Sunday, October 18, 2009

Why Osama Never Meets Norman Bates

A number of scenes that didn’t appear in the original stage musical were added to the film, mostly ones involving George Bush.

Conversely, certain scenes that had been in the stage musical were cut from the film script, usually because they didn’t fit into the structure – they seemed tangential.

One such a scene had Osama stopping at a motel that turns out to be suspiciously reminiscent of the Bates Motel from Hitchcock’s “Psycho.”


Osama gets to know Norman, finds a kindred spirit, and they do a number together. One should note that the number always played well with audiences of the stage show, and cutting it was a hard decision for Scott, the writer/director. However, it was felt that the number would not work on film as well as it had on stage, and that it was too much of a stretch in that the movie was supposed to be about satirizing TV while this parodied film.


Here are the original pages from an early draft of the screenplay:
Osama meets Norman

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