Not Joshing: Writer Takes Out Ad to Pitch Actor on Screenplay, Promises Oscar

By: (AP) A man who thinks he has written a script perfect for Josh Hartnett has taken out a half-page newspaper ad in the actor's hometown to catch his attention.

Paul Martin Hennessey said he does not know anyone in Hollywood and failed to reach Hartnett's agent through traditional means. So he took out an ad in City Pages, a free alternative newspaper in St. Paul.

"Dear Josh Hartnett," the ad reads. "In the land of the free and the home of the brave where equal opportunity is open to all, there seems to be a gap in the American Dream, actually, more of a catch 22."

Hennessey, of Alton, Mo., said his script about a 1942 fatal fire at a Boston night club could earn the star of "Pearl Harbor" and "Black Hawk Down" an Academy Award.

"A hero emerged from the fire," Hennessey, 59, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "He was in the Coast Guard and just happened to be there that night. It's more about the hero and his recovery."

Hartnett, 26, is a 1996 graduate of Minneapolis South High School. His family still lives in St. Paul.


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