Inspired by this week’s Cartoon Issue, the photo department thought about photography with a funny side. The Swedish photographer Lars Tunbjörk, known for his deadpan portraits of office spaces and suburban lifestyles, came to mind.
I just finished two days of filming on “This Side of the Truth” a new film written and being directed by Ricky Gervais and Matthew Robinson and starring Ricky Gervais. I play Ricky’s best friend, a very smelly and sad man named Greg. I am giantly intimidated by Ricky because he is great and hilarious and more than that, he’s precise, and focused and creative and thoughtful. I went into this project truly afraid that I might be ruining great art. But Ricky’s energy is very infectious and he just inspires you to do your best. So I am having a great time and it may just be possible that I don’t suck in this movie too badly. Ricky and Matt asked me to shave my beard for the part which was kind of a shock to my system. I have had a goatee beard since I was in my early twenties, so pretty much my whole adult life. So shaving it off and seeing fourty percent of my face for the first time in about twenty years was kind of… awful. “So that’s what’s been going on under there”. Ugh. My chin, and the one behind it, looked like a porn actor’s shaved balls.