Finally, I have become a “twitter storm…”
And for this I must thank something called Stan Twitter – which I don’t know of nor understand but apparently, it is a thing and why after 10,000 retweets, an adverse story about Dominic Holland has been doing the rounds and picked up elsewhere, including the Metro and Buzzfeed…
No one wishes to read personal insults in the media – that I have been ‘cancelled’ ‘called out’ and revealed for being ‘bitter and jealous’ of my son’s fame – but since none of these things are remotely true, it isn’t terribly troubling.
Indeed, when I was first alerted to the mob and the “hate Dominic Holland campaign”, I was actually on-line looking at Box Office Mojo and enjoying the great success of Spider-Man Far From Home.
Writing Eclipsed was not a project undertaken lightly. I was aware of how the book might present itself and especially to anyone who hasn’t read it, which is why its tone is so key and that the manuscript needed to be rewritten so many times. And before I published it, my wife Nikki and Tom were given opportunities to completely knock it on the head.
It also needed to be an honest account of my own career – the highs and lows – and particularly my foray in to screenwriting to sit alongside Tom’s rather different Hollywood experience.
I felt fortunate since the story seemed pre-ordained to me and near on perfect as a non-fiction tale. That I had taken aim at Hollywood myself and that without any planning or intentions on our part as a couple, that our eldest should become a blinking movie star.
I think that this is the first time I have referred to Tom in this way – but why not, its what he is and it could seem churlish not to.
The truth is I don’t make many claims in Eclipsed. Not that I am a comedic star who was wronged or that my son/s are terribly special or talented. It is more just my observations of an unusual set of family circumstances.
And whatever achievements lie ahead for me; I fully understand that the Eclipse is complete and will never be reversed. Furthermore, I expect my other three boys to only add to my ‘misery’ in the years to come (misery in inverted commas here to denote that I am joking; on the off-chance that anyone from Stan reads this post) – and when this happens, I will be delighted.
Regular readers of this site will know my travails with the game of golf. Tom has long since left me behind and is giving me shots now as well as career advice. This morning I played Sam and as hard as I tried to beat him, his two shot victory filled me with pride. And so it is only Paddy left now in my family that I can beat – but I don’t give this very long – a year perhaps and maybe sooner.
In the book, Eclipsed, I am keen to explain that despite my setbacks (which are common to all) that I have not given up trying – which is amply demonstrated by my just publishing my fifth novel, I,Gabriel.
I didn’t bother submitting it to publishers – preferring to go it alone and so I don’t have ‘people’ to get it reviewed and have me booked to do media appearances. The novel relies pretty much on my blog as its platform and so with the odds stacked against me – this splurge of publicity for DH across print and on-line is very welcome indeed.
A question I am asked occasionally and usually by fellow comedians (who have a first hand in understanding how hard it is to make a living out of funny these days) is this…
With Tom being so successful, why do you bother trying anymore?
I could bore you with a missal answering this but aside from enjoying writing and the challenge of trying to make people laugh – the implication of this is that my son just takes care of me from here-on-in. Getting paid for nothing – or perhaps for the years already invested by his parents in his young life?
I cannot imagine anything worse. Even reading plain untruths about me in a national newspaper.
It is august after all – a slow news month – and to remind everyone – that there is no such thing as bad publicity and with this in mind, need I remind anyone that I,Gabriel is out now
And finally – many people have since come on-line to refute the thrust of this story – mainly people who have read the book – which is heartening to see – so thank you.