Saturday, May 07, 2011
Feedback for the Henriksen Biography, Not Bad for a Human
At his book site, author Joseph Maddrey has posted a page of critical feedback for the now available Henriksen biography, Not Bad for a Human. And I'm thrilled to make a special guest appearance.
Here are the quotes:
I LOVE THIS BOOK! Lance rocks!
- Harry Knowles, Ain’t It Cool News
Engaging, entertaining and marinated in enlightening anecdotes. Makes me want to go back and rent everything he’s ever done. A must for the collection of any scifi/horror fan!
- Max Brooks, author of the New York Times bestseller World War Z
While reading veteran actor Lance Henriksen’s biography – co-written with Nightmares in Red, White and Blue writer/producer Joseph Maddrey – one is navigated through the story of a feral youth turned poet laureate, whose life’s blood beats in the heart of every film he’s touched… Henriksen’s undeniable talents as a storyteller are on full display here, and Maddrey serves as a perfect tour guide through the maverick actor’s world. Together, they have crafted a compelling (and moving) tale about Henriksen’s journey toward onscreen success and self-discovery.
- Alison Nastasi, Rue Morgue
Not Bad for a Human isn’t your usual actor’s autobiography; it lets the reader experience the story of Lance Henriksen’s life and career on the level where his craft begins — his internal process. With depth and humor, he recalls his advancements and mistakes, how he turned accidents and opportunities to his advantage, and we follow him, film by film, as he moves beyond merely looking right for a part to finding unique keys to inhabiting characters, whether it’s for a work of art or a rent-paying work for hire. Illuminating yet down to earth, this portrait of the cult star as a working actor commands respect — because it’s worthy of it.
– Tim Lucas, editor of Video Watchdog and author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark
An awful lot of Hollywood autobiographies these days are antiseptic and empty, but Lance Henriksen bucks the trend in his fiery Not Bad for a Human. With an unfettered sense of freedom, the movie star channels the same passion, humanity and searing honesty in this book as he does in each film or television role he tackles. The result is a valuable glimpse of one actor’s unique process and even more that: his philosophy of life. Consequently, this is the best star autobiography I’ve ever read.
- John Kenneth Muir, author of The Unseen Force: The Films of Sam Raimi and Horror Films of the 1980s
Lance Henriksen has been a distinct and reliable onscreen presence across about 40 years and 150 movies, and you can tell the man pours his soul into it whether it’s his first film with Sidney Lumet or his third one with a sasquatch. Now, through a comprehensive series of interviews with Joseph Maddrey, Henriksen reveals that his remarkable career and unique screen presence are an extension of a fascinating life. I was hooked long before the part where he gave an autographed novelization of The Omen II to a woman who thought her husband had murdered him out in the desert years ago. Not Bad For a Human is an illuminating portrait of Henriksen’s art and life – essential reading for those who appreciate both the high and the low forms of cinema.
- Vern, author of Seagalogy: A Study of the Ass-Kicking Films of Steven Seagal and Yippee Ki-Yay, Moviegoer!: Writings on Bruce Willis, Badass Cinema and Other Important Topics