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Wild and Crazy Guys Wild and Crazy Guys is the larger than life story of the much loved Hollywood comedy stars that ruled the 1980sAs well as delving behind the scenes of classic movies such as Ghostbusters Beverly Hills Cop The Blues Brothers Trading Places and dozens it chronicles the off screen larger than life antics of Bill Murray Eddie Murphy Chevy Chase Steve Martin John Candy et al It’s got drugs sex punch ups webbed toes and Bill Murray being pushed into a swimming pool by Hunter S Thompson while tied to a lawn chairIt’s akin to Peter Biskind’s Easy Riders Raging Bulls following the key players through their highs and lows and their often turbulent relationships with each other Nick de Semlyen has already interviewed pretty much all the big names for Empire as well as directors such as Walter Hill John Landis and Carl Reiner and is sitting on lots of unseen materialTaking you on a trip through the tumultous ’80s Wild And Crazy Guys explores the friendships feuds triumphs and disasters experienced by these iconic funnymen Based on candid interviews from the stars themselves as well as those who entered their orbit it reveals the hidden history behind the most fertile period ever for screen comedy

10 thoughts on “Wild and Crazy Guys

  1. Katie B Katie B says:

    45 starsI can't remember the last time I read a nonfiction book all in one day I guess I shouldn't be all that surprised I practically devoured this one as I love behind the scenes pop culture stuff like this and anything 1980s related automatically peaks my interest I couldn't believe how many things I learned from the book considering how much of my head is already full with random celebritytv film industry tidbits I'm the person you want on your trivia team because I always bring my A game for the entertainment portions So basically this is a good read for those who have a casual interest in the topic and also the die hard pop culture fansThe book follows the careers of Dan Aykroyd Bill Murray John Belushi Chevy Chase Eddie Murphy John Candy Rick Moranis and Steve Martin with much of the focus taking place during the 1980s which was when most of the careers were at their highest point There's a ton of good behind the scenes info of the movies and tv shows they were a part of as well as projects that each person was close to working on but in the end a deal wasn't made It was particularly interesting to see just how many films originally had John Belushi as the first choice but because of his death ended up going to another actor And while much has been written about classic films such as Animal House and Caddyshack this book manages to provide details not just about hits but also the pretty crappy ones most of us haven't thought about in ages like Neighbors and Nothing but Trouble The author also manages to provide a good look into the personalities of each person featured as well as what others have to say about what it was like working with them I really can't say enough good things about this book as it was a terrific read If the subject matter interests you for sure pick this one upThank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion

  2. Peter Boyle Peter Boyle says:

    We all know Ghostbusters Beverly Hills Cop and Groundhog Day right? Well how about Doctor Detroit Nothing But Trouble and Oh Heavenly Dog? In this lively publication Nick de Semlyen takes a look at the comedy stars that ruled Hollywood in the 80s exploring the hits that made their name and the flops they'd rather forgetThe book tells us a lot about the personalities of these actors and how they all got along with one another Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi were best pals and we discover how Aykroyd was crushed by his friend's untimely death Chevy Chase seemed to rub everybody the wrong way and even came to blows with Bill Murray at a Saturday Night Live show John Candy was the most popular bringing all kinds of Hollywood royalty back to his house for parties that would go on for daysDe Semlyen has talked to many of the major players and the book is full of fascinating behind the scenes knowledge I had no idea what an unhappy shoot Groundhog Day was or how Eddie Murphy and director John Landis fought on the set of Coming to America Steve Martin gives a captivating account of a strange visit to Stanley Kubrick's house and Rick Moranis reveals his reasons for uitting HollywoodIt's a pacy entertaining read packed with rich insight and juicy anecdotes De Semlyen admits that not all of the gang's material has aged well but there is no denying that their vast ambition raw talent and total disregard for the rules combined to create a movement that was beloved influential and truly special If you remember the 80s comedy heyday as fondly as I do you'll enjoy this book immensely

