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.
©2014 Ron Perlman (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Ron Perlman's voice, sincerity, humor, humbleness and details. Are very genuinely full of heart.
Easy street is in a class of its own.
Yes it did. It made complete sense.
The book is full of movingly deep stories. It was a roller coaster ride for me, I willl listen to this forever. Like the frank Sinatra, Sean Connery and Sammy Davis jr. stories. This book truly takes me into a new dimension in my imagination and life.
I love Ron Perlman. He is a true inspiration. Please keep up the outstanding work Mr. Perlman.
Excellent book and reading! His gruff, foul mouthed exterior hides the soft, intelligent interior of Ron Perlman. It's funny to hear such truths about human existence peppered with MF's. His thoughts about SOA made me a little sad. His final thoughts in chapter 25 about the current state of the world had me saying "Amen, brother." We no longer have heroes (that are worth looking up to), we don't have standards. Ron Perlman is a stand up guy, with a true heart, and real American values. Even if you don't know who he is, you should read this book. He's definitely a unique individual that is one of those people that makes you a better person just for knowing.
Kelly, Aussie living in Nashville, Employment Specialist, Writer & so on
I haven't read the print version - and when the audiobook started I thought it was a joke as it started in third person and then shifted to first person perspective. There were many cliches and when you say "I could go on.." it doesn't mean you should. Lot's of swearing and tough guy posturing - but it only made him more charming. He is so lovable and such a great actor that you can forgive him.
All the characters where he did impersonations - spot on! I laughed so much I nearly had to pull over as I listened to it on my way to and from work. Sammy Davis Jr, Guillermo del Toro, Marlon Brando - awesome!
When Guillermo del Toro called him 'Fatboy', when he was preparing for Hellboy.
When he talked about his family and when he attempted suicide.
I kept thinking throughout the book, that he needed extreme editing. I wondered if the cliches were deliberate and if being in the business for so long was what prompted the cliches. I kept laughing and cringing at parts so much that I thought to myself "There has to be a punchline!" After all that though, it was definitely worth it, as he is an excellent actor and great story teller.
One of the best books I've ever read/listened too.
He doesn't take himself too seriously. He's honest. It's almost like you're having a conversation with him.
If you love Ron Perlman, you owe it to yourself to hear his story and his perspective
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First off this is an outstanding memoir. Ron holds nothing back in this telling of his life's story. The story is written in such a way that it alternates from crass to extremely deep and insightful. When Perlman goes deep you really have to prepare yourself for some mind blowing revaluation about mans personal and existential struggles in the world. There are these larger than life characters that make appearances throughout this memoir, which force you think "damn Ron seems to know or has worked with damn near everyone in the film industry". This is an outstanding work that I think anyone would benefit from reading. The cherry that's on top of this cake is that Ron narrates this book himself and as a narrator he's at the top of the heap in terms of talent and delivery. If you have never listened to his reading of " City of Thieves" you really should he delivers a world class performance.
Loved it! We need to hear, learn from and take to heart such stories and messages in this largely disengaged day and age. Have to respect and admire his willingness to share the story of his life with such generosity and transparency while segueing into such a relevant call to action.
Yes it was funny and quite insightful. It showed Mr. Perlman's sense of humor and how he deals with depression. I love how he uses language to go from the gutter to the white house in one sentence.
Not sure that I have read a Memoir recently that made me want another two books.
His voice. It wouldn't be the same if someone else read it. I don't think the listener would get the struggle and joy that came with having lived though the events that he had.
Yes. I was amazed at the actors he met and how humble and down to earth Mr. Perlman was when he met them. He was in awe as well. You can see how he cares for his craft. He seems to take each character he plays apart and put them together in a way that makes his character more memorable.
It was well worth the credit!!!
One of the better ones. Perlman's own story with his own narration makes this a great package overall.
Oddly enough, having the author with such a unique voice and life makes me think of Henry Rollins and book called Get In The Van. Not to say they are exactly alike though.
His voice and talent always deliver for me, personally. He's got a great set of vocals.
I laughed a few times throughout the narration.
If you a fan Mr Perlman and his acting gigs in the past (Name Of The Rose, Hellboy, etc.) then this a good investment in time. His own narration takes it to another level, and it impossible for me to think of anyone else doing his book justice via the voice delivery.
Memorable, genuine, raw
Perlman has an uncanny mastery of impersonating other people's voices. I didn't expect it and was impressed in how he slid from himself into another person to act out the tension in his rise to fame. His story about how he had finished making Quest for Fire and it was getting all the industry buzz of award nominations, but he had to take a job as a limo driver, was surprising, sad, but somehow enlightening. One solid gold hit didn't make him rich and famous regardless of the awards and praise.
Sometimes it's easier to think that rich and famous people are born that way. Perlman might not be someone you can agree with all the time (who can?) but he's sincere. His life had a lot of tough times before he became People's Sexiest Man Alive.
Ron Perlman is a fantastic actor imho, and as a fan I wanted to hear how he became that way. Ron doesn't disappoint and he shares some really personal stories with the listener. He also manages to share some of his wisdom and the tools he uses in his everyday life to help him get through those bad times.
I highly recommend this book, even if you only know him from SOA, you will be amazed at the journey he took to get here!
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