Hollywood not-so-confidential

leguizamoAs a bit of a movie buff I’ve always been quite interested in getting the goss on what really goes on during the making of a feature film.  Who has a hissy fit?  What disasters and catastrophes have the director tearing their hair out?  How does a script even make it to the big screen?

If you are similarly curious about what Hollywood is really like once the layers of glamour and botox have been peeled back, then the library has plenty of scandalous cinematically themed treats for you.

Actors are massive attention seekers, and John Leguizamo admits that he is one of the worst in his deliciously bitchy Pimps, hos, playa hatas, and all the rest of my Hollywood friends : my life.  In it he dishes the dirt on fellow Hollywood actors with whom he has butted egos, including the time he got his face pounded by “method actor” Sean Penn while filming Casualties of war.  

Acting related injuries also feature in  If chins could kill : confessions of a B movie actor : an autobiography by square-jawed actor Bruce Campbell (of Evil Dead and Xena fame).  In it he recounts his acting career and his friendship with the Raimi brothers and Rob Tapert (aka Mr Lucy Lawless) including the time that he came to grief as a result youthful exuberance and inexperience with using rubber latex prosthetics (it gets really, really hot as it dries apparently).

It’s not just the boys that can get hurt making movies and in Forever Liesl : a memoir of The sound of music actress Charmian Carr shares the pitfalls (literally) of dancing around a gazebo in new shoes, as well as many other interesting behind-the-scenes insights into one of the most popular films ever made.

Marco Perella, has made a career out of being the guy in the background and he shares his unique view on acting and Hollywood in Adventures of a no name actor. For the director’s view on film-making consider checking out The wah wah diaries : the making of a film by Richard E. Grant or Dreams and nightmares : Terry Gilliam, The Brothers Grimm, and other cautionary tales of Hollwood but be warned, you may find yourself becoming very infuriated by scheduling conflicts, studio executives, and errant producers.  Not for those with high blood pressure.

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