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Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins [Kindle Edition]

Rupert Everett
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)

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Rupert Everett is one of Britain's most admired actors (as well as being one of the most lusted after -- the fact that he has made no secret of being gay has hardly dented his female fan base). But he is also one of our most liked actors, and the reason for that is simple to discern. As his charming (and often hilarious) memoir, Red Carpets and other Banana Skins proves, he is not given to the self-important, self-aggrandising manner of so many actors (notably those in Hollywood). And, in fact, his winningly self-deprecating manner is reminiscent of an earlier generation of British actors, such as David Niven. It's not surprising that Red Carpets and other Banana Skins has invoked favourable comparisons with Niven’s classic autobiography The Moon’s A Balloon.

Theatrical/showbiz memoirs need to be frank and candid, without too many worries about decorum (the actor John Mills’ autobiography some years ago was so anodyne in this respect that many readers yearned for a little unbuttoned candour along with all the praising of famous colleagues -- but there need be no such caveats for Rupert Everett). Everett’s descriptions of working with such stars as Julia Roberts, Sharon Stone and Madonna are hilarious and revealing (with some side-splitting anecdotes), and his book is equally diverting when dealing with the author’s chaotic childhood and adolescence. Actors from an earlier generation -- Niven (as mentioned above) and Dirk Bogarde -- showed that certain thespians could be just as adroit as writers as they were in front of the camera or on stage. To their illustrious (but small) number, Rupert Everett's name may now be honourably added. --Barry Forshaw

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You don't need to be a soothsayer to know that, amidst the volcanic spew of fourth-rate celebrity memoirs launched this autumn, only one will be worth the paper it's printed on. I was salivating over my toast and marmalade at last week's serialisation of Rupert Everett's exemplary stab at the genre, Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins (Rowan Pelling, INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY )

Hilariously honest. . . a kind of rake's progress. The accounts of filming with stars such as Madonna, Sharon Stone and Julia Roberts are as good as Evelyn Waugh. The earlier scenes from childhood to unruly adolescence, to drama school and a belle epoque (DAILY MAIL )

The most keenly awaited celebrity autobiography is Rupert Everett's RED CARPETS AND OTHER BANANA SKINS, an urbane charmer in the manner David Niven's THE MOON'S A BALLOON (John O'Connell's, TIME OUT )

Lush, profoundly reflective, and thoroughly satisfying autobiography . . . Definitely several cuts above the conventional showbusiness memoir, laced with quirky insights and dazzling phrases it reads like a lurid dream, recalled in deliciously acute deta (‘You’ll enjoy the hectic energy of Everett’s engagement with the beautiful and the damned . . . it’s impossible to begrudge Rupert his repetitive ecstasies when the result is a book as glowingly resplendently alive, as beautifully written and as damnably )

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 635 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (4 Sep 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349120587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349120584
  • ASIN: B002TZ3FFG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,313 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stardom warts and all 2 Dec 2006
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book on a whim having seen Rupert Everett being interviewed on television, and I was not disappointed. His account of his life rings so true and I found myself laughing out loud and then feeling miserable along with him. Far from glamorising his professional life one gets a glimpse of stardom with all the warts. I am left wishing I could get a copy of some of the films he describes that were not released and hope to see him on stage one day. A thoroughly enjoyable read, but then I liked his film with Madonna as well so what do I know.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And he can write too, sigh.... 21 July 2008
Format:Paperback
It hardly seems fair that a person born into such privilege should have a pile of natural gifts flung his way too - in Everett's case those dazzling looks and an acting 'talent' that has at least got him jobs over the years. I assumed he couldn't also be a proper writer but he is, the swine!

This bio is a brilliantly absorbing and amusing description of this lucky sod's life so far, and given the subject matter (showbiz) it comes with healthy doses of name dropping, gossip and backstage dirt. Brilliant.

I was disappointed though that after that wonderful description of his childhood he basically abandoned any reference to his family, leaving us to assume they'd fallen out but never saying so.

And for a man so famously gay, the only sexual partners he seemed happy to dish about were women. For a period 'back in the day', Everett had every edgy woman of the moment on his arm, and bizarrely, in his bed. Beatrice Dalle and Paula Yates, no less.

