Hellraisers: The Life and Inebriated Times of Burton, Harris, OToole and Reed

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Burton went that route with Liz Taylor, and she comes out of this book looking like a booze-soaked old hag. Hollywood does not like real people, they like fake ones. Never was that so much in plain view as it was in this text. At his height in the s, Burton could consume a fifth of brandy and still play Hamlet with little or no ill effects.

Burton became a movie star and made some great films and some incredibly awful stinkbombs, but he had presence, as did the rest. What makes them awesome is not the amount of liquor they can drink or the women they can bed, but that they can function not only like human beings but like talented actors. That's why Harris bagged on Hugh Grant; Hugh Grant has played the same damned nitwit character in every movie since Harris played himself to the hilt, and it was the only role he never varied. Just about what I thought it would be: capsule reviews of the lives of four of the British Isles' greatest actors and drinkers.

There is also plenty of talk about wasted talent, but each, for the most part, gave interviews in which they admitted they loved every minute Just about what I thought it would be: capsule reviews of the lives of four of the British Isles' greatest actors and drinkers. There is also plenty of talk about wasted talent, but each, for the most part, gave interviews in which they admitted they loved every minute of their wild years and wouldn't have changed a thing. All but Burton had an opportunity for some late in life career renaissance Oliver Reed really didn't do a good movie from "Tommy" to "Gladiator," unless you count "Baron Munchausen," which Sellers apparently doesn't, as it isn't mentioned here.

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But Burton threw all his talent away to be with the most beautiful woman in the world, so who can blame him? Peter O'Toole is probably my least favorite of the four, although I loved "My Favorite Year" when I was a teenager I watched it again recently, and was sad to find it didn't hold up for me.

May 26, Susan rated it liked it. Tales of wretched excess: these actors spent most of their days drunk as skunks getting into all kinds of mischief--much of which they couldn't remember. But they all made indelible marks during the 50's, 60's, and 70's when they were in their heyday. A lot of what went on with these guys Richard Burton, Oliver Reed, Richard Harris and lone survivor, Peter O'Toole off stage caused bruises on my chin from my jaw dropping so often and I felt a bit woozy from all the vicarious boozing --but after Tales of wretched excess: these actors spent most of their days drunk as skunks getting into all kinds of mischief--much of which they couldn't remember.

A lot of what went on with these guys Richard Burton, Oliver Reed, Richard Harris and lone survivor, Peter O'Toole off stage caused bruises on my chin from my jaw dropping so often and I felt a bit woozy from all the vicarious boozing --but after a while, the legacy of their excesses and their attempts to stay on various wagons was wrenching; doctors operating on Richard Burton, towards the end of his life, discovered that his spinal column was coated with crystalized alcohol; marriages were shattered; careers evaporated.

In the end, all of them are and will be remembered fondly for the brief shining moments of their acting lives--and that they had a hell of a time. Oct 19, Mike rated it really liked it Shelves: biography. If there was a Mount Rushmore for drunks, these guys would be on it, probably along with Liz Taylor.

Anecdotes out the wazoo on the drinking lives of these guys, and a lot of it gets repetitive at times, especially with Oliver Reed's antics. I just thought I knew what a heavy drinker was, until I read this book. Somewhat sad and sobering but it also had numerous belly laughs throughout. Reading this was like seeing a bad train or car accident. You know you shouldn't but you just can't keep If there was a Mount Rushmore for drunks, these guys would be on it, probably along with Liz Taylor.

You know you shouldn't but you just can't keep from looking and at the same time being glad you're not a victim. In this case just being glad you're not a boozer. These guys left quite a trail of empty bottles and broken relationships. While I enjoyed the tidbits of Hollywood stars gossip on some of my favorite actors not just the main four on the cover but many others as well , for the most part this book was just "he got drunk, he did damage, he didn't learn his lesson, he drank again.

I did like how it covered their movie careers in chronological order, but I would have loved more details about the making of those movies. G While I enjoyed the tidbits of Hollywood stars gossip on some of my favorite actors not just the main four on the cover but many others as well , for the most part this book was just "he got drunk, he did damage, he didn't learn his lesson, he drank again.

Guess that's to be found in other books. If you're a fan of old movies or in the acting business and appreciate this era of greats, I would still recommend it, though. Apr 04, Nette rated it liked it. This is nothing but pages of anecdotes, but it was darned entertaining. My life has been enriched now that I know that Peter O'Toole once smuggled a pair of valuable earrings out of Egypt in his foreskin.

Not a very dignified read, and the anecdotes of drunken mischief get numbing after a while.

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But if you have any affection for one or more of these gentlemen, you might get something out of it. Mar 12, Gordon Brown rated it liked it. This is the 'story' of four of the greatest actors of their generation; Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, Richard Harris and Oliver Reed - told through the lens of alcohol. If you know anything about the history of these four they were, to put in a mild form, drinkers of phenomenal stamina.

