4.5 starsI can t remember the last time I read a nonfiction book all in one day I guess I shouldn t be all that surprised I practically devoured this one as I love behind the scenes pop culture stuff like this and anything 1980s related automatically peaks my interest I couldn t believe how many things I learned from the book considering how much of my head is already full with random celebrity tv film industry tidbits I m the person you want on your trivia team because I always bring my A game for the entertainment portions So basically this is a good read for those who have a casual interest in the topic and also the die hard pop culture fans.The book follows the careers of Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Eddie Murphy, John Candy, Rick Moranis, and Steve Martin with much of the focus taking place during the 1980s which was when most of the careers were at their highest point There s a ton of good behind the scenes info of the movies and tv shows they were a part of as well as projects that each person was close to working on but in the end a deal wasn t made It was particularly interesting to see just how many films originally had John Belushi as the first choice but because of his death ended up going to another actor And while much has been written about classic films such as Animal House and Caddyshack, this book manages to provide details not just about hits but also the pretty crappy ones most of us haven t thought about in ages like Neighbors and Nothing but Trouble The author also manages to provide a good look into the personalities of each person featured as well as what others have to say about what it was like working with them.I really can t say enough good things about this book as it was a terrific read If the subject matter interests you, for sure pick this one up Thank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion. I thoroughly enjoyed this book Even for the die hard fans of SNL and SCTV there are plenty of tidbits about the lives of these famous comedians that you probably didn t already know It was a bit disconcerting to have it spelled out just how hooked on drugs most but not all of these guys were I guess that goes with the territory I understand that the book was strictly about the guys but I wish there could have been some stories about their interactions with Gilda Radner and Jane Curtin Overall a very enjoyable read that was hard to put down. A well written although it leans into sensationalism account of the careers of Dan Aykroyd, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase and Eddie Murphy Not at all sure that all of their glory days are entirely behind them And I wonder whyRobin Williams and Billy Crystal were only mentioned a couple of times But all in all, an entertaining and fun read. If you saw ANY of the films of John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Dan Ayckroyd, Eddie or Steve Martin in the 80 s, you owe it to yourself to read this book Fascinating from page one to the end, it tells you what happened behind the scenes on these classic comedies with ego, drugs, sex and parties, not to mention the tugging back and forth with execs to get these films made My reading habits are terrible and for me to plow though a book in just a few days after I received it is a miracle This book is such a book I found myself picking it up at every chance to read a chapter or a few pages only to find myself digging back into it You will love this book When Saturday Night LIve became must see TV in the 70s, I was a faithful viewer The behind the scenes drama that the author describes didn t translate into their performances As I told a friend, the book starts out with a fistfight between Chevy Chase and Bill Murray adn it just keeps going.Bill Murray, in particular, has always been a favorite of mine On pages 31 32 of the hardbound copy that I read, Bill describes the effect of fame When you get famous, something weird happens to you It just a mechanical thing When everyone starts kissing your butt, you just walk bent over This observation may have wider application than just the entertainment business.The author examines the movie careers of Chevy Chase, Dan Ackroyd, John Belushi, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy and Rick Moranis Rick Moranis didn t get his picture on the cover of the book, but he did some very funny work and he s described as a very decent human being I can t remember anyone else in the book being so described.Ghostbusters, Beverly Hills Cop, The Blues Brothers, and the various Vacation movies starring Chevy Chase all get fair treatment The one that surprised me the most was Groundhog Day, which apparently had a lot of behind the scenes drama that, to my mind, didn t affect what to me was a great movie.There s plenty of background on Hollywood movie making with budgets, suits , writers and sometimes the lack of writers, and the vision of movies If these topics interest you, I think you ll find the book rewarding.If I have a criticism and I didn t deduct for this, it s that the book doesn t say much about Gilda Radner, Jane Curtin and Laraine Newman Gilda unfortunately passed too soon and I m not sure that the others had significant movie careers I still think of Gilda and her tag line never mind I thoroughly enjoyed the book If you re a fan of the early days of SNL or Hollywood movie making in general, I highly recommend the book. Wild and Crazy Guys is the larger than life story of the much loved Hollywood comedy stars that ruled the 1980s As well as delving behind the scenes of classic movies such as Ghostbusters, Beverly Hills Cop, The Blues Brothers, Trading Places and dozens , it chronicles the off screen, larger than life antics of Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, John Candy et al It s got drugs, sex, punch ups, webbed toes and Bill Murray being pushed into a swimming pool by Hunter S Thompson, while tied to a lawn chair It s akin to Peter Biskind s Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, following the key players through their highs and lows, and their often turbulent relationships with each other Nick de Semlyen has already interviewed pretty much all the big names for Empire, as well as directors such as Walter Hill, John Landis and Carl Reiner, and is sitting on lots of unseen material Taking you on a trip through the tumultuous 80s, Wild And Crazy Guys explores the friendships, feuds, triumphs and disasters experienced by these iconic funnymen Based on candid interviews from the stars themselves, as well as those who entered their orbit, it reveals the hidden history behind the most fertile period ever for screen comedy.
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- Wild and Crazy Guys: How the Comedy Mavericks of the '80s Changed Hollywood Forever
- Nick de Semlyen
- 19 August 2019 Nick de Semlyen