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With Nails is Richard E. Grant's brilliantly idiosyncratic, witty, and revealing account of the film business and life among its stars.First comes Grant's first big break, the starring role in Bruce Robinson's Withnail and I, the cult film that set Grant's career on a path bound for stardom―"I had no notion that, almost without exception, every film offered since would be the result of playing an alcoholic-out-of-work actor." Like Dante's Virgil he guides the reader through the hell of the making of Hudson Hawk. He knows he's an insider when Carrie Fisher reminds him, "You're no longer a tourist, you’re one of the attractions." This heady mixture of eating spaghetti with the Coppolas, window-shopping with Sharon Stone, and working with and learning from the best actors and directors in Tinseltown will be irresistible to anyone who loves movies or aspires to be a Hollywood player.
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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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