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- Print Length: 485 pages
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- Publisher: Various Things (ADT) (October 2, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 2, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0764NH68J
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Don't You Know Who I Am?: A Memoir of the World's Least Successful Actor Kindle Edition
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In "Don't You Know Who I Am?" Tony reveals parts of his life that we didn't get to see in his previous books, including touching on his small-English-town childhood, his trials as an unpopular kid in school, and his burgeoning dream to become an actor. He ends up attending an acting college in Cardiff, where he gains a reputation as a first-rate loon and forges some unlikely friendships... and in the meantime, finds bit roles on British TV shows like "Hollyoaks" and "Coronation Street." His attempts at becoming a world-famous actor take him to some unlikely places -- traipsing around England and Scotland supermarkets in his underpants as a representative of Lynx (known in the USA as Axe) products, getting hired (and fired) on the set of the "Doctor Who" revival, befriending a stripper and her husband who both just happen to be his new bosses, filming an indie action movie with some buddies, and even rubbing elbows with the late great Christopher Lee himself! All the while Tony treats us to some of his brand of wacky, self-depreciating humor, which readers of his earlier books will be well-acquainted with by now.
I do recommend that you at least read "That Bear Ate My Pants" before reading this book, as this one is a lot better if you know some about Tony before diving in. It's a prequel of sorts, a sort of "Hobbit" to "Lord of the Rings" or "Episode I" to the original "Star Wars" (though a lot better than Episode I, trust me). But it's also pretty entertaining on its own, both as the trials of an actor struggling to make it big and as a snapshot of the late '90s and early '00s, before cell phones became ubiquitous and the Internet made hunting for jobs and movie/TV roles much easier.
If strong language and occasional ribald humor bothers you, this book might not be for you -- Tony holds little back, indulging in language from time to time and pulling no punches when it comes to some of his more risque adventures (such as injuring his manhood on a drunken New Year's Eve expedition or walking in on a nude photoshoot). But thankfully the humor in this book doesn't rely on swearing and naughtiness, which is often the crutch of a less-talented writer who thinks "haha, swearing and sex jokes are funny." Tony sprinkles some of this in, sure, but for the most part his humor is in finding the absurdity of his life and commenting on it, which makes for a much better experience.
If you're a fan of Tony Slater's work, I highly recommend "Don't You Know Who I Am?" If you're a newcomer, I suggest reading "That Bear Ate My Pants" first. Trust me, you'll thank me later -- both books are hilarious, and "Bear" will give you a better appreciation for Tony's life and work in this book. I eagerly await Tony's next book, and know I'll be snapping it up as soon as possible.