The dramatic life story of one of New Zealand's most successful acting exports.
From gifted and unorthodox doctor, to wife-beating bully, to Star Wars bounty hunter, one thing Temuera Morrison can't be accused of is being typecast.
With humble beginnings in the rural backblocks of Rotorua, Temuera's early life gave him a strong sense of family, community and culture. Following his father's tragic death when Temuera was just 14 years old, he developed his love of – and talent for – performing through kapa haka.
It was the attention Temuera received as the violent and abusive Jake Heke in Once Were Warriors that brought him international acclaim and ultimately propelled him to Hollywood.
In his memoir, Temuera talks about the roles he has played, the famous people he has worked alongside (including Pamela Anderson, Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Michael Jackson and George Lucas), the mistakes he's made in his life and the lessons he's learned along the way. This is a truly entertaining account of an event-packed life.