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Monday, 23 January 2012

Film Director, Guy Magar, shares his behind the scenes moments of Hollywood!

Front CoverKiss Me Quick Before I Shoot is an unconventional memoir because it deals with diverse topics such as the magic of making movies and the magic of finding true love. I’ve been blessed to have had such a kaleidoscope of experiences starting as a child in Egypt and immigrating to America, growing up in New York and learning to speak English, going to college at an incendiary political time in the country (late ‘60s), and then setting myself on such an unlikely journey to become a film director in Hollywood. That career adventure was a story I always wished to share because it’s been rich with wild and crazy experiences such as my first producer turning out to be a real Mafia assassin, almost decapitating Drew Barrymore right after ET, and coming close to derailing James Cameron’s career though he is so talented I doubt anyone could have altered his storied destiny. Everyone loves to look behind the curtain of the movie world and this memoir takes you there on a very personal experience like no other.

Regarding the title, “Kiss me quick before I shoot” was my welcoming catchphrase to my wife Jacqui whenever she visited on-set, seemingly always just before I rolled cameras. And so this book is also about a deeper magic, the magic of finding your soulmate, your life partner. Finding true love for me is all about falling in love with Jacqui, and having a costumed Camelot wedding where I got to duel for her hand (a la Errol Flynn) in a romantic Renaissance celebration that has blossomed to this day, twenty-nine years later. This journey was also worthy of telling due to the extreme dramatic turn of Jacqui suddenly being diagnosed with leukemia three years ago.

That unique medical journey to heal her through a cutting-edge clinical trial was a triumphant story of the human spirit - of her great courage - that deserved to be shared with the world. Everyone knows someone with cancer, and so I wanted to write a book about our experience that would inspire folks to get through their illness. For me, the grateful feedback from caregivers and cancer patients has been the most emotionally satisfying response to this memoir and the 18-month writing journey it required. It took me longer to write this book than any movie I ever made.

I wanted this memoir to be a good friend with which you curl up with while sipping a hot chocolate because writing this memoir was a celebration of life. For me, it’s about following your dreams and making them come true. And that’s magical, as it is for all of us, and I wished to share that universal commonality. I encourage my readers to be inspired to celebrate their own unique life experiences. It was my desire and hope that by sharing my magic it would inspire folks to reflect, to take the time to appreciate their own great life journeys. We are all so busy living life and dealing with our daily challenges that most of the time we don’t take a time out to celebrate our own magic of being alive. This is why the last parting line in my book is “Dare to dream…I did. From one magician to another: Peace.”

I invite you to http://www.kissmequickbeforeishoot.com/media/book-excerpts/ and enter our weekly contest – just pick your favorite book excerpt short - and win a signed paperback mailed to you. Peace to all fellow writers and visitors.

Guy Magar was nine years old when he left Egypt in 1958. His family immigrated to the U.S., where he grew up in Middletown, NY. Graduating from Rutgers University, Guy began his film career at the London Film School. Soup Run, his first short won a Special Jury Prize at the 1974 San Francisco Film Festival.

In 1978, Guy relocated to Los Angeles to attend the American Film Institute.  His first short, Once Upon an Evening (made for $500) got him a 7-year deal at Universal Studios. Guy went on to earn over 100 film production credits including episodes of La Femme Nikita, Sliders, The A-Team, Blue Thunder, Fortune Hunter, The Young Riders, Lawless, Our Family Honor, Hunter, and the CBS pilot/MOW Dark Avenger. He also directed 35 shows of the daytime drama Capitol      

Guy's feature film credits include Lookin' Italian (starring "Friends" Matt LeBlanc and singer Lou Rawls in their first film); Stepfather 3 which launched HBO's World Premiere Series; and the cult thriller Retribution which will be released for the first time on DVD on its 25th anniversary in summer 2012. His recent feature is Children of the Corn: Revelation based on Stephen King's original story.       

Guy is founder of the Action/Cut Filmmaking Seminars, which for the last ten years, has provided the acclaimed "page to screen" 2-day educational industry workshop. Action/Cut has taught thousands of filmmakers during seminar tours which include most major USA cities. His seminar is available as the acclaimed Action/Cut Home Film Course 12-hour DVD Collection.

Guy is the founder of the annual Action/Cut Short Film Competition, which provides an opportunity for young filmmakers to showcase their talents. Action/Cut was one of the first to stream films on the Internet, which can be viewed year-round on its website. MovieMaker reviewed Action/Cut as one of the "Top 10 Shorts Festival in the World for Filmmakers!”          
Guy has launched the marketing of his Hollywood memoir Kiss me Quick Before I Shoot and looks forward to promoting it throughout 2012. Guy writes a popular blog at the book’s website and welcomes visitors to share it, and where there are links to purchase the memoir in various formats. He lives in the Hollywood Hills with Jacqui, his beautiful wife of 28 years. 

Website: www.kissmequickbeforeishoot.com
Competition website: www.actioncut.com


  1. Thanks for having me on your blog. Stopped by to say hello and encourage your readers to enjoy this entertaining memoir. Happy reading to all.

  2. Guy you've definitely accomplished Kiss Me Quick Before I Shoot feeling like a great friend. I loved it! Thanks for hosting today Louise. If you haven't read Guy's book yet, you should. Fantastic read.

  3. It does sound fascinating. Thanks BK, and thank you Guy for your post.