Friday, June 5, 2020

Mystery Men

Read the following passage.  It involves three small time superheroes talking about a major hero - Captain Amazing.

Furious: You know who doesn't think it's a waste of money? Little Mr. Captain Amazing.
Shoveler: Well, Captain--If we had a billionare like Lance Hunt as our benefactor, yeah, we could spend one-fifty.
Furious: Yeah well that's 'cause Lance Hunt /is/ Captain Amazing.
Shoveler: Oh, don't start that again.
Raja: Oh, here we go.
Shoveler: Lance Hunt wears glasses. Captain Amazing doesn't wear glasses.
Furious: He takes them off when he transforms.
Shoveler: That doesn't make any sense. He wouldn't be able to see.

In the highlighted line above, what is the most likely reason the word "is" is set off by / / ?

a. to separate the names "Lance Hunt" from "Captain Amazing"
b. it was an error in the script writer's draft that was later fixed by the editor
c. to show that this word isn't said aloud
d. to insure the actor emphasizes that word more

Scroll down for the answer.


d. is the correct answer.  Remember that the script  author's purpose is to get the actor to read his/her lines correctly.


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