By Joe Eszterhas
Joe Eszterhas had every thing Hollywood might offer. A mixture of insider and insurgent, he observed and took part within the fights, the bargains, the backstabbing, and all of the sex and medications. yet the following, in his candid and heartwrenching memoir, we see the rest of the tale: the inspiring account of the kid of Hungarian immigrants who, opposed to all odds, grows as much as reside the yank Dream. Hollywood Animal unearths the trajectory of Eszterhas's existence in gripping aspect, from his adolescence in a refugee camp, to his conflict with a devastating melanoma. It exhibits how a suffering journalist grew to become the main winning screenwriter of all time, and the way a guy who had entry to the main attractive ladies in Hollywood eventually selected to reside with the affection of his lifestyles in a small city in Ohio. specially, it's the tale of a father and a son, and the turbulent courting that was once an never-ending cycle of heartbreak. Hollywood Animal is a captivating, provocative memoir: a relocating occasion of the human spirit.
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He requested. I’d discovered my lesson. I wasn’t approximately to inform him that the UA executives felt The Gambler used to be “unwatchable. ” I acknowledged, “I don’t comprehend, Karel. You’ll need to ask them. ” Fourteen years later, on a suite in Lethbridge, Canada, I met Karel Reisz’s spouse of a long time, Betsy Blair, a exotic and gutsy girl who defied the blacklist. I requested approximately Karel’s wellbeing and fitness and pointed out how a lot I’d cherished him in the course of our F. I. S. T. discussions. “You know,” Betsy Blair acknowledged to me, “I consider you have been purported to come to London after which you didn’t. Karel nonetheless doesn’t comprehend what occurred to him on that undertaking. ” by way of then I had realized the reality approximately why Karel Reisz used to be without warning long gone from F. I. S. T. It had not anything to do with The Gambler being unwatchable. It had every thing to do with a guy named Norman Jewison and his former agent, the pinnacle of creation at United Artists, Mike Medavoy. on the time I met him, Norman Jewison used to be forty-eight years outdated and one of many famous person administrators on the town. He’d had big-hit movies—The Cincinnati child, The Russians Are Coming, within the warmth of the evening, The Thomas Crown Affair, Fiddler at the Roof—and he’d directed them with no condescending to his audiences. A Jewison motion picture was once available, it was once approximately anything, and used to be by no means pretentious. Medavoy have been his agent years in the past and had one way or the other controlled to get my “treatment” to him. whilst Norman eventually learn it and beloved it, Mike Medavoy dumped Karel Reisz, negative Karel’s new motion picture grew to become “unwatchable,” and Gene Corman was once not “in awe. ” first thing Norman Jewison acknowledged to me, conserving my seventy-some-page exegesis of F. I. S. T. , used to be, “I don’t be aware of what the fuck this can be. It isn’t a remedy, it isn’t an summary, it convinced as hell isn’t a screenplay. It’s neither fiction nor nonfiction. It’s a few kind of bastard mutation. ” I cherished him individually instantly. there has been an orneriness approximately him, a feistiness. He seen himself as a combatant opposed to the studios, yet his strive against was once not just confrontational, extra frequently it used to be captivating. He as a rule lived in Toronto, had one other position on a lake in Ontario, yet he additionally usually stayed at his condominium in Malibu subsequent to Blake Edwards and Julie Andrews at the seashore. One early morning he was once observing the surf and while I got here up at the back of him he fastened me with these elflike eyes and stated, “Do you recognize why I dwell out right here on the seashore? ” He became again towards city and the eyes unexpectedly narrowed. “So I don’t need to examine these fuckers over there. ” via “fuckers” he intended the area of the studios, the area he’d succeeded in yet attempted to maintain at arm’s size, the realm that he was once confident used to be an artistic enemy yet may sometimes be both overwhelmed or cajoled into being a brief best friend. “I’ll inform you what they’re strong for, kid,” he’d say. “They submit the cash. ” i used to be a child. I’d come off Rolling Stone, gazing Hunter shoot ether into his navel or listening to approximately Hunter spraying hearth retardant on Jann, into this global that I didn’t comprehend and i usually came across intimidating.