By James Franco
The actors in James Franco’s significant debut novel comprise a McDonald’s drive-thru operator who spends his shift making an attempt on accents; an ex-child megastar recalling an incredible beachside bacchanal; clinic volunteers and Midwestern transplants; a vampire flick starlet who discovers a cryptic publication written by way of a recognized actor long gone AWOL; and the ghost of River Phoenix. Then there’s Franco himself, who prowls behind the scenes, peering out among the lines—before taking the degree with attention-grabbing meditations on his paintings, besides nightmarish stories of extra. “Hollywood has continually been a personal club,” he writes. “I open the gates. I say welcome. I say, Look inside.”
Told in a dizzying array of styles—from lyric essays and disarming testimonials to hilariously rambling textual content messages and ghostly footnotes—and loosely modeled on Alcoholics Anonymous’s Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, Actors Anonymous is an excessive, wild journey into the darkish middle of big name.
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To his astonishment he found himself blinking back a tear, and Suzie put a reassuring hand on his arm. He was in here, no doubt about it. seven Some things carried on as normal. He went to his dad’s in Cambridge for the weekend and watched a load of telly. On the Sunday he and his dad and Lindsey, his dad’s girlfriend, went to Lindsey’s mum’s house in Norfolk, and they went for a walk on the beach and Lindsey’s mum gave him a fiver for no reason. He liked Lindsey’s mum. He liked Lindsey, too.
Marcus said cheerfully. It wasn’t true: it was the same pizza company, but in Cambridge the pizzas hadn’t had to travel so far, so they weren’t quite as soggy. It was just that he thought he ought to say something optimistic. ’ He found the remote control down the back of the sofa and zapped through the channels. He didn’t want to watch any of the soaps, because soaps were full of trouble, and he was worried that the trouble in the soaps would remind his mum of the trouble she had in her own life.