Easy Street (the Hard Way): A Memoir

Easy Street (the Hard Way): A Memoir

by Ron Perlman


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The engaging, passionate, always-honest, and often-hilarious memoir of actor Ron Perlman—his triumphant story of perseverance and determination navigating the slippery slopes of Hollywood, with a foreword by Guillermo del Toro

Ron Perlman was a kid who had a myriad of self-image issues, yet he triumphed in an industry that trades on image and self-confidence. He landed a leading role in Quest for Fire, won a Golden Globe for Beauty and the Beast, and played the title role in two Hellboy movies, becoming along the way an icon among sci-fi and comic book fans worldwide.

In Easy Street (the Hard Way), Ron shares his life story, starting with his up-by-your-bootstraps background in New York's Washington Heights. He sheds light on his life as a working actor; offers behind-the-scenes insight into the working styles of directors, including Jean-Jacques Annaud, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy and the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth); and provides a peek into Hollywood, where he's encountered Marlon Brando, Sean Connery, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., and others. He also turns his eye on the trajectory of American culture—the good and the bad—as observed by a man who started out in a mom-and-pop world where the arts were disseminated by individuals rather than corporations.

Ron's memoir will inspire anyone who has ever dared to dream and offers a roadmap to the next generation of dreamers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306823442
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 09/30/2014
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Ron Perlman is best-known for his titular role in the Hellboy movies and his long run on the TV series Sons of Anarchy, as well as scores of other iconic performances, including The Name of the Rose, City of Lost Children, and Pacific Rim. He won a Golden Globe for his role in Beauty and the Beast and is a star and executive producer of the Amazon series Hand of God. Perlman lives in Los Angeles.

Michael Largo is the author of seven bestselling reference books, including God's Lunatics, Genius and Heroin, The Portable Obituary, and the Bram Stoker Award-winning Final Exits: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of How We Die. Largo is the former editor of New York Poetry and the researcher/archivist for the film company Allied Artists. A native New Yorker, he currently lives in Miami.

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cathiec More than 1 year ago
Fascinating, candid, and, at times, wonderfully sentimental. I loved this book for so many reasons...the most notable was Mr. Perlman's gut-wrenching honesty. I can definitely see him thriving as a fiction writer.
mact2 More than 1 year ago
Easy Street (The Hard Way) The language is not for the faint of heart. I was curious about life behind the scenes of an actor. This is Mr. Perlman's story. He writes so that his stories are very captivating. Most of the reviewers agree that once you open the book you don't put it down until you've finished. That was my experience, too. It is very charming, very funny, very eye opening, very moving. I had to check out the movies, again if I had already seen them, to experience his behind the scenes memories during filming. Being a movie star is not all that glamorous. I found most of Perlman's movies at my local library and watched those that he was most proud of. 
Ralphie More than 1 year ago
I have  loved  Ron Perlman every since first seeing him on Beauty and the Beast.  I love his voice, his look, his acting and the man that he is.  I loved this book so much.  I am also a Sons of Anarchy fan and loved him as Clay Morrow.  The show wasn't the same after he was killed.  When he writes its like he is in your living room talking to you.  He is great and can't wait to see what he does next. Buy and Read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought it as a gift for my son's 23rd birthday, he is a big fan of Ron Perlman for many years now and I like him a lot to. Linda B. Quebec, Can.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, I am unable to review this book because, YET AGAIN, the lousy handling/packaging by B&N resulted in ALL the books in my order to arrive so damaged that I had to return them...These were meant as Christmas gifts, too, so, Thanks loads, B&N!!! Once again I BEG, I PLEAD, follow Amazon's model of vacu-sealing the items onto a piece of cardboard sized to the interior of the box. Just as cheap as tossing a bunch of ineffective airbags and 100% more secure!!! :(