping himself up. CARL WEATHERS nonchalantly stands in a corner on the other side.


SYLVESTER

Apollo, are you ready for this!?


CARL

Oh Sly, you don't have to call me

that.


SYLVESTER

I said are you ready, Mr. Creed!!?


CARL

Never mind.


Sylvester stops pacing. Looks at the camera. Inhales.

Exhales. Then jumps up once.


SYLVESTER

Let's roll. Aaand, action


Sylvester walks up to Carl, Carl walks up to Sylvester. They touch gloves. Sylvester takes a step back. Carl takes a step forward. Carl throws a punch.


SYLVESTER

And Cut!


Carl stops, mid-punch, and holds his position.


SYLVESTER

Stanley, Stanley, get in here!


STANLEY, Sylvester's stunt-double, gets into the ring and taps in for Sylvester.


STANLEY

Ready, Mr. Stallone.


SYLVESTER

Oh come on Stanley. No need to be

that formal. 'Mr. Rocky' will do

just fine.


STANLEY

Ai, sorry Mr. Rocky, it's the

language barrier.


SYLVESTER

Aaand action!


Carl finishes his punch and it connects with Stanley's jaw.

Stanley drops to the floor.


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8. INT. SYLVESTER'S APARTMENT. A 1979 EVENING


Sylvester, at the Rocky II wrap party, stands on a coffee table delivering a speech to the whole cast and crew.


SYLVESTER

When I first had the idea for 'Rocky' I didn't have any friends, I didn't have a house, and I certainly wasn't an actor. But look at me now.


ROBERT, ARTHUR, AND IRWIN, the film's producers, look at each other and laugh. Robert nods.


ROBERT

Still waiting on those friends.


ARTHUR

At least you've got the home!


IRWIN

But you're certainly still not an

actor.


Sylvester, assuming that this was the light-hearted 'banter' his mother used to warn him about, continues.


SYLVESTER

I'm grateful to all of you.


TINA

Who is this guy?


SYLVESTER

I'm grateful and I'm proud.


MICHELLE

We want Stanley!


SYLVESTER

I'm proud and I'm grateful.


MICHELLE

Listen to that, he's so backwards.


SYLVESTER

I'm grateful and I'm proud!


TINA

We want Yelnats!


The entire cast and crew break out into a chant. They shout "Yelnats, Yelnats, Yelnats!" over and over again. Sylvester steps off the coffee table and runs into the bathroom. Stanley gets on the table. It immediately breaks.


STANLEY

Aiii!


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9. INT. CHEESECAKE FACTORY. PRESENT DAY


Sylvester, his family, Spam, Ssam, and Stimmy stand just as they were before.


SYLVESTER

Happiest years of my life.


SPAM

Your life?


SYLVESTER

Yeah, the Rocky II days.


SSAM

What are you on about?


SYLVESTER

You said you liked the movie.


SSAM

And if you said you liked Brexit I wouldn't say 'thank you' because that's got nothing to do with me.


SYLVESTER

Wha-


SPAM

We were talking to this guy, this

champ.


Spam grabs Seargeoh's arm and raises it.


SPAM

The people's hero!


SSAM

(To Seargeoh)

We loved you in Rocky II.


SPAM

That performance!


SSAM

I was truly convinced.


SPAM

We were truly convinced.


SSAM

I can't believe you aren't a baby

in real life.


SPAM

You were so convincing!


SSAM

Do the line, do the line.


SPAM

Do it, do it.


SEARGEOH

Oh fellas, I don't know.


SPAM

Oh come on, please, please.


SEARGEOH

Alright, alright. Anything for a

fan, right dad?


No response.


SEARGEOH

(clears throat)

WAAAAH! WAAAAH! WAAAH!WAAAAAAH!


SSAM

And to think Dustin Hoffman won the Oscar.


FADE OUT.


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