Big thanks to Michele for the heads-up that Nicole was featured in the Fall 2012 issue of the New York Times’ T magazine, in their feature on being behind the scenes at Cannes. The magazine featured two new portrait images of Nicole and Zac Efron during their first day at Cannes, and Nicole looks beautiful! Large & good quality pictures of the photoshoot have been added to our Gallery, along with digital scans, courtesy of Michele.
Men’s Fashion Issue | Stars Aligned at Cannes
The Stars of Cannes
We pitched our tent on the eastern edge of the Plage du Midi, just south of the Quai Saint Pierre where moneyed skippers, their yachts moored offshore, disembark in loafers from inflatable runabouts. It should have been a two-minute drive from the Carlton Cannes Hotel, three minutes from the equally star-studded Martinez, were it not for the suffocating crush of the Cannes Film Festival’s crowds: the paparazzi, the tourists, the industry geeks with their dangling I.D. lanyards, the film students in rented tuxedos holding up signs begging for just one ticket “s’il vous plaît,” the gendarmes directing them all — and occasionally stopping traffic so that this or that star might pass through in a chauffeured ride to the immense red-carpeted stairs of the Palais des Festivals.
Who knows how Nicole Kidman made it through all that to arrive at our studio on the sand, but arrive she did, her “The Paperboy” co-star Zac Efron waiting to greet her. Michael Haneke spoke only German with our photographer, Peter Lindbergh, and his crew. Tahar Rahim arrived in Balenciaga, while Xavier Dolan explained that he’d designed his own tux. Harvey Weinstein, aside from posing with the cast of his film “The Sapphires” (he joked that the photo release referred to him as a “model”), moved mountains — possibly literally — to make sure we had Brad Pitt in a shot. Jeremy Irons rolled his own cigarettes. David Cronenberg posed for camera-phone pictures with his daughter Caitlin, a photographer there on assignment for T’s Web site. And Sam Riley and Garrett Hedlund, the studiedly disheveled stars of “On the Road,” displayed an insouciance that could not have been better suited to a suiting story shot on the French Riviera.