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Richard E. Grant (1) (1957–)

Autor/a de With Nails: The Film Diaries of Richard E. Grant

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Grant is probably an actor you've seen but you don't necessarily know their name. With credits ranging from Star Wars to Gosford Park to Downton Abbey to Spice World to Loki, etc. the guy has seen it all. He often plays slightly sinister and/or creepy characters (at least, that's the ones that I've seen?) and it's great in all that he does. His Oscar nomination was not one I cared for either way, but he seemed so excited and happy that it was hard not root for him if only as an underdog (and given how Hollywood is, it might have been his only shot). So I was so excited to see he had a book on the way.

I knew that his wife had died a few years ago as of this review, and thought this was one of those memoirs that would touch upon his life and legacy, etc. Instead, it's more of a diary alternating between his own memoir and the diagnosis and eventual death of his wife, Joan. We get both is life and career as well as following his and his wife's experiences as Joan eventually succumbs to cancer.

As a "voice" I thought Grant was good. I did not listen to this in audiobook form, but I could feel like he was talking to me about what he was going through and/or his life as a kid/young man, etc. So that was good, but unfortunately as a memoir it was not quite on par. It was very hard not feel for him--it's clear that he loved his wife very much and that it was difficult to watch as cancer eventually took her life. But the flipping back and forth between memoir of his own life and following his wife's fight with cancer did not quite work for me.

That said, I do think it's definitely a book for many who can relate. Caregivers, spouses, children, etc. can all probably find bits of themselves in this book. As a very small and minor thing it was also touching to see how much his love is there in the pages where it is apparently a common trope for men to leave their wives when a long-term or fatal illness sets about them. Apparently Grant and his daughter were urged to find "a pocketful of happiness" by Joan and it was nice to see Grant seems to have found a bit of that.

I personally found the book disappointing but overall did like getting to know Grant a little better. It was nice to see that he appears to be less of the menacing and cold characters he often portrays (and therefore is actually an actor and not portraying himself!). I look forward to seeing him in future projects (he made a lot of out a really short appearance in the Loki series and I was thoroughly surprised at how his character ended up)!

Hardcore fans or those looking for similar experiences to grant might enjoy this book. Library borrow was best for me.
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HoldMyBook | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Aug 14, 2023 |
Diary entries from the days of making Wah-Wah, Grant's semi-autobiographical directorial debut, from the first pitch, through filming in Swaziland, to the day the final product got a distributor. Along with the usual ups and downs of trying to put together a film, Grant also had to deal with a producer who was incompetent, unprofessional, and, worst of all, convinced of her own brilliance; that the film got made at all and managed to be pretty good, too, is a testament to Grant, the cast, and the crew who persevered despite the myriad troubles caused by the producer.

Grant's narration is a delight, and his genuine gratitude toward the people who worked so hard on the film really shines through.
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amanda4242 | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | May 28, 2023 |
I must confess, I only know Richard E Grant from Persuasion and The Scarlet Pimpernel, only one of which I actually enjoyed! I don't think I've watched any of his films, including Withnail and I. After reading his book, however, I think I can forgive him for his involvement in The Scarlet Pimpernel and will have to check out his filmography - he sounds like a lovely man, thoroughly unfazed by celebrity (while starstruck over Barbra Streisand!) and devastated by the loss of his wife, voice coach Joan Washington, in 2021.

I was expecting the standard autobiography/memoir format, starting with the actor's childhood in Swaziland and following his path to fame in the UK, but the diagnosis of his wife's stage 4 lung cancer in 2021 and her death eight months later makes this more of a posthumous love story (and medical journal in places). Taken from Richard E Grant's diaries, which he has written since he was ten years old, 'after waking up on the back seat of a car to witness my mother bonking my father’s best friend on the front seat in 1967', the chapters alternate between Joan's illness, treatment and loss in 2021 and anecdotes from his forty year career, including pleading with Joan to smooth out his accent when he first arrived in London in 1982, his various film roles from Withnail to The Spice Girls Movie - and onto Persuasion in 2021, which I loved, yah boo sucks to the Austen snobs - and various award ceremonies, including the Oscars. There is a lot - like A LOT - of name dropping here, which is understandable for an actor who counts Tom Hanks, Nigella Lawson and Emma Thompson among his friends, but I did get a little bored with the constant tributes. I don't think he has a bad word to say about anyone, and if he does, he doesn't name names!

I felt like I got to know and like Mr Grant after reading his and Joan's story in a day, which is all I ask of a biography, and of course her inevitable but tragic death was absolutely heart wrenching to read, happening in 'real time' from the actor's diary entries.

Onto Withnail and Can You Forgive Me? now, I think!
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AdonisGuilfoyle | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | May 21, 2023 |
As somebody who is generally interested in Hollywood, but couldn't care less about celebrity gossip, this still managed to hit a sweet spot with me in terms of being the story, largely, of a witty, attentive, nice guy cataloging the weirdest behavior of a species (directors, writers and actors, all) that we will never ever have to meet or see. It's not mean, as such, but often has a tone of bewilderment in the face of what happens.

Like [b:The Kid Stays in the Picture|44891|The Kid Stays in the Picture|Robert Evans||44213], but written by a nice guy without ego, and unafraid to name names of people who behave nicely as well as badly. And the Hudson Hawk section, should one like that movie, is worth several times the value of the book by itself.… (més)
danieljensen | Hi ha 7 ressenyes més | Oct 14, 2022 |



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