Friday, November 18, 2011

Once in a while, something happens...

Thanks to Kacha2, a new "article" about Mr Gallo can be found here

In the middle of New York Fashion Week, I headed New York's G-Star showroom to interview Vincent Gallo. The director/artist/actor/musician/everything is the face of the Dutch brand's autumn/winter men's campaign, and seeing his image blown up in black-and-white inside their building, you were reminded just how many different faces he's had in his 50 years.
Not just campaigns past with YSL and Calvin Klein (back when he, like Kate Moss, was accused of being the face of heroin chic), or any of the rest - this is also the guy caught on film with fellow artist onetime bandmate Jean-Michel Basquiat, and somehow documented breakdancing at the dawn of hip hop too. Richard Avedon, no less, said Gallo had the most unique face he had ever photographed. Whatever your view of what he actually does, Gallo's got an authentic patina of downtown cool few, if any, can match.
Waiting, alone, for our interview, in jeans and jean jacket just like the posters, he seemed to be inhabiting his latest role with enthusiasm. And perhaps he was, in a way, by being a most unlikely spokesperson - by being Vincent Gallo. He said that I'd have to follow certain conditions for our conversation to continue: not record anything, not quote him on anything, sign a contract guaranteeing I wouldn't reuse anything elsewhere, and allow him to record everything so he wasn't misrepresented.
After that, everything was easy. I put my pencil down, turned off my recorder and decided to just have a conversation with him for the 15 minutes that were alotted.
He saw my cup of Jamba Juice and asked me what the smoothie brand was about. He then recommended a raw fruit juice place in the East Village (rather than quote him on the name, I'll leave you to find it yourself). He also spoke to me in some detail about the optimum temperatures for preserving such drinks' nutrients.
Next, he asked me where I was from, which led to a story about his experience in Montreal in the 1980s. Falling in love and motorcycle racing were both involved. Serious, Grand Prix bike racing was one of Gallo's early jobs in a trajectory that has seen him do almost every other one going. For all the attention his numerous exploits have got since, one thing that seems to have passed many people by is that, in the last couple of years, in films like Essential Killing and Coppola's Teatro, he's done some of the most acclaimed (and awarded) acting of his life.
Being interviewed, especially by the UK press, was one performance he said he just didn't want to go through. (I had asked him, as time ran out, what was behind his approach to our interview). That didn't mean he didn't like working with good people and nice clothes. It just meant that, once he'd done what they wanted, he liked to use his earnings to go on and do the things he wanted to. If I could even pretend to guess what on earth those things might be, he wouldn't have been Vincent Gallo.
Text by Caroline Issa
Portrait by Anton Corbjin

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Loosies Trailer

The trailer for "Loosies" is out:

Vincent Gallo - On a Bus. Seriously.

Huge Billboard on the side of a bus featuring Vincent :) Thanks to Kacha2 for the hint and the link:

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Pictures from an Interview with Vincent by Patrick Hoelck

...more here:

Still looking for the actual interview...

G-Star Ads

Vincent Gallo "did" something at last :) He posed for some G-Star Ads, being the model he has always been and showing us he still looks quite good.

Curious to see more?

Saturday, May 28, 2011

As there is almost nothing happening...'s probably worth mentioning that Jason Barr thinks Vincent Gallo writes his own Netflix reviews.

I think Jason Barr has too much time on his hands, but is the piece of brilliance he came up with:

Saturday, March 26, 2011

And what's that? A Picture from "Loosies"!

Thanks to a kind but anonymous poster, I stumbled upon this one and it's too important to get lost in the comment thread to here it is, a picture from "Loosies"

More pics from the film can be found here:

Ten Reasons Why Vincent Gallo is the Coolest Actor Around

Yep. Someone wrote down those reasons and, as it's rare that there is something positive written about Mister Gallo, I really want to include it here :)

Please also go and look at the complete thing - the writer has some nice clips and links included in the article :)

Ten Reasons Why Vincent Gallo Is The Coolest Actor Around

By Richard Luck
Posted: 26 March 2011

From doing his bit for Hip Hop to slapping up the son of a mafia boss to recover a $5 debt. There aren't many around like Vincent Gallo

His new film Essential Killing’s kick-ass, but then so do a lot of things about this enigmatic, idiosyncratic artist

1) He’s in GoodFellas. Check out the scenes featuring Henry Hill’s 1970s crew and you’ll spy a young Vinnie Gallo, as he was known back then.

