What do you do whilst your oldest buddy, Steve McQueen, pulls out his Smith & Wesson and blows your defenseless dining-room chair to smithereens? Or whilst your most well-liked patron, intercourse goddess Romy Schneider, calls for you permit your spouse for her? these are only a number of the dilemmas confronted by way of AJ Jastrow, the fictitious protagonist of Action!,
Robert Cort’s page-turning saga a couple of mythical Hollywood family members.
When we first meet AJ in 1948, a couple of weeks shy of his 13th birthday, he ranks as minor Hollywood royalty—Dad is the motion picture industry’s so much well-known lawyer, mother is a retired actress whose uncle is Adolph Zukor, founding father of Paramount. yet this yr will end up to be the top of the motion picture industry’s Golden Age and the start of exile for the Jastrow family.
When AJ returns to Tinseltown after a decade’s absence, he realizes that enjoyable his father’s legacy of making a film empire will end up a life’s paintings. alongside the way in which, AJ’s soldiers-in-arms comprise the Machiavellian manufacturer Ray Stark, who teaches him easy methods to win at Monopoly and studio politics; Wall road genius Charlie Bluhdorn, who coaxes AJ to fly below the radar on a mystery project; AJ’s spouse, Stephanie, who reminds him judgment of right and wrong isn’t a luxurious; and his daughter and protégée, Jessica, who refuses to depart his aspect regardless of impossible to resist temptation.
His enemies are ambitious: studio president Paul Herzog, who seeks to wreck the son as he did the daddy; the wily agent Mike Ovitz, who intuits the weaknesses of any rival; AJ’s mom, Hollywood’s wealthiest lady, who can't abide disloyalty; and AJ’s son, Ricky, an actor of unusual skill, who holds a devastating grudge opposed to his dad.
By mixing and remodeling truth into fiction, by means of introducing actual characters to fictional ones, Robert Cort supplies the reader an inside of account of Hollywood’s course (and glide) from the tip of worldwide struggle II to the current. And using his insider’s wisdom, received as one of many town’s most well known manufacturers, he offers an intimate chronicle of ways videos are relatively made, how manufacturers paintings, and the way the has advanced, frequently on the price of its collective soul. Provocative and significantly interesting, Action! is renowned fiction at its most sensible, a narrative that's either enlightening and nice enjoyable to learn.
From the Hardcover edition.