Tag: Esquire

George Clooney’s Rules for Living

Posted November 10, 2013

No one does the fame thing like Clooney. He floats above it even as he uses it to embellish his influence. He understands his place in the pantheon even as he remains hidden from the inquisitive lens. He’s the master. You must love him. For one thing, he’s lovable, professionally so. For another, he leaves nothing to chance. If he can’t win you over with his fame, his charm, and his good looks, he will win you over with preparation. It’s not that he’s needy, like an actor; it’s that he’s competitive, like an athlete. He’s always been good at […]

Chris Hemsworth, Whom You Know As Thor (But Is So Much More)

Chris Hemsworth, Whom You Know As Thor (But Is So Much More)

Posted August 24, 2013

In a land far, far away, Chris Hemsworth is sitting on the deck, no shoes, eating cheese and fruit served to him by his hot wife, drinking a beer, listening to the breeze, wondering if maybe he could afford this place. Saturday at the beach. Chris Hemsworth doesn’t surf on this Saturday. He doesn’t even leave the house. Even though he talks about surfing a lot and I hint that it would be great to do something besides sit on the deck. Instead he lounges above a deafening Pacific surf, drinks one single beer, picks at the plate of cheese, […]

Brad Pitt: A Life So Large

Brad Pitt: A Life So Large

Posted May 20, 2013

Brad Pitt became a movie star before he had been able to make himself an actor. Brad Pitt won’t remember you. If you’ve met him, he’ll have no idea who you are when he meets you again. Even if you’ve had what he calls “a real conversation,” your face will start fading from his memory as soon as you walk away. He’ll try to hold on to its outlines, but your features will suffer an inexorable erasure, and the next time he sees you you’ll be brand-new to him. He used to try tricking those he’d forgotten into thinking he […]

George Clooney’s Thoughts for Today

Posted December 13, 2011

Hey, this is Einstein. I guess he’s part cocker spaniel or something. I got him out of a shelter about a year and a half ago. I was looking for a dog because I hadn’t had one for a while — and I wanted one that was house-trained. I’m just terrible at house-training dogs. So I go online and see Einstein. They had a whole film about him. It was actually really sweet. You see him all beat up and shit in the shelter, and they show how they cleaned him up. I love this dog. So I called and […]

Christian Bale May Kill Someone Yet

Posted November 15, 2010

When a rage for authenticity meets a workingman’s attitude, you get this guy. An actor of great dimension — just don’t call him that. And he’ll probably win some big award for his role in The Fighter, but don’t dare tell him that. A funny and sometimes testy encounter with Mr. Bale. Christian Bale comes to the bar looking much more scruffy and handsome — charming, rakish, ne’er-do-well, with a piratical mustache and goatee — than he ever lets himself look in movies. His English accent hits a sweet spot on the higher edge of working class, with a hint […]

How Do You Become Leo DiCaprio?

Posted February 17, 2010

You knew Leonardo DiCaprio was a movie star the first time you saw him on-screen. He keeps getting better because he watches the other movie stars he works with — and he learns. Here he talks about what he’s picked up along the way. Yeah, I can tell you what I learned from the mustard jar. When I was fifteen, I got this amazing opportunity to audition for this plum role opposite Robert De Niro and Ellen Barkin in This Boy’s Life. Before that, it was The New Lassie or a Bubble Yum commercial. They were using the mustard-jar scene […]

Johnny Depp – What I’ve Learned

Posted December 1, 2007

My mother taught me a lot of things. The first thing that comes to mind is: Don’t take any sh* off anyone, ever. When I was a little kid, we moved constantly. Bully picks on you in the new place? Don’t ever take any sh* off anyone, ever. Eloquent and right. My life is my life because of Tim. Definitely. This is Tim Burton in a nutshell: We were doing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and I was on the set. We were shooting, working, working, working. All great. Everything’s cool. One of my pals comes up and says, “Helena […]

Angelina Jolie Dies for Our Sins

Posted July 17, 2007

There is a question people ask when they hear you’ve met with Angelina Jolie. It is not about her work in Darfur, her work with children orphaned by AIDS. It’s this: Is she…sexy?  Her sexiness is supposed to be larger than life, but in fact it’s smaller, because it shows through in her gestures and in the details of her beauty. And so it’s not the main thing when you meet her. “I entered this business before I had focus and purpose in my life. I was very unhappy, very unhealthy, and when I sat down for an interview, I […]

Mr. Pitt & His Magical Mattress

Mr. Pitt & His Magical Mattress

Posted September 1, 2006

On a hot summer afternoon, the most glamorous birth father in America sits in a diner booth and tries to make sense of the world. A thunderous revving noise ruptures the quiet of the Spitfire Grill on a lazy afternoon in Santa Monica, California, accompanied by a series of subsonic reverberations that tinkle the ice cubes of my overfull water glass, breaking the surface tension, sending droplets down the side. Abruptly, all is still. The waitress resumes filling the saltshakers. Steely Dan harmonizes on the sound system overhead. The door opens, and he walks in–his helmet beneath his arm–like Achilles […]

Women We Love

Posted October 1, 2005

Keira Knightley Does This Thing with Her Mouth… In her movies, she does this thing — her pout breaks into a precariously wide smile, retracts into what looks like a sob, and then somehow transforms into an adoring half laugh. It’s an endearing little quirk. The mouth thing can mean many things to many people, but what it usually signifies is that Keira no longer despises you. She has realized that her hatred was actually love all along. There’s little chance of that happening this morning, in a quiet café near Keira’s London home. Still, I’m dying to see that […]