Monday, October 27, 2014

Jason Priestly, a memoir

Okay, I know it's sort of stupid, but I couldn't help it.  Anyone who was hooked on Beverly Hills 90210 in the nineties knows what I mean...

The book was really one long string of name dropping, but it was fun to hear about how he shared an apartment with Brad Pitt before either of them had a regular job, or how at one time he could walk down the streets of Vancouver with Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis and only Priestly was recognizable.  Or how he first met Sarah McLachlan when she was drinking his whiskey at his kitchen table one night.  The cat fighting among Shannen Doherty, Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth was also kind of fun.  Though Shannen Doherty does not come out sounding so great, nor does Tori Spelling, at least later in her career.

It was also a good lesson on how someone who peaks too early needs to stay on top of his life, and grounded, to avoid trouble with drugs, alcohol, the law, etc.  And how having goals such as learning to direct and produce can help keep a young actor focused - particularly when they have a supportive, successful mentor like Aaron Spelling.

This only took a few hours to read - it was like reading a long article in People magazine, but for fans of the show with a lazy Sunday afternoon to spare, it's not a bad read.

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