Saturday, July 4, 2015

RARE STAMPS by Terence Stamp

RARE STAMPS is the memoir of Terence Stamp, written and read by the actor of Billy Budd, Superman, The Limey, The Hit, and fifty odd other movies. He recalls working with Marlon Brando, Fellini, Monica Vitti, Steven Soderbergh, Matt Damon, Tom Cruise, Jim Carrey, and others. He describes an eerie one-on-one lunch with Orson Welles. His journey through life has been unique, as everyone’s is, but more fascinating than most in that one doesn't generally get called “the world’s most beautiful man” only to be discarded a decade later, traveling through India alone until a guru gifted him with a truth that carried him back to London possessing a new mantra similar to Eckhart Tolle’s “living in the moment.” He talks about the truth of character found in being alive as an actor in that moment, and how the real can be achieved even in the first take of a movie scene. Most of all, you feel an authentic voice is speaking, one you may not have encountered much in the current age of divas, drama queens, and ego drenched TMZ stars. That he speaks these written words in his own voice adds a new layer of authenticity and wisdom, proving once again that memoirs must be heard on audio rather than merely read in bound book format. “Bound” is the operative word, as tone and emphasis add both freedom and meaning in the same way that a thumb print or retinal scan proves unique for the purposes of veracity and identity. If you miss this audiobook or his new one below, you’re missing a treat.  

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