Thursday, October 23, 2014

David Gandy for M&S F/W 2014 Campaign (Pictures Update)

Beyond the staples in a mans wardrobe of navy, grey and crisp white tailored shirts, arrive the signs of Fall/Winter. Garnet, mustard, and layers of fine wool and cashmere invite the earth to a settling in for a winters' nap. Wrapping up in the fine tailoring of Marks & Spencer, David Gandy brings this collection together here with classic suits and warm hues.





 

 






Monday, October 20, 2014

Q & A on Twitter with David Gandy (Gandy For Autograph)




Q&A on Twitter: Model David Gandy answered fan questions on a live Twitter Q&A with Marks & Spencer on Septemeber 18th as a part of the launch of his debut underwear range for Marks & Spencer in London: Gandy For Autograph

 



 
1- Stef : Do you prefer vintage cars or modern cars?
David Gandy: I've just restored my first vintage car and plan to do more, if that answers your question. 

2- Rosane Maximiano:  What is your fave place to go to vacations?
David Gandy: I love travelling... Next on my list of places to go has to be somewhere in Africa!

3- ✨MBMs Bambi✨: What's the one thing you can't possibly live without? XxxX
David Gandy: If I can be cheeky I'd have to say oxygen! 

4- Great White Shirt: If you weren't a model, what would you be?
David Gandy: I have no idea, I prefer to focus on what I'm doing now and do it great!

5- Tal: What is your favorite thing about modeling?
David Gandy: The diversity of it all... Every day is completely different!  

6- Appletofu: What was your fave subject in school?
David Gandy: My favourite subject in school was geography. 

7- Franca Poli: What stage of the design was more difficult?
David Gandy: Finding the right fit for different body shapes.

8- MEG4NJ4YNE♥: I'm a dog lover too, whats your favourite breed of dog ?xx
David Gandy: Since working with @BDCH I couldn't pick just one..! What's your favourite breed?

9- N_nicoleta: Who was your role model as a child an how did that help in being a model?
David Gandy: My role models are the men of my family.

10- Artemis: Do you have a life motto? Thank you!
David Gandy: I don't believe in luck just a well prepared person who is waiting for an opportunity.

11- David Gandy Info: What is the item you love the most in your closet?
David Gandy: It's a vintage Omega Watch that I bought when I first got a big pay cheque. A great way to remember!

12- Isabella Bradley: The oddest thing that's happened to you?
David Gandy: The launch of my own underwear range is pretty surreal.

13- Isabella Bradley: Do you have any nicknames?
David Gandy: I get DG a lot.

14- Julia: Where were you born and raised? what is your heght?
David Gandy: I was born and raised in Essex and I'm 6ft 3.

15- N_nicoleta: What's your favourite designer ?
David Gandy: I'd say D&G.

16- Lisa Bolton: What do you enjoy doing in your down time?
David Gandy: It's my pleasure. I like driving and racing cars.

17- Great White Shirt: What's your no.1 grooming tip?
David Gandy: Find a good hairdresser!

18- David Gandy Russia: What helps you to make a difficult decision?
David Gandy: Time to think about it. Never rush into anything

19- From David Gandy to William Oliver: I plan to take some time off and potentially go skiing, I've not been in a while... How about you?

20- Jeanette: what's your favorite music to relax/jam to?
David Gandy: Old school classics like Tony Bennett.

21- John Williamson: Favourite car of choice at the moment...
David Gandy: I can't wait for the new Mercedes AMG GT.

22- David Gandy Russia: You said that you keep your plane tickets and one day you might plaster your bathroom with them. Have you done it already?
David Gandy: I haven't travelled enough yet... One day I'll get around to it!

23- Gina Colangelo: What's next on the design line with M&S?
David Gandy: The cashmere range is coming soon. After that there'll be a Spring/Summer 2015 range.

24- Lucy Hilton: when are you doing your next meet and greet
David Gandy: My next meet and greet is tomorrow in Dublin at M&S Grafton Street.

25- Taylor: How much has your marketing degree shaped how you go about your career?
David Gandy: To be honest I've learnt more through being in the industry.

26- Jayna Kawa: Who is your style icon?
David Gandy: Old Hollywood stars are my style icons. Carey Grant and Paul Newman

27- Adam Reilly: What did you think of Ben Kingsley's portrayal of you in the film about your life?
David Gandy: I think he prefers to be known as Sir Ben Kingsley

28- Julia: Would u like to create the womens underwear as famous couturiers did? Whos ur favourite couturier?
David Gandy: I'll leave the lingerie to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, she's doing a great job! 

29- Tasleem: David Gandy is recognised name and brand around the world, when will you consider writing your biography?
David Gandy: A autobiography... Maybe in the future, but at the moment I'm busy doing this... Watch this space!

30- Tasleem: Any future plans to do any presenting on TV or film acting?
David Gandy: I'm often asked about future projects. Underwear is keeping me extremely busy for now!

31- Lisa S: Will you be doing a 2015 calendar? I need it to help me through at work :)
David Gandy: They rib me, you know what mates are like...

32- Ishanie M: Is there anywhere in the world you have yet to, and would love to, visit?
David Gandy: I haven't been to New Zealand yet. I'd love to go

33- Tahira Iqbal: What should women know about the range?as sometimes they are making the purchase for their other half!
David Gandy: Women should know they can also wear the range. Women in men's underwear is extremely sexy!

34- Amby: What's your Biggest Inspiration xx
David Gandy: My family are my inspiration. And my grandfather, who was a true gentleman.

35- Sonia_rio: You do a great job with you charity work, do you intend to get involved with other charities in the future?
David Gandy: I do have a few charity projects in the pipeline. I'm discussing future collaborations yes.

36- Allyson Clayton: David, the people you love aside, what is the thing (or place) that moves you most in this world?
David Gandy: The thing that moves me the most is my work with Battersea Dogs Home! 

37- Jess: And... What are your 3 most important rules for a healthy lifestyle, and what's your guilty treat?
David Gandy: Stay away from saturated fat, eat organic and exercise!

38- Kima Segun-Ojo:  Boxers or briefs?
David Gandy: I'd have to say neither Kima, I prefer a hipster!

39- From David Gandy to Marisa González: My favourite piece is the houndstooth pyjama bottom

40- From David Gandy to i.am.cann: It was about 8 monthes and yes I helped design the packaging too...

41- From David Gandy to DreamySim1: Someone who is good fun, has a sense of humour and is different from the norm!

42- *Nadia*: What was your favorite part of the process and why?
David Gandy: Thanks for the question, for me it's learning the process of creating an underwear range right through to seeing it in store!

43-Jess: What's the most important part of a good outfit, and what do you change into after a long day?
David Gandy: A pair of men's shoes can