  3. Brandon Brandon says:

    In Wild and Crazy Guys author Nick de Semlyen takes a look at several of the comedy mega stars of the 1980s and the roles they played in both the film and television industryWell we’ve finally made it to the 2020s which makes 1980 forty years ago While you sit back and digest that fact let me just list some about the movie classics that will be hurtling towards middle age in the next decade Ghostbusters Blues Brothers National Lampoon’s Vacation Beverly Hills Cop The Jerk Uncle Buck That said despite what that ol’ trickster nostalgia may have you believe guys like Chevy Chase Dan Aykroyd Bill Murray and Eddie Murphy were certainly not infallible Do you remember “Oh Heavenly Dog”? How about “Nothing But Trouble”? Maybe “The Golden Child”? THOSE movies were both critical and commercial flopsNick de Semlyen digs deep to truly expose all aspects of the careers of those mentioned above; warts and all Having been only six years old by the time 1990 arrived I only really remember getting caught up in the Ghostbusters hysteria in real time so my knowledge of the 80s is somewhat limited While I would eventually go back and watch a few of the biggest movies of the decade years later as an adult I was not aware of much of the behind the scenes fighting and controversies that made up much of these guys’ careers Sure I knew Chevy Chase was an asshole but that seems to be common knowledge for on that check out Live from New York An Oral History of Saturday Night Live Thanks to de Semlyen’s rigorous research coupled with access to many of the subjects in the book itself I learned so much For example John Candy’s desire to branch into dramatic acting shortly before his death; Just how many iconic roles were written for John Belushi prior to his passing Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters for one – hard to imagine anyone but Murray in that role; Eddie Murphy’s identity crisis where he could not decide if he wanted to be portrayed as either a comedic or a serious dramaticaction star leading to on set fights with directors; Steve Martin’s desire to be accepted critically rather than just commercially leading to feuds with critics like Roger Ebert Bill Murray’s self imposed sabbatical from Hollywood following the failure of a passion project The reasons behind Rick Moranis leaving Hollywood and the roles he would turn down before exitingI could go on and on but I don’t want to ruin the book for potential readers Even what I list above is only scratching the surface of those subjects I will say that than anything this book made me love John Candy even than I already do His story is particularly heartbreaking – he truly seemed like the nicest guy in HollywoodFor those that lived through the era you may not learn as much as I did if you were truly plugged in to the pop culture of the time but it made for a uick read that I sueezed in over the holidays between playing video games and eating my weight in food I realize that it was not the focus of the book but I would have enjoyed learning about some of the ladies of comedy during the 80s but given Hollywood’s sexist views at the time in which women couldn’t carry big budget pictures and let’s be honest it hasn’t completely gone away some forty years later there may not have been much data to mine

  4. Sarah Sarah says:

    I can’t remember ever reading a non fiction book that was this funny and engaging I had a great time reading about the exploits of Bill Murray Steve Martin John Belushi Dan Aykroyd Chevy Chase and Eddie Murphy This book definitely made me want to look up some of their sketches from the early days of SNL and watch some of their movies Caddyshack Ghostbusters Beverly Hills Cop The Three Amigos The Jerk Trading Places The Blues Brothers and Groundhog Day are just a few of the movies discussed in this book

  5. Kathleen Brunnett Kathleen Brunnett says:

    Loved this book I am a huge Steve Martin fan which was my motivation for reading this book This peek into the background of the popular 80s comedians read like a fiction book at times Interesting to see how careers changed over the years and the behind the scenes suabbles and disagreements Highly recommended for those who grew up on the movies of these actors

  6. Katy Katy says:

    This is an often fun often maddening history of the careers of a group of comedians in the 1980s with significant spilling over into the 1970s and 1990s too Being a young Gen Xer old Millennial sort of girl I enjoyed the book as it moved forward and I was familiar with the films Animal House and Caddyshack weren’t for kids but Ghostbusters and Three Amigos sure were and I definitely liked reading about the production of those films There is no denying that funThat said I did find the book frustrating mostly because I so badly wanted it to zoom out a little and give me context analysis It stayed at the level of an Entertainment Weekly magazine profile of these men’s careers — and even that I uestioned sometimesThe focus is on a specific group of comedy actors from the 1980s ostensibly because they were SNL SCTV alumni John Belushi Chevy Chase Bill Murray Dan Ackroyd Steve Martin Eddie Murphy John Candy and Rick Moranis Why are these our “wild and crazy guys?” They all have some connection to emergent sketch comedy TV shows of the 1970s but so do others I found myself wondering hey why not Martin Short — who does sort of unavoidably come up in the discussion of Three Amigos — or Billy Crystal? When in the epilogue the author refers reverently to Bill Murray’s successful decades long transition from TV comedy to serious actor I thought and what about Robin Williams? Or Tom Hanks for that matter? All of these people certainly made films in the same ecosystem as our favored characters sometimes they co starred with them so it seemed a little bit of a haphazard focusSometimes I wished we were getting insight into the history of comedy to help us appreciate these men’s contributions At some point a producer claims that SNL invented a new comedy style — that before that it had been “Bob Hope” comedy and that TV’s MASH was the transition between the comedy of the two I was drawn in by this statement and found it compelling until I started to think about it What about Mel Brooks? What about Monty Python? What about a whole tradition of countercultural comedy? SNL did not really come out of nowhere Some context would help me see what was uniue about these men’s careersThere also just isn’t much discussion of the craft of comedy at all Eddie Murphy is presented as having a very special charismatic style of stand up but aside from some vague references to his fearlessness we don’t learn much about how his style was distinctive And I was curious When the author mentions that Chris Rock went to see Beverly Hills Cop three times on its opening day I wanted to know why What did Rock see in Murphy? How did Murphy differ from previous black comedians turned movie stars say Richard Pryor — or for that matter white comedians turned movie stars say Steve Martin or Robin Williams?It may be that the author just wanted to dutifully chronicle the careers of his 1980s faves and okay that’s not the book I wanted but it’s still an interesting read But there were some moments when I wondered whether the chronicle itself had been attended to with journalistic due diligence At one point a late 1970s film starring John Travolta comes up and the author says it was such a flop that Travolta’s career wouldn’t recover until Pulp Fiction in 1996 This jumped out at me Even I a moderate film fan know offhand that Pulp Fiction came out in 1994 And sure it is a small detail not essential to the book’s main premise but it affected my trust in the author and his editors I mean Pulp Fiction is not exactly an obscure movie Did no one fact check this thing? What else is wrong that I wouldn’t know to notice? If I were an even nerdy moderate film buff I would further point out that the whole Pulp Fiction career revival claim is shaky anyway as Travolta starred in the box office smash comedy Look Who’s Talking trilogy in the late 1980s early 1990s All this obsessive nitpicking to say a fun read but pretty lightweight Recommended for fans of the films but no big statements about comedy here

