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Things I've Said, But Probably Shouldn't Have: An Unrepentant Memoir

Dern, Bruce with Christopher Fryer and Robert Crane

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ISBN 10: 0470106379 / ISBN 13: 9780470106372
Published by John Wiley & Sons, 2007
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Inscribed and signed by Bruce Dern on the title page. Illustrated with photos. "Bruce Dern is a fascinating man."--Tom Hanks. "Bruce is one of the wittiest and shockingly wisest me I know. He makes me smile when I see him and laugh when I hear him. There will never be anyone like him on film again in my lifetime."--Burt Reynolds. corners lightly bumped. Signed title page may have been glued to ffep and sticks out sllightly. Size: 6 1/2" x 9 1/2" Tall. Bookseller Inventory # 028149

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Title: Things I've Said, But Probably Shouldn't ...

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hard

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed By Author

Edition: First Printing.

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Bruce Dern has worked with practically every iconic actor and director in the last fifty years, and he’s not afraid to say what he thinks about all of them. His career has run the gamut from B movies to Z movies to becoming an Oscar nominee, and he’s created some of the most indelible performances in modern cinema. Now, in this uniquely funny memoir, he looks back over his amazing career, telling one memorable story after another and giving key insights into how placing artistic challenge over career development has kept one of Hollywood’s greatest actors from also being one of its most rich and famous.

People love reading about red carpet regulars, and Dern doesn’t disappoint. He writes candidly and unforgettably about working with Alfred Hitchcock, John Frankenheimer, Claude Chabrol, Jack Nicholson, Paul Newman, Bob Dylan, Matt Damon, Charlize Theron, Jane Fonda, John Wayne, and many more. Readers will discover why he turned down potentially career-making roles in The Godfather, Marathon Man, and Gandhi; why his prestigious family disowned him over a typo in the New York Times; and why, after he was already famous, he agreed to star in The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant, the second best two-headed transplant movie of 1971.

As Dern’s career moves full steam ahead in the HBO series Big Love and Astronaut Farmer (his forthcoming film with Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton), Things I’ve Said, but Probably Shouldn’t Have is the book not just Dern fans and Hollywood enthusiasts will be talking about this season.

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Things I've Said, But Probably Shouldn't Have

He is one of Hollywood's hardest-working actors and most outrageous personalities. His career has run the gamut from B movies to Z movies to becoming an Oscar nominee and has included some of the most indelible performances in modern cinema. He has worked with practically every iconic actor and director in the last fifty years—and he's not afraid to say what he thinks about all of them.

Now Bruce Dern tells all in Things I've Said, but Probably Shouldn't Have. In this uniquely entertaining memoir, he looks back over his amazing life and career, including his unforgettable work in Silent Running, Family Plot, Coming Home, Monster, and other films. He holds nothing back as he writes about working with Lee Strasberg, Elia Kazan, Alfred Hitchcock, John Frankenheimer, Claude Chabrol, Jack Nicholson, Paul Newman, Bob Dylan, Matt Damon, Charlize Theron, Jane Fonda, John Wayne, and many more. He reveals why he wasn't interested in potentially career-making roles in The Godfather and Gandhi, and why, after he was already famous, he agreed to star in The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant, the second best two-headed transplant movie of 1971.

You'll also find out why he became estranged from his prestigious family over a typo in the New York Times and learn about his experiences as father and mentor to actress Laura Dern. Along the way, he gives key insights into how placing artistic challenge over career development has kept one of Hollywood's greatest actors from also being one of its most rich and famous. He also talks about the single best moment he's ever had in a movie in his career—and why he would not make that film today.

Sometimes moving, sometimes hilarious, Things I've Said, but Probably Shouldn't Have is a wild ride as compelling as the many roles Bruce Dern has played in his long and adventurous run on stage and on screen.

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