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Stay Interesting: I Don't Always Tell Stories About My Life, but When I Do They're True and Amazing

Stay Interesting: I Don't Always Tell Stories About My Life, but When I Do They're True and Amazing

by Jonathan Goldsmith

Unabridged — 7 hours, 40 minutes

Jonathan Goldsmith

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Overview

What makes a life truly interesting? Is it the people you meet? The risks you take? The adventures you remember?

Jonathan Goldsmith has many answers to that question. For years he was a struggling actor in New York and Los Angeles, with experiences that included competing for roles with Dustin Hoffman, getting shot by John Wayne, drinking with Tennessee Williams, and sailing the high seas with Fernando Lamas, never mind romancing many lovely ladies along the way.

However, it wasn't all fun and games for Jonathan. Frustrated with his career, he left Hollywood for other adventures in business and life. But then, a fascinating opportunity came his way—a chance to star in a new campaign for Dos Equis beer. A role he was sure he wasn't right for, but he gave it a shot all the same. Which led to the role that would bring him the success that had so long eluded him—that of "The Most Interesting Man in the World."

A memoir told through a series of adventures and the lessons he's learned and wants to pass on, Stay Interesting is a truly daring and bold tale, and a manifesto about taking chances, not giving up, making courageous choices, and living a truly adventurous, and always interesting life.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

05/15/2017
As is made evident by this charming memoir, actor Goldsmith could very well have lived the life of the character who made him famous: the “Most Interesting Man in the World” of Dos Equis beer commercials. Goldsmith’s fateful audition to be a beer pitchman merely provides the framework for this collection of more than 50 anecdotes. He concocted an escape from boarding school as a teen; was friends with Hollywood notables (Shelley Winters, Dustin Hoffman, Warren Beatty, Elia Kazan); saved a man on a frozen mountain; and was shipwrecked on a remote island. What makes his narrative stand out from other Hollywood memoirs is a curiosity and vulnerability that underscores nearly eight decades of ups and downs. Some tales soar, and a few drag. Goldsmith’s writing is straightforward, and he demonstrates that one doesn’t become interesting by being a braggart, but by being open to the world and all the people in it. (June)

Kirkus Reviews

2017-04-12
The actor who played "the most interesting man in the world" is more interesting than you might have anticipated.Goldsmith's star turn came late in his career, in his late 60s, when, "living like a hobo," he was called to audition for a Dos Equis beer campaign. He was dubious about how "a Jewish guy from the Bronx" could be a pitchman for a Mexican beer, but he was not exactly swimming in competing offers. "They want a Hemingway kind of guy," his agent told him; they also wanted storytelling improvisation at the audition, asking only that it end with the line, "And that's how I arm-wrestled Fidel Castro." Goldsmith's memoir reads like a collection of tall tales, though the author insists they are true, and it suggests that he spent his whole life preparing to audition for the role he would never have imagined. The spirit of adventure channels Hemingway, while the tone (of the commercials as well) owes more to Fernando Lamas, or "Fern, as I came to know him," who served as a mentor of masculinity for the younger actor. The adventures extend to the bedroom, where his lovers included the semifamous (Tina Louise), the anonymous, and the pseudonymous—e.g., "Wind Nymph." With a flair for name-dropping, Goldsmith recalls his rivalry with "Dusty" Hoffman, with whom he often competed for parts and to whom he prophesied, "I'm going make it and you're not." (Oops! "Over the next forty years, I would have those words to eat.") The author has lived a colorful life, to be sure, and he relates it in anecdotal chapters of a couple of pages each, but no publisher would have been interested if a chance commercial break hadn't given him his breakthrough. In the wake of that, Michael Jordan asked to have a picture taken with him, and he was invited to Camp David as "a birthday surprise for President Barack Obama." A lightweight entertainment that demonstrates the old saw that life can truly be stranger than fiction.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940172109287
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Publication date: 11/15/2019
Edition description: Unabridged

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