  7. Kathleen Kathleen says:

    When I was growing up my family adopted two dogs and we named them Jake and Elwood Decades later when my brother and his wife decided to get married in Chicago they wanted to have the ceremony at the Triple Rock Baptist Church That didn't pan out so they decided to have a civil ceremony in the middle of Daley Plaza the scene of the big climax at the end of The Blues Brothers I could go on with a list of ways that the comedy mavericks of the '80s influenced my childhood and my life but instead you can just take my word for it that there's a special place in my heart for all of the actors discussed in this book John Belushi Dan Aykroyd Bill Murray Chevy Chase Eddie Murphy Steve Martin John Candy Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas Their work has given me so much joy that if a stranger said I am Gumby Dammit I'd be amused for hours Any reference to something that I hold so dear will automatically entertain me For me the real entertainment value in this book is all of the reminders of things I hadn't thought of for years I learned the most about the SCTV guys Candy Moranis and Thomas just because I didn't know as much about their backgrounds Strangebrew is a film that's on my classic comedy list and I own Bob Doug McKenzie action figures but otherwise I didn't know much about them and that was the most informative part of this book for me As far as the SNL alums and Steve Martin there wasn't much behind the scenes stuff that I didn't already know However the reminders of things I had forgotten or hadn't watched in years was a lot of fun It should have taken me far less than three weeks to read this but it was delayed because I kept putting the book down and going to YouTube to watch the music video that Paul McCartney did for Spies Like Us because I had completely forgotten about it A similar interruption came when the author reminded me of the classic video for Paul Simon's You Can Call Me Al I hadn't seen that in years and had to go back and re watch The author doesn't just talk about the classics either I had forgotten all about the BelushiAykroyd film Neighbors There were so many references in this book it was a nice trip down memory lane The real fun here is nostalgia so I don't know how this book would land for a reader who didn't grow up with SNL and the same films that I did There's a pretty niche audience who are going to enjoy this book and I am definitely one of them If you are too send me a friend reuest on Goodreads because we'd probably get along pretty well Thank you to Penguin's soon to be former First To Read program for providing me with a free digital advance copy of this book for review

  8. Jay Gabler Jay Gabler says:

    Thank you Random House for the free bookDid I love this book? Obviously I loved this book It's a comprehensive chronicle of the Hollywood movies starring a cadre of comedians who helped define the decade I grew up in These guys will always be larger than life to me and their work will always have a special place in my heart The book is highly readable full of fantastic anecdotes and concise character studiesAll that said it does fall short of its subtitle's lofty promise the book is heavy on great stories light on analysis There's still a book to be written about the fundamental structure of a Hollywood system that banked on eccentric genius At its best you got Ghostbusters At its worst you got the dozens and dozens of very expensive and very forgettable movies that this history also reminds you about And what you usually didn't get still typically don't get are films that center women and people of color That's another book and I do hope someone writes it soon I'll be the first reader

