One of the earlier manuscripts tells us what he was kept from seeing: staging for his Fiji trip. After Truman is greeted by name from a policeman he's never met, Truman bursts from the car and is wrestled to the ground. The original scene ended differently
TRUMAN bursts past the alien-looking HAZARDOUS WATER WORKERS
in their protective suits carrying detection instruments.
The workers give chase in their cumbersome suits, trying to
cut off his path.
Nearing the edge of the forest, Truman hears the sound of
hammers and saws. But before he has time to see the source
of the sound, he is tackled to the ground.
As SEAHAVEN POLICE OFFICERS drag him away, one of the WASTE
WORKERS walks the remaining few yards, pushing aside a wall
of tropical foliage. We now see what Truman was prevented
A Polynesian island is under construction by dozens of
RIGGERS, PAINTERS and SET DECORATORS. Large cranes are
lifting palm trees into place, a fake volcano is being tested
in the distance and rehearsals for a firewalking ceremony are
underway complete with hot coals, DRUMMERS and FIREWALKERS in
The wings and fuselage of an airliner are being constructed
on a hydraulic gimbal. Leading into one side of the airliner
is a covered walkway, emblazoned with a sign, "Seahaven
Island - Departures". Emerging from the opposite side of the
airliner is an old-fashioned airline stairway with the sign,
"Welcome to Fiji"
At the foot of the steps, TWO WOMEN in Fijian dress are being
shown the correct way to present a floral lei.
FIJI WOMAN: Did he see us?
WASTE WORKER: (into microphone) Negative.