Thursday, March 19, 2009

West Side Story In Vanity Fair

I realize these photos came out a couple of days ago, but I think they are worth posting. To me what is the best part is the willingness of some of the more popular actors to take a back seat when it actually comes to even being seen in the photos. To read the accompanying article, click here.


Jennifer Lopez
TURF BATTLE
The Sharks and the Jets mark out a piece of urban turf while simultaneously expressing the joy of being young, vigorous, and able to kick ass. As Bernardo, in red, Rodrigo Santoro leads fellow Sharks played by Brandon T. Jackson and Jay Hernandez. The Jets’ leader, Riff, in yellow, is played by Chris Evans. Rounding out his crew are Cam Gigandet, Drake Bell, and Robert Pattinson.
THE DRESS SHOP
Bernardo (Rodrigo Santoro), is focused on his girlfriend, Anita (Jennifer Lopez), whose far-off gaze suggests she dreams of moving beyond the confines of the seamstress’s life. Bernardo’s little sister—the heroine of the film’s Romeo-and-Juliet drama—is Maria. Maria’s initial disappointment with the white dress sewn for her by Anita soon gives way to anticipation as she realizes the dress will cause her to stand out at the dance, where trouble shall begin in earnest.
THE DANCE
Between Maria (Camilla Belle, far left) and Tony (Ben Barnes, far right, also known as Prince Caspian), it is dancing, dancing, dancing. Latin steps predominate on the left, as the Sharks and their ladies give America a taste of the culture to come. On the right, we have a series of funky Anglo moves, as the Jets and their gals go rhythmically at it. On either side, our two tragic protagonists have eyes only for each other. The lead Sharks dancers are Anita (J.Lo, in an incredible pose) and Bernardo (Rodrigo Santoro). The Jet girl dancing with Riff (Chris Evans) is played by Ashley Tisdale. Rounding out the Sharks, left to right: Minka Kelly, Jay Hernandez, Natalie Martinez, Brandon T. Jackson, Melonie Diaz. On the Jets’ side: Sean Faris, Shane Lynch, Robert Pattinson, Cam Gigandet, Trilby Glover, Brittany Snow, Drake Bell.
THE ROOFTOP
Before West Side Story takes its tragic turn, Anita (Jennifer Lopez) drives the film’s most effervescent and sexually charged scene: the rocking rooftop song-and-dance sequence set to “America.” The lyrics, by a young Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, etc.), give Anita all the ammunition she needs to top the verbal thrusts and parries delivered by Bernardo (Rodrigo Santoro, to the left of J.Lo) and his band of toughs. From left to right: Jay Hernandez, Brandon T. Jackson, Sean Faris, Shane Lynch, Melonie Diaz, Minka Kelly, Natalie Martinez.
TONIGHT, TONIGHT
Tony (Ben Barnes) is trying to leave behind his old street-fighting ways … which is tough for him to pull off, now that he has fallen in love with Maria (Camilla Belle), who happens to be the sister of top Shark Bernardo. But tonight is a night for a serenade. A fire escape takes the place of a Veronese balcony, but the underlying emotions that have brought Tony and Maria out of their enemy camps are the same ones that fired Romeo and Juliet, not to mention James Carville and Mary Matalin.
THE KNIVES COME OUT
At Tony’s urging, the Sharks and the Jets agree to an old-fashioned street fight, no weapons. But on a night so charged, it’s inevitable the knives will come out. Shark leader Bernardo (Rodrigo Santoro) delivers the fatal blow to Jets kingpin Riff (Chris Evans) as helpless Tony (Ben Barnes) bears witness. By the end of the scene, Bernardo is on the pavement, killed by Tony. And so the musical’s male romantic lead is now a killer, which is part of what makes West Side Story revolutionary.
THE END
After a Shark flunky named Chino rubs out Tony, Maria (Camilla Belle) mourns alone at the grim murder scene, in the film’s final image.

24 comments:

captivagrl said...

I didn't care for this spread. Too contrived?

Pookie said...

camilla belle is the gorge, and YUM, YUM, YUM rodrigo santoro.

Taylor said...

Camilla is gorgeous. Needs less JLo, more Robert Pattinson.

irishstayc2 said...

Beautiful! I love this spread. Now if they would remake the movie... I know i know don't hate me. But I would love to see it remade sticking close to the original. It would be fantastic. Thanks Enty for posting this~

lutefisk said...
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lutefisk said...

Funny--I just watched West Side Story the other day. That is one of my all time favorites.

jax said...

if they touch this or Grease, i'll fricken LOSE IT.

Katy said...

It's beautifully shot, but it seems like all of the major photoshoots that have come out lately are reworkings of older ideas. I'm really tired of seeing today's stars reimagined as someone who was, frankly, more talented.

Marcy said...

I love when they do shoots like this! Awesome!

AnnMarie said...

Lopez can't hold a candle to Rita Moreno in any way, shape or form.

Ice Angel said...

I have to giggle when I think of the Turf Battle scene between the Sharks and the Jets....did any of you happen to catch the Saturday Night Live skit about that??? Hilarious!!!

That said, a distant cousin of mine played Maria on Broadway.

Mrs.M5 said...

i think that was pretty darn cool

DNfromMN said...

The only thing I liked about this set were Chris Evans' arms in the final shot. mmmm, to get a hug (and a tug) from those.

Mooshki said...

I'm really worried that Camilla Belle is going to do something that will make me have to stop liking her as much as I do now. Dating a Jonas Bro is definitely pushing the limit. I'm going to go watch "When a Stranger Calls" now.

figgy said...

Too bad JLo had to ruin an otherwise beautiful and interesting shot.

maryja said...

I saw this just the other day on another site and, as much as I don't want to, I have to agree with a comment about Camilla having no emotion on her face. At all. She's pretty, yes, but her face looks the same throughout - blank and void of feeling.

Case in point - last picture. Both her brother and lover are dead. She pulled a knife on Chino and turned it on herself. Would anyone know that from looking at her? Say what you will about JLo (and I'm not a fan) but at least she put some effort into it.

Meah said...

Beautiful and haunting but I cant quite get past them looking like drawings.

kelsey said...

CHRIS EVANS =D love love love him. not just for his ridonk good looks, either.

Arachne said...

why was jlo in this? every other actor/actress is in their early-to-mid 20s, and then ... her? really? they couldn't find another gorgeous young latina actress to be anita?

B626 said...

What's entertaining about this story his how I know the current celebs would fail miserably if they had to actually act in this full length musical!

ardleigh said...

I am with AnnMarie JLo couldn't hold a candle to Rita. A Grammy,a Tony, an Emmy and an OSCAR. Rita beats Jenny from the block anyday.

Ms.Leigh said...

i love how jlo automatically thinks she's qualified/the best to portray any latina character. same complex beyonce has- and just as laughable.

shakey said...

What DN said. Mmm mmm mmm.

Salsa Lover said...

Once again we have a non-Latina playing the part of Maria. Natalie Wood was bad enough (her accent was horrible). Now Camille? What was wrong with a real Puerto Rican?