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Almost Famous Scene 10

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Scene 10

Scene 10

"If You Never Take It Seriously, You Never Get Hurt"

  • Backstage after the concert, Russell invites William up to Los Angeles to finish the interview. He also tells him to bring Penny Lane.
  • William and Penny share a conversation after everyone has left.
  • To the tune of Nancy Wilson's score, Penny tells William that she plans to go to Morocco for a year. William is completely enamored with Penny.
  • We cut to William back home typing up the transcript of his interview with Jeff.
  • Next, we watch as William says goodbye to his mother, who thinks he's only going to a dance. He leaves the house and jumps into a car with Penny Lane.
  • "I always tell the girls, never take it seriously," Penny explains to William. "If you never take it seriously, you never get hurt; if you never get hurt, you always have fun; and if you ever get lonely, just go to the record store and visit your friends."
  • William and Penny arrive at the Hyatt House hotel in L.A. and make their way through a flurry of rock stars, groupies, superfans, and misfits.
  • William and Penny make it to Stillwater's room just in time for the party.
  • Polexia narrates as Penny and Russell eye each other from across the room. Eventually, Penny and Russell leave together, and William looks on jealously. "We gotta stop them," he says. "Stop them?" Polexia responds. "You were her excuse for coming here."

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