Actor Adrien Brody, who is a not-infrequent visitor to these shores, has always struck us as being one of the more urbane, intelligent and yet approachable denizens of that amorphous realm we call Hollywood. He sprang to our attention some 13 years ago with his title role in Roman Polanski's The Pianist, a virtuosic performance of Stanislavskian intensity that netted one of the film's three Oscars, and led moviegoers to expect great things from the New York-born thespian.
Since then, however, barring an outing in in Peter Jackson's 2005 blockbuster remake of King Kong, Brody has followed his own sometimes indiosyncratic path, often eschewing the movie mainstream for parts in left-field or indie productions, and working with auteurs such as Wes Anderson and Woody Allen – in a wonderfully over-the-top outing as the villainous and preposterously named Dmitri Desgoffe und Taxis in The Grand Budapest Hotel, and a memorable cameo as surrealist artist Salvador Dalí in the comedy-fantasy Midnight in Paris. Imagine our surprise, then, when Brody not only took on a leading role in the Jackie Chan historical action vehicle Dragon Blade, but that he also admits to a penchant for martial-arts movies that goes back to childhood. In Hong Kong to receive an award for that very same film, he sat down for a chat with Prestige, and revealed both an abiding interest in all things Chinese and a deep desire to pursue other cinematic projects in the country through his own production company, Fable House. You can find the story on page 112.
A predilection for the good things in life unites all readers of Prestige, and as always we've put together a package that bulges with all manner of indulgences. We sample a flight of rare but mercifully not forgotten Scotch whiskies (p. 146), and go searching for equally hard-to-locate arm candy in the halls of one of the world's most famous auction houses (p. 120). We head to the central coast of Vietnam for a weekend of pampering, Banyan Tree-style, and though our stay doesn't quite turn out as planned we're already lining up a return visit (p. 150). We learn why the word “kinki” refers less to the adventurous activities of certain Southside residents than the superlative fish served in a Repulse Bay restaurant (p. 138). We meet the Swiss-born brains behind the Italian fashion label Marni (p. 90) And we pack as many cases and passengers as we can into Mercedes' latest super-shooting brake, take it on a blast through Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and France in the midst of a European heatwave, and return fly-blown but otherwise unscathed (p. 132).
Enjoy the magazine – and have a marvellous August.
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