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Actors Anonymous by James Franco
  

Actors Anonymous

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It's difficult to know what to make of James Franco and very difficult to know what to make of this book. A young man clearly over brimming with potential, yet doesn't quite deliver in these linked and at times shocking stories of the lives of young actors. Part memoir, part fiction with a complex subversive narrative, Franco does a good job of leading the reader on, never quite sure where we're going next. The new Bret Easton Ellis or a celebrity no one can say no to? We'll need to wait for the next book to find out.

If you like James Franco you might also like to read books by Ethan Hawke, Bret Easton Ellis and Jennifer Egan.

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Actors Anonymous by James Franco

Inspired by Alcoholics Anonymous' 12 Steps and 12 Traditions, Actors Anonymous is a dark, genre-bending work that mixes memoir and pure invention in an audacious examination of celebrity, acting and the making of fiction. Actors Anonymous is unsettling, funny and personal - a series of stories told in many forms: a McDonald's drive-thru operator who spends his shift trying on accents; an ex-child star recalling a massive beachside bacchanal; hospital volunteers putting a camera in the hands of a patient obsessed with horror films; a vampire-flick starlet who discovers a cryptic book written by a famous actor, who may have killed his father and gone on the run. The book contains profound insights into the nature and purpose of acting. Franco mercilessly turns his 'James Franco' persona inside out while, at the same time, providing a fascinating meditation on his art, along with nightmarish tales of excess. 'Hollywood has always been a private club,' he writes. 'I open the gates. I say welcome. I say, Look inside.' Franco's writing is vivid and disturbing, but what distinguishes his work is the great compassion he extends towards his characters, who he presents in all their raw humanity, while at the same time providing insight into their deeper selves.

About the Author

As an actor James Franco won the Golden Globe award for his portrayal of James Dean in a tv bio-pic of the actor's life and has appeared in such diverse films as Pineapple Express and Milk; he plays the lead in Danny Boyle's new film 127 Hours and portrays Allen Ginsburg in Howl; he has collaborated with an artist called Carter in a conceptual film piece and has shown his work at the Dietch Projects in New York; over the course of the last two years he has been awarded degrees in English Literature from UCLA, in Creative Writing from Columbia, in Film-making from NYU and has been accepted in the English Literature PhD program at Yale.

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Publication date

28th September 2013

Author

James Franco

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Publisher

Faber & Faber

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780571311699

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