Photographed by Milan Vukmirovic
Styled by Matthew Marden
Photographed by Norman Jean Roy
I blogged a year ago about Tatum and his upcoming films and this year looks set to be just as good for the actor. HAYWIRE is just about to hit the cinemas, February will see the release of THE VOW and then it’s on to 21 JUMP STREET with Jonah Hill, MAGIC MIKE (based on Channing’s past as a male stripper) and the sequel to G.I. JOE…man’s been busy busy busy! Peep some of the trailers for the films below…
Interview from DETAILS Magazine
The ubiquitous British model David Gandy is also a blogger (for Vogue.co.uk), a style expert (look for the David Gandy Style Guide for Men in the iTunes app store), and now the subject of a book. With the release of David Gandy, a compilation of his work for Dolce & Gabbana, he opens up about the industry, how he stays in shape, and yes, those Zoolandercomments.
Congratulations on the book (See below for an extensive preview). How’d the project come about?
I’ve worked with Dolce & Gabbana since my first year of modeling 10 years ago—that’s how long we go back. And by now we’ve done so many projects together: the Light Blue campaigns, the commercials. It’s just kind of swelled. I was obviously honored to have a book named after me.
Their work with you really changed the way we think about male beauty. With Light Blue, it wasn’t that Hedi Slimane skinny-boy look anymore.
There are definitely trends. Sometimes skinny guys are in, and so you have the androgynous guys and the Dior guys. And then the male form comes back in, and at the end of the day, that sells.
Even your own look has changed from when you started a decade ago.
Oh God, there’s an absolute divide from where I started. I came into the fashion industry straight out of university at 21, but I looked 15. It was just embarrassing. And why wasn’t I working much? Well, I look back at it now and I understand why. I looked like a bunny in headlights on film, I was so fresh-faced and young. But the thing with male models is that they usually get better with age.
So you feel like you’ve grown into your looks?
Thankfully, yes. Or grown into my nose, should I say. [Laughs]
Is that something you’re not totally comfortable with?
I think everybody has hang-ups about their bodies. I have quite a big nose, a prominent nose. Some people love it, some people hate it. I have scars in my eyebrows. I have a scar in my eye from sport. Some people will say, “Oh, it makes you look aged. Your scar tells a story. We’ll keep it, we love that.” For others, it’s just not going to work.
What do you do to maintain your looks? Any special diet?
I love my food, but I do have to be careful. Everything in moderation. Drink, fatty foods, trans fats, everything. A lot of the American guys have such a strict diet of fish and vegetables, and there are things they just will not touch, like a latte. If they’re having a coffee, they will not touch milk. And of course, they won’t have any sort of chocolates, sweets, or bread. That, to me, isn’t living. I’m careful, but I’m not pedantic about it.
How about before a big shoot?
If I have a big underwear shot, like when I had the Light Blue campaign shoot, maybe a month and a half before that I’m extremely careful. I come off the drink, and I come off a lot of carbohydrates and salts. I won’t eat carbohydrates after 5 p.m. when I have something coming up.
What’s your biggest indulgence?
I don’t smoke, I don’t do drugs, and I can give up alcohol very, very easily. But I’m a bit of a caffeine addict. I get out of bed and I’m not quite right until I’ve had a coffee. I have a machine at home, but there’s a Colombian coffee shop down the road from my London home as well. I think I’ve paid their mortgage over the last few years.
What’s your exercise routine like?
If I’m at home, I train four or five times a week: a lot of cardio and a lot of weights. I also really believe in changing it up and shocking your body, because your muscles and metabolism adjust to these exercises. I actually ran a marathon recently, and I had to lose weight because I’m 203 pounds, and that’s a lot of weight to pound down on the concrete streets of Old London for 26.3 miles. So I went down to 190. I came off heavy weights and did a lot of lighter weights with more repetitions to lose the bulk.
You’ve spoken out against the stigma associated with male modeling. Do you think the profession’s image has improved any?
It’s slowly changing. It seems everyone wants to be a model. Guys are coming in now at 16, 17, and are proud to say, “Yeah, I’m a male model.” We never used to say we were male models when we first started. None of the top guys said it.
So the world of male models isn’t really all Blue Steel and gasoline fights?
The only access people have had to male modeling is really Zoolander—which is an amazing film and I hope No. 2 gets made. But it’s an exaggerated version of what happens. That really is the major question I get asked about male modeling: “Is it like Zoolander?” Well, Zoolander is a comedy. It’s not a documentary.
What is the craziest thing that’s happened to you in your job?
Well, it’s kind of embarrassing that I was on a 50-foot poster in Times Square in a very small pair of pants. That’s not a normal thing. But you get kind of immune to it because you’ve got to be very comfortable with your own body.
Photography by Matthias Vriens-McGrath
Shia’s next film to be released is
THE WETTEST COUNTY IN THE WORLD
Directed by John Hillcoat from a screenplay by the rocker-poet Nick Cave, the film stars Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke, and LaBeouf as bootlegging brothers in Prohibition-era Appalachia…
He’s bulked up considerably since he first achieved notoriety as the dandelion-headed wisenheimer Louis Stevens on the Disney Channel series Even Stevens—though he’s not quite as jacked up as he was when he was working out twice a day and gulping down creatine and protein shakes to prepare for Wettest County. “Dude, I was 185 and ripped,” he says.
“He will say what he feels, almost too much so,” notes Wettest County director Hillcoat. “He wears his heart on his sleeve, and it can sometimes blow back. But it’s the same thing that also lets him access the truth of his emotions.”
Such truth telling hasn’t always amused his colleagues. After being anointed by Steven Spielberg, LaBeouf gave a lukewarm review to Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, blaming himself as well as the legendary filmmaker for its failings (“When you drop the ball, you drop the ball,” he said at the time). “I got lambasted for that, and understandably so,” he says, smiling. “Because you can’t be an actor and be honest—that’s crazy!” Although LaBeouf tells me that Harrison Ford privately applauded his outspokenness, Ford recalls the conversation differently. “I think I told him he was a fucking idiot,” the famously reticent star says. “As an actor, I think it’s my obligation to support the film without making a complete ass of myself. Shia is ambitious, attentive, and talented—and he’s learning how to deal with a situation which is very unique and difficult.”
Photographed by Matthias Vriens-McGrath
Excerpt from Details Magazine
Step one: Come out of nowhere (which is to say, Canada) and hustle your way into TV movies and a kids’ series despite discouragement from your working-class Vancouver family. Step two: Make the jump to the big screen (1993’s Ordinary Magic—he played Ganesh, a boy raised in India sent to live with family in Ontario. Sample dialogue: “They are not so very different, basketball and yoga”). Step three: Drive to L.A. from Vancouver “on the whimmiest of whims” in 1995 with an aspiring-actor friend and, after a few years, land a part on a sitcom (Two Guys and a Girl). And here’s where the steps pile up and blend together, until finally, two decades later, you’re People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive and the CGI-swaddled flying green lead of a summer blockbuster.
Ryan wears the likes of Calvin Klein Underwear, Gucci, Prada, Dior Homme and John Varvatos.
This Summer sees him as the Green Lantern in GREEN LANTERN. He’s currently filming SAFE HOUSE with Denzel Washington, Brendan Gleeson & Olivia Wilde, which is set for a February 2012 release.