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My Wicked, Wicked Ways: The Autobiography of Errol Flynn Paperback – November 4, 2002
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This is a major autobiography in the tradition of Cellini, Casanova, and Frank Harris. (Guardian)
Flynn set the record straight and is brutally honest in his posthumously published self-portrait. This restored version of the 1959 original contains numerous passages deletec from earlier editions for fear of lawsuits―he was equally brutal in his portrayal of many Hollywood big shots―plus eight pages of photos and a new introduction by biographer Jeffrey Meyers. (Library Journal)
A document on Hollywood life far beyond its fan magazine fascination… . [Flynn] delivers footnotes to film history that are hard to come by. (San Francisco Chronicle)
The Tasmanian-actor portrays himself not as a debonair swashbuckler but as a chronically unhappy soul whose luck talent and high spirits vaulted him to fame, even as he remained unfulfilled until the end. (Indiana Gazette)
This restored version of the 1959 original contains numerous passages deleted from earlier editions for fear of lawsuits- he was equally brutal in his portrayal of many Hollywood big shots- plus eight pages of photos and a new introduction by biographer Jeffery Meyers. (Michael Rogers Library Journal)
In the book, Flynn writes in a loose style, sometimes reminiscent of someone writing in a journal, sometimes as though he is talking to a friend. (Carol Moulton Clifton Record)
"the confessions of a rake, unsparing of himself or anyone else..." (Newsweek)
William Macy isn't a fan of horses, althoughn he understands the power of aniamals on the human spirit. <1>But there's something about telling stories about animals that allows us to epathize ever more than we can with people. (The Scoop)
Incredibly absorbing… . Just as in life, Flynn spares himself nothing-and from his book emerges the same roguish charm that endeared his celluloid incarnation to millions. (Saturday Review)
Flynn writes cleverly, as he talked. He has left us a good book. (The New York Times)
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There are no 'wicked ways' or 'wickedness' in his carefree ways, according to Errol. This is just a fun read with very little, if any, surprises. The reader should keep one thought in mind while reading this book--- "The Adventures of Errol Flynn."
Flynn tends to come out on top, even at the expense of friends and lovers. So it's a good book to practice your suspension of disbelief and suspension of moral codes and ethics.
A modern day Baron Munchausen.
.....His journey from Tasmania to the King of Hollywood was as improbable as any rags to riches story ever told.
.....A Hollywood actress once said that Flynn's main problem was that he liked the ladies and the ladies liked him. Olivia DeHavilland, his co star in eight pictures, said that she had a crush on Errol but that their relationship was platonic and confined to the screen. She claimed that he asked her to marry him while he was still married to Lilly Damita but as loveable as Errol was she could never marry a man who was likely to be in another woman's bed whenever he got the chance.
.....She told a story of shooting a scene with Errol in "Robinhood" where they had to kiss and she didn't want the scene to end so she kept flubbing her lines so that they would have to shoot it over. She said that by the sixth take Errol began to have a problem with his tights. Olivia was in her eighties and white haired when she gave that interview and she delivered it deadpan. She was hillarious.
.....I am on my second reading and I think I could read this book at least once a year and still find it entertaining. Flynn was one of a kind and we are not likely to see another. I highly recommend this book.
I am halfway through what has to be the wildest autobiography (or biography) I have ever read. I'm not sure how much is strictly true, how much is exaggerated, and how much is completely made up--although I'm sure somewhere on the Internet someone has done an analysis--but Flynn can write like few others. There is actually a slight letdown when he gets to England and becomes a full-time actor, then goes on to Hollywood. After all, before that he was a member of a Sydney street gang, a less than stellar boat captain, an overseer of tobacco and coconut plantations in New Guinea, a gold miner in the same place, a slave trader (just a sideline!), and a jewel thief. Let me see--what else--tried for the murder of a native in New Guinea, a deserter from the Hong Kong contingent deployed to defend Shanghai from the Japanese--it goes on and on. Hard to imagine any of today's actors actually having any sort of real life adventures--or even a real life.
Oh yes, back to the opening quote. So after landing 100 miles from Chicago and getting drunk, he buys a baby lion cub, takes it in a taxi to Chicago, hands the leash to the desk clerk--and never sees it again.