Monday, March 31, 2008

Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins by Rupert Everett

An element of drama has always attended Rupert Everett, even before he swept to fame with his outstanding performance in 'Another Country'. He has spent his life surrounded by extraordinary people, and witnessed extraordinary events. He was in Moscow during the fall of communism; in Berlin the night the wall came down; and in downtown Manhattan on September 11th. By the age of 17 he was friends with Andy Warhol and Bianca Jagger, and since then he has been up close and personal with some of the most famous women in the world: Julia Roberts, Madonna, Sharon Stone and Donatella Versace. Whether sweeping the floor for the Royal Shakespeare Company or co-starring with Faye Dunaway and an orang-utan in 'Dunstan Checks In' (they both took ages to get ready), Rupert Everett always brings as much energy and talent to his life as he does to his career. A superb raconteur and a keen observer of human folly (especially his own), Rupert Everett turns his life into a captivating story of love, fame, glamour, gossip and drama.

Wow, this really was a fascinating read. I had no idea how he's struggled to be the recognised name he doesn't seem to think he is! It's very educational to see just how haphazard some star's rises actually are whereas us mere mortals sit here dreaming that they're all sunshine, roses and gold paved roads to the paradise of wealth and fame ... this seems not to be altogether true for the most part.

I'd highly recommend this autobiography if you've enjoyed him as an actor at all. I personally think he's just fabulous, darling ;)


Tales of the City said...

yep.. read it. Its funny but I kind of got the feeling he glossed over some exploits so it could be published. But what shocked me was his affair with Paula Yates... overall despite all the bravado thought he was quite vulnerable. Glad you enjoyed it too.. man, you guys braai a lot! Ostrich per chance?

phillygirl said...

@toc - no, no ostrich, it was chicken ;)

Yup, I'm pretty sure there were bits that had to be toned down ... his lifestyle in Paris for one. But he still comes off as a good, (sometimes) decent guy despite (and well aware of) his personal flaws.

I felt it was quite honest thruout, which I'm sure is a bit of a novelty for any hollywood autobiography ;)

Tales of the City said...

True.. some hilarious bits especially in Miami. His mum sounds hilarious and a lot of fun. He does burn a few bridges which is pretty unsual as you say. The Tranny chapter is a minor classic. And signing off as Hugh Grant.

phillygirl said...

@toc- oh yes, I absolutely loved the Hugh Grant ending! Paha

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