Published: July 27, 2014
John le Carré’s “A Most Wanted Man,” Philip Seymour Hoffman’s latest film, premiered at MoMA. It stars Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Willem Dafoe, Daniel Brühl. Rachel and Robin showed. The two guys didn’t.
Rachel in borrowed multicolored gown to die for, borrowed Neil Lane jewelry. Robin, black pants, white T-shirt. Hissed Cinema Society host Andrew Saffir to me: “Not a T-shirt. A chic, trendy silk top.”
Everyone’s wardrobe fascinated me. Pirouetting to TV, an unfamiliar face and body in jazzy, bright flowered short shorts and matching top. Who’s that, I asked. “That,” hissed Saffir, is “Prince Albert of Monaco’s daughter, Jazmin Grimaldi.”
OK. Despite her outfit, no need to get huffy.
Robin: “I’ve seen the le Carré book sitting on a shelf, but never read it. We made this so long ago, I can’t remember much, including where we filmed.” She asked a friend, “Where’d we film?” The friend said: “Hamburg.” Added Robin: “I played a CIA agent. No dangerous stunts, but it was exciting that I got to walk around Langley. And how’s that for a closing line for you?”
Rachel: “We shot this a year and a half ago. Seven weeks in Germany, which I loved. I’d never been there before. Loved the food. The sauerkraut, schnitzel and that bread with duck fat butter. I play a lawyer representing people in court, and did a few stunts like a chase and climbing a ladder, and had a few scenes with Philip Seymour Hoffman, which were really great.”
Amid the clutch of celebrities — Mick Jagger, Calvin Klein, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Julianna Margulies, whose work schedule usually precludes premieres — Ellen Burstyn said: “Philip Seymour Hoffman directed me in something. We were close friends. He was deep, brilliant. And complex. A family man, he’d come to my country house to swim with his children. I loved Philip.”
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