Of all the sources of inspiration, they picked that one
I have respect for So Ji Sub, not just because he’s a good actor, but because his proclivity for staying out of the public eye (as much as an A-list celebrity can) and his subdued demeanor are a nice change from the other attention-seekers cluttering the landscape, whose constant self-promoting can at times seem desperate.
So Ji Sub’s latest activities include an extensive twelve-page photo spread for November’s issue of W magazine, shot by American photog Terry Richardson, and — get this — the entire shoot was built around the concept of The Brown Bunny. Yes, that notorious piece of self-aggrandizement touted as “serious art” but which was SO universally reviled that it got booed at Cannes. Its two leads (hipper-than-thou “auteur” Vincent Gallo and his supposedly “fashionable” co-star Chloe Sevigny) are, perhaps, the biggest black hole of charisma in any two actors I’ve ever seen. They’re like anti-charisma. Oh, right, and let’s not forget that infamous “nonsimulated sex” scene which got everyone in a snit because Chloe Sevigny gives Vincent Gallo a real blowjob onscreen (and there goes everyone to google Brown Bunny) instead of performing the Hollywood norm of just looking like she is — an act that was supposed to be less discomfiting than it sounds merely because the actors had at one point dated.
Anyway, so The Brown Bunny may be among the worst-received films of recent years, Gigli notwithstanding (because nobody was ever expected to take Gigli seriously, whereas The Brown Bunny drowns in the weight of its own self-importance). It was a fiasco financially, critically, reputationally (yes I know that’s not a word) and however else a film can be a fiasco.
All of which is my long-winded way of saying, Gee I wish that photo shoot was based on a better concept.
SONG OF THE DAY
Cloud Cuckoo Land – “외출” (going out) [ zShare download ]
Stills from Vincent Gallo’s Brown Bunny:
From So Ji Sub’s W magazine shoot:
(Thanks to dcinside)
MORE ADDED. Note: I didn’t put the following pics up initially because I could only find the first batch at first. And then I didn’t put it up because I find the shoot in poor taste. FYI, I hate them: