Deceased in 2008, the great Paul Leonard Newman had a life worthy of the movies. He was born into a good family, became an award-winning actor, was a film director, and one of the great sex symbols of the 1960s.
So it was with surprise that his family received the statements that the American star left for an eventual autobiography, finally released in 2022.
"I am faced with the appalling fact that I don't know anything," Paul Newman said. To him, his characters amounted to a shell that is photographed on the screen, which the fans run after, and which gets all the glory. Meanwhile, he added, the real person inside him, the core, remains unexplored, uncomfortable and unknown.
Uncertainties and insecurities are part of every human being, as Paul Newman's biography proves—or that of any famous sports champion or politician, if the book is honest.
Take Rickson Gracie, for example. The master was always seen as an unbeatable champion. He, however, never saw himself as a superhuman person. And he learned to look inside himself and deal with conflicting emotions.
Was Rickson born like this? Not at all. Everything was the result of many years of jiujitsu, a field where the fighter learns that life consists of going from heaven to hellish discomfort, on an unexpected and sometimes fun seesaw.
Learn below how Rickson deals with his ghosts.