A young man arrives in Hollywood from Scotland looking to scale the heights as a screenwriter. He embarks on a series of adventures and misadventures as he encounters a succession of the weird, wonderful and downright wacky. To get by he works as an extra on sitcoms like Friends and Frasier, dramas such as ER and CSI, and some big budget movies. He then finds himself being selected to work as Ben Affleck’s double. In between times he attends celebrity parties, functions and works in some of Hollywood’s most exclusive bars and nightclubs.
Our narrator joins the antiwar movement after 9/11 and commits himself with his new found comrades to halting Bush’s drive to war in Iraq. He throws himself into organising demos, meetings and campaigning to stop the war. Soon he’s leading a double life - by day working on a big budget movie as a double for one of Hollywood’s biggest stars; by night engrossed in radical politics.
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John Wight's account of his time in the US film industry is a graphic insight into Hollywood realities
John Wight is a fine exponent of the scatological school of writing and references to excrement abound in this account of his years trying to make it as a screen writer in the ruthless and unforgiving world of Hollywood.
For Wight, shit is not merely a statement of disgust, it's the great leveller in the film studio caste system and a political act in itself. ~ Paul Simon, Morning Star: http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/131011
This book is a page-turner with substance, clear as a window-pane to make George Orwell proud, and should be read by anyone interested in working-class leftist culture. I
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Few who go to Hollywood get what they want, but John’s rags to rags story is indeed a success story. The story of a man who realized for himself that he didn’t want it. This is a well constructed, well written and facsinating book, that deserves wide readership. ~ Andy Newman, Socialist Union
Well... I've just finished reading the best book on Hollywood I have read in a long time, and quite possibly the best I have read ever. John Wight's memoir of his experiences in Tinsel Town made me laugh out loud in places and cry in others, I don't exaggerate.
His role as an organizer in the US antiwar movement around 2002/03 brought back memories of my own. But it's his experiences as Ben Affleck's double, his time as an extra on sitcoms such as Friends, ER, the time he was escorted from the set of a movie for daring to wave at Al Pacino, his run-ins with bullying producers, agents, his struggle to maintain his dignity in a town of which Marlilyn Monroe once said will pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul which really grabbed me. Trust me, it'll grab you too.
I don't often recommend books, but I'm recommending this one.
Dreams That Die by John Wight.
Buy it and see for yourself ~ George Galloway MP, http://www.facebook.com/pages/George-Galloway-MP/8534485796?fref=ts