Hollywood Animal: A Memoir of Love and Betrayal
Hutchinson, 2004 (2004)
Reviewed by David Pitt
or a while there, Eszterhas was the world's most famous screenwriter. He wrote
, you might remember that one.
, that's another of his, and
, but he's also written some good movies, like the excellent thriller
was one of his early ones.)
is memoir is a big, thick book full of personal revelations, sharply worded opinions about Hollywood and some of its players, a certain amount of ego (perhaps too much of that), and, surprisingly, some moments of tender reflection. As inside-Hollywood books go, it's one of the more interesting, and Eszterhas is – or at least he seems to be – refreshingly honest about his own self-destruction. (There's a reason why you haven't heard of him lately.)
ome parts of the book, like the author's very public battle with superagent Mike Ovitz, are priceless; others, like the autobiographical passages that really don't reveal very much about who the man is today, can easily be skipped over.
he thing about Eszterhas is, you either love him or you hate him. Whatever your position, you won't be inclined to change it after you read
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