Hollywood Animal

  • by Joe Eszterhas
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • 28 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

"The story about Mr. Eszterhas and his father, buried at the heart of Hollywood Animal, is a powerful and affecting one." (The New York Times)

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MEMO to JOE ESZTERHAS

Joe, Baby,

I just read your “H’wood Animal” script. Fantastic! Perfect! Best script ever!

The whole office loved it. A script reader peened the IT Guy with a bat. I was laughing so hard I could barely give directions to the ambulance.

Here are the changes needed before shooting: No one cares that whatshisname, the protagonist (Scott Brick?) pronounces “home run” wrong; lose that. And the ‘50’s ran too long (they dragged back then too).

You can pad the Rolling Stone gig. Maybe he covered John or Ringo – you can’t overdo The Beatles.

Market Research says the ending doesn’t work: everyone hates this guy. He can’t play Caligula for 40 years, get a sore throat, find God and then ride off into the sunset. Not a chance.

We’re thinking Obitz’s Wilshire goons track him down at a homeless shelter after his second wife’s divorce lawyer takes him for all he’s worth. The goons blow his brains out and steal seven dollars from his wallet. Whadda ya think?

We want to see 100 pages – 110 tops.

Love ya man!

Let’s do Chili’s next time you’re in Modesto. We’ll go over my latest script.
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- J. Jason

LOVING IT

First, let me say that I am only 8 hours into the book (20 hours to go). And, let me add that during the first couple of hours, I found the author self-congratulatory to the extreme, to the point of being a little obnoxious. (As other reviews have mentioned)

On the other hand, it was never boring. And it was, I'm sure, accurate. And, as he got into his life in the refugee camps in Hungry, and then especially, when he began delving into his early days and rise in Hollywood, I have found the book to be: INTERESTING (behind the scenes dealings in Hollywood), TOUCHING (especially his relationship with his father), often QUITE FUNNY (he?s a great story teller), witty, informative, captivating, and EXTREMELY WELL READ (this is the unabridged version). The author definitely grows on you.

I give this 5 stars for these reasons, plus one more: this is the kind of book that you can pick up and anytime, it keeps you company when you?re driving, and you don?t mind doing a few errands while it entertains you. I?m a TV writer in Los Angeles, so perhaps I find the behind the scenes stories especially entertaining, but I have to tell you, I am loving this book so far. Even though I?m not finished, I?m enjoying it so much, I wanted to boost its rating. I don't want it to end
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- Steve

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-05-2004
  • Publisher: Books on Tape