With an introduction by Steve Martin Two pages into the script and an ache has developed in my gonads – I am both laughing out loud and agonized by the fact that the Withnail part is such a corker that not in a billion bank holidays will they ever seriously consider me. When, in the summer of 1986, Richard E. Grant was cast as the lead in Withnail and I, his whole world shifted and he was set firmly on the path to international stardom. With Nails is his outrageous, irreverent and brutally funny account of that time and the years afterwards, of his self-doubt and anxiety on the route to Hollywood, and of all the extraordinary, mad, brilliant people in the film business. From drinking himself incoherent so he could film Withnail and I to a night spent in Paris’s red light district with a world-famous couple, to working with Hollywood’s biggest actors and directors, Richard E. Grant – always eloquent, always honest – has documented, in his own inimitable style, what it is to become a film star. A rare classic, there is no book quite like it.
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