5 weird things Tilda Swinton did before James Franco could
A battle of bizarre antics
Follow HitFix: Follow @hitfix
A lot of actors cultivate the appearance of being multi-layered and kind of bizarre, but few have made it their life’s work like Tilda Swinton and James Franco seemingly have. Both Tilda and James known as experimental beings who often gender bend and play with their own identities. But while some of James’ antics seem like calculated affectations (ahem, “General Hospital”), there is no denying that Tilda is an absolute dyed-in-the-wool weirdo. Here are five strange things Tilda Swinton did long before James Franco had even dreamed of appearing on daytime television as, like, a total cultural statement, man.
1. Physically been a work of art
James Franco has a reputation for being a pretty serious art collector, and he has even picked up a beret and a baguette and given the profession a shot himself. The highlight of JF’s career as an artiste came in 2011 with the creation of a multimedia work called “Three’s Company The Drama,” which debuted at Sundance. (I saw it, it was pretty goofy but totally Instagrammable.) But despite these art world ties, and ignoring that chiseled jaw, James has never actually been a work of art himself. But Tilda has! In 1995, the redheaded wonder and a woman named Joanne Scanlan created a live instillation piece for London’s Serpentine Gallery that placed a sleeping Tilda inside a publicly viewable glass case. Tilda repeated the piece early this year at the MoMa and caused the Internet to collectively sigh, “Man, Tilda Swinton is soooo weird.”
2. Inspired an entire fashion line
For their 2003 fall line, fashion house Viktor & Rolf created an entire collection around the celestial being that is Tilda Swinton. Their luxurious, androgyny-friendly pieces included a lot of high collars, lapels and other tailored layered things akin to what their pail muse typically wears. For the runway show, models were made up to look like an army of Tildas, and Miss Swinton herself even read a poem, which included the line, "There is only one you. Only one.”
It’s hard to imagine what a James Franco-inspired fashion line would look like, although I wouldn’t mind seeing one dedicated to his “Spring Breakers” character, Alien. Shorts in every single color!
3. Adopted a fringe political identity
While a student at Cambridge studying political science, Tilda became an official member of the Communist Party (and given that hair, probably its mascot too). She has since retracted her allegiances, but still, the closest James Franco has gotten to making any sort of political statement is looking like he could maybe be a Kennedy cousin.
4. Founded a quirky film festival
No, the Ballerina Ballroom Cinema of Dreams isn’t a new Michel Gondry movie (sorry Gael Garcia Bernal), it’s a film festival created by Tilda and filmmaker Mark Cousins. Inaugurated in 2008, the festival lasted for eight-and-a-half days at a rented ballroom in the Scottish Highlands. Instead of chairs, attendees sat on giant beanbags, and those who couldn’t afford the three-buck admission could pay in cake or brownies instead. Eat your heart out, Zooey Deschanel! And share with James Franco, who probably likes to screen psychedelic YouTube videos in his living room.
5. Birthed twins
I’m convinced Tilda willed herself to conceive twins (teenagers Honor and Xavier) because it was a weirder thing to do than conceiving a single child. Not only did Tilda beat James to the twins punch, she was also first to name her child something starting with the letter X. Even Mother Nature admired Tilda Swinton’s weirdness.
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
Looking for something to watch?
Let Streaming Genie help you.
Let Streaming Genie help you.