LETHAL WEAPON - Jumper Scene

LETHAL WEAPON by Shane Black

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EXT. CITY INTERSECTION - DAY

A building, ten stories high. On the ledge, a lone man poised high above the street. Beneath him, a crowd has gathered. A police car. A searchlight. A crowd of office workers, rubber-necking to beat the band. One or two kids yell, "Jump, jump."

Murtaugh's car glides to the curb. The doors burst open and the two partners emerge. A PATROL COP approaches.

 PATROL COP
Hey, Sarge, you wanna handle
this?

 MURTAUGH
Where's the psychologist?

 PATROL COP
Sitting in traffic.

 MURTAUGH
Swell.
(beat)
Who's the guy?

 PATROL COP
Salesman name of MacCleary. Left
the office party. Went upstairs
and walked out on the ledge.

 MURTAUGH
Think he'll go?

 PATROL COP
Seems serious enough. Who knows?

 Riggs clears his throat. Murtaugh turns.

 RIGGS
I can handle this.

 MURTAUGH
You qualified to talk to jumpers?

 RIGGS
I've done it before.

 MURTAUGH
(reluctant; then)
Okay. You're elected.
(as Riggs
turns to go)
Hey.
(as Riggs stops)
No guns. No kung fu. Just ...
bring him in.

 RIGGS
Sure. Bring him in.

 MURTAUGH
Right.

Riggs moves off toward the building. Murtaugh looks after him. Was this a mistake ... ?

EXT. ROOFTOP - DAY

Riggs appears on the roof. There, about five yards away, stands the JUMPER. Agitated. Breathing hard.

Below is ten stories of open space. The wind blows. Riggs nods to the Jumper.

 MacCLEARY (JUMPER)
Go away.

 RIGGS
My name is Riggs.

 MacCLEARY
Fuck off.

 RIGGS
I can't do that.
(beat)
What's your name?

 MacCLEARY
Look, I know all the psychology
bullshit, it won't work.

 RIGGS
I'm not a psychologist.

 MacCLEARY
Yeah? What are you?

 RIGGS
Homicide cop.

 MacCLEARY
You're early. Hang on a couple
minutes, you can go to work.

 RIGGS
At least tell me your name. Look,
I gotta fill out the little piece
of paper. Okay?

 MacCLEARY
(swallows)
Len. Len MacCleary.

 RIGGS
Thanks. 'Preciate it.
(beat)
That M -- C ... ?

 MacCLEARY
M -- A -- C, now get outta here.

Riggs leans out farther, perches on the ledge. Absolutely calm.

 RIGGS
Why are you doing this?

 MacCLEARY
None of your goddamn business.

 RIGGS
Fair enough.
(pause; then)
I'm coming out. Take it easy.

Riggs stands, steps out onto the narrow ledge. He seems unconcerned.

 MacCLEARY
Don't come near me!

 RIGGS
Ssshhh. Easy. I'm just going to
talk.

 MacCLEARY
Touch me and I'll jump.

 RIGGS
I understand.

EXT. BUILDING - DAY

On the ground below, Roger Murtaugh reacts with disbelief. His partner is taking an insane risk. Up above, Riggs pauses. Around him the WIND BLOWS treacherously.

 RIGGS
You're not the first guy to think
of this, you know. Everyone's got
problems.

 MacCLEARY
You know shit.

 RIGGS
Wrong. You're wrong.
(beat)
I almost tried this once.
Seriously. My wife. Got killed
in a car crash. Only person I
ever cared about. I never had
kids.

 MacCLEARY
You're breaking my heart.

Riggs takes out his wallet, flashes it at MacCleary.

 RIGGS
This is her picture.

 MacCLEARY
Nice. Fuck off.

 RIGGS
I'm trying to tell you I understand,
you dope.

 He takes a step closer.

 MacCLEARY
Don't touch me. I'm not doing
anything wrong.

 RIGGS
I know that. Not like you're
murdering anyone.

 MacCLEARY
Right. Only one hurt is me.

 RIGGS
Same way I look at it. I'm gonna
stand beside you, okay?

 MacCLEARY
No!
(beat)
Dammit, keep away.

 RIGGS
Please. This is scary stuff.
Just ... let me stand next to you.

 MacCLEARY
Don't try nothing.

 RIGGS
I try something, we both go.

 MacCLEARY
Right.

 Riggs slowly steps up to the man. Shudders.

 RIGGS
There. Fuckin' cold, up here.
(beat)
Helluva day for both of us, huh?
(looks around at
the sea of traffic
far below)
Here we are.
(beat)
God, this is really scary. I'm
scared.

 MacCLEARY
Me, too.

 RIGGS
You wanna smoke?
(pulls out
cigarettes)
Let's smoke, okay?

 MacCLEARY
Sure.

Riggs offers a smoke. MacCleary reaches for it. And Riggs snaps a handcuff on his wrist. Snaps the other end onto his own wrist.

 MacCLEARY
Hey ...

 RIGGS
Sorry.
(beat)
See this key?

He holds up the key to the cuffs. Flings it out into space.

 RIGGS
We're together on this. You can
go if you want. But you take me
with you. Makes you a murderer.

 MacCLEARY
You bastard.

 RIGGS
You'll be killing a cop.

Silence.

 RIGGS
I'm going inside. What say you
come with me?

He turns, starts to ease along the ledge.

MacCleary swallows hard, says:

 MacCLEARY
Fuck you, I'm jumping.

And suddenly Riggs turns on him. Eyes like steel.

 RIGGS
You wanna jump ... ? You really
want to ... ?
(longpause;
then)
Fine. Let's do it.

He steps to the edge.

MacCLEARY
Hey, what the fuck ...

RIGGS
You asked for it.

MacCLEARY
Hey, wait a minute ... !

Riggs does something very drastic.He jerks them both off the ledge. Holy shit. The crowd gasps.

 RIGGS
Geronimoooooo ...

As down they plunge, all ten stories -- Tumbling and falling -- MacCleary shrieking like a lunatic ... And suddenly, BAM -- ! They land in a fireman's net. Bounce a few times. Come to rest, safe and unharmed ... Riggs rolls over with a sour look on his face. Cops surround
them. MacCleary is a trifle upset.

 MacCLEARY
Get him away from me!! Cut me
loose!! Crazy fucker tried to
kill me!! Did you see that?? He
tried to kill me!!!

And so on, screaming and ranting --As a uniformed cop cuts Riggs free with a set of clippers. Riggs stands shakily. Steps away from the net. And there is Roger Murtaugh. Visibly upset.

Did I say upset? I meant enraged. He grabs Riggs, slams him against the wall. Tries to grab his collar. Riggs' hand shoots out. Lightning fast. Stops Murtaugh's hand. Stops it cold. They stare into each other's eyes.

 RIGGS
Don't ... touch me.

 Murtaugh will not back down.

 MURTAUGH
What the fuck did you just do???

 RIGGS
I controlled the jump. You wanted
him down. He's down.