Icons Are People, Too

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Four American icons walk into a bar…

It sounds like the beginning of a joke. But it’s no laughing matter for Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Janis Joplin, and Kurt Cobain. Their iconic personalities have been dredged up by the world’s worst writer who is using them as characters in the world’s worst screenplay.

When the writer takes a break, the characters are freed from the screenplay and find themselves in an anonymous dive bar. Appalled at being trapped in the worst screenplay ever written, they resolve to somehow free themselves of it. What if the horrible movie actually gets produced? The icons paid for their fame by living miserable lives and dying far too soon. As if that wasn’t enough, now they have to deal with this.

They grow to realize that being trapped in the bad screenplay might be directly related to being trapped in bad internal scripts—faulty self-concepts—that led to their tragic fates. Can they simultaneously escape the horrible story and repair the tragedies of their lives by re-writing their own scripts?