Our cover story this month was supposed to be a light-hearted Q+A with two old friends (and co-stars of the very funny new comedy Wanderlust) about love, sex, relationships, blah blah blah. So naturally Aniston and Rudd’s conversation with GQ’s Brett Martin started off with a frank discussion of… death and decay. Whee!
Jennifer Aniston: We have one white shepherd, but I had another dog who died last year. We actually have three dead dogs on our mantel right now. The whole mantel is dead dogs. Their ashes. It’s kind of morbid.
Paul Rudd: Morbid would be the way that I first imagined it, with three dogs stuffed on your mantel.
Jennifer Aniston: Don’t think I didn’t think about it! Or hold his little paw and think, Would it be weird if I turned this into a key chain?
GQ: Do they do that?
Jennifer Aniston: No! It’s horrible! A terrible thing!
GQ: This is supposed to be a light, screwball conversation about relationships…
Paul Rudd: Wait, I’ve just got five more minutes on death. I have my father’s ashes…
GQ: We’re escalating here.
Paul Rudd: Most of them we scattered all over Ireland. Getting them there was a comedy show in and of itself. You think it’s hard to go through airport security with toothpaste…
Jennifer Aniston: How did you do it?
Paul Rudd: The security guy asked, “What’s in that Adidas bag?” “Um…my dad.”
[Photograph by Terry Richardson]
Meet the winner of GQ’s unofficial award for best actor. In our humble opinion, The Artist’s Jean Dujardin gave the most unforgettable performance of 2011—and now he’s got a real Oscar nomination to prove it. Thanks to him, silent films are back. And look—so are plaid suits, which the French actor masters like a real matinee idol. See all the looks here.
Photograph by Carter Smith
For men, the key to good personal style is all in the details. Luckily for you, we put together a handy cheat sheet of the top 12 finishing touches to complete your wardrobe in the New Year. Here’s a preview:
11. A Higher Bar: Color is king this season, but if you’re hesitant, here’s a subtle, affordable place to start: These tie bars, in four off-the-wall tones, cost fifteen bucks each.
12. Key It In. Fact: No matter what shape your schnoz, you’ll look good in shades with this ultra-forgiving keyhole nose bridge. Persol brought them back; now tons of designers are in on the action.
You’re off to a good start, but don’t stop now. Get 10 more essential style tips for 2012 right here.
There’s a reason they call it building a wardrobe. As Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton shows here, you want clothes that you can pile on while it’s still cold, then disassemble once the weather warms up. Pictured: The hoodie-under-suit-jacket look? Dead. But a retro sweatshirt over a collared shirt looks preppy-proper. More looks here.
Photographed by Peggy Sirota
It’s our annual spring preview, and to kick things off, actor Ewan McGregor dons the blue suit as you’ve never seen it before. Traditionally, it’s the most conservative suiting color—but not when you’re riffing on it like this. Our favorite business look for spring is all about piling on the blues, from your suit to your socks and everything in between. More looks here.
Photo by Peggy Sirota
Anthony Perkins in GQ, December 1967. This photo’s strength is its timelessness; save for a few minor details it could have been taken yesterday. The perfectly cropped, cuffed trousers, corduroy suit, knit tie, and low profile collar are all worthwhile additions to any man’s closet, now and for the foreseeable future… you know, until we’re wearing spacesuits.
Our current GQ cover fella, shown here lifting cartoonishly large weights like a boss, is annoyingly good at everything— acting, being an Internet meme, and talking to “ailing Siberian tigers” (seriously, it happens in his new movie!). One thing he’s notoriously not so good at: letting himself be profiled in magazines. Writers always try to get him to spill secrets about himself—not gonna happen—and so when that fails, they have no Plan B. So GQ’s Amy Wallace tried a different approach: getting others to talk about him first. Read the full piece here. A choice cut below:
[Soderbergh] calls Damon “probably the least vain person in his position”—meaning movie star—”out there. He has no interest in protecting any sort of idea of himself as an actor.”
What he does have, however, is an interest in using his power as an actor to champion the underdog and right what he perceives to be wrong. He has thrown his full weight (and his money) behind a charity, Water.org, that seeks to provide sources of clean water to the Third World. Over the years, he has spoken up about public-school teachers (he supports them), the middle class (he thinks they’re getting the shaft), and President Obama (he feels he’s not delivering on his promise). At the White House Correspondents’ dinner this year, Obama responded directly, saying, “Matt Damon said he was disappointed in my performance. Well, Matt, I just saw The Adjustment Bureau…”
Damon tells me he didn’t see that speech live but got thirty e-mails from friends the next morning and watched the president’s remarks online. “I have to say, it was pretty funny,” he says, getting in his own dig: “Whoever came up with it, it was a terrific joke.”
[Photograph by Ben Watts]