Excepting ‘Kalifornia,’ Brad Pitt doesn’t normally play the villain — which makes his transformation in the latest New York Times Magazine all the more devilish. Each year, the publication features photos — and accompanying video — of movie stars doing something outlandish. For the 2011 edition, they have brought together Pitt, George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Gary Oldman, Kirsten Dunst, Jessica Chastain and more for a feature called ‘Touch of Evil.’ In it, each actor transforms into a bad-guy archetype or a specific villain. In the case of Pitt, he has, according to him, channeled the late actor Peter Lorre (although, it looks a lot closer to Jack Nance from David Lynch’s ‘Eraserhead’).
Oldman plays the menacing dummy (“I used to have one of those dolls when I was a kid. They’re creepy to have in the room”), Clooney goes for British officer William Bligh (“‘I picked Captain Bligh because I liked his hat”), Ryan Gosling is the Invisible Man (“I don’t really know if the Invisible Man is a villain or not, but I just don’t trust the guy. He says he’s going to be somewhere, but never shows up”) and ‘Dragon Tattoo’ actress Rooney Mara as ‘Clockwork Orange’ antagonist, Alex De Large (“There is something off about Alex, something slightly androgynous and something much more fascinating and complex than simply a villain.’”)
You can head over to the NY Times to check out all of the videos or click below.