I realize that “mime chic” is not an actual thing, but if it was, Bradley Cooper would be the master after his new W Magazine shoot. I’m not sure who came up with this bullshit, but I’m slightly terrified.
Here’s how W describes their inspiration:
The photographer Tim Walker was influenced by the colorful, sun-drenched Los Angeles paintings and photographs of David Hockney, as well as the ’70s free-love aesthetic that informs the artist’s work. From there, the photographic scenarios took cues from Federico Fellini and, naturally, Walker’s own unique perspective. Remarkably, all the actors and actresses were excited to play, to be transformed, to embrace personae that were extreme, odd, and truly fascinating. Perhaps therein lies a message for Hollywood: History is safe, but surprise is thrilling. In 2015, please give these actors new worlds to conquer.
Well, that’s special. I mean, look at this!
Lucky for us, Bradley wasn’t the only mime in the mag. Here are all the other covers below, including Benedict Cumberbatch, Reese Witherspoon, Emma Stone and more. And yes, they’re all similarly horrifying. Enjoy!
The best part of this whole thing is that while we don’t have Meryl Streep‘s picture, apparently this is her blurb:
“The movie that makes me cry is Anchorman. I have the biggest crush on Will Ferrell. I love him in every film he does. I mean, Ryan Gosling could be my child. I’m not going to have a crush on a child. Will Ferrell is a man.”