Robert Sellers, the author, had trawled the biographies, autobiographies of the four and interviewed close friends and colleagues to lay out their careers and the insanity that drink had on it all. As reads go it's addictive no pun intended. It roll out story after story - and when I say story after story I'm talking hundreds of anecdotes and tales - about the four.

Some so insane that you have to wonder at the veracity of them. I liked this book but two major issues arose. The author has chosen to tell this all chronologically and to do so moves from one actor's story to the next in sequence. A few pages on one actor, a few on the next one and so on - throughout the book. Good as the tale telling is I look back on the work and I'm struggling to remember what story related to what actor.

It's all a bit of a blur. It's also relentless and, at times repetitive, if Oliver Reed displays his private parts once in public he did it daily - and although funny at first it wears thin. The lives of some incredibly talented and incredibly stupid people chronicled here-all the carousing and comparatively uncivilized things rich drunken sots can get up to are chronicled here. You'll never read much about serious hardcore stoners pulling some of the crap these dense old alkies set about.

Maybe someday in the future people will see the comparable cultures of the Rake and the Rope and see - alcohol defini The lives of some incredibly talented and incredibly stupid people chronicled here-all the carousing and comparatively uncivilized things rich drunken sots can get up to are chronicled here. Maybe someday in the future people will see the comparable cultures of the Rake and the Rope and see - alcohol definitely leads to a path of self- and social-destruction. As old Akbar of Afghanistan said "the man on hashish will be laughing and joking with you at the end of the night- the drunkard on wine will maybe even end up trying to kill you.

Couldn't be more evidence needed than a look at these tragic actors' lives. May 16, John rated it it was amazing. It is filled with hilarious anecdotes - many from the Actors themselves - which show how they lived in the fast lane but still gave some of the great performances of their generation! An intriguing concept Trouble is that after a while reading up about this endless stream of drunken fights and broken furniture, it becomes quite monotonous and as repetitive as a drunkard's stories.

All four men had talent to burn and very interesting lives and if there's one thing this book can be accused off is to make them sound quite boring after a An intriguing concept All four men had talent to burn and very interesting lives and if there's one thing this book can be accused off is to make them sound quite boring after a while.

They don't make them like the used to!! Being of a certain age almost 50 I missed the best stories that they created.

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But I grew up with some great films, played out on a rainy afternoon. These were all larger than life stars, the sort we'll never see again, and I loved the stories in this book that brought back a few good memories!! Hearing about the lives of these four crazy actors held me entranced through the whole book.

Richard Burton Drinking Story (as told by Jeff Wayne).

I loved all of their work and especially when they worked with each other. I don't think I ever realized what hellraisers they were because their work was usually something everyone wished they had done. Thank you Robert Sellers for bringing them to life on the other side of the camera. Apr 17, Darla Ebert rated it liked it. Well-written though the subject matter turned out to be depressing due to each of the actors mentioned having died prematurely. I had hoped for a redemption-style story for each. Dec 11, Dennis Delaney rated it liked it. May 05, Gene Kannenberg Jr added it Shelves: theatre , from-the-library , reviewed , film , biography.

A complicated book about complicated people. Not their complete biographies, of course the book is far too brief to encompass four lives completely. After brief childhood histories, Sellers dives into the meat of his book: Stories of drinking, carousing, and gen A complicated book about complicated people. After brief childhood histories, Sellers dives into the meat of his book: Stories of drinking, carousing, and general craziness, fueled nearly entirely by alcohol and occasionally controlled substances. The tales do cover each man's entire career, so we can say that you get at least their mini-biographies along the way, though seen through alcohol-tinted lenses.

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The stories are by turns hilarious, outrageous, and, ultimately, more than a bit sad. One by one, the tales can incite peals of laughter or exclamations of "How could anyone possibly do that? Just flipping through the photograph section leads to amazement: [Richard] Burton was crippled by ill health later in life. In fact, during one operation surgeons were astonished to discover that Burton's entire spinal column was coated with crystallised alcohol.

One morning, he was bemused to find stitches in his face, totally unaware that he'd wrecked a restaurant the night before. In Paris shooting What's New Pussycat? However, after pages of this behavior--actually, well before then--the novelty and shock value wear off, and one begins to weary of wasted potential. Undoubtedly, each actor gave some momentous, never-to-be-equaled performances on stage and screen; but just as often, if not moreso their performances were marred by impairments, sometimes disgracefully so.

And pity the women who married them except, perhaps, Elizabeth Taylor, who seems to have been at least Burton's equal in temperament and impairment, if not his better and their children, who so often lived learning more about their fathers from the news than from their daily influence.

The book contains hundreds of tales of outrageous behavior, both public and private. I only thought to track down one of them: Peter O'Toole's infamous appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, in which he comes on stage riding a camel.

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