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Romeo -My Escape in Five Acts, an autobiography by Ola Rapace

By: Anders Frejdh
Ola Rapace Romeo – min flykt i fem akter
Admired and respected but also surrounded by gossip and headlines... Think you know Swedish actor Ola Rapace who achieved international fame after his role in the 2012 James Bond film Skyfall? Then who is the vulnerable man behind the tough surface? On 10th November 2020, The Book Affair publish Ola's autobiography titled Romeo – My Escape in Five Acts (initially only available in Swedish).

In five acts with nine chapters, Ola weaves his life together based on the role that has had the greatest impact on his professional and private life. The overarching theme of his life has been the conflict between the roles he has chosen to play professionally and the roles he is forced to play in his private life, which tragically consistently comes second.

From the years at the stage school in Gothenburg, the breakthrough on stage, in film and TV to the meeting with the great love he marries, we get to follow Ola through light and darkness. How to be a good husband and father and at the same time a successful actor? The equation is difficult to achieve, and Ola becomes demon-controlled, loses his footing and it becomes the beginning of a journey down to hell with tragic signs that end in chaos when his friend a colleague and mistress tragically passes away and the divorce from his wife is a fact.

Ola moves to France and loses him completely in love and in art. Life is now fraught with superficial relationships and cold and he is drawn deeper and deeper into emptiness, drugs, and vodka. The way back is long and difficult but, in the end, when the bottom is reached and he thinks he has lost everything, the light returns. Suddenly love is possible again and he moves home to Stockholm and begins the long and arduous journey towards family happiness and a dignified professional life.

About Ola Rapace:

Ola Rapace is an acclaimed theatre, film and television actor known from, among others, Tusenbröder (2002-2007), Lukas Moodyson's Together (2000), Wallander (2005-2006), Luc Besson's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) and the James Bond movie Skyfall (2012) directed by Sam Mendes..

In his debut book, he writes in a raw self-disclosing and brutally honest way about reaching the bottom and fighting his way back up again.

I sin debutbok skriver han hudlöst självutlämnande och brutalt ärligt om att nå botten och kämpa sig upp igen.
Order Ola Rapace' autobiography Romeo – min flykt i fem akter (available only in Swedish) from Adlibris, Bokus or Akademibokhandeln.



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