Friday, October 7, 2016

Easy Street (The Hard Way)

Easy Street (The Hard Way): A Memoir by Ron Perlman   pp. 297

 I've been a fan of actor, Ron Perlman, for years. After reading/listening to this book, I like him even more. I am very impressed with how well educated and articulate he is as well as his classical training as an actor. The audio book is read by the author who along with his acting, has had a strong background in voice over work for cartoons, and as a narrator of other audio books. Perlman tells it like it is, or was, and openly describes his successes, failures, challenges, and his disappointments. In spite of fighting hard against it, he has tried hard to avoid being type cast but, because of his size and unique appearance, has ended up known mostly for parts involving many hours in the makeup chair to become characters in "Beauty and the Beast", "Hellboy", "Conan the Barbarian", "The Island of Dr. Moreau", "The Name of the Rose", and others. In this book, Perlman relates more than just his career. He speaks very proudly of his family and fondly of the friends he has made during his career, including Sammy Davis, Jr. and Frank Sinatra. (Sinatra was a big fan of "Beauty and the Beast". Who knew?) I am impressed by this book and the man.

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