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Hollywood has always been a private club. I open the gates.
I say welcome. I say, look inside.
Inspired by Alcoholics Anonymous’s 12 Steps and 12 Traditions, James Franco’s Actors Anonymous is a dark, genre-bending work that mixes memoir and pure invention in an examination of celebrity, acting and the making of fiction. A series of stories told in many forms, Actors Anonymous provides a fascinating meditation on the art of Hollywood, along with nightmarish tales of excess.
Funny, subversive, unlightening, and philosophical.
Actors Anonymous is a book for anyone who enjoys delving under the surface of Hollywood . . . An engaging exploration of the weird and the wonderful . . . Fascinating.
Subversively funny and provocatively honest . . . Truly original.
Franco's novel lures you in with indelible images, provocative mind games, and characters laid bare, then successfully strands you in a frightening place.
In Actors Anonymous, Franco performs an auto-celebrity roast that is at once mordantly funny, maddening and provocative . . . a kind of intellectual companion piece to his role in This Is the End.
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 semi-plausible fictional incidents, with plenty of inside references to Hollywood actors.
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