Actors Anonymous

Actors Anonymous

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Inspired by Alcoholics Anonymous's 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 Anonymou s 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.

Publisher: London : Faber, 2013.
ISBN: 9780571311699
Characteristics: xiv, 286 p. ; 24 cm.

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Earlgrey454
Oct 08, 2018

A fairly amusing but honest look at the real Hollywood, at least as it is for many actors. A fairly good read, though nothing astonishing.

extraterrestrial_beings Sep 15, 2014

This novel was an honest, and humorous read, which I liked. Although, for me personally, it got a bit slow half-way through, and caused me to lose some interest. But that's besides that point, if you're a fan of J.F then you'd most likely be intrigued, but otherwise I wouldn't necessarily recommend this book to anyone opposite of that, perhaps
for example; somebody like my mom. You definitely have to be a fan of Franco, or at least interested in investigating the closed doors behind his career, and (somewhat of a promiscuous) life. Cheers.

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PimaLib_WilliamB May 06, 2015

Actor/director Franco's debut novel is more of a collection of short stories, possibly a mix of fantasy/real life and discussing various celebrities and people he knows.

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