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The Kid Stays in the Picture Paperback – July 1, 2002
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The Kid Stays in the Picture is now a major motion picture. Adapted from this autobiography, the documentary is narrated by Mr. Evans in his distinctive voice and trademark staccato delivery. This incredible story is brought to life using visual effects, archival footage, clips from classic films and 35mm photography. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and is scheduled for nationwide release in summer 2002. This legendary autobiography is guaranteed to become on of the most talked about books of the year.
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It is a very interesting and self excoriating account from Bob Evans' own mouth about how he became one of Hollywood's most influential players ... Ever.
Having known many people who worked with Bob Evans during his time at the top of the Hollywood food chain, this book humanizes him and shows a softer side than you will hear from those who were actually in the trenches which Evans commanded. To say that Evans lived a life of decadence is the mildest of understatements. While the book dishes the dirt ... Some of it reads as though a Public Relations firm put it together to soften the edges of one of the most hedonistic 'carnal-vores' ever to roam The Hollywood Hills.
For fans of 1960s-1970s film, this tells a lot of the stories behind such pictures as Love Story, The Godfather, Chinatown, etc. It does a good job of showing just how many problems a producer has to deal with and includes a bevy of characters such as Dustin Hoffman, Francis Ford Coppola, Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, Sidney Korshak and a ton of executives who were once the kings of Hollywood and household names bigger than Coke or Pepsi but now mean nothing to those who weren't there at the time.
Evans may not be as relevant as he was to the scene but the man was responsible for saving Paramount, making some of the best known movies in history and (by his own accounts) bedding some of Tinseltown's top starlets.
This is a page turner. While Evans does tend to self depricate ... I am sure there are other sides to every story. The thing that most surprised me about the book is that while Evans is a shamess self promoter and horn blower, the book doesn't seem to brag as much as I thought it would. Instead it tells the tale of Hollywood excess and the often clichéd, 'Be careful what you wish for as you might actually get it' line.
I can't say that I'd ever want to be married to or related to Bob Evans after reading the book ... But I wouldn't mind him advising my career if even half of the producing stories he tells are accurate.
This is a great read and I'd recommend it to
anyone who even has a remote interest in the inner workings of Hollywood.
He takes us from his birth and young days of a supportive and loving family. He wanted to go to an entertainment high school, but had to settle for a school near the bad side of town to show he could do anything and win. He started as a two bit actor, model, salesman of certain things, meeting the high and the low. The low, including the mobsters are glossed over, but the feel is that they were a lot more involved. His time as an actor in Hollywood sounds like he was the biggest star known, but, of course, not. Maybe some of the drugs inhaled over the years went to the brain. At any point, it sounds like he made it with every actress known to man, and, maybe so.
He names names, his wife, Ali MacGraw, who left him for another man, Phyllis George, another wife who left him, fourteen women in all, all now rich, he attributes to him. Politicos were many, even Henry Kissinger, who interrupted an important political event to be by his side. What did he gave on these guys? It is said he was to be part of Heidi Fleiss's trial for prostitution. It is an interesting portion of the book, but, I think represents exactly his above board ego. He is a great writer, but did he write this all himself?
He was a big man behind the scenes in Hollywood, without him, 'The Godfather' and 'Chinatown' would not have been made. A few stories from those films, but not enough to keep us interested. He gave away a little, but not much, which makes me wonder, if what he has is so big that he could not stay in thus town if revealed. What does come out, is the over powering ego, not to my liking, but, then, this is his book.
Recommended For The History. prisrob 01-27-14
There is no doubt that when Evans first ran Paramount in the early Bludhorn years he took a chance on many scripts and directors that no one else would touch, and he deservedly takes credit for their great success. However, if you look at a lifetime's batting average, the projects that were truly his, the score is very low. In life unlike the movies, Evans was no more or less a hero or genius than so many others whose inflated egos we meet on these pages. If you'd like another view, perhaps a truer one of what it was really like back then, read Peter Biskind's "Raging Bulls," etc. about the same bunch. Not a very likable group of guys, by and large, and surely not as talented as they all thought they were then, as time has shown, but there's no arguing that once upon a time Evans and his pals did make some very good films along with all the messes they made of things ...people as well as films.
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