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"I Want You in My Movie!" My Acting Debut & Other Misadventures Filming Al Pacino's Wilde Salome [Kindle Edition]

Lawrence Grobel
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Soon after Al Pacino asked author Lawrence Grobel to join him on his quest to film the evolution of Salome, Oscar Wilde's notorious play, the actor decided Grobel should play an even bigger role. "I want you in my movie!" he declared, and so began a rollicking journey through the back alleys of Wilde's 19th century world, an exploratory jaunt, captured on film, that took the actor and author from Dublin and London to Paris, and finally to the hot desert sands of a dry lake bed and the neon lit stages of Las Vegas.
Grobel makes his big-screen movie debut, appearing as Pacino's biographer, creative consultant and sometime alter-ego throughout the documentary. But of course, he never left his real life role as a journalist behind. In the year-and-a-half it took to film the documentary, he kept an intimate journal, detailing every aspect of the often hilarious, frequently indecisive, and wildly creative process. "I WANT YOU IN MY MOVIE!" captures it all -- the glorious moments, the failures, the critical attacks and ultimately, the triumph of art over all the painful obstacles.
“I expose myself in this film in a way I never have before,” Pacino confessed to Grobel, five years after the project began. And all is revealed in this intimate account, which documents the hopes, dreams, and frustrations of one of the world's greatest actors in his real-life role as documentarian, director, producer and performer. Peppered with a parade of artists and celebrities who come in and out of the actor's life, and the author's exclusive behind-the-scenes photographs, "I WANT YOU IN MY MOVIE!" is a gift-wrapped treat for fans of Al Pacino as well as his leading lady Jessica Chastain and anyone interested in the often unpredictable but always fascinating process of documentary filmmaking. It's a delicious sequel to Grobel’s internationally acclaimed Al Pacino in Conversation with Lawrence Grobel, which was celebrated by the French Cinema Critics’ Guild as The Best International Cinema Book of the Year. So get some popcorn and indulge.

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About the Author

Lawrence Grobel ( is a novelist, journalist, biographer, poet and teacher. Five of his 22 books have been singled out as Best Books of the Year by Publisher’s Weekly and many have appeared on Best Seller lists. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for his fiction. PEN gave his Conversations with Capote a Special Achievement Award. The French Society of Film Critics awarded his Al Pacino their Prix Litteraire as the Best International Book of 2008. James A. Michener called his biography, The Hustons, “a masterpiece.” His The Art of the Interview is used as a text in many journalism schools. Writer’s Digest called him “a legend among journalists.” Joyce Carol Oates dubbed him “The Mozart of Interviewers” and Playboy singled him out as “The Interviewer’s Interviewer” after publishing his interviews with Barbra Streisand, Dolly Parton, Henry Fonda and Marlon Brando. He has written for dozens of magazines and has been a Contributing Editor for Playboy, Movieline, World (New Zealand), and Trendy (Poland). He served in the Peace Corps, teaching at the Ghana Institute of Journalism; created the M.F.A. in Professional Writing for Antioch University; and taught in the English Department at UCLA for ten years. He has appeared on CNN, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Charlie Rose Show and in two documentaries, Salinger and Al Pacino’s Wilde Salome.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Madness BEHIND the camera January 8, 2013
By Willkie
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When Al Pacino decided to make the movie Wilde Salome on his own, he asked his friend Lawrence Grobel to tag along. Grobel is a respected author/ journalist and Pacino wanted him to document the entire process, the good and the bad, from start to finish. And that's exactly what he did.

"I Want You In My Movie!" is a detailed journal (including photos!) of the making of the movie Wilde Salome, which is based on Oscar Wilde's Salome, which is based on the biblical story of that seductress and her step-father, King Herod. Much like Looking for Richard, the movie was to be a mix of filmed rehearsals, readings, narratives, and behind the scenes activities, including a visit to Wilde's birthplace in Dublin. In fact, there is a lot of scholarly information presented of Wilde's life, a real bonus.

