Wednesday, September 2, 2009

A Movie is the Best Revenge

500 Days of Summer is opening in Great Britain after success in America. The movie opens with the usual disclaimer about it not being about anyone living or dead. "Especially you, Jenny Beckman." "Bitch." Those opening title lines have led to much speculation about the real Jenny Beckman. It turns out she's an English girl that writer Scott Neustadter met in England while attending school there. He fell head over heels, but the English girl, he's not saying if her name is really Jenny, never felt the same way. Once they broke up, he channelled his pain and wrote it all down in a screenplay.

Reliving every moment of my bitter-sweet, one-sided romance was a cathartic experience for me - and the end result, we were shocked to find, was pretty decent.

The finished film tells it all just as it happened, however embarrassing my puppy-like devotion and however aloof it makes her look.
He met the English "Jenny" once after writing the screenplay and he gave her a copy to read on her flight back to London from LA.
Some time later she wrote me a letter. She loved the story, she said. It had surprised and moved her because she really related to Tom. Yes, incredibly, Jenny hadn't recognised herself as Summer at all.
Read the whole story written by Scott Neudstater for the Daily Mail here.

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