When a gang of film-star look-alikes decide to try and con a Hollywood producer into financing their bogus blockbuster movie, they know it's the biggest gamble of their lives but looking like the biggest flange of film-stars ever assembled to make a movie, has got to help. The Great Hollywood Double Hustle invites you into the curious world of a desperate gang of film-star look-alikes who are prepared to risk everything to escape what they consider to be, their dysfunctional Doppelgänger fate.
Prepared to take on predatory Hollywood producers and unscrupulous agents that stand in their way, they are not so well prepared when their financial backer, a low-life porn-producer with an axe to grind against the Hollywood machine, starts looking as trustworthy as a chocolate teapot. It doesn't help the group dynamic that their Brad Pitt look-alike egotistically believes that he is far more attractive than his real star counter-part and even worse, he is probably right. Worse still their George Clooney look-alike; a farmer's son from the Welsh valleys, looks exactly like the real Hollywood star but unfortunately can only sound like a farmer's son from the Welsh valleys. For their leader, a perfect Danny DeVito lookalike called Stanley, none of these problems are insurmountable but what scares him most is the fact that, if it all goes wrong, they will all go to prison for a very long time, or as George would put it, “Be in total shit”. Read by the amazingly talented comedian and impersonator Anil Desai, be prepared to listen to a soundalike of all your favourite Hollywood stars as he brings to life this entertaining romp. Look no further for your laugh-out-loud bawdy beach book this summer, The Great Hollywood Double Hustle is a laugh-a-minute look-alike winner!
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Very funny story and great impressions!
I truly enjoyed this very funny comedy caper story. I listened to it while decorating my house and it was wonderful company! The story is lighthearted but with lots of twists, turns and jeopardy. Plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. Anil Desai's reading is wonderful - the story would not be the same without it! All of the different characters make this audiobook more of a radio play than just a story, which is a real bonus.
There wasn't just one moment - I would say the final third of the story, when everything is falling into place (with a good dose of will-they-or-won't-they suspense) is brilliant!
Irving, with the impeccable Christopher Walken voice.
Yes, but life got in the way. I will listen to it again and again as it's the kind of story that will only get better with more listening.
I highly recommend this book. It makes a great counterbalance for more serious fiction, and is a truly pleasure to listen to.
- K Laine-Toner