The Players: Taking Hollywood for a Ride

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Reminiscent of Catch Me If You Can, this is the astonishing true story of how a bankrupt con man bounced back to beat Hollywood at its own game.

Colin Hayday's first scam was ingenious: he bought a skyscraper - with no money. When the scam failed, he realised the story could make a money-spinning movie. So he drove a taxi around Soho, London's film district, pitching the idea to everyone who got into his cab. When he picked up the Oscar-winning mogul behind Taxi Driver, The Sting and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, his next scam began.

The Players is about endless cunning, reckless audacity, famous names and a most unlikely duo: Colin Hayday and screenwriter Jo Reynolds. It reveals the true story behind their $15 million movie deal and how they played off the world's press against the mighty Hollywood machine - to keep their dream alive.

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"A scam of a sham of a scam of a sham...hilarious...and for once it's Struggling Writers 1 Hollywood United 0" (Johnny Vaughan)

"You won't be able to put it down" (Celia Walden Daily Telegraph)

"Reynold's book never fails to entertain . . .each chapter is enticingly short and will have you racing to finish it (****)" (The Works)

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This is the astonishing true story of how a bankrupt con man bounced back by beating Hollywood at its own game. Colin Hayday's first scam was ingenious: he bought a skyscraper - with no money. When the scam failed, he realised the story could make a money-spinning movie. So he drove a taxi around Soho, London's film district, pitching the idea to everyone who got into his cab. When he picked up the Oscar-winning mogul behind "Taxi Driver", "The Sting" and "Close Encounters", his next scam began. "The Players" is about endless cunning, reckless audacity, famous names and a most unlikely duo: Colin and screenwriter Jo Reynolds. It reveals the truth behind their $15 million movie deal and how they played off the world's press against the mighty Hollywood machine - to keep their dream alive.

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