As an outsider to the film industry, I was amazed at all that goes into the making of a movie and was totally fascinated with the process. I enjoyed watching the egos, the money, the discussions, the successes, and the failures. And let's not forget the change-of-plans---always the change-of-plans. There are probably several dozen screenings mentioned, with their highs and lows, and all the frustration in between, a sort of: "Let's change this and add that, no, let's do it like this and cut that and that and that, and that doesn't work, so let's.... " And then there's Al himself, with his own highs and lows and all the meltdowns in between. And let's face it: NO ONE can melt down like Al Pacino.

What started out as Al's passion sometimes seems to escalate into obsession. I respect him for being true to his vision, but then wonder if he knows what that vision is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable. April 20, 2013
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I liked this book a lot. It conveys just how challenging it is to get a movie made today, especially one like Wilde Salome, which is trying to express something deeper than the usual action movie or romantic comedy. It made me really want to see the movie, which I hope will be released soon. The dynamic between the author and Al Pacino is great and reading about their interactions is very entertaining. I highly recommend this book, not only to Al Pacino fans, but also to anyone who is interested in the movie making process and how artists struggle to get their vision across to the public.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An insight into a actor without the gossip ... February 6, 2014
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What a great story. In it we see Pacino at work and we see way more of the actor than the celebrity. Of course he is a celebrity, but it's nice and it's interesting to see the many dimensions of this iconic legend. I didn't give it 5 stars because I never give a perfect score for any book .... 4 is the new 5, sort of.
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A MUST read for the Al Pacino fans... What a superb way of writing...! One gets to visualise the entire thing that's happening.. Too good... Reading this book actually made me want to know more about Oscar even gives you the confidence that as a filmmaker whatever happens we shouldn't compromise with Our creation! Hats off Mr. Pacino.. #Respect.
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More About the Author

Lawrence Grobel is a freelance writer who has written 18 books and for numerous national magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, Newsday, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Reader's Digest, American Way, Parade, Details, TV Guide, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Penthouse, Diversion, Writer's Digest, and AARP. He has been a contributing editor at Playboy, Movieline, Hollywood Life, Autograph, New Zealand's World, Bulgaria's Ego, and Poland's Trendy magazines. Playboy called him "the interviewer's interviewer" after his interview with Marlon Brando for their 25th anniversary issue; he subsequently made news as the result of his controversial interviews with Gov. Jesse Ventura and former Indiana basketball coach Bob Knight. Between 1968-71 he taught in the Peace Corps at the Ghana Institute of Journalism in West Africa. He created the MFA in Professional Writing program for Antioch University in 1977 and served as its Director for three years. In 1981 he received a National Endowment for the Arts grant for fiction. His 1985 book Conversations with Capote received a PEN Special Achievement award and reached the top of several bestseller lists. Grobel's books include: Conversations with Capote; The Hustons; Conversations with Brando; Talking with Michener; Above the Line: Conversations About the Movies; Endangered Species: Writers Talk About Their Craft, Their Visions, Their Lives; Climbing Higher with Montel Williams (a N.Y. Times bestseller and Publisher's Weekly Best Book in 2004); The Art of the Interview: Lessons from a Master of the Craft (also a Publisher's Weekly Best Book in 2004); Al Pacino: In Conversation with Lawrence Grobel (French Film Critics Guild Award for Best International Book of 2009); Conversations with Robert Evans; The Book of Shmoga (a yoga satire); Icons (a collection of celebrity profiles); Salomaybe, Baby! Al Pacino's 5 Year Obsession with Wilde Salome; a memoir, You Show Me Yours; Madonna Paints a Mustache, a book of celebrity poems; and the novels Catch a Fallen Star and Begin Again Finnegan. Joyce Carol Oates has called him "the Mozart of interviewers" and J.P. Donleavy has called him "the most intelligent interviewer in the United States." From 2001--2011 he taught seminars on The Art of the Interview, The Literature of Journalism, Articles to Film, and Autobiography & the Memoir at UCLA. In 2012 he appeared as himself in Al Pacino's film Wilde Salome and will also appear in Shane Salerno's film about J.D. Salinger. He is married to artist and textile designer Hiromi Oda and they have two daughters, Maya and Hana. His blog, books and articles can be found on his website:


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