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Richard E. Grant was born and brought up in Mbabane, Swaziland. He has featured in thirty-five films including Withnail and I, L.A. Story, Dracula, The Age of Innocence, The Player, Jack and Sarah and Gosford Park. He is the author of With Nails: The Film Diaries of Richard E. Grant and By Design â€“ A Hollywood Novel. He Lives with his family in London.
This is an incredibly personal and revealing insight into life behind the camera for first time director but also a moving portrait of his childhood abroad during the last vestiges of the British Empire in Swaziland. Written with considerable humour, those millions who read â€˜With Nailsâ€™ some ten years ago, will devour this in a sitting.
With an introduction by Steve Martin Two pages into the script and an ache has developed in my gonads - I am both laughing out loud and agonized by the fact that the Withnail part is such a corker that not in a billion bank holidays will they ever seriously consider me. When, in the summer of 1986, Richard E. Grant was cast as the lead in Withnail and I, his whole world shifted and he was set firmly on the path to international stardom. With Nails is his outrageous, irreverent and brutally funny account of that time and the years afterwards, of his self-doubt and anxiety on the route to Hollywood, and of all the extraordinary, mad, brilliant people in the film business. From drinking himself incoherent so he could film Withnail and I to a night spent in Paris's red light district with a world-famous couple, to working with Hollywood's biggest actors and directors, Richard E. Grant - always eloquent, always honest - has documented, in his own inimitable style, what it is to become a film star. A rare classic, there is no book quite like it.