By Steve Guttenberg
“Forget being an actor. You don’t have the glance, you don’t have the expertise, and your identify is ridiculous. you're the final man i'd ever decide to be a film star.”
This was once the 1st piece of recommendation Steve Guttenberg ever obtained from an agent. Like many different instances in his lifestyles, he didn’t listen.
In this sincere, captivating memoir, Guttenberg tells the original tale of his first decade in Hollywood, as he went from being a whole unknown to starring in essentially the most profitable blockbusters of all time. He spent his early days sneaking onto the Paramount lot and assembly extra actors and casting brokers than so much aspiring actors ever may. Even earlier than the hit Police Academy---which his supervisor acknowledged will be a flop---he had already labored with such luminaries as Lord Laurence Olivier, Richard Widmark, and Gregory Peck. Later he shared the monitor with actors akin to Mickey Rourke and Sharon Stone lengthy sooner than they grew to become loved ones names.
Guttenberg has lived during the addictive pull of express company and all over the world superstar (you’re nobody till you've got a stalker, he learns). With a clear-eyed appreciation for the one of a kind reviews that the fame way of life has to supply, he knew that his relations might maintain him grounded all through all of it. And his self-awareness and humorousness concerning the ups and downs of reputation make The Guttenberg Bible probably the most candid Hollywood tales to date.
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I had no phone! The water stage was a stone’s throw away. My father has a degree in electrical engineering and had taught me a thing or two about wiring, so I spliced the telephone wire leading to the stage phone and strung a line up the side of the building to my office. The next day I waited until the young prop man was closing again and asked him for a phone. No requisitions form needed this time, he knew me. Back at the office I hooked up the phone and it worked! To the operators it seemed as if I was calling from the stage, which was fine for me.
She closed the door. There was a pounding on the door. I opened it to find the skinny PA. ” We walked to another trailer. ” He opened the door and I walked into the makeup trailer. The energy hit me hard. There was music playing, four or five chairs filled by actors and actresses in various stages of readiness. There were cute makeup and hair girls. The trailer was air-conditioned and there was incense burning. The atmosphere was a one eighty from outside. The grand marshal of this party was Raoul, the head makeup artist.
Up in my office I looked out the window at the Little House set as I called Rita for my next set of instructions. ” “Okay, do I have to pay all at once? ” “Steven, this is not a layaway plan at Sears. This is the Screen Actors Guild and they are serious as anyone can be. Just get your ass down to Sunset Boulevard and join the guild, today. ” I needed five hundred dollars. Time to call home. I picked up the phone and called the operator again. ” “Well, good morning, Steven, how’s everything in bigshotland?