Dating game chuck barris
Suspense, excess, danger and exuberant fun come together in Chuck Barris' unlikely autobiography -- the tale of a wildly flamboyant 1970s television producer, better known as the infamous host of The Gong Show. Who's to say if the super tall tales Barris lays down in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind are real? He knew what the people wanted and he gave it to them.
What most people don't know is that Barris allegedly spent close to two decades as a decorated covert assassin for the CIA. Who's to say if the super tall tales Barris lays down in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind are real? He knew what the people wanted and he gave it to them. But one wonders if while sitting around bored at his ABC Studios security guard gig cooking up ideas that would eventually turn into hit television shows like The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game and the Gong Show, perhaps Barris was also cooking up an alter ego, a James Bond daydream persona that could lift him out of his humdrum existence.
Barris, who achieved tremendous success as the creator and producer of hit TV game shows such as The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game, claims to have joined the CIA as an agent in the early 1960s, infiltrated the Civil Rights movement, met with militant Muslims in Harlem, and traveled abroad in order to kill enemies of the United States. And I will also say this for the book, it's a quick read! Just like in his Gong Show days, ol' Chucky baby knows how to keep the show moving. When I was a wee lad, Chuck Barris' tv shows entertained the heck out of me.
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is now a movie directed by and starring George Clooney, with Sam Rockwell as the author, but the original story is wild and gripping, spiced with intrigue, sex, bad behavior and plenty of great one-liners. Watching adults make fools out of themselves on the Gong Show cracked me up to no end!
But, Barris' real life stuff is what fascinates me most.
"Palisades Park" then crazy television success into his current status as a writer.
Given how outrageous a claim he's making, I expected the story to be more, well, outrageous.
He has a sardonic negativity that melds and fuses to a certain crazed whimsy that makes me wish he would not only be my friend..that he would write another book. It just had to be taken for the wonderful mystery it was.
I found the book that the movie was based on in the library, and read the whole thing in one evening. This book is a wild romp through the life, real or imagined, of one of the most famous television producers in the 1960s and 1970s, and is not just Hollywood or LA, but tells about Barris's "secret double life" -- as a hired assassin for the Central Intelligence Agency. Part Hollywood tell-all, part spy thriller, but wholly entertaining and quickly read. The whole thing is an interesting read what with the whole fantasy about Chuckie Baby doubling as a CIA assassin.
But, Barris' real life stuff is what f I finished the book this morning and then watched the movie, (made from a Charlie Kaufman screenplay adaptation) tonight after the Super Bowl.
I can tell you that the film was a lot more edgy, dark and less fun than the book. I've come to idolize Chuck Barris since I read You and Me, Babe years ago.
The whole thing is an interesting read what with the whole fantasy about Chuckie Baby doubling as a CIA assassin.
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His account of the recruitment process sounds way too random, and he comes off as unstable.