Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins Hardcover – January 18, 2007
|New from||Used from|
Books with Buzz
Discover the latest buzz-worthy books, from mysteries and romance to humor and nonfiction. Explore more
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
From Publishers Weekly
Everett's performance in 1997's My Best Friend's Wedding turned the camaraderie between gay men and straight women into a mainstream pop culture staple. However, 2000's The Next Best Thing landed with a thud, and Everett quickly exited the rarefied air of stardom. Reading his new memoir, the veteran actor of stage and screen oozes rakish charm, a gossipy court jester providing wickedly witty—if not particularly consequential—commentary on show business shenanigans. Everett glibly dishes the dirt on such co-stars as Faye Dunaway, who Everett confides has earned the nickname done fade away among backstage insiders, and Sharon Stone, who coaches the skeptical Everett on channeling the aura of a character. Everett, whose family background steeped him in an Edwardian stiff-upper-lip ethos, does occasionally pause for reflection on pain and loss, especially his experiences in the waning days of the South Beach party scene. A guilty pleasure, albeit a rather sophisticated and tony offshoot of the species, this will primarily appeal to listeners who appreciate the E! cable network and In Style magazine.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
His acting experience makes him an obvious choice as a narrator. Everett delivers his memoir is a soft and sinewy voice that encourages listeners to believe they're getting an insider's view. With ease, he sets aside his English accent in order to make clear transitions between his narrative and character voices. (Audio File 2007) --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
Top customer reviews
He very obviously is a risk taker who appears to have engaged in risky sex and drugs that could have ended with him dying from AIDS and I couldn't help asking myself why in the face of such a hideous disease and considering that he was an up and coming film star and later an established actor, he'd have been so willing to risk his life unless he didn't value his life very much.
I couldn't decide at the end of this book and the subsequent one if he is truly a bitter man who thinks that his career hasn't been quite what it should have been OR if that is just the image he wishes to send into the world.
I've always enjoyed Everett on film and I liked this book but somehow, I came away thinking that I still didn't know very much about him.
I found his treatment of the HIV/AIDS menace that has, and continues, to ravage our tiny planet was harrowing and moving in equal measures. I'm still not sure if this thread in the narrative resonated so deeply because it was well written or because it seemed to remind me of stories closer to home. Thank you for a book full of uncommon humanity and for making a point about the beautiful gift of friends.
His descriptions of being torn from his mother and nanny were hard for me to read, soft-hearted parent that I am. But as the memoir progresses, it becomes a nice, gossipy book. balanced by attention to detail.
He is amazingly open for one raised with a "stiff upper lip" mentality and actually shows a fair degree of emotion, especially when discussing traumatic events. He also gossips a bit about celeb friends such as Sharon Stone. He is perfectly willing to be self-critical as well, admitting to causing a scene during his first fox hunt, completely going to pieces during school plays (with mixed results) and other events.
As might be expected, he also reveals a bit about his co-stars, which makes the book even more of a vicarious pleasure. .