The actors in James Francoâ€™s brilliant debut novel include a McDonaldâ€™s drive-thru operator who spends his shift trying on accents; an ex-child star recalling a massive beachside bacchanal; hospital volunteers and Midwestern transplants; a vampire flick starlet who discovers a cryptic book written by a famous actor gone AWOL; and the ghost of River Phoenix. Then thereâ€™s Franco himself, who prowls backstage, peering out between the linesâ€”before taking the stage with fascinating meditations on his art, along with nightmarish tales of excess. â€śHollywood has always been a private club,â€ť he writes. â€śI open the gates. I say welcome. I say, Look inside.â€ťÂ Told in a dizzying array of stylesâ€”from lyric essays and disarming testimonials to hilariously rambling text messages and ghostly footnotesâ€”and loosely modeled on Alcoholics Anonymousâ€™s Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, Actors Anonymous is an intense, wild ride into the dark heart of celebrity.