Well, 2013 was quite the year – the release of my first book, my first feature film role and my first ‘proper’ acting award. No, no, don’t get too excited, I’ve not obtained an Oscar or bagged a BAFTA, or even grabbed a Golden Globe (that sounds dodgy) – but at this early stage in my acting journey, a positive recognition from anywhere for anything is most gratefully received. So THANK YOU to the fine folks at Zed Fest over in the States who gave me “Outstanding Performance” for my turn in Jon Cunningham’s “BLT” as a rather defeated Scottish tramp. I was especially pleased to also see my co-star, the fabulous Stephen Molloy, also get a nod for his less obviously defeated businessman. Overall, a great short film that Jon worked hard to put together and has done a great job with. If you haven’t watched it, check it out…
Meanwhile, on the literary front, I was similarly thrilled to hear that The Hardcore Truth, the autobiography of Bob Holly for which I was the writer, was runner up in the Best Wrestling Book category in the 2013 Wrestling Observer Awards. Given that the people who vote in these awards are – shall we say – the more intense, committed collective of wrestling fans, I was delighted to see that Bob’s book had done so well. The winning book, a look at the history of the Montreal wrestling territory, was the sort of book that would appeal hugely to the voting demographic of the Observer so I wasn’t shocked to see that particular book win – I’ve heard good things about it although not read it. I’m sure it was a very worthy winner… hell, it had better be if it beat Bob and my book
In all seriousness, I’m very flattered that 203 people went out of their way – with no nominations or guidelines – to say that the book that Bob and I put together was the best wrestling book of the year. When you consider that’s about 25% of the votes overall, it’s a humbling stat. I think I speak for Bob on this one in that we’re both very grateful to anybody who took the time to buy and read the book, give us feedback on Amazon (where we’re now the 9th most reviewed wrestling autobiog on the whole site, AND with a 4.7 star average review – bloody marvellous!) and we’re thrilled that so many people enjoyed the book. Seeing so many people do a complete 180 turn on how they feel about Bob is hugely gratifying. Here is a man who was cast in a role for over a decade as, basically, a prick – and he was so good at his job that people believed that was the real man. But the real man is nothing like that character and now the world has a chance to get to know him. If you’ve not read the book yet, I’d encourage you to pick up a copy. Not because I get royalties (although I like that part) and not because it appeases my ego (I like that part too) but because it’s a bloody good book, a quick, easy read, a real page turner I’ve been told, and I’ve even had non-wrestling fans (most notably my missus Vicky and the bassist in my band D-State, a fine fella called Jumper) read it and marvel at it’s awesome goodnessocity. That’s a word, I swear.
If that’s sold you, here’s where you can buy it - http://www.amazon.com/The-Hardcore-Truth-Holly-Story/dp/1770411097 in America and http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hardcore-Truth-The-Bob-Holly/dp/1770411097 in the UK. Buy it, read it, enjoy it, bring it with you when you see me and I’ll write you a dirty limerick in the acknowledgements section….