The Man in the Mullet by Bradford N. Smith | Script Revolution

The Man in the Mullet

By embracing a false identity, a gossip journalist tests his partner’s fidelity while, unbeknownst to him, she hasn’t fallen for the disguise.



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PAUL, has set out to prove exactly how stupid men can get. He just doesn’t know it.

He and GWEN are a modern American couple who, despite their child together, have no intentions to get married. Their’s is a relationship built on love, trust and family. It’s not until Gwen’s music managing career begins to take shape, putting her together with a record label executive, ERIC, that Paul begins to doubt her faithfulness.

Egged on by his friend, Paul disguises himself in an attempt to spy on Gwen at work. When his cover is nearly blown, he quickly invents a new identity, and puts the moves on her. Gwen sees through the costume immediately but decides to play along, accepting his offer of a romantic date. Fearing this is a sign she has no issue cheating on him, Paul decides to see how far she’ll go with the fictional character he’s created.

As weeks progress, both continue thinking the other will crack first, giving this pretend romance a life of its own. Under the guise of his alter ego, Paul meets her family, and his own, before worrying the damage to his relationship may be irreversible. However his plan to tell her the truth with a “big reveal” is ruined when Gwen kisses his false persona, delaying the truth until he’s again worked up the courage.

Learning Paul’s secret comes as no surprise to Gwen, a reaction which leads them into an argument that ends in separation. In order to apologize, Paul puts Gwen’s big career opportunity in jeopardy, doing more harm than good to their relationship. To make things right, Paul takes another approach to his apology, under the guise of his alter ego and, with a lesson learned, is able to say he’s sorry.

Submitted: June 6, 2018
Last Updated: June 6, 2018

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The Writer: Bradford N. Smith

Bradford's professional experience as a screenwriter includes a college internship in development at The Mark Gordon Company , recognition by a few of the industry’s leading festivals — a Cinequest Top 4 finalist, Atlanta Film Festival finalist, Amazon Studios “Notable Project”, three ScreenCraft semifinalists, plus several other competition semi- and quarter-finalists - Multiple award-winning short films (written and produced by) with screenings across the globe - including at San Diego Comic Con , Dances with Films and the Blue Whale Comedy Festival - And, at the end of last year, optioning a feature romantic comedy, with an award-winning director attached. Go to bio

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