Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Poster for Jerry Weintraub Doc 'His Way' From HBO

Love this. He knew a star when he saw one. Promoted Elvis Presley, The Carpenters, Frank Sinatra, John Denver, Led Zeppelin. Produced 'The Karate Kid', 'Ocean's 11, 12, 13', 'Nashville'.

If you haven't read it or heard about it, check out Jerry Weintraub's tell-all When I Stop Talking You'll Know I'm Dead. He comes off as a good guy who holds personal relationships above all, is up at dawn every day working hard as hell, gets results no matter how impossible the task.

Wonderful reading. The chapter about dealings with Bobby Fischer during his World Chess Championship match with Boris Spassky in 1972 is something else. It's pretty bizarre. Fischer was beyond eccentric by that time. I think, out of respect, Weintraub waited till Fischer died before publishing the memoir.

Great interview with NPR from 2010. Required listening. Funny as hell. Wonderful insight into what it takes to succeed.

Here's the trailer for the doc.

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