Thursday, March 08, 2007

Multiples (again)

The release of George Hickenlooper’s feature film Factory Girl set us thinking about actors who have portrayed Andy Warhol. Factory Girl tells the story of the briefly fabulous but sadly short life of Warhol superstar Edie Sedgwick and Guy Pearse stars as Warhol. In Oliver Stone’s 1991 bio pic The Doors, about the briefly fabulous but sadly short life of Jim Morrison, the part of Warhol is played by Crispin Hellion Glover. Then there is I shot Andy Warhol directed by Mary Harron in 1996 in which Jared Harris plays the part of the punctured painter. Warhol was also famously portrayed by David Bowie in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 bio pic of the briefly fabulous but sadly short life of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Note too, that Bowie’s 1971 album Hunky Dory has the rarely quoted chorus line: “Andy Warhol looks a scream / Hang him on my wall / Andy Warhol, silver screen / Can’t tell them apart at all.” Finally, and rather more obscurely, there is Midgette’s 1967 impersonation of Warhol at a University of Rochester lecture. They are all pictured above.
Images: As Andy Warhol, from left to right, Guy Pearse, David Bowie, Jared Harris and as him self, a contemporary portrait of Midgette.