Bruce Willis: The Unauthorised Biography (英語) マスマーケット – 1998/10
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A biography of the Hollywood actor Bruce Willis. Following the life of the star from his first success in the TV show MOONLIGHTING, his spell of drug and alcohol abuse and a number of box-office flops to the resurrection of his career. Parker has talked to the friends, relatives and people who have worked with Willis and his wife Demi Moore.
The book is a total of 250 pages long and was published in 1997 (the actual "story" only goes up to the summer of '96 though) and this was published in the UK by Virgin Books. There aren't any in-depth or exclusive interviews nor did the author do any prior research.
The only thing I like about the book is the cover, a nice pic of Bruce.
I get the feeling that Mr. Parker relied mostly on "news reports" (i.e. 20 year-old magazine articles) to piece this book together which just came off as sloppy and shoddy because there were numerous inaccuracies and grammatical errors. And he even got the plots of some of Bruce's most well-known movies wrong which makes me question Mr. Parker's motives in writing this foolishness.
The book also takes a ton of dips and discuses the movie plots of Demi Moore as well as the movies and careers of several other Hollywood actors (past, present and current). What does this have to do with Bruce Willis's biography? Not a thing!!! It should not have found a home in Bruce's book, yet I suppose journalistic integrity has very little to do with making a quick buck.
The author also writes about Bruce Willis's hometown in NJ as if it were some flyover Midwestern state that no one has ever heard of. Again, no references to back up these claims were provided because not a lick of research was conducted.
The pictures provided (a few black and white ones) go perfectly with the text: boring, old, low-quality and incredibly unoriginal. There are even pictures of Demi Moore (again, what does this have to do with Bruce Willis's biography??) thrown in, no doubt for pointless filler.
The sad thing is, "Bruce Willis: The Unauthorized Biography" is the only Bruce Willis biography to date. Perhaps the author knew this and simply did not wish to put any extra effort into this project. Shame on him for such a lazy and lackluster job. Bruce deserves better. One day I hope there will be a comprehensive book about him (he sure deserves it), but in the meantime stay away from this one as it's was a huge waste.
LONG LIVE WILLIS!