He spent his earliest years in post WWII–refugee camps. He
came to America and grew up in Cleveland—stealing cars, rolling drunks,
battling priests, nearly going to jail. He became the screenwriter of the
worldwide hits Basic Instinct, Jagged Edge, and Flashdance. He also wrote the legendary disasters Showgirls and Jade. The rebellion never ended, even as his films went on to gross
more than a billion dollars at the box office and he became the most famous—or
infamous—screenwriter in Hollywood.
Joe Eszterhas is a complex and paradoxical figure: part outlaw
and outsider combined with equal parts romantic and moralist. More than one
person has called him “the devil.” He has been referred to as “the most reviled
man in America.” But Time asked, “If
Shakespeare were alive today, would his name be Joe Eszterhas?” and he was the
first screenwriter picked as one of the movie industry’s 100 Most Powerful
People. Although he is often accused of sexism and misogyny, his wife is his
best friend and equal partner. Considered an apostle of sex and violence, he is
a churchgoer who believes in the power of prayer. For many years the ultimate
symbol of Hollywood excess, he has moved his family to Ohio and immersed
himself in the midwestern lifestyle he so values.
Controversial, fearless, extremely talented, and totally
unpredictable, the author of the bestselling American Rhapsody and National Book Award nominee Charlie Simpson’s Apocalypse has
surprised us yet again: he has written a memoir like no other.
On one level, Hollywood
Animal is a shocking and often devastating look inside the movie business.
It intimately explores the concept of fame and gives us a never-before-seen
look at the famous. Eszterhas reveals the fights, the deals, the extortions,
the backstabbing, and the sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll world that is Hollywood.
But there are many more levels to this extraordinary work.
It is the story of a street kid who survives a life filled with obstacles and
pain…A chronicle of a love affair that is sensual, glorious, and unending…An
excruciatingly detailed look at a man facing down the greatest enemy he’s ever
fought: the cancer inside him…And perhaps most important, Hollywood Animal is the heartbreaking story of a father and son
that defines the concepts of love and betrayal.
This is a book that will shock you and make you laugh, anger
you and move you to tears. It is pure Joe Eszterhas—a raw, spine-chilling
celebration of the human spirit.
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