Guy Magar will be signing copies of his book Kiss Me Quick Before I Shoot on Sunday, March 18th, from 1 - 3 p.m.
It’s not your typical story line: Egyptian immigrant makes his way into the United States, attends film school, discovers his first producer is a Mafia assassin, lands a directing contract with Universal, nearly decapitates an eight-year-old Drew Barrymore, and hires James Cameron for his first production design job.
The perimeter of Guy Magar’s memoir Kiss Me Quick Before I Shoot
features the outrageous tales of his Hollywood career, the sweat of his dedicated work ethic and the heft of golden names dropped throughout. The interior contains darkly serious matter: how Earth tilts off her axis the day the love of Magar’s life, his wife Jacqui, is diagnosed with leukemia.
Without a second thought, Magar abandons his Hollywood work to focus on his reality, and moves into the role of 24-hour caregiver without hesitation, pausing only in the beginning to ask “why” before he realizes it is futile.
What follows is a period of Magar’s dogged determination as he strives to be a caregiver and leukemia expert, leaving no stone unturned in his quest to find treatments for Jacqui. After discovering the leading cancer center, City of Hope in Duarte, California, the couple consults with a world-class doctor who invites Jacqui to join their national research trial in stemcell transplant treatment. Magar and Jacqui lock up their house, board their dog, and move into the center to start Jacqui’s curative journey back to health.
Kiss Me Quick Before I Shoot (Guy’s welcoming catchphrase to Jacqui whenever she visited on-set) describes Jacqui’s harrowing battle—and subsequent recovery—with leukemia seen through the lens of Magar’s care-giving, but it isn’t entirely focused on her illness.
Chapters alternate between Magar’s impressive entry into the filmmaking world, showcasing the amusing ‘stories behind the stories’ of the Hollywood industry, and his once-in-a-lifetime tale in finding true love with Jacqui.
While the memoir details two highly different journeys, one thing is remarkably consistent: Magar’s unwavering, almost super-human dedication to what he loves.