Most celeb bios are hailed as being 'refreshingly honest' and I have to take that with a pinch of salt. I think Everett is a refreshingly talented exaggerator (or has memory skills to rival Marvo's) but in one sense I did love his honesty in describing his career choices for what they really were. Many celebs whose career paths slide downwards blame their co-stars, changing fashion, the audience etc. But Everett cheerfully admits when his films have been garbage, and intelligently explains why.

Ok so describing My Best Friends Wedding as the benchmark of rom com is maybe a bit optimistic but in every other way, he seemed only too aware of the actor's lack of control over the quality of the product.

I was surpised and amazed by this book - it's readable, fun, moving and hugely enlightening about the tedious reality underneath the gloss of showbiz. A brilliant achievement, whatever you think of his film offerings.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing and Very Entertaining 14 May 2008
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This is like O.K. Magazine. It even has photographs. The best thing is that it is written very well indeed and instead of having the usual vapid questions that appear in such celebrity magazines where the reporters are too afraid to annoy their celebs, Everett pulls no such punches and invariably says exactly what he thinks of the people he comes into contact with.

He has a lovely turn of phrase which manages to both flatter and undermine at the same time, and a great eye for a society now dead, both the shagfest of seventies gay life and the old school society, high glamour life of Hollywood. This melancholy descriptive style is reminiscent of Nancy Mitford's Love in a Cold Climate.

I enjoyed the book hugely. I would only have two criticisms, one that it wasn't long enough, and two that I found the shifting back and forth of the time frame rather confusing. I would also say that for all the wonder and glitter that the book shows I was more interested in the loneliness of his life and his schizophrenic pull between the hedonistic pleasure seeker and the clearly very intelligent person looking for meaning in a world that seems empty.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "The endless quest to be someone more than one" 20 Jan 2007
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
From treading the boards of London's West End to riding on the glamour of Hollywood, Rupert Everett's insightful but somewhat unfocused autobiography not only illuminates much about the worlds of both theatre and film, but also paints a portrait of a life that has certainly been lived to the fullest.

Through the highs and lows, we follow Rupert on his journey as an actor and as a type of psuedo-party boy as he has spent most of the last twenty years hobnobbing with the rich and famous. The journey starts when young Rupert views the biggest pair of curtains in the world when as a child his mother takes him to the cinema to see Mary Poppins.

Not only does Rupert fall in love with Julie Andrews, but also realizes that something changed, "a giant and deranged ego has been born." We also get a vivid description of first day at Farleigh House, an upper-class boarding school where as a soft and vulnerable child he endured the "bullying and beatings." This was also where got his first major role as an actor, playing Titania, Queen of the Fairies.

Drama school in London is also synonymous with his first glimmerings of gay life when he stumbles upon a leather bar in Earls Court, with its "smoky haze of construction workers, cowboys, and other clanking, squeaking leather-clad men." This is followed by a three-month sojourn in Paris where at a nightclub he stumbles into Yves Saint Laurent, sitting with Rudolf Nureyev, Andy Warhol and Catherine Deneuve, "polished and beautiful and in the peak of their form, lighting the club with their worship.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. Very funny and warm - highly recommended
Loved it. Very funny and warm - highly recommended. Never liked him much as an actor - but the book shows what a nice guy he is! Highly recommended!
Published 5 days ago by Sue'sViews
5.0 out of 5 stars Behind the curtain.
If you are interested in showbiz, you will love this cd by an amazing writer who has really lived life among a host of well-known artists in theatre and films.
Published 21 days ago by Mrs M Herron
2.0 out of 5 stars Whilst it was moderately entertaining I did find it hard ...
Whilst it was moderately entertaining I did find it hard work in places. I am a huge fan but felt this was somewhat lightweight.
Published 28 days ago by john harding
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
really enjoyed this and the sequel. Well written honest and witty.
Published 29 days ago by anne
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good condition, arrived very quickly and a very good read, couldnt put it down
Published 1 month ago by m.c. hullah
5.0 out of 5 stars I so enjoyed reading this book
I so enjoyed reading this book, Rupert Everett has lived a fascinating life and I'm always surprised that he isn't on our screens more often (surely the only Brit actor not to have... Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Treaddell
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed it.
Published 1 month ago by Karen Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
thanks
Published 1 month ago by chris roskell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Absorbing, gob-smacking, Will read all of Everett's other books..
Published 1 month ago by Montague Barber
5.0 out of 5 stars ... this is a witty and gossipy work that I enjoyed listening to
Narrated by the author this is a witty and gossipy work that I enjoyed listening to.
Published 1 month ago by C DAVIS
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