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5,0 von 5 SternenTerrific read or listen as the case may be.
19. September 2014 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
I've been listening to the audio version of this book and find it a different experience than reading it. With the bustling neighborhoods of New York City as the backdrop, Ron Perlman narrates with gusto, depth and heartfelt emotions what it was like to walk in the shoes of a grass green actor in a profession by turns exhilarating and soul crushing.
I enjoyed the down to earth tone, the easy voice, the openness of the actor starting on a promising and terrifying journey. With a keen insight into human nature, spot-on impressions, and his wonderful trade mark humor he carries us along as he alternately succeeds and fails. It's hard for us to imagine this giant of Thespianism ever foundering, running aground. Yet he has done just that, time and time again. His family's, especially his father's belief in him kept his afloat through some very, very hard times.
Actor/writer/raconteur/philosopher/wag, and above all, orator. Touched and moved to laughter by the paper version, I was so much more so by the audio version: his voice moves the story with such wit, verve, spirit and sadness and potency. It transcends the written word, soars above what makes an autobiography readable, interesting, compelling. His articulation takes raw precious stones and hones them into museum quality cuts. If you haven't purchased the audio version, do so. It is superb.
He is honest in feeling and idea. He shares the ambiguities and uncertainties that reflect upon his occupational interactions and personal life alike. On the whole, I think the reader/listener comes away with the sense that like all of us, the author is on a continuous search for self knowledge and personal satisfaction. I'm not sure his optimism is genuine but it certainly sounds as if he, Ron Perlman, would like it to be. He refuses to give in to what others would deem inevitable. With what seems to be naive optimism and bullish, fanciful daydreaming he has lifted his life from the narrow streets of the crowded city to the milky way: the sweeping arch of stars which shines down upon the dark earth below. He has a genius for achievement, a wild passion for accomplishment.
He wants life to have meaning, sense, balance, justice. In the face of a world with so much of the opposite, it is inspiring that he won't give up trying. I would suggest this is the book's theme: just keep on reaching. We, the readers/listeners invest totally, cheering him on, hoping with him, believing in miracles. This book is a gift, a secret, he has happily shared: I AM. And don't let anyone take that away from you.
5,0 von 5 SternenA Well-Told Tale of Life As An Actor
1. Oktober 2014 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
First of all, let me admit to being an ardent fan of Ron Perlman. I have been since I first saw Beauty and the Beast in 1987, and was amazed at how real, & how vulnerable his Vincent was. He is a fantastic actor, able to make the most fanciful characters real, and able to give depth to even the smallest role. Even his bad guys give you something to identify with. The book is a beautiful, spellbinding, inspiring look into his life as an actor, and his growth as a human being. Took him awhile to see what so many of the rest of us could; that he has to be a wonderful human being to give such beauty to so many characters. This book will make you laugh, cry, and appreciate life. If you aren't already a fan, this book will win you over. Ron Perlman is a warm, witty, and beautiful human being.
This memoir is the best I've read in years. His story is filled with so much encouragement and truth. It's hard to put it down. Everyone should read this, no matter where you are in life. No matter what you do in life, read this memoir. It has moments where you will be laughing your head off, like when he meet Frank for the first time to moments where you will feel for this man, like when he is describing the "Perlman curse". A lot of good wisdom is within the pages of this book. The following is one out of many:" All this time I had fooled myself into thinking that if I just got successful enough, wealthy enough, respected enough, it would mean that I finally was worthy. I never learned a thing while I was succeeding. All of my learning and I mean all, had come when I was struggling, failing".
5,0 von 5 SternenRon Perlman raw...a must read or listen.
29. Oktober 2014 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
My respect for Mr. Perlman grew by bounds by the end of this book. We tend to put actors on a pedestal without knowing or even caring about how they got to an actor we always enjoy seeing. Here is a man who came from a lower income working class family and clawed his way to become a highly respected actor. Mr. Perlman has given us a raw glimpse of how he came to be the man we see today. His personal and professional life have not easy, but he triumphed over each obstacle to become a man, that I felt after listening to him read me his book, that he feels proud to be. He should be looked upon as an inspiration to other men who put providing for their families first while working toward his honing his craft into the amazingly talented actor we see on the screen. While listening, I had no idea of his sense of humor or his childlike adoration he had for the actors/performers he got to meet and work with in those younger years. His stories of meeting and working with them at times were hilarious, especially his story about Marlon Brando. I bought both the Kindle edition as well as the audible edition. I was thrilled to have him read his own story to me. I laughed, cried, and my heart broke for him when he told of his struggles and losses. I would highly recommend this book to others, not just to those who are Ron Perlman fans as I am, but to anyone who has ever struggled and had doubts about themselves or given up on what they were wanted to achieve. Although I fell deeply in love with his character Vincent in Beauty and the Beast, my favorite line from his many works so far is from Hellboy as he is speaking to Liz. Hellboy is referring to his face, "I wish I could do something about this. But I can't. But I can promise you two things. One: I'll always look this good. Two: I'll never give up on you... ever." Thank you Mr. Perlman for not giving up and for sharing your life as well as your amazing talent with all of us.