#33 in series

With Nails

Picador Classic

Book 33 in the series

3.77 based on 558 ratings & 32 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 08.10.2015
ISBN: 9781447289548
Number of pages: 0

Synopsis

With an introduction by Steve Martin

Two pages into the script and an ache has developed in my gonads - I am both laughing out loud and agonized by the fact that the Withnail part is such a corker that not in a billion bank holidays will they ever seriously consider me.

When, in the summer of 1986, Richard E. Grant was cast as the lead in Withnail and I, his whole world shifted and he was set firmly on the path to international stardom. With Nails is his outrageous, irreverent and brutally funny account of that time and the years afterwards, of his self-doubt and anxiety on the route to Hollywood, and of all the extraordinary, mad, brilliant people in the film business.

From drinking himself incoherent so he could film Withnail and I to a night spent in Paris's red light district with a world-famous couple, to working with Hollywood's biggest actors and directors, Richard E. Grant - always eloquent, always honest - has documented, in his own inimitable style, what it is to become a film star. A rare classic, there is no book quite like it.

In the media

Proves he can be as witty on paper as he has been on the big screen with this diary of his experiences working with everyone from Paul McGann to Steve Martin . . . an enjoyable read that goes to prove there is at least one true gentleman working in Hollywood
Maxim
The honesty and likeability of the man becomes addictive. It's not hard to read two hundred pages in a single sitting . . . this is a fast, scenic and often bizarre tale related by a credible witness . . . It's a star-packed savagely observed delight, and as a vivid psychological insight into one actor's complete experience of a film, it really does stand alone
Empire
In these dashing diaries of his recent years in the movies, Grant shares with candour his wonder at this aberrant universe and its inhabitants
Sunday Times

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