James Franco convincingly seduces himself in this Solve Sundsbo–directed, Owen Pallett–scored vignette.
So this is one of the best things you’ll see on the internet today.
To accompany the “Actors Who Defined Cinema in 2010” feature in the Hollywood issue of New York Times Magazine, one-minute short films were made as web companions for this year’s print portraits. Torontoist’s honorary resident musician, Owen Pallett, scored them. The result, ladies and germs, is the wonderful Fourteen Actors Acting.
“Music can steer what people see in a picture,” the magazine’s photo editor Kathy Ryan said in a behind-the-scenes blog feature. “It can drastically re-chart the direction the picture was taking the person.”
Norway fashion photographer Solve Sundsbo directed, and Pallett recorded his reactionary pieces with the Czech Symphony strings in Prague. “As soon as the image hit my eyes, I knew automatically,” Pallett recounted to the Times, of the composition process.
From the stoic and solemn Michael Douglas to the joyful and dancing Vincent Cassel to the explosive Javier Bardem to the unstable, epiphanic Tilda Swinton, the unstill-life portraits are intimate, funny, and compelling, with the performances augmented by their mini symphonies.
And though, through this, we learned to love James Franco even more, we uncovered a heartbreaking truth, too: we could never believe him if he looked at us like that. His game is all for show. Never trust an actor. We are through, Franco.