Bullet points if you haven't seen the movie
-He was adopted by a company, and his entire life became the most watched TV show in the world, with him as the unaware star.
-Every private moment of his life has been watched.
-Every relationship has been manufactured, with every person encountered an actor.
-Every event and scenario in his life has been designed around him.
-He is the most famous person on the planet.
Truman escapes with a smile. But given the above, what happened next?
What I'd like to think
He sues the network for collosal amounts, arguing that (especially during the final days of the show) he was victim of false imprisonment and/or they commited breaches of human rights (Legal GAF - could he argue this?).
He uses his award to wage a campaign against the phenomenon of reality television, and the events of the movie never happen again.
What I think is probably more likely though
He is completely fucked up. He begins to take in the fact that his entire life is a lie. He becomes paranoid that he is still being watched, while legions of the Press stalk him. He doesn't understand a world not focussed entirely on him. He doesn't understand unscripted, imperfect relationships with flawed human beings.
Substance abuse, internment in a state facility and eventual suicide.
What do we think?
While the things you mentioned might happen in "the real world", you shouldn't apply that logic to the movie's world. It's clearly fictional and has it's own rules. Apart from the cutaways to people watching the Truman Show, we don't really have a good sense as to what that outside world is like. It may be just as idealized as Truman's quasi-50's-era constructed world.
Either way, I think for the story to work you have to assume he lives a happy life afterwards.
Awesome movie, btw.
In the end Truman transcends to a higher state and unlocks all of his powers, God is powerless as you see in the end scene, where Truman just walks away from him easily.
The door he walks into is completely black, now how would a stairway not have lights? wouldn't that be dangerous? Well, the door actually leads to Nothing. Truman goes off to an empty dimension to create his own universe a.k.a AKIRA.
The Optimist in me says he met up with his dream girl, with her help (and the help of a professional psychiatrist) he adjusted to the real world and eventually sued the company for obscene amounts of money and lived happily ever after.
Oh wait, that really happened.
edit: My best guess is that he leads a fairly normal life; kind of like a celebrity that does not want to be in the public eye.
I choose this one! :lol
Originally Posted by Pimpwerx
He was on his way to reunite with the chick from Ronin when he was spotted by a group of Truman groupies (which is like every woman in the world) who were prowling around the set upon hearing he was escaping. Truman quickly forgets how awesome Ronin was and instead embarks on his new life as the world's biggest player. He signs a major book and movie deal chronicling, not his extraordinary life as a corporate orphan, but his Wilt Chamberlain-esque sexual exploits that are so numerous the movie is made into an epic trilogy. Christof cry cry. PEACE.
immediately after escaping, Truman meets up with his childhood sweetheart waiting for him outside. Together they realise that he is totally unprepared for life in the real world. His education, mostly an excuse for drama and stationery product placements, has left him too unskilled for even the simplest of jobs. His lack of knowledge about current affairs and modern technology also have him feeling alienated.
However, He soon receives a HUGE royalty and compensation check, effectively making him richer than God. needing to find a job becomes moot. The adventurer spirit within him is reborn, and he decides to take a trip across America with his new squeeze.
The problem is, he doesn't like what he sees. A cold, jaded and mistrusting world, where nothing seems fair. With the greatest of intentions, he sets up a charity to help the disadvantaged. Unfortunately, his lack of experience dealing with real people lets tons of people lie about their situation to make a quick buck.
When he finally catches on, he goes insane. Childhood-sweetheart-girl, decides the the real world is just too much fro him to handle and buys the old Truman show set, hires a new set of actors and tricks Truman into "moving" there.
now I've gone and depressed myself.
Making his way up each floor, defeating each mini boss with the appropriate strategy, he reaches the final boss and beats his ass to death. Then he escapes via helicopter, flying into the sunset.
Sigh, that was pretty much the ending I wanted for the Matrix, for people who couldn't accept the normal Matrix, the "Trinity" Matrix would let those people live out their lives without wasting a valuable energy source. In the end Neo discovers the terrible...and the realization that if if told the trinity Matrix people the truth they would all die from despair.
Originally Posted by D4Danger
The Truman show he knows about is actually part of a bigger Truman show.
T R U M A N