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A double edged sword,
This review is from: Hellraisers: The Life and Inebriated Times of Burton, Harris, O'Toole and Reed (Paperback)
Hellraisers: The Life and Inebriated Times of Burton, Harris, O'Toole and ReedThis book is a great collection of all the anecdotes you ever wanted to read about Harris, O'Toole, Burton and Reed. However, as it goes on, intentionally or otherwise, the 'fun' of it all begins to wear thin. The reader might glory in a hard-drinking Harris and his endless fights with restaurant waiters (who have to put up with such abuse for probably less money a year than Harris earned per film) but this soon begins to wear thin. Likewise, the tales of Oliver Reed and his violence, are pretty harrowing.
The author doesn't really question many of these anecdotes (such as Reed's alleged 100 pint binge)
As the laddish appeal begins to wear off, the sad fate of these hellraisers begins to appear: a pathetic Richard Burton, lamenting that few people remember his Shakespearean theatre roles, A shambling Reed, telling how his young wife looked after him, unable to get (or keep) a job because of his antics. For all the jaunty tone, the underlying sadness of their stories comes through... even the fact that you read the book to learn the tales of their drinking (as I did :-)) rather than the skill of their acting is obvious.
It might not be everyone's cup of tea, but certainly worth a look, especially for those interested in the destructive effects of fame.