'An exceptionally vivid and penetrating insight into Hollywood film-making ...What most of us want is gossip about stars, and this is something the book delivers in spades ...Qualifies for that exclusive niche reserved for film star memoirs that are worth much more than a casual flick on the bookshop shelf' Jonathan Coe, Observer 'It's a star-packed savagely observed delight, and as a vivid psychological insight into one actor's complete experience of a film, it really does stand alone' Empire 'In these dashing diaries of his recent years in the movies, Grant shares with candour his wonder at this aberrant universe and its inhabitants' Sunday Times 'There are enough barbs and shrewd observations here to merit the title. Funny, bitchy, utterly fascinating' Independent on Sunday 'Fresh, funny and full of insights ...it is the most attractive feature of this attractive book that he retains all the enthusiasm of an innocent abroad enjoying the holiday of a lifetime -- and willing to invite the reader along for the ride' Daily Mail 'Grant has produced a classic Withnail himself would have been proud of' Vox
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Richard E. Grant was born and brought up in Mbabane, Swaziland. He went to London in 1982, waitered, repped, toured, and fringed until getting a role in a television satire about advertising, Honest, Decent and True. This led to being cast in Bruce Robinson's Withnail and I in 1986. His films include Hidden City, Warlock, How to Get Ahead in Advertising, Mountains of the Moon, Killing Dad, L.A. Story, Hudson Hawk, The Player, Dracula, The Age of Innocence, Pret a Porter, Jack and Sarah, The Portrait of a Lady, Twelfth Night, The Serpent's Kiss, Spice World, The Corpse Bride, and Penelope. He has written articles for Vanity Fair and Premiere. Richard E. Grant lives in London with his family.From Kirkus Reviews:
With just the right smattering of poison in his pen, this Swazi/British actor recounts the daily trials and tribulations of making movies. Grants moderately successful acting career is largely the result of one film, Withnail and I, a 1986 British cult film that garnered him substantial critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. Until this role came along, Grant was wracked upon the wheel of increasingly despairing auditions; six months later, he was jetting off to Hollywood and taking meetings. His pleasant but slightly off-kilter looks brought few offers to play the leading man, but lots of juicy ``character'' roles as directors from Coppola to Altman to Scorsese cast him in small but telling parts. Grants recounting of making the egregiously bad Hudson Hawk, the madness of endless delays, rudderless direction, and cost overruns, are some of the most entertaining and appalling parts of this book. Grant is secure enough to reveal at length the insecurities and ego drubbings and monomania of the actors life. As both a fan and a player, he is close enough to see all the boggling, sordid workings of the star machine, but not quite caught in its gears. Each directors style may vary (and Grant is particularly insightful on directing actors), but certain things remain the same: the long delays, punctuated by intense moments of activity, the close camaraderie that dissipates once filming is over, the struggle to find the truth of a character. In the service of their egos, actors often try to increase their lines, expand their roles, and if this book has a fault, it is along these linesit is just a little too long. But youd be hard pressed to find an American actor who could deliver such a refreshing combination of comedy, confession, and coruscation. (14 b&w photos) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Pan Books Ltd, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0330349678
Book Description Pan Books Ltd, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110330349678