2) He’s a real trooper. During what he described as an “undisciplined” improvisation on the set of Abel Ferrara’s gangster film The Funeral, an extra set about Gallo, knocking him unconscious, breaking his nose and loosening two of his teeth. A real pro, Vince didn’t have his wounds dressed until after the film had wrapped.

3) He used to play in a band with modern art superstar Jean Michel Basquiat. An acclaimed avant-garde musician, Gallo – who is himself a gifted artist – guested on a number of tracks recorded by Basquiat and his band Gray. HerE for your listening pleasure is I Wanna Go Back:

4) He helped put hip hop on the map. In 1984, using the moniker Prince Vince, the future star of Arizona Dream and Palookaville threw himself into B-boy culture, eventually earning the respect of the initially sceptical African-American community.

5) His directorial debut is a real piece of work. Gallo’s intensely autobiographical Buffalo ‘66 features a career-best performance from Christina Ricci. The film also showcases great work from Anjelica Huston and Ben Gazara (Anatomy Of A Murder, The Big Lebowski), playing approximations of Gallo’s real parents, and notable cameos from Jan-Michael Vincent (Big Wednesday, Airwolf) and the then all but forgotten Mickey Rourke. Here’s what Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert (who later had a notable falling out with Vincent) said about the picture on its theatrical release:

6) He’s front and centre in one of the greatest of all movie scenes. In Emir Kusturica’s Arizona Dream, Gallo’s character Paul goes to the cinema to make out with his girl. While Paul explains to his woman why he won’t let her touch his face, Johnny Depp’s Axel occupies a seat behind the couple. “Think anybody fucking touches Johnny Depp’s face?” barks Paul from out of nowhere. Ever the consummate professional, Depp doesn’t so much as flinch.

7) He once had a cracking idea for a magazine feature. Asked by a British film publication what he thought might make for an entertaining feature, Vincent Gallo suggested the periodical find the worst journalist in London and then send them to New York to interview him. Secretly taping the conversation himself, Gallo would be as rude as he could, certain that the writer would twist his words. Then, when the journalist submitted their story, the actor would mail across his version of events, thus allowing the magazine to run the stories side by side. Alas, nothing ever came of this idea – here’s hoping someone eventually gives it the green light.

8 ) He was once asked to compile the coolest/creepiest of all top 10 lists. If you’re old enough to remember the late, lamented Neon, you might recall the time Vincent Gallo was asked to list the 10 women he’d most like to kiss. Besides Charlotte Gainsbourg (“She’s super special – a miracle”), Patricia Arquette (“She seems wild and kinky”) and Steffi Graf (“She had the best sweaty panties I’d ever seen in my life”), our man spoke at great length about his passion for the then 52-year-old Charlotte Rampling: “I sat next to her on a plane once from Berlin to Paris and I think it’s the only time I’ve ever been excited to see a celebrity in person. She looked beautiful. If she ever wanted to, I would like to just make out with her.”

9) He’s no shrinking violet. As he told Neon in May 1997, “I’ve walked into a Mafia club where the son of the big shot owed me five bucks and slapped him up in front of his father.”

10) He’s still pushing the boundaries. In his new film Essential Killing, Gallo plays a Taliban soldier who’s sent to Europe for interrogation. Directed by Jerzy Skolimowski whose Moonlighting helped make Jeremy Irons a star, Essential Killing is a fine film made extraordinary by Gallo’s compelling, near-silent performance.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Anyone interested in buying some real estate...?

Okay, the Gallo-Loft-Sales deserves a thread of it's own (after all, it brought us so damn much fun!)

So...if you think about buying it (maybe we can all chip in and share...? Anyone?) here are the details:

And, more seriously:

I'll go counting the suits now...

Friday, February 11, 2011

Could it be? A new Gallo song

Watch it while it's there :)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Tidbits during the calm days...

It's been calm, so calm about the man recently but let's just be sure that there soon will be more news (at least I hope so!)

Anyway, some collected tidbits from here and there:

The Associated Press and several more list Vincent as a contributor to the soundtrack of a documentary about autism. Well - I'll believe it when it's out, especially when you look at the other people listed as involved. More here:

This guy here was in Portland these days and apparently they saw Vincent there - no photos or further information though

And, because we always love interviews with Vincent no matter how old - Noisepop has a nice one up, even though it's old, it's still a nice read: