is refreshingly honest. James' discerning wit and wry sense of humor propel the reader through his journey. This enlightening memoir is a must-read for anyone who has dared to follow their dreams."
- Patrick Cariaga
, Emmy-winning producer of The Amazing Race
"Funny and moving, capturing vividly the most important moments of youth. A very personal story to which everyone can relate."
- Bob Read, producer of The Jay Leno Show and judge on Last Comic Standing
If you have ever truly loved a film, you will surely find yourself within these pages.
First set in Croydon, South London, in the 1980s, Admit One details how Emmett James escaped the pains of adolescence by going to the cinema. With wry, self-deprecating humor and observation, the author reflects on, obsesses over, and rages about film and its correlation to our pasts. Life soon imitates art, and the narrator finds that his true calling is in transiting one side of the screen to the other.
He decides to leave England for the only place where he can realize his dream of becoming an actor-America.
We then follow the narrator on his numerous Hollywood adventures, watching as he glides smoothly from forgery to pornography to crashing the Academy Awards under the alias of a nominated screenwriter. At every turn, the films that inspired Emmett James as a child resurface, and they serve to contextualize his humorous collection of stories. He provides unique insights into the fascinating world of film, and eventually stumbles into acting in the highest-grossing movie of all time, Titanic.