Hollywood Hellraisers: The Wild Lives and Fast Times of Marlon Brando, Dennis Hopper, Warren Beatty, and Jack Nicholson

Hollywood Hellraisers: The Wild Lives and Fast Times of Marlon Brando, Dennis Hopper, Warren Beatty, and Jack Nicholson

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by Robert Sellers
     
 

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“I don’t know what people expect when they meet me. They seem to be afraid that I’m going to piss in the potted palm and slap them on the ass.”—Marlon Brando
“I should have been dead ten times over. I believe in miracles. It’s an absolute miracle that I’m still around.”—Dennis Hopper

Overview

“I don’t know what people expect when they meet me. They seem to be afraid that I’m going to piss in the potted palm and slap them on the ass.”—Marlon Brando
“I should have been dead ten times over. I believe in miracles. It’s an absolute miracle that I’m still around.”—Dennis Hopper
“You only lie to two people in your life: your girlfriend and the police.”—Jack Nicholson
“The best time to get married is noon. That way, if things don’t work out, you haven’t blown the whole day.”—Warren Beatty

They’re the baddest bad-asses Hollywood as ever seen: Marlon Brando, Dennis Hopper, Warren Beatty, and Jack Nicholson. They are men to whom rules did not apply; normal standards of behavior were simply too wearisome to worry about. These are men who brawled, boozed, snorted, and screwed their way into legendhood—but along the way they changed acting and the way movies were made forever. Hollywood Hellraisers is a whistle-stop tour of jaw-dropping sexual activity, misbehavior of an Olympic standard, all-out excess, and genuine madness. It’s a wonder Hollywood survived.

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Publishers Weekly
Sellers, a U.K. film writer and author of Hellraisers (on the lives of Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole, Richard Harris, and Oliver Reed), turns his attention to the careers of another four "bad boys." A paragraph describing Brando on Broadway in A Streetcar Named Desire as "some women in the audience began hyperventilating" establishes the tabloid approach: what follows is a recounting of acid dreams, bad trips, amorous encounters, bedroom escapades, failed film projects, "creative differences" turned hostile, and family tragedies. Numerous pages detail the charismatic charm and sexual stamina of Beatty and Nicholson. The young Brando, according to Elia Kazan, was "a fuck machine," ending his life as a recluse whose ‘’eccentricities took on a sinister tone." During years of "self-destructive hedonism,’’ the wild-haired Hopper was a rebel, yet he survived to become part of the establishment, "almost Hollywood royalty, revered, iconic." Stirring together familiar and unfamiliar anecdotes--switching back and forth between actors with little transition--Sellers adds to the mix interviews he conducted with Hollywood insiders. 24 b&w photos. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616080358
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
07/13/2010
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Sellers is the author of eight books including biographies of Sting and Tom Cruise. He contributes regularly to Empire, Cinema Retro, Total Film, and The Independent. A former stand-up comedian, he lives in the United Kingdom with his wife and daughter.

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Hollywood Hellraisers 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed the book, if you don't like a lot of vulgarity you should stay away from it, but if you know anything about these actors you have to expect it.