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Flashfact: Hollywood, from top to bottom and back again

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My latest for Flashfact looks at Robert Evans’ memoir of being one of Hollywood’s most colourful figures. You might remember The Kid Stays in the Picture as a pretty good documentary, but it’s a fun read with way, way more details than the movie.

But as I wrote over there, his candor is what makes this book so much fun to read. He’s not out to glamorize himself or try and correct an image problem. He doesn’t seem to give a shit and almost never holds back, least not on himself. From my piece:

Evans drops names, takes credit for successes and points fingers like it’s going out of style. Anyone with an ego like his should have written a book only half this fun. It’s saving grace is Evans attitude towards himself: he’s never shy about his fuck-ups over the years. His candor is surprising. He’s more than willing to explain what he did wrong and to call himself out on it; watch how often he calls something his biggest mistake.

I enjoyed the hell out of this book, even as he praised scummy people like Henry Kissinger – no small feat. Click here to read the whole thing at Flashfact.

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Written by M.

April 18, 2012 at 1:14 pm

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