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Pimps, Hos, Playa Hatas, and All the Rest of My Hollywood Friends: My Life Paperback – November 27, 2007
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In this brash autobiography, comic Leguizamo recalls a life lived "on the fine line between acting and acting out." Readers who know his celebrated one-man shows, Mambo Mouth and Spic-O-Rama among them, will recognize some of the same people and topics: the doting mom, authoritarian father, brother Serge and the author's perpetually adolescent fascination with sex. Familiar, too, are the chameleonlike shifts of tone and theme— Leguizamo's trickster charm and outspoken ethnic pride can morph to candid yet searing takes on money, fame and the acting life. Mostly, Leguizamo tracks his maturation and unlikely rise from a smart-ass acting tyro born in Colombia and raised in Queens, N.Y., to an award-winning actor, director and family man. As he puts it: "I'm a horrible example of how to have a successful career." Yet Leguizamo makes this story full of behavioral quirks and professional beefs memorable. Whether he is being tough on Latin stereotypes or describing his sexual conquests, the text is hilarious—propelled by jokes, quips and situations in which the author usually finds himself driven to reaction instead of reflection. This mix of the glib and the sometimes glam presents a refreshing cultural tonic. (Nov.)
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“The high point: his breezy honesty.” (Entertainment Weekly)
“Leguizamo is one of the most excting talents to come along in some time.” (USA Today)
“[Leguizamo is] a remarkably mature writer . . . Astonishing.” (Newsweek)
“Brutally funny.” (The New York Times)
“This mix of the glib and the sometimes glam presents a refreshing cultural tonic.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Leguizamo’s autobiography is as singular as the man himself. ” (Library Journal)
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Top Customer Reviews
All this took place in a very small and short scene - Mr. Leguizamo's performance was ABSOLUTELY MAGNIFICENT, ASTOUNDING and PHENOMENAL. He became that character; GENIUS PERFORMANCE.
I liked the book - it could have been edited better (i.e., more consistently; more passages fleshed out more; some passages dropped entirely; etc.). A book about an individual who lives "hermetically" should not be phrenetic itself.
Lucky, then, that Mr. Leguizamo is a masterful actor, producer, director, performer and human being...so read the book, already! :-)
It is a compulsive, good read. A little graphic at times for my delicate tastes but consistent with his persona. He's funny and smart, just like he was in the interview. He tells his life story, which is very interesting. He gives you the low-down on the actors he's worked with. Some were jerks, some were good guys. What I also loved was his honesty. He admits when he makes mistakes. I appreciate that.
If he writes another memoir in twenty years, I'll read that one, too...assuming I'm not dead.
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Great behind the scenes stories of
some of his co-stars....Some, Very interesting...Read more