Easy Street (the Hard Way): A Memoir Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The candid, hilarious, and inspiring memoir of the iconic star of Beauty and the Beast, the Hellboy movies, and Sons of Anarchy.
A classically trained actor who cut his teeth in the East Village's off-Broadway scene, Ron Perlman - a Golden Globe winner with starring roles in the Hellboy, Drive, Pacific Rim, and Sons of Anarchy - has traveled an offbeat path to showbiz success. His story involves rising from New York's tough Washington Heights neighborhood, enduring incredible hardships, and ignoring the naysayers who taunted him for his distinctive looks. It's a tale that demonstrates the power of persistence.
With a filmography of nearly 200 credits working alongside countless stars during his 40-year career, Perlman knows the ins and outs of filmmaking. In Easy Street (the Hard Way), he shares his inspiring story for the next generation of performers.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 52 minutes|
|Author||Ron Perlman, Michael Largo|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 30, 2014|
|Publisher||Blackstone Audio, Inc.|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #182,106 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Reviewed in the United States on March 23, 2019
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I would highly recommend this book to others, not just to those who are Ron Perlman fans as I am, but to anyone who has ever struggled and had doubts about themselves or given up on what they were wanted to achieve. Although I fell deeply in love with his character Vincent in Beauty and the Beast, my favorite line from his many works so far is from Hellboy as he is speaking to Liz. Hellboy is referring to his face, "I wish I could do something about this. But I can't. But I can promise you two things. One: I'll always look this good. Two: I'll never give up on you... ever."
Thank you Mr. Perlman for not giving up and for sharing your life as well as your amazing talent with all of us.
I enjoyed the down to earth tone, the easy voice, the openness of the actor starting on a promising and terrifying journey. With a keen insight into human nature, spot-on impressions, and his wonderful trade mark humor he carries us along as he alternately succeeds and fails. It's hard for us to imagine this giant of Thespianism ever foundering, running aground. Yet he has done just that, time and time again. His family's, especially his father's belief in him kept his afloat through some very, very hard times.
Actor/writer/raconteur/philosopher/wag, and above all, orator. Touched and moved to laughter by the paper version, I was so much more so by the audio version: his voice moves the story with such wit, verve, spirit and sadness and potency. It transcends the written word, soars above what makes an autobiography readable, interesting, compelling. His articulation takes raw precious stones and hones them into museum quality cuts. If you haven't purchased the audio version, do so. It is superb.
He is honest in feeling and idea. He shares the ambiguities and uncertainties that reflect upon his occupational interactions and personal life alike. On the whole, I think the reader/listener comes away with the sense that like all of us, the author is on a continuous search for self knowledge and personal satisfaction. I'm not sure his optimism is genuine but it certainly sounds as if he, Ron Perlman, would like it to be. He refuses to give in to what others would deem inevitable. With what seems to be naive optimism and bullish, fanciful daydreaming he has lifted his life from the narrow streets of the crowded city to the milky way: the sweeping arch of stars which shines down upon the dark earth below. He has a genius for achievement, a wild passion for accomplishment.
He wants life to have meaning, sense, balance, justice. In the face of a world with so much of the opposite, it is inspiring that he won't give up trying. I would suggest this is the book's theme: just keep on reaching. We, the readers/listeners invest totally, cheering him on, hoping with him, believing in miracles. This book is a gift, a secret, he has happily shared: I AM. And don't let anyone take that away from you.
I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir. Ron Perlman is one of the most gifted, versatile actors of our time – viewing his performances proves that, of course, but reading his life story and see all that he's been through to get to Easy Street, made me understand how complex and deep a person he actually is. The last chapter of his book made me cry, for it so vividly expressed my feelings about what's going on in the world, and how things might play out for our children, that I wanted to just give him a huge thank you hug. A more down-to-earth and humble man you will not find. Thank you for sharing so much, Ron Perlman. (I'm reading Phil Stutz's book now, by the way. I hope his tools work as well for me as they did you.)
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That was the impression I had had about Ron all the way while reading this (really hard to put down) beautiful book. If I had loved the man before reading this, I love him so much more after having read it....
I've read quite a few autobiographies, but none of them had touched me as much as Ron's had. His life has been an up-and-down-and-up roller-coaster, but with grace, incredible capacity to learn, love and understand people, he's managed to do what many in the hardest situations in life are not able to - survive and grow stronger.
He's absolutely honest and yet, never diminishes anyone in this book. He makes you laugh, only to almost make you cry in the next moment. And the best thing is, you can find yourself in so many of the situations he's been through.
This is a hugely inspiring work of a dreamer, a hard worker, a fighter, a survivor. An extremely talented, extremely well-read, and extremely down-to-earth man who makes you wish just one thing - that there were more people like Ron Perlman on this planet. But then again, no, because such people only come once in a lifetime and bear no equals....