Actors Anonymous Paperback – 17 Oct 2013
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"Part aphorism, part instruction manual, part reflection, part short story and, seemingly, part memoir, the narrative is a pastiche of forms and moods. Franco (or his alter ego) presents his ideas through anecdotes and semiplausible fictional incidents, with plenty of inside references to Hollywood actors." —Kirkus Reviews
"Subversively funny and provocatively honest, is ostensibly about acting but it's really about a society where everyone's reduced to Actors Anonymous the roles they play. The novel's many narrators fight back against these roles in truly original, often hilarious, and deeply affecting ways. So should we all." —Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story
"A remarkable, visceral display of the projected voice. Blake’s assertion 'The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom' is used, brilliantly, as justification for Franco's life and also its misunderstood public/private undoing. The work gleams with aphoristic truths—'Maybe the search for the real is about playing the most roles and having the most sex.' 'It’s the snarky little fuckers that write for South Park or Family Guy and hide behind cartoons that get revered. They are honest, but honest about everyone else, not about themselves.' Franco, by contrast, uses his own body as the staging area for a quite ambitious and seriously self-deconstructive fiction. Real art, as here, is always a performative seduction."—David Shields, author of Reality Hunger: A Manifesto
"Electrifying to see a writer hold nothing back! This shape-shifting narrative extends a reader's sense of what a novel can be, can do. Franco plays with persona in ways that implicate a reader. The defiant humor is hard-won (including the best worst job interview ever), his take on irresponsible people is both eloquent and suitably scorching, the language is enviable: the seduction of a virgin is 'like a bullet through a birthday cake.' Franco's novel lures you in with indelible images, provocative mind games, and characters laid bare, then successfully strands you in a frightening place."—Amy Hempel
"James Franco puts on a James Franco mask and borrows formats from AA to create a fiction about the fiction of identity—especially as it pertains to actors and, by logical extension, writers. Is fame (the longing for it, the actuality of it) as entangled in the creative act as alcohol? Is acting (writing) an escape from reality or the only thing that’s real for an actor (writer)? The illusion of reality and the reality of fiction hold hands in this novel in much the way that actors (and writers) steal from their lives to enliven their characters. The novel does not merely explore acting, it enacts it. This is a lively, strange, engaging, often funny, sometimes brilliant, and utterly fearless novel."—Robert Boswell, author of Tumbledown, The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards, & The Half-Known World
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Actors Anonymous, from acclaimed Hollywood actor/director James Franco, is a brilliant new work of fiction.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
At first I thought he was writing about himself....so was quite expectedly shocked when reading the date rape scene.... Soon realised he wasn't writing about his own life, but the lives of other actors. PHEW!!
It was a little confusing, flicking over from one person's life to another, and occassionally his own - but I think that's what the intention was.
I wouldn't really recommend this book, but still think it is full of promise. James can write - as well as act, direct and look like an Adonis!
I would defintely read anything else he publishes.
Worth a read if only to take an insiders view of Hollywood from a young man who certainly has a lot of talent
It reads poorly; it flits between narrative, informative text to stories and different people - and then squished somewhere in the middle is a tale of college rape and apparent lacking relations between James and his father. In all I'm not sure how to take the book - it confuses me (fact or fiction?) and disturbs me (perhaps the blurriness was an intentional social experiment?) and probably won't be one I share around as a suggested read.
As a fan of James, maybe look into it; as someone who wants to examine the human condition, it could pique your interests in a macabre way. Beyond that? Not great.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really interesting book and a great read. I don't know if I know James Franco more or less now...Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Come on James Franco! Another great book by the delicious actor but not as good as his great smile! Would recommend this great book.Published on 17 Jun. 2014 by Betsy
Experimental, stories that interested more than just your mind, creating a realistic feel. Comedy but in all aspects of seriousness.Published on 11 Jan. 2014 by Pen Name
Review written on behalf of my daughter who got the book as a Christmas present - a very enjoyable, dark but funny book.Published on 30 Dec. 2013 by Fantasy Reader