19 December 2007

Yet More Proof of Reincarnation in Hollywood

Damn! I just missed the 21 Jump Street reunion!

The picture above is all over Paris these days, on posters advertising an exhibition of the works of Gustave Courbet at the Grand Palais. The painting is called Desperate Man, but obviously it might just as easily have been called Depp’s All Right, Man.

There’s no telling me this is coincidence. Coming so close on the heels of my discovery of Joaquin Phoenix in an Italian Renaissance portrait, Courbet’s painting invites us to scrutinize the work of other old-time artists, for possible signs of Heath Ledger and George Clooney.