Alan Arkin Scripts

Alan Arkin has been termed a modern “renaissance man” by many critics and fans worldwide (IMDB.com, 2012). Given his impressive artistic resume in addition to his wonderfully diverse acting career, that is definitely not far from the truth. In addition to being in such ground breaking films as Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), Gattaca (1997) and Little Miss Sunshine (2006); Arkin is also a triumphant musician who co-created the original version of the “Banana Boat” song which has worldwide recognition.
Needless to say, Arkin has truly turned his artistic passions into his work. Unlike many actors who ebb and flow with the changing tides of stardom, Arkin has consistently found work and made a name for himself as one of the most well-received actors of this generation. The key to his success is truly a mystery but it may have something to do with the way he approaches his acting.
Arkin was quoted saying-

“It’s not enough for me to just be a personality and go up there and say lines nicely. I want to tell a story with a character.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Alan Arkin, IMDB.com

The key element of this statement is not in what he is saying, but the message we get from what he isn’t saying.  By saying that he wants to tell a story with a character, he is defining his own purpose versus what the public or investors want from him. Instead of making his art about meeting other people’s expectations, Arkin has chosen to meet his own expectations instead (which are profoundly higher than what anyone else can expect from him). By doing this, he has won. His constant self-evaluation has created an even better actor than anyone could have possibly shaped him into.
For screenwriters, keep in mind that the best actors will be attracted to the most attractive scripts that help them grow and challenge themselves. Be sure to put your heart into your work so you can attract actors who put their hearts into it as well.

Films

  1. (2012) Argo
  2. (2011) The Muppets
  3. (2011) The Change-Up
  4. (2011) Thin Ice
  5. (2009)The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
  6. (2009) City Island
  7. (2008) Marley & Me
  8. (2008) Get Smart
  9. (2008) Sunshine Cleaning Script
  10. (2007) Rendition [Transcript]
  11. (2006) Raising Flagg
  12. (2006) The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
  13. (2006) The Novice
  14. (2006) Firewall
  15. (2006) Little Miss Sunshine Script
  16. (2004) Noel
  17. (2004) Eros Script
  18. (2001) Thirteen Conversations About One Thing
  19. (2001) America’s Sweethearts [Transcript]
  20. (2000) Magicians
  21. (1999) Jakob the Liar [Transcript]
  22. (1998) Slums of Beverly Hills
  23. (1997) Gattaca Script
  24. (1997) Four Days in September
  25. (1997) Grosse Pointe Blank Script
  26. (1996) Mother Night [Transcript]
  27. (1995) Steal Big Steal Little
  28. (1995) The Jerky Boys
  29. (1994) North
  30. (1993) So I Married an Axe Murderer [Transcript]
  31. (1993) Indian Summer
  32. (1993) Samuel Beckett Is Coming Soon
  33. (1992) Glengarry Glen Ross Script
  34. (1991) The Rocketeer [Transcript]
  35. (1990) Havana Script [$]
  36. (1990) Edward Scissorhands Script
  37. (1990) Coupe de Ville
  38. (1986) Big Trouble
  39. (1985) Bad Medicine Script [$]
  40. (1985) Joshua Then and Now
  41. (1983) The Return of Captain Invincible
  42. (1982) The Last Unicorn [Script]
  43. (1981) Chu Chu and the Philly Flash
  44. (1981) Improper Channels
  45. (1981) Full Moon High
  46. (1980) Simon
  47. (1979) The Magician of Lublin Script [$]
  48. (1979) The In-Laws
  49. (1977) Fire Sale
  50. (1976) The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
  51. (1975) Hearts of the West
  52. (1975) Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins
  53. (1974) Freebie and the Bean
  54. (1973) Deadhead Miles
  55. (1972) Last of the Red Hot Lovers
  56. (1971) Little Murders Script [$]
  57. (1970) Catch-22 [Transcript]
  58. (1969) The Monitors
  59. (1969) Popi
  60. (1968) The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
  61. (1968) Inspector Clouseau
  62. (1967) Wait Until Dark [Transcript]
  63. (1967) Woman Times Seven
  64. (1966) The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming [Transcript]
  65. (1957) Calypso Heat Wave

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