By Joe Eszterhas
"There's only one hunk of humorous anecdote after one other, charges from every person who ever mattered within the motion picture biz, and the item is choked with screenwriterly suggestion. Plus it is hilariously humorous, ribald, attractive and brilliant."―Liz Smith
In The Devil's advisor to Hollywood, bestselling writer and mythical bad-boy screenwriter Joe Eszterhas tells every thing he is familiar with in regards to the undefined, its avid gamers and screenwriting itself―from the 1st clean sheet of paper within the Olivetti to the scale of the credits at the one-sheet.
Often sensible and constantly interesting, The Devil's consultant to Hollywood distills every little thing one in all Hollywood's so much complete screenwriters is familiar with concerning the enterprise, from writing recommendation to negotiation methods, from the knowledge of earlier gamers to the feuds of present ones. Eszterhas has chosen his own pantheon of the main enjoyed and loathed gamers within the enterprise and treats the reader to a treasure trove of news, charges and knowledge from these luminaries, who contain William Goldman (loathes) and Zsa Zsa Gabor (loves).
The Devil's consultant to Hollywood may well simply were written by means of an individual who loves the company up to Eszterhas does―but who additionally has its number.
"Eszterhas grants a dishy, catty mixture of memories and Hollywood trivia…his distinctiveness is skewering sycophants and phonies during this opinionated show off of the bottom of Hollywood life."―Publishers Weekly
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Going over it and over it. Actors simply don’t do this. they're just too busy. yet Douglas spent actually days locked in a room with me and with Stephen Hopkins, who did a superb activity directing the motion picture. ” Oh boy, invoice, i do know you're thinking that it’s in regards to the subsequent task, yet you don’t need to be this wanting to get one, do you? You “have been in a room with Beatty”? Hallelujah, guy! They’re “brilliant” and “passionate” and “wonderful”? have you ever no gag reflex left? Michael Douglas, in my adventure, isn't very good and should rather well, from time to time, be dumb. this is often the fellow who desired to switch the finishing of uncomplicated intuition simply because he acknowledged it wasn’t “redemptive. ” Pressed, he stated he was once the megastar of the motion picture and “she one-ups me at each flip. ” The finishing he sought after was once for himself to shoot Sharon within the ultimate scene. even if the motion picture got here out and used to be a massive hit, he saved bellyaching and asking, “Where’s the redemption? ” If he’s so marvelous, then why doesn’t he remember that no longer each motion picture has to finish (especially in movie noir) with redemption? And that ambiguity is a way more fascinating method to cross than redemption, that is, while, a disguised method of soothing a star’s ego. You don’t wish theater tickets, do you? Agent Swifty Lazar: “The actor Jacob Adler precipitated a few actress to sleep with him, in basic terms to have her hit him up for funds. ‘Mr. Adler,’ she informed him, ‘I want bread! ’ To which he responded, ‘Then fuck a baker. Fuck an actor, you get theater tickets. ’ ” this implies Robert McKee is a brilliant actor. the higher the actor,” acknowledged screenwriter/novelist Truman Capote, “the extra silly he's. ” Billy Friedkin concurs. Friedkin: “I’d particularly paintings with tree stumps than actors. ” To get actress Angie Everhart into the appropriate state of mind for her personality in Jade, Friedkin slapped her. He additionally slapped a section actor, a clergyman, at the set of The Exorcist. Mike Nichols is of the same opinion, too. requested what percentage shrewdpermanent actors he knew, Nichols stated, “One and half—Anthony Perkins is sensible, and Richard Burton is anything. ” Barbara Kingland, who had an affair with Richard Burton whilst she used to be 13, was once inspired by means of the entire clever issues Burton was once continually asserting to her—until, whilst she used to be older, she discovered them in Bartlett’s primary Quotations. Drew Carey reports Robert McKee. comic Drew Carey has taken Robert McKee’s screenwriting path twice—which capability he’s spent sixty hours hearing him. John Cleese reviews Robert McKee. The comic John Cleese has taken the Robert McKee screenwriting seminar thrice. In different phrases, he’s spent 90 hours hearing McKee. Joan Rivers stories Robert McKee. comic Joan Rivers has taken Robert McKee’s screenwriting course—but just once. Actors might be clever. Debra Winger known as me at nighttime in California from the Betrayed set in Canada. She acknowledged she had a script inspiration. I listened. Then I advised her why her notion was once uninspired. She listened. Then she acknowledged, “You’re correct, rattling you! ” and hung up. An Immersive Actor An actor who by no means steps out of the half, a possible Oscar winner, a phony, a ache within the ass.