Script to Screen #4: Body Heat





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Published on Aug 26, 2009


TEDDY LAURSEN rock n roll Arsonist, is keeping the beat and mouthing the words along with the Bruce Springsteen tape on his work bench. Teddy is in his mid-twenties, dressed in a black T-shirt and jeans. His arson workshop is located in a cinder block room in the basement of an old building. All around him are the tools and supplies of his trade: wire, rope, cans vises, alarm clocks, chemical containers, and a huge assortment of mechanical implements. Teddy is watching Racine, who is kneeling on the floor before a compact incendiary device. Teddy winces at the way Racine clips two wires together. He reaches over to turn down the tape slightly, then squats down next to Racine to demonstrate the proper method. He has a heavy Jersey accent.

TEDDY: Whatsa matter, you cant think with a little music? (demonstrating) Like this, I said.
Racine nods, then duplicates the clipping. Teddy goes back to his stool, slapping the beat of the music on his thigh. Racine pulls out the alarm lever on the clock attached t the device and stands up. He throws a look to Teddy and Teddy nods that, yes, the device is now set.

RACINE: Thats it?

TEDDY: (nods to the music) Its fast. Its hot. Its simple. You can use the clock or rig it to something that moves. It starts big and itll go with just the mag chips. If you want more, splash a little accelerator around.

Racine: Just regular gasoline?

TEDDY: Regular, unleaded, supreme—whatever you like, counselor. I got to tell you though, this mama has a big drawback.


TEDDY: Its easy to spot, even after the meltdown. Theyll know its arson.

RACINE: I dont care about that. (looks at Teddy) Thats all there is to it?

Teddy is offended.

TEDDY: No. No-no-no-no. That aint all there is to it. You gotta get in, you gotta get out. You gotta pick the right spot and the right time. And you gotta try not to get famous while youre in the act. (gestures at the device) If that was all there was to it, any idiot could do it.

RACINE: Sorry.

TEDDY: Hey, now I want o ask you something. Are you listening, asshole, because I like you? (Racine nods) I got a serious question for you. What the fuck are you doing? This is not shit for you to be messing with. Are you ready to hear something? See if this sounds familiar. Any time you try a decent crime, theres 50 ways to fuck up. If you think of 25 of them youre a genius. And youre no genius. You know who told me that?

Racine remembers telling Teddy that.

TEDDY: Listen, man, maybe you should let me do it for you. Gratis. Ill do it. I wouldnt even be on the street if it werent for you.

Racine looks him over, shakes his head no.

RACINE: Thanks.

TEDDY: I hope you know what youre doin. You better be pretty damn sure about it. If you aint sure, dont do it. Of course, thats my recommendation anyway—dont do it. (he puts a hand on Racines shoulder) Because I tell you, counselor, this arson, this is serious crime.

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Ezekiel Steiner

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