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"This is Hollywood, man. You can do anything!" In Brian J. Hayes' satiric novel of low-budget Hollywood, this is the mantra that Jeffrey Morris, a naïve production assistant newly arrived from Ohio, quickly learns from the sleazy producer who takes him under his dubious wing. To Jeff's own surprise, he finds himself being seduced by the temptations that surround him; eventually, he has to decide at what price is he willing to sell himself in order to make the movies of his dreams.
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"This is Hollywood, man. You can do anything!" In Brian J. Hayes' satiric novel of low-budget Hollywood, this is the mantra that Jeffrey Morris, a naïve production assistant newly arrived from Ohio, quickly learns from the sleazy producer who takes him under his dubious wing. To Jeff's own surprise, he finds himself being seduced by the temptations that surround him; eventually, he has to decide at what price is he willing to sell himself in order to make the movies of his dreams.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780595122936
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/22/2000
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.79 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2000

    A Brillian New Hollywood Novel

    'A Boy Scout in Hollywood' is a must-read for anyone who enjoys stories about the seedy underbelly of the movie-making industry. This novel, Brian Hayes's first, tells the story of Jeff Morris, a naive, impressionable college graduate who leaves his comfortable life on the shores of Lake Erie to venture West to seek his fortune as a filmmaker. Inspired from his youth by images of Humphrey Bogart and Jack Nicholson, Jeff enters Hollywood unaware of the filth and degradation awaiting him. His Midwestern scruples prevent him from taking a job at a pornography factory, yet he ends up in the employ of Commando Films, which is led by Yakov Beckman, an unshaven, unkempt, and unscrupulous producer who takes advantage of Jeff and, indeed, every other member of his staff and heaps abuse on them during the workday, which usually lasts for sixteen or seventeen hours. Otherwise, Yakov spends his time in a broken-down motor home doing lines of cocaine and diddling the film's under-age starlets. Each time Yakov seems to reach, in Jeff's eyes, a new low in terms of moral degradation, he sinks even lower. With Yakov Beckman, Hayes has created one of the great villains in modern fiction. Subject to Yakov's continual abuse and paid so little that he can scarcely afford his seedy apartment in North Hollywood, Jeff nevertheless continues in Yakov's employ. Jeff's loyalty to someone who does not deserve it is all a part of his personality. As the book's title suggests, Jeff does indeed seem to possess all of the characteristics of a good boy scout. Let's double-check. Trustworthy? Yep. One might almost add trusting, too, for one night he entrusts his car to some Vietnamese immigrants who feel no particular obligation to return it. Helpful, friendly, courteous, kind? Yes, Jeff is all those. Obedient, too. Even after shooting for sixteen hours on location in Riverside, California, Jeff obediently drives all the way back to the film lab in downtown Hollywood to drop off the scraps of footage every night. Cheerful? Well, Jeff is cheerful enough at the beginning of the story, but after entering the business of what is known as low-budget guerilla filmmaking, we start to see cracks in his cheerful facade. The twelve moral virtues of the good boy scout are no match for the seven deadly sins that fill the world of Hollywood filmmaking. Despite the moral depravity Jeff encounters, he retains his naivete. At times his naivete strains credulity, yet Jeff never loses the reader's sympathy. 'Run away!' one is tempted to yell while reading this novel. 'Get away from these losers!' But Jeff sticks it out, and there's wherein the story lies. Purchase 'A Boy Scout in Hollywood' today. It may be the best Hollywood novel since Nathanael West's 'The Day of the Locust.'

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