Rare Stamps: Reflections on Living, Breathing, and Acting

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Rare Stamps offers a revealing insight into the life of an actor and the making of a man. Beginning with an Academy Award nomination for Billy Budd in 1962, Terence Stamp was called "the most beautiful man alive," only to be discarded at the end of the decade with the words, "we're looking for a younger Terence Stamp." Soul searching, he traveled alone through India, staying at the Taj Mahal Hotel while studying above a public lavatory with a chain smoking guru, only to wind up back in London and broke by 1984. Stamp's has been a journey rich with characters and adventure, and nothing has gone to waste. From dining in Paris with Orson Welles to working with Marlon Brando; being directed by Steven Soderberg or acting beside Jim Carrey, Tom Cruise and Matt Damon, Stamp has become an unbiased observer of his own life and the lessons gleaned from it. He writes about an actor's intuition, confronting fear, developing the voice, learning the words and surrendering to the moment in order to achieve the nearly mystical 'first take' in a style that is both personal and captivating, but perhaps the real beauty of Rare Stamps is that, time after time, he returns to a theme that has become his mantra for life, "Everything you need is in this moment."

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Critic Janet Maslin wrote of Terence Stamp's work in The Limey, "Stamp plays the title role furiously, with single-minded intensity, wild blue eyes and a stentorian roar shown off in the film's early moments...Glimpses of young, dreamily beautiful Stamp and his no less imposing latter-day presence are used by Soderbergh with touching efficacy." Terence Stamp’s first title role, in Peter Ustinov’s Billy Budd, earned him a Golden Globe and an Academy Nomination. He was the face of the sixties, and then, abruptly, the sixties ended. Out of work and out of fame, he traveled east, to Egypt, India, and Japan before settling in Ibiza, where he helped transform a friend’s hectares into an organic food farm. Stamp’s acting career was resurrected in 1977 with the portrayal of General Zod in Superman I and Superman II, but the true turning point in his life came with the passing of his mother Ethel during the shoot in New York of Legal Eagles, compelling him to write his first autobiography, Stamp Album, followed by his meditation on the Sixties, Double Feature. Heralded as “a born writer” by the Sunday Times, Stamp went on to write a novel, The Night, and a wheat and dairy-free cookbook with Elizabeth Buxton. Although acting keeps him busy, with his award winning performance in Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert and the title role in Steven Soderberg’s, The Limey, plus recent work beside Jim Carey, Tom Cruise, and Matt Damon, he has never stopped writing.

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