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"I Want You in My Movie!" My Acting Debut & Other Misadventures Filming Al Pacino's Wilde Salome by [Grobel, Lawrence]
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Lawrence Grobel (www.lawrencegrobel.com) 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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  • Publication Date: January 3, 2013
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  • Language: English
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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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I would not normally buy a book like this, for I am not into movie making.

This book was a real eye opener for me, and an introduction to the world of movie making. In this case it is about Mr Pacino's work on one of his pet projects. I enjoyed Mr. Grobel's ironical writing style. For anyone who is interested in what is going on behind the scenes when making a movie, this book would be very valuable, even if perhaps on different movies things would work differently. There is also a lot of interaction outside the actual movie making as Mr. Pacino is involved in other projects at the same time, and is affected by the press' opinion about his work. Therefore, to a degree, this book is somewhat like a year (or so) in the life of Mr Pacino. It is actually a very interesting year.
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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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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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