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Empire's 'Iconic Performances Recreated' Nostalgic Photo Shoot

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December 2, 2009
Source: Empire

Mel Gibson

Empire released their 20th anniversary issue back in April, which you may remember because they had all sort of brilliant photo debuts and exclusives. The main reason they were able to pull off so much is because they had Steven Spielberg guest editing that issue. Well, one of the features in that issue was a photo shoot where they recreated iconic performances using the actual actor. It's not as complicated as it sounds, as you can simply see by looking at any of these photos, but it is pretty brilliant. We saw a lot of these back in April when they first hit, but now Empire has debuted an entire gallery of photos. You need to check these out!

Empire's Iconic Performances Recreated

Empire's Iconic Performances RecreatedEmpire's Iconic Performances Recreated

Empire's Iconic Performances Recreated

Empire's Iconic Performances Recreated

Empire's Iconic Performances Recreated

I've pulled some of my favorites above and you can click any them to be taken to the gallery on Empire. As Dave Chen from SlashFilm points out, there's some minor discussion worth having over whether the role they chose to feature for each specific actor was truly their most iconic role. Then again, maybe it had to do with what would look good on camera and what could be recreated quickly (as in, with the actor wearing a suit and using minimal props). I just think these are very cool to look at and quite nostalgic for anyone who loves any of these actors. Plus, I'm happy to see Vanity Fair isn't the only one doing creative photo shoots!

