There Is Some Decency Left in America

It hurts Edward when you try to ransom his scriptsActual headline on the AP wire this morning:

Woman finds ‘Twilight’ sequel script in trash

To wit:

Casey Ray found two scripts, one for the vampire sequel “New Moon” and one for a different movie titled “Memoirs.” She decided to return them to the studio making the films. In return, she was invited to attend the movies’ premieres, her lawyer said.

Ray recently was waiting for her fiance to finish work when she spotted two scripts in a trash container. She was outside a hotel where actors were staying during a St. Louis shoot for the upcoming George Clooney movie, “Up in the Air.”

It’s not clear how the scripts wound up in the bin.

The Clooney movie includes actress Anna Kendrick, who is also in the “Twilight” vampire movie. A spokeswoman for Kendrick, Lisa Perkins, said the actress wouldn’t have left scripts lying around.

Oh, and this bit is great, too:

When Ray found the scripts, she considered leaking them to a national tabloid but decided against it, said her lawyer, Al Watkins.

“My client didn’t really want to get paid,” he said, but she was interested in hanging onto the scripts as collector’s items.

Watkins helped her return them to Los Angeles-based Summit Entertainment LLC, the studio making the movies. He said the studio invited Ray to premieres for the two films, and will certify the scripts as authentic after the movies are released.

So, let’s see. We have someone who “spotted two scripts in a trash container” and then “considered leaking them to a national tabloid but decided against it, said her lawyer,” who then “helped her return them” to Summit. By calling the phone number on the front page of the scripts, one would assume.

I love the bit about how, despite a moment of weakness, Ray nobly chose not to sell the scripts — sorry, “leak” them — to the tabloids. Perhaps the fact that no tabloid, respectable or otherwise, would offer a dime for the “New Moon” screenplay had something to do with her deep reserves of decency.

The script for “Iron Man 2”? Oh, they’d totally pay for that. But an adaptation of an existing best-seller, the plot of which is hardly a secret? Yeah, not so much. I wonder whether her lawyer talked her out of it, or whether the tab in question shamed her into returning the scripts to Summit. The AP story certainly feels like it was written with a soupcon of contempt, don’t you think?

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