Warhol Throughout Film History
Andrej Pejic isn't fashion's first silver-haired androgynous icon.
With a new Britney album and all this talk about Bin Laden, we're a little confused as to what decade it is. Not helping matters is the fact that Men in Black III is due for release next year - though if anything can sway us to sit through two hours of the ageing duo of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, it's the confirmation that the film's cast will travel back in time to a party at the factory of pop art icon Andy Warhol (played by Bill Hader). As we consider the strangeness of this, we reminisce over our favourite (and most fashionable) Warhols throughout film history:
Guy Pearce in Factory Girl
It was Sienna Miller as Edie Sedgwick who was supposed to be the fashion darling of this biopic, but she has stiff competition in Guy Pearce as Warhol himself. Besides the fact that Pearce's portrayal is creepily accurate, making us feel both hate and sympathy for his character, we'd choose his turtleneck-and-leather-jacket-combo over Edie's leggings any day.
David Bowie in Basquiat
Did this even require the purchase of a costume? Sexually ambiguous artistic genius David Bowie gives a killer performance as the, err, sexually ambiguous artistic genius Andy Warhol. With his fantastically deadpan rendition of the Warhol's quirky mannerisms and impenetrable personality, Bowie is Andy. He also has a song titled Andy Warhol, and he is also FASHION.
Jared Harris in I Shot Andy Warhol
Naturally ginger-haired Jared Harris dons the silver Warhol wig for this 1996 film about the life of Valerie Solais and her relationship with Andy. Lili Taylor is captivating as psychopathic feminist who goes crazy and shoots the pop artist (and makes a shearing jacket look super-fierce while doing so) but Harris deserves props for his convincing physical transformation as well as his superb acting. Not a single ginger hair is to be seen.
Crispin Glover in The Doors
Crispin Glover shows why he has garnered a cult following with a small but memorable Warhol cameo in this 1991 biopic. While Val Kilmer is undoubtably a total babe as shirt-averse Jim Morrison, Crispy (we've heard that's his real nickname) has a creative genius that hasn't diminished since 1991. Sadly, we can't say the same for Kilmer's six-pack...
Words: Hannah Ongley