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  • Greedo
    Saw them today. Arnold still looks like he could be in Commando 2. The one who was really out of place was Gerald Butler. And Ben Stiller has really gotten an old droopy face since Zoolander.
  • crumb
    really, #1? the most out of place was definitely the harry potter folks...
  • samuel j
    i thought they all looked great
  • http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/2408/blackbabyjesus.gif Crapola
    The pegg/Frost one's are good...
  • Batman
    tom cruise should have been in a flight suit.
  • harrison
    yea most of them seem to be theyre most iconic movies, except morgan freeman, should have been dressed up like ms daisys driver or in prison garb for shawshank. same with jack nicholson, cuckoos nest or taxi driver were more iconic roles
  • Chuck Norris
    Nicholson wasn't in Taxi Driver
  • Dreckent
    Who in his right mind would give Mel Gibson a sword these days...
  • Traveler
    I like the concept but I don't think they were well thought out or photographed well. Vanity Fair still takes the cake for awesome ideas and execution.
  • rblitz7
    I liked Sam Neil one with Jurassic park the best. Don't think 300 with Gerard was that iconic. Would of liked to see some homage to john hughes
  • Quanah
    @8 Hahahaha. I thought the same thing when I saw that photo. Funny comment. Even though I'm sure both photos represented "American Psycho", I thought the first could be a representation of Batman (The second photo is an obvious homage to AP). In the first photo, the way the shadows are cast across the face almost feel like a mask that's hiding something deeper within. However, we all know that there was something sinister, dark, and hidden within the character of Patrick Bateman... Cool photo shoot. I agree with #2 Crumb. The Harry Potter photos felt out of place, but the films are iconic none-the-less (At least to my 11, 13, and 15 year old kids they are).
  • Toucmyinfection
    Oh I'll give YOU nostalgia alright... Could you imagine a close-up on a certain SOMEBODY smiling ever so slightly holding up a single "JOKER" card w/ two fingers?... :/ too bad, that would've been awesome lol! Feels great to see Pegg&Frost again too :]
  • lego
    nicholson's smile was perfect. bale should of held the axe with a grin too.
  • http://blog.myspace.com/shero_rauf Shero
    (Daniel Radcliffe) and (Ben Stiller) have the worst look in the photos ....
  • Cineprog
    Arnie looks good in the motobike from Terminator film. :)
  • benjoi
    poorly executed overall ... does not work for me. except morpheus. he knows whats goin on
  • Shige
    Morpheus is spot on. The rest is soso. Harry potter kids as iconic performances ? Any 10 year old could do their part.
  • peter
    saw some of them a few days ago.... matt damon's skin colour is... ehm, strange Oo
  • Pete
    Agree with #12 :( Why did they choose Minority Report for Tom Cruise? Just because Spielberg guest-edited the issue? Should have been Top Gun or something. And yes, Daniel Radcliffe looked ridiculous.
  • harrison
    woops yea #7 brain fart i guess, but still..
  • Pete
    Great gallery, would be awsum if they were big enough to be used as high reso wallpapers!
  • drunkimus
    Harrison Ford???
  • RICK
    THEY SHOULD OF PUT JACK NICOLSON AS THE JOKER, AND IT WOULD HAVE BEEN AWESOME TO HAVE TOM CRUISE IN THE JUMP SUIT FOR TOP GUN. IT ALSO SHOWS YOU THAT TOM CRUISE OBVIOUSLY HAS DISCOVERED THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH BECUASE THAT DUDE HAS NOT AGED. HE CAN EASILY DO ANOHTER MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, ANOTHER TOP GUN AND ANOTHER DAYS OF THUNDER. ARNOLD CAN ALSO DO ANOTHER TRUE LIES PART 2. VIGO AND SEAN BEAN CAN BE IN THE HOBBIT MOVIE. BUT LAWRENCE FISHBORN GAINED WEIGHT BUT I CAN STILL SEE HIM AS MORPHEOUS. MEL GIBSON IS THE MAN. CAN'T WAIT FOR "EDGE OF DARKNESS" HE CAN DEFINATELY DO A SEQUIL TO PAYBACK CAUSE EVEN THOUGH HE IS DYING AT THE END OF THE MOVIE, IT DOESN'T SHOW THAT HE REALLY DIES.
  • drunkimus
    Stallone???
  • Conor
    I can't believe how indifferent I am to these photos. When I read the description I couldn't wait, but then I saw the photos and they just have no effort in them. I feel like any one of us could create the same photos if we had the Rolodex that Empire does. Set up a gray background and give them a prop: done. Vanity Fair takes some of the most epic and gorgeous photographs I've seen. Just look at their Hitchcock series and see what an epic failure this Empire spread is.
  • Vold
    Great idea for a photoshoot. Perhaps a little more though could have gone into the actual shots but still very cool.
  • Robbie
    Nostalgic indeed!
  • Tra la la la la di da
    Some were awesome and others very blatantly sucked. Vanity Fair still takes the cake and as a photographer, these aren't as easy as they seem. It's interesting to see how they went out of their way to tell you a movie, like with Tom Cruise, and others were very casual. The casual ones excelled and were awesome. Sam Neil had a shadow and a flare but in the suit it was still pulled off beautifully as fashion photo goes. It was not suppose to be gritty and dirty. With Cruise they had to add in graphics, boo. I agree with some on just being shot and not hinting at any movie like Jack and Bale, the closeup. Jack always wears those sunglasses, it's more of him being an icon and Bale's closeup was? Him over the axe though was awesome with the business cards! AWESOME! Creative but just missing the bullseye, Vanity Fair stays ahead. Esquire has some great shoots too though.
  • http://www.goseetalk.com Marc
    Wow, thanks for posting these Alex! And good job for "Cherry-Picking" the best ones for this post. Following the link to the whole gallery was kind of a waste since you got the very best ones here. Nice job!!
  • Hedgehog
    @ 23: Caps are annoying. Please stop.
  • Captain Deutschland
    Sean & Viggo: Kick-ass in suits.
  • N.
    @ # 19 u idiot tht was a shot from mission impossible not minority report i havent even seen one of the mission impossible movies and i even knew wht it was from!
  • http://daftbot.com Kent Lundblad
    seems like a lot of people completely missed the point. All of the people are wearing regular clothes and they sprinkle in parts of the movie. Having people dress up as characters is too on the nose, and no where near as cool as this. The idea that a simple pair of glasses, some records, a shotgun or an axe let you know immediately what role they're presenting is what makes it so cool. I mean Fishburne is just in a chair with a phone but there isn't a doubt in your mind they're presenting The Matrix. But isn't this MONTHS old? I saw this a long time ago? Why are people running it now?
  • bltzie
    #32 you idiot. that is minority report...
  • Feydakin
    You people are waaaaay too critical, sheesh. I'm glad I don't live in whatever cynical pessimist-land ya'll reside in... I thought the pictures are all pretty great. The one with Anthony Hopkins & Jodie Foster representing Silence of the Lambs is one of my favorites I think, right next to the ones with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, classic.

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