Robert Sellers’ Hellraisers: The life and inebriated times of Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O’Toole, and Oliver Reed is a well-written new book chronicling the Bacchanalian excesses of this UK theatre version of the Rat Pack from the cradle to the early grave (except for O’Toole).
However, believe you me, there is no way Frank, Dino, or Sammy could have kept up with these guys. They must have a different kind of craftsmanship of men across the pond…the kind of guy that can ingest literally 4-5 BOTTLES of high octane spirits per day and still memorize lines and stagger to their stage marks.
To be honest, I may not finish because I can only marvel at their cast iron guts for 50-100 pages. I’m also starting to get a bit queasy.