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Apr112014

Tattooed Lady & Gent

The Film Experience does not endorse tattoos. That shit is crazy permanent and who wants to wear the same thing every day of one's life? But tattoos can sometimes look good in a photo shoot, with the right body, or work well in dramatic or comic context. Two current magazine covers remind us of the ink fad which shows no signs of abating. (When I was a wee bairn the only tattoos I ever saw were on bikers and Popeye the Sailor Man. Now every third person on the street is sporting them.)

 

Ass dimples forever!

You guys. I got the best swag in the mail yesterday. A copy of Veep Season 2 along with Vice President Selena Meyer's book "Some New Beginnings - Our Next American Journey" which I hope is a plot point on Season 3. The jacket is very funny, with choice pull quotes, and a lot of vague meaningless inspirational double speak.

Here is just one excerpt...

In "Some New Beginnings - Our Next American Journey", Selina Meyer sets out her vision for a journey that could start now, or in the not-too-distant future, with a single step, taken by us all, together. America, she says, is "both a nation of journeys and a journey in itself."

This is an invitation to be a part of that journey. A journey from an old New World to a new New World. A journey from USA to "USA Plus." "

The book, like the content of Meyer's brain, is blank inside. 


Those are some ugly tats but "ugly" is not a good word to use in a sentence with Tom Hardy. So glad he's slimmed down. I'm glad Esquire saw fit to add the question mark after "The Greatest Actor of His Generation" because, really, as much as I love him and he's impressed on a few occasions. He hasn't yet come close to proving that. He even has tough competition within his birth year alone which also brought us Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Édgar Ramirez, and Matthias Schoenaerts. 1977 was an extraordinary vintage.

JA has a comment about an interesting quote from Hardy in the cover story. Hardy is currently headlining the solo act film Locke and soon we'll see two gritty crime dramas The Drop and Child 44. In 2015: the long delayed if not necessarily long awaited Mad Max reboot, Mad Max: Fury Road. And then a possible Oscar grab in 2015 or 2016 as Elton John in the biopic Rocket Man.

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I assume a fair bit of airbrushing in the Rolling Stones cover but, holy s**t, JLD looks like that at 50-something?! Vada-va-boom! :O

April 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarlos

Not into tattoes here. I can't understand the addictivity of it. My "favourite" type is the back of the neck tattoo. You can never see it, only someone else can, someone really close to your neck... Don't know why they only call tramp stamp to the one in the lower back.

April 11, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteriggy

Woha, is that giant back tattoo for real???
(Even if not, it's impressive)
I have a friend who has gigantic angel wings tattoos on her back. I'd never get something that size, but everyone has to decide for him/herself.

April 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSonja

Sonja: Definitely not, due to how much it's a show specific visual gag. (We the People and John Hancock signature are the tip-offs.)

April 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

Don't know why they only call tramp stamp to the one in the lower back.

Think about it. ;-)

April 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

@Volvagia

Okay, I was actually thinking that.
But.... you never know if things like that could be real. *gg*

April 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSonja

Can someone please define what that elusive 'generation' is? Is it about how old the actor is? Who is usually up for the same parts? When they started working? When they finally broke out? Some combination? All of the above?

April 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPitry

Hardy looks better with his shirt on...

April 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

I regret having been dragged to This Is War with Tom Hardy, Reese Witherspoon, and Chris Pine. It just turned me off Tom Hardy, which is a pity. How long does it take for an actor's most awful movie to be forgotten? Does it have to be mentally displaced by their good work?

April 11, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteradri

In response to Pitry, I think it's "Some combination" but mostly "who is usually up for the same parts". For example, Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender are mostly not in the same conversation as Ryan Gosling and Joseph Gordon-Levitt for parts, even though they're not that much older. They're competing mostly against Joaquin Phoenix, Dicaprio, Casey Affleck, and Christian Bale.

As for Hardy, I think he's mega-skilled, but he's only worthy of the hype in Bronson. And I do like him in Inception and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, both performances where he's dialled down. He has a tendency towards posturing and over-blown vocal performances that can be inappropriate or unintentionally hilarious (Warrior, TDKR, Lawless). I think Bronson is his best because those tendencies are completely appropriate for that particular character--someone in love with the idea of his own legend.

April 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKate

I actually have read about both this cover in MNPP.
Love Julia! She aged gracefully
I have seen Veep season 3 premiere, and of course totally hilarious as usual
The book (which is not written by Selina afterall) is a plot point indeed, Selina goes on a book tour while campaigning for her presidential race

April 11, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercraver

My favorite Hardy perfs are RocknRolla, Sikes in the BBC Oliver Twist, and Inception. "You must learn to dream bigger, darling."

Hate the tats. So, we'll just wear blindfolds and do it all by feel.

April 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

I feel like that description matches his character in Lawless too, though. Jessica Chastain's character literally tells him the same thing. IDK, I felt like it was used to purposeful comic effect in that movie.

April 13, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter@kate

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