Preparing for his two most satisfying roles yet...in his most recent film as a man with Asperger syndrome, and next month, as Claire Danes’ husband, Hugh Dancy delivers a wildy artistic photo shoot for BlackBook, channeling four iconic rebel-themed figures: James Dean, Oscar Wilde, Sid Vicious, and Jackson Pollock. Here's what Dancy had to say about those he had just inhabited:
Expressionist painter Jackson Pollock:
“I like having paint on my hands,” says Hugh Dancy, picking at the telltale yellow specks on the tips of his manicured fingers. “It lends the illusion that I have an honest career.”
The Sex Pistols’ Sid Vicious:
“He had a wild, self-destructive bent,” says Dancy, “and I guess there’s something rebellious about that. But to be a real rebel, you must have a clear vision of not only what you don’t like, but also what you want to replace it with. It’s about more than just cutting yourself with a razor.”
The late-Victorian era writer Oscar Wilde:
“I think Wilde did something remarkable,” he says, “at least by the standards of his society: He painted his vision of life, not only by being gay, but also through his shockingly new ideas about how we should look at art."
The rebel James Dean:
“James Dean portrayed rebellion brilliantly,” he says, “but I don’t necessarily think of him as a rebel. If anybody deserves to be considered a rebel in his own right, it’s Marlon Brando. He really overturned things.”
Check out more of Dancy's wild side at BlackBookMag.com.
Photos: Mary Ellen Matthews