In an act more selfless than that of NYPD Officer Larry DePrimo, who inspired millions last week after putting boots on a barefoot homeless man in Manhattan, LAPD Officer Gerald Lumley agreed to read a screenplay written by a homeless Hollywood man. Lumley, who became motivated to do something nice for a homeless person after seeing the inspiring DePrimo photo, decided to take action when he came across 38-year-old Michael Hobson, who was begging for money so he could pay the entry fee for next year’s Nicholl Fellowship screenwriting competition.
“For every homeless man in New York without shoes, we have ten homeless men in Los Angeles that desperately need good coverage for their screenplay,” Officer Lumley told Hollywood & Swine. “Officer DePrimo got off lucky — he only had to buy a pair of shoes. I had to read a one hundred and twenty page broad comedy.”
Hobson, who has been living on the streets since Starbucks instituted its policy banning screenwriters from all its locations earlier this year (Hollywood & Swine, March 5, 2012), was extremely grateful to Lumley until he received Lumley’s extensive notes on how to improve it, all of with which Hobson completely disagreed. Hobson was even more upset when Lumley told him he wouldn’t be able to get anyone in the industry to read his script, because the closest thing he had to a Hollywood connection was when he arrested Robert Downey Jr. in 1998.
“Numerous people have been touched after hearing my story, and they’ve donated money to get Hobson into the UCLA Extension Screenwriting Program,” said Lumley. “The experience has even inspired me to write my own screenplay about it, which I hope will be ready to send out to producers early next year.”