Joe Eszterhas – Hollywood Animal

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. Controversial, fearless, extremely talented, and totally unpredictable, Joe Eszterhas 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.

Author: Joe Eszterhas
Narrator: Scott Brick
Duration: 28 hours 26 minutes
Released: 4 May 2002
Publisher: Books on Tape
Language: English

User Review:

lem precise

This boat anchor has loads of puke-worthy Hollywood moments enough to scare anyone straight outta their screenwriting daydreams and right off the bottle too. Wow. I can’t believe it’s been 2 yrs and 4 mos since I downloaded this tome. What a romp, yes, but also, what a helium filled totally unedited self indulgence. Uneven? Yes. This is repetitive and narrative-ly structured like a snake eating its tail. I am still a couple of hours from the end and may take another year. But boy am I glad I moved 6 thousand miles away from my agent back in the 80s and never actually sold a screenplay. Joe: congrats for living long enough to find the regrets and the victories and slam them in between two covers like this; next time pay someone the big bucks to edit assertively, so it retains some narrative cohesion.