Rare Stamps offers a revealing insight into the life of an actor and the making of a man. Beginning with an Academy Award nomination for Billy Budd in 1962, Terence Stamp was called "the most beautiful man alive", only to be discarded at the end of the decade with the words, "we're looking for a younger Terence Stamp." Soul searching, he traveled alone through India, staying at the Taj Mahal Hotel while studying above a public lavatory with a chain smoking guru, only to wind up back in London and broke by 1984.
Stamp's has been a journey rich with characters and adventure, and nothing has gone to waste. Whether dining in Paris with Orson Wells; working with Marlon Brando; being directed by Steven Soderberg; or acting beside Jim Carrey, Tom Cruise, and Matt Damon, Stamp has become an unbiased observer of his own life and the lessons gleaned from it. He writes about an actor's intuition, confronting fear, developing the voice, learning the words, and surrendering to the moment in order to achieve the nearly mystical "first take" in a style that is both personal and captivating. But perhaps the real beauty of Rare Stamps is that, time after time, he returns to a theme that has become his mantra for life, "Everything you need is in this moment."
©2011 Terence Stamp (P)2011 Escargot Books Online Ltd
Tell us about yourself! I love to escape into a good book.
This was a really interesting book about one of my favourite actors.
His voice is so hypnotic and a pleasure to listen to.
I loved taking this journey with him about his life, his acting technique and his life philosophy. Very entertaining.
A very interesting book made even more enjoyable by Terence's wonderful delivery. Covers a wide range of interesting subjects with insightful self knowledge and a gift for mimickery and observation. Shame he mentions a girlfriend!
"A Life Lived"
I would recommend this to all those who are prepared to enjoy a mixture of the profound, the strange and the funny.
For me it was the awareness that lies behind his life, that you have to be open to the possibilities that life has to offer. It's not always obvious and you're never too old to learn.
I'm a fan so hearing him tell his own story is part of the pleasure.
And you thought you were turning right.
Terence Stamp is an actor whom you either love or hate. I have to say I don't understand those who hate him. Having heard most of his anecdotes in interviews over the years the subject matter is familiar however his presence and presentation is astonishing and hypnotic. Mr Stamp will probably be the first to admit his vanity, if the definition of vanity is to be aware of ones talent and exhibit it, that however is also a definition of an artist, and he is unmistakably an artist and guides us through a bravura presentation, not only of his craft and gift; but also of the many years of effort he has put into perfecting it. This Three hour performance is short but succinctly crams in far more hours, months and years of distilled thought and philosophy. If you appreciate his charisma and want to learn more of his insights into breathing, awareness and tapping into the energy of luge itself you have come to the end of your search right here ;)
Masterful would be an understatement... Stamp's account is achingly honest. And proof that his best years are not confined to the never to be forgotten 60s...
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