What’s harder to do—a death scene or a sex scene? Love scenes, just because they’re embarrassing. I did a love scene in The American, which was challenging, especially when you’re 50. I died in The American, though you don’t really see it. And I was blown to bits in Syriana.
Did you cry when you saw yourself die? No. The last time I really cried at one of my movies was at the premiere of Batman & Robin. I thought that might be the end of my career and I might have brought down a franchise, and I wept.
You cry over your soon-to-be-dead wife in The Descendants, and it’s very touching. You know what? I covered that poor woman in onions, and when I went down to kiss her, massive tears. That’s how I roll [laughs].
Did you cry when you were on The Facts of Life? Let me tell you—I was on the show a year and a half, and there was one scene where Tootie and Jo were having an argument with Natalie, and I had to break it up. That’s easily some of the best work I’ve ever done [laughs]. I was fired from The Facts of Life. They did a reunion show and asked if I wanted to come do it, and I said, ‘You know, you did fire me.’
You did a lot of TV before starring in ER. On ER I had, by far, the smallest part. But I knew that if you play a pediatrician, it automatically makes you likable. In the first scene, I’m drunk. In the second scene, I’m hitting on the nurses. But at the end, I’m like, “Don’t touch that kid—not tonight, not ever,” and everybody says, “Ohhh, he’s a good guy.” You can do anything you want as long as you’re nice to kids.
In The Ides of March, you play a candidate for president, which raises the inevitable question: Will you run for elected office? No. The truth is, I really enjoy my life. And it doesn’t look fun to be in politics right now. I couldn’t imagine living under that kind of microscope, where not just things you do but things you don’t do are held against you. So, no.
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“No matter what, people don’t think of me for glamorous parts. I’ll go to an audition or a meeting in a pretty dress, and they still think of me as depressed or embattled. Hopefully, that will change.”
Dolce & Gabbana dress. Camilla Dietz Bergeron Ltd. necklace; Kwiat ring (on right hand); Davis’s own ring (on left hand).
Giorgio Armani tuxedo, shirt, bow tie, and cuff links.
“The movie that made me cry most recently was Silent Light, which is about the Mennonite community. The film is very naturalistic, and then all of a sudden, magic realism is introduced: A woman in her coffin slowly starts to wake up. I thought I was seeing things. I started to cry so hysterically that the person I was with suggested we leave—he said I was disrupting the audience. And he was bored. I think he was embarrassed by my crying. I made us stick it out, but that was kind of the end of that relationship.”
Moschino jacket; Eres bra; Moschino shorts. Ippolita bracelet; Falke hosiery; Manolo Blahnik shoes.
“When I won best actor at the Cannes film festival, Robert De Niro, the president of the jury, gave me the award. I was scared. It’s not my job to win a prize, especially a prize from De Niro. He leaned in and whispered to me, ‘You’re good. You’re good.’ I had grown up loving Goodfellas, and I almost fainted.”
Boss Black shirt and tie. Rolex watch.
“I don’t know how to cook or bake or prepare anything in the kitchen, and my character, Minny, is a fantastic cook. That was the hardest part of playing her. I don’t know how to do anything other than get a plate from the cabinet and stick something in the microwave.”
Elie Tahari sweater. Styled by Lori Goldstein.
“The first movie I remember seeing is Pal Joey. Frank Sinatra could do no wrong in my book, and when he sings ‘The Lady Is a Tramp’ to Rita Hayworth, I wanted that to happen to me. I longed to be in his song.”
Calvin Klein Collection dress. Verdura earrings. Styled by Lori Goldstein.
“When I read bedtime stories to my three sons, I try to do funny voices, and I immediately get a lot of crap for it. They say, ‘Papa, what are you doing? Just use a regular voice!’ They’re not impressed. They don’t find me funny.”
Derek Rose pajamas. Ferrell’s own ring.
DiCaprio came to this shoot sucking on an electronic cigarette. “I have an oral fixation,” he explained, as smoke engulfed his head. He had recently arrived from Australia, where he was shooting The Great Gatsby in 3-D, and became upset when someone asked him for an autograph. He seemed much more interested in leaving than being in the studio. As he rushed out the door, he noticed a toy Smurf that belonged to a child on the set. “I played with these when I was your age,” DiCaprio said, as he stopped suddenly to talk to the little girl. For a moment, he was genuine—kind, even—but he was late for a party or a dinner or a plane. It was time to be somewhere else. And then he was gone.
DiCaprio’s own suit and shirt.
Olatz slip. Dunst’s own earrings.
“For a year, I was Lisbeth Salander—I only wore black; I lived her life. Before this movie, I didn’t even have pierced ears. They put four holes in each ear, and my eyebrow and nipple were pierced. The only thing that concerned me was riding the motorcycle. I wasn’t nervous about the anal rape scene, but the motorcycle had me worried.”
Nina Ricci top.
Tom Ford shirt and bow tie. Brooks Brothers suspenders. Styled by Patrick Mackie.
Tom Ford vest and shirt. Pitt’s own watch and ring.
Burberry Prorsum jacket and trousers; Tom Ford shirt, bow tie, and cummerbund.
Tom Ford shirt. Dolce & Gabbana tie; Pitt’s own necklace.
“I call The Sound of Music ‘S&M.’ I did the movie for practical reasons: It was big bucks. And then I thought it would be bye-bye. I don’t sing—not even in the shower—and I thought, This will be a great lesson. But I didn’t think it was a very interesting part. I was determined to drink a lot and be sarcastic and cynical. S&M needed a bad boy to remind everyone how sluggishly gooey it might become. I may have kept the movie from becoming a sentimental bore.”
Plummer’s own suit, shirt, and bow tie.
“When I watch Up, it makes me weep like a lunatic. I was pregnant the first time I saw it, and the first six or seven minutes destroyed me. I’m not allowed to watch it anymore because I turn into a complete wreck.”
Helen Yarmak coat; Va Bien bustier. Cartier earrings and necklace. Styled by Lori Goldstein.
“As a child, I felt like a changeling at odds with the planet I arrived on. I didn’t understand the world I was born into, and that feeling of dissonance colored my youth. I saw that rigidness existed, and as a result, for me, rigidness got a bad name. Looseness was far better. And I gravitated toward a different life.”
Swinton’s own blouse; Dolce & Gabbana bra and briefs. Falke hosiery; Christian Louboutin shoes. Styled by Marie-Amélie Sauvé.
“I got Drive because I told my manager that I thought I could make an interesting villain. I read the script, and they asked me to go to the director’s house to meet him. We chatted, and on my way out I pinned him up against the wall by his front door. He’s Danish, and he’s already very pale. ‘What are you doing?!’ he asked. I was very quiet: ‘I just want you to know that I have great physical strength.’ So he gave me the part.”
Giorgio Armani tuxedo jacket, shirt, and bow tie. Brooks’s own glasses.
“When you work in a different language, your emotional state changes. In Spanish, my mother language, words not only have the meaning they have—they also have a personal meaning. For me, it is more difficult to say ‘Te quiero’ than ‘I love you.’”
Emporio Armani tank top. Banderas’s own necklace and ring.
“I did a ton of commercials growing up. My friends would go to soccer practice, and I would go to an audition. It was just a fun hobby. It’s still a fun hobby—nothing more.”
Eres bra and briefs.
Marchesa dress. Gilan ring; Harry Winston bracelet.
Dior dress; Fleur of England bra and briefs. Harry Winston bracelet; Bulgari ring.
Oscar de la Renta gown. Harry Winston bracelet; Gilan ring; Gucci shoes.
Grooming by Jean Black.