Imagine being able to tell your grandkids that you gifted humanity with the phrase “Be excellent to each other.” It would be enough, right?
Well, screenwriter Ed Solomon can say such a thing, as he, along with Chris Matheson, wrote the lines that would arguably become the third most quoted from the second-best time-travelling comedy of the ‘80s: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.
Before it became a script, though, it was just a blank legal pad, which started to get filled in during one fateful and eventful trip to the coffee shop. While there, Solomon (Men in Black, Now You See Me) and Matheson (Bill & Ted’s mostly) managed to make a good dent in the original script, and it was obviously just the beginning.
Now, all these years later, Solomon has finally gotten around to digging up those original pages, and you can see they left him feeling rather sentimental. Check out his lovely mini thread about them below, numbered 1 through 5:
We highly recommend you read the actual pages themselves, too, as they show just how imperfect those early scribbles can be. As Solomon likely knows better than most: You gotta start somewhere.
They also show how one afternoon spent dreaming away at a coffee shop can change the world, or at least its lexicon.
So we'd like to thank Mr. Solomon and Mr. Matheson for that, and wish them luck in their efforts to get another one of their dreams made: Bill & Ted's 3.
In the meantime, let's all “Be excellent to each other,” shall we?