  9. Mark Mark says:

    Running from the 70s through to the early 90s this follows the “larger than life story” of a group of comedians all men who came out of the TV comedy shows and ruled Hollywood through the 80s Taking in the likes of Bill Murray Dan Aykroyd John Belushi Eddie Murphy Chevy Chase Steve Martin and John Candy among many others it chronicles the events off screen that led to the often genius work on screenAs a huge fan of this cinema period I grew up on most of these comedies and they became my touchstones I found this to be a great read Taking a warts and all approach though most still come across as likeable people this explores the friendships and fueds the arrogance and the drug taking and the incredible self belief that kept them going My one gripe is how much ground is covered de Semlyen deals with the behind the scenes of most films in the uestion but doesn’t go into enough depth for me though if he’d tried the “Easy Riders Raging Bulls” approach the book is compared to it in the blurb it would have meant a volume two or three times thicker That issue aside if you loved the time period the films or the comedians in uestion I’d say this was an essential read and I thoroughly enjoyed it

  10. Tommy Tommy says:

    That time in the 1980's when a bunch of very silly men were given very large sums of money and allowed to go play This line from the epilogue of Nick de Semlyen's Wild and Crazy Guys captures the essence of the entire tome It's the story of a group of male comedians Belushi Ackroyd Chevy Chase Bill Murray Steve Martin Eddie Murphy Rick Moranis John Candy who changed the worlds of cinematic and television comedy from the mid 70's through the 1980'sThe book begins with a somewhat infamous fight that Chase and Murray got into backstage at SNL a physical brawl that Belushi and Ackroyd found themselves on the fringes of and which sets the tone for how seriously these men took their comedy The book follows their heydays from SNL and SCTV then leads into their inevitable exits from those shows seemingly too narrow to contain their talent From there each one makes the leap to the movies with wildly varying results There are the blockbusters Animal House Ghostbusters Vacation Parenthood Beverly Hills Cop and the disasters Continental Divide 1941 The Razor's Edge Oh Heavenly Dog Nothing But Trouble Pennies from Heaven Harlem Nights Of course we learn much or for many of us have stories confirmed about the personalities of these comedy legends on and off set Chase is petulant and arrogant never feeling a script is worthy of his talent while never seemingly able to actually inhabit a character as an actor Belushi is all id and yet wants to be taken seriously like a Brando or Nicholson Ackroyd is the odd bird who believes the ghost of Mama Cass not only inhabits his California mansion but thinks the situation merits a screenplay Eddie Murphy is all ambition eschewing drugs and partying because he wants to devote everything to his craft lest he becomes another Elvis Presley washed up fat or dead Martin is the sweet guy eager to tread new ground as an actor until he discovers his sweet spot in family friendly comedies and finds his artistically challenging opportunities as a writer musician and art connoisseur And then there's Murray the one wild card in the bunch who seems to have never lost his edge but actually sharpened it While it's safe to say that Murray and Martin are the two who have seen the most late in life success it is Murray who has been the least compromising of them all following his muse and taking a substantial amount of box office and critical praise along with him for the ride Of course we lose Belushi too soon his overdose a sobering lesson for many of the men in the book as well as others in Hollywood including Robin Williams and Robert DeNiro who were partying with Belushi just the night before his death John Candy also leaves us too soon Rick Moranis decides he's done and walks away from Hollywood to raise a family and enjoy his royalties Insights into the personal lives of the actors reveal Chase's obstinance Murphy's earnestness Martin's insecurities Ackroyd's oddities and Murray's uncanny ability to be a generous sweetheart and gigantic pain in the ass often in the same moment The book ends with the telling of the story of Groundhog Day the Harold Ramis directed film that serves as an appropriate bookend to the rambunctious comedies of the 1980's Groundhog Day showed maturity and new direction and the ongoing battle between Ramis and Murray over the tone of the film Ramis wanted light romance Murray wanted existential angst points toward where cinematic comedy was headed next The author gathered plenty of backstage and on set anecdotes uotes from costars and collaborators and does a fine job capturing the highlights and lowlights of these men's careers and lives For anyone who grew up in the 70's and 80's it's a great trip down memory lane avoiding getting into too much minuate see previous 600 page tomes on the history of SNL while hitting many of the moments in their careers we're likely most interested in Mostly the book made me want to go back and watch these actors' films both the classics and the misfires I can now do so with a better understanding of what made them work and where they went so misguidedly wrong respectively Except Oh Heavenly Dog I don't need a book to spell that one out for meAnd here's a sweet bonus The audiobook version is read by Curtis Armstrong who you may remember from Moonlighting or likely Revenge of the Nerds He does a fine smooth job with the read

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