I Am Spartacus!
Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist
Publication Date: June 2013
Enter your zip code below to find indies closest to you.
One of the world's most iconic movie stars, Kirk Douglas has distinguished himself as a producer, philanthropist, and author. Now, more than fifty years after the release of his enduring epic Spartacus, Douglas reveals the riveting drama behind the making of the legendary gladiator film. Douglas began producing the movie in the midst of the politically charged era when Hollywood's moguls refused to hire anyone accused of Communist sympathies. In a risky move, Douglas chose Dalton Trumbo, a blacklisted screenwriter, to write Spartacus. As both producer and star of the film, Douglas faced explosive moments with young director Stanley Kubrick and struggles with giant personalities, including Sir Laurence Olivier, Charles Laughton, and Peter Ustinov. Writing from his heart and from his own meticulously researched archives, Kirk Douglas, at ninety-five, looks back candidly and often with self-effacing humor at his audacious decision to give public credit to Trumbo, thus effectively ending the notorious Hollywood blacklist.
About the AuthorKirk Douglas has been a Hollywood legend for more than half a century. His eighty-three films include The Bad and the Beautiful and Lust for Life. In addition, his company, Bryna, has produced such classics as Spartacus, Douglas has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award given by the President, as well as numerous other awards and honors. Currently he serves as a Goodwill Ambassador for the State Department and the Legion de Honneur in France. The father of four sons, and grandfather of five, he lives with his wife, Anne, in Beverly Hills.
Michael Douglas has more than twenty years of experience in theatre, film and television. He has played pivotal roles in such films as Wall Street, for which he won an Academy Award(R), The China Syndrome, Faral Attraction, Basic lnsfinct, The American President and Traffic. Also an accomplished film producer, he won the Academy Award(R) in 1975 for the film One Flew Oiler the Curkoo's Nest.
George Clooney won the Special Achievement in Film award from the National Board of Review for his directorial debut, "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind". His acting credits include the blockbuster hits "Ocean's Twelve" and "Ocean's Eleven", the critically acclaimed "Three Kings", the Oscar(R)-nominated "Out of Sight" and the Coen Brothers' "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", for which he won the Best Actor (Musical or Comedy) Golden Globe.
Grant Heslov served as the director and producer of the critically acclaimed series "Unscripted", and co-executive producer of "K Street", both for HBO. In his long career as an actor, he has had roles in the TV shows "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and "The X-Files", and the feature films "The Scorpion King, Enemy of the State, Dante's Peak, The Birdcage, Congo" and "True Lies".