Dirt Mouth

In this original short script, there are two characters, both male.  Actors can use this for sides, actor demo reels, videos, auditions, workshops, classroom study and practice.

  • For the .pdf  and mobile version of this short script:  DIRT MOUTH

NICO knocks on motel door. It opens up to MOSES, an African American southern man in his 60’s who wears a smokey beard and chews a damp cigar at the corner of his mouth.

MOSES: What can I do for you, son?

NICO: Are you Moses?

MOSES: Might be, might not be.

NICO: I’m Nico. (beat) We spoke on the phone two days ago about the Smith and Wesson.

MOSES: You were referred to me by Sambo, that right?

NICO: Yeah, Sambo’s a good friend of mine.

MOSES: That so?

NICO: Yeah, I know him a long time.

MOSES: Well, alright, then.

Moses holds door open. Nico enters the motel room.

You ever been to Niagara Falls?

NICO: What? Oh, no, never.

MOSES: Just got back. You should go sometime. You got a sweetheart?

NICO: Ah, yeah, yeah I do.

MOSES: They say it’s good for lovers, honeymooners but I go once a year by myself. I don’t go with my wife, it’s just strictly business only. Never did make much sense to me about the whole romantic bit about it. Just a Goddamn movement of water and a long way down is all. Millions of people visit the place each year and it’s always the same…pointing and staring, pointing and staring and pictures. I could never understand it.

NICO: Maybe I won’t go then.

MOSES: Maybe you won’t…I don’t really give a monkey fucking a rat’s ass about whether or not you’ve gone to the falls, son. What I do care about is if you’re the po-po.

NICO: I was recommended by Sambo.

MOSES: You claim. I’m not too worried none, though. You see, I pay strict attention to two things: answers and listening. I have a sixth sense when it comes to police. Been doing this a long time. I travel a lot and I’ve seen a lot, enough to know you ain’t never shot a gun before in all your life…

NICO: No, I never did.

Moses pulls out a Nine Millimeter.

This here’s a Nine Millimeter, designed by Georg Luger and introduced in 1902 by the German weapons manufacturer Deutsche Waffen-und Munitionsfabriken, for their Luger semi-automatic pistol. I personally call him the ONE SHOT DEAL but you can call him whatever the hell you so desire. Hold it…

Moses hands it to Nico.

Nowadays, nobody cares none about knowledge or history…everybody just wants to shoot up schools and all kinds of goings on cause it’s fun like a video game and that pisses me off much but I can’t do nothing about it regardless cause I’m out here trying to make a living. What you think?

NICO: I like it. It weighs good.

MOSES: It’s loaded. Fire it at that t.v. set over there.

NICO: What?!

MOSES: Go on and do it. I own the Goddamn motel and I need to start fancying
up the place with some new flat screeners. Go on!

Nico fires a round and blows up the t.v.

Is that what you’re looking for, son?

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Joseph Arnone

Joseph Arnone is the founding editor-in-chief of Monologue Blogger. In addition to running MB, Joseph is a filmmaker/producer who has had his films premiere at Festival de Cannes - Court Metrage and Tribeca Cinema's Big Apple Film Festival. He can be reached at Joseph@monologueblogger.com