Prepare to be beautifully distracted. The New York Times debuted their “Touch of Evil” video gallery today; a collection of short films featuring the year’s best performers playing iconic villains.
Ryan Gosling — yes, I skipped to see his first, naturally –- channels The Invisible Man looking absolutely divine in his suit. Although why anybody would want to make Ryan invisible is beyond me. Brad Pitt’s Eraserhead impression is appropriately insane, if not a little uncomfortable.
Other convincing villains include George Clooney as Captain Bligh in Mutiny on the Bounty and Kirsten Dunst as Cora Smith in The Postman Always Rings Twice. Viola Davis’ film is a personal favorite; she is the perfect personification of Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
Also looking radiant are Mia Wasikowska and Adepero Oduye, the stunning star of Pariah.
A behind the scenes post reveals Viola never complained about the ladybugs crawling all over her, Glenn Close tirelessly worked on her part for five hours, and Gosling bought the painting in his video.
I never knew how much I wanted to be a NYT director of photography until now.
You can see all the amazing, AMAZING videos at the link below.
Touch of Evil [NY Times]