Game show host, writer and possible CIA assassin, Chuck Barris--played by Sam Rockwell in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind--has died at age 87. From the New York Times:

Mr. Barris died of natural causes, said Paul Shefrin, his publicist, according to The Associated Press.

[...] The book [Confessions] got only a smattering of attention, but it caught some eyes in Hollywood, and in 2003, after many delays, a film version came out, directed by George Clooney and starring Sam Rockwell as Mr. Barris. (Charlie Kaufman wrote the screenplay, embellishing Mr. Barris’s tale.) The film brought Mr. Barris, by now in his 70s, a fresh round of attention and endless variations on the obvious question: Was it true? Mr. Barris generally played coy, delivering elliptical answers that neither confirmed nor denied. The C.I.A. was more direct: various spokesmen said Mr. Barris had had nothing to do with the agency. (Source)

 

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If you would like to buy Chuck Barris' Gong Show Movie script for $495, have I got the website for you! Head yourself over to Bloody Rare Books. (I heard about this via BoingBoing.net, and they say it's $300, even though I'm seeing $495. Maybe the price went up overnight?)

It was co-written with Robert Downey, Sr. in 1979, and became an actual movie that people could pay to watch with their own eyes, but not many people did, for reasons that remain unfathomable.

Says Bloody Rare Books:

First edition. Revised Draft screenplay. Original Movie Script. Item #5987

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The script is bound with metal pins in black leatherette covers with the film's title stamped in red foil to front cover. The title page is dated June 14, 1979 and includes Chuck Barris production company info. Pages numbered 1-137 are a rainbow of colors, including white along with revision pages colored blue (and dated 5/23/79), yellow (6/8/79), green (6/11/79) and peach (6/19/79). All pages are clean and the screenplay exhibits only minor wear from light handling and use. (Source)

Here's a scan of what you can expect :

gongshowscript

 

More scans are on Bloody Rare. And here's the trailer for the film. It looks amazing.

 

 

 

 

 

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