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

34 comments:

  1. Seems if VG doesn't show his tallywacker to the public nobody gives a shit about him.

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  2. does gallo have a baby?

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  3. A baby-baby or a girl?

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  4. baby-baby or girlfriend-baby...? neither nor he'd need the latter to get the former, and that's what he lacks.

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  5. Yes he has. Mine. But he just won't accept that.

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  6. ya don't get babies from blowjobs

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  7. See, it´s always and only about his dick. About 10 inches of blubber...I don`t understand.

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  8. I love how this blog and his message board are infested with chicks that he fucked and fucked over. Wish I knew what he did to attract so many crazy bitches to him.

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  9. I can tell you: nothing. It´s crazy bitches that hallucinate a bit, that´s all. Haha.

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  10. You must mean "fucked and fucked over" figuratively...

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  11. yup thought so he has a baby.

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  12. if he didn't you would of posted that last post i wrote about the picture. right Mr. Gallo? You have a baby.

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  13. the "crazy bitches" are mostly Gallo himself.

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  14. Fuck over Vince Gallo... get the sound?

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  15. I wish I had been hallucinating during the worst bonk of my life.

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  16. Noooo, he hasn`t.

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  17. Do ladies say bonk?

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  18. You wanna say Vincent's not a lady?

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  19. He's a woman trapped in a man's body.

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  20. A furry woman trapped in a male fury's body. Poor guy. Vincent, come out!

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  21. You're too old for this game, Vinny.

    Disappear even better than you already have.

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  22. Ha? Who disappears where?

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  23. No, please don't, Vinny Gee! You're giving me so much pleasure.

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  24. PR.com: Vincent Gallo was also in your film Loosies. So I have to assume the two of you discussed independent filmmaking and he gave you some input.

    Peter Facinelli: He gave a lot of input into his character but he didn’t give a lot of input into the filming or the writing. He did have a great take on his character and that’s why it’s a blessing to hire good actors. They come in and they take the role that’s on paper and they make it their own. I always had him in a bathrobe, like he never left the house. Vincent went out and picked that specific bathrobe. And all that karate stuff in the beginning with Vincent, he thought it would be interesting if his character is into martial arts. It’s an actor’s job to lift the character off the page and I thought he came in and he was very intense. I loved working with him. It’s like an acting workshop, just working with [Vincent Gallo].

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  25. Hi Mel!
    I found and took a picture of G-Star Raw Tokyo show window tonight.
    I wanna share of it but I don't know how to email you, so I've up-lord it on Flickr.
    Here is the URL http://www.flickr.com/photos/vincentgallo/6531503459/
    I hope that you like it.

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  26. i have seen it too when i was in NRT last week

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  27. Kacha2, what the heck's that pic of him in that super market? Is he really wearing blue suede shoes? Is he? I'm gonna call him Granny Glidingfeet from now on. What's up, Granny Geeeee?

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  28. I wonder who Vincent Gallo supports in the republican primaries. I'd like to think Ron Paul but i have a feeling he likes Mitt Romney or Michele Bachman.

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  29. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IV7EYwZc1xQ

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  30. There is Rotterdam Spectrum's world premieres news with a picture of "The Legend of Kaspar Hauser".
    http://www.screendaily.com/festivals/rotterdam-spectrums-world-premieres-include-new-films-by-miike-diaz-franco/5036220.article
    Let's click the picture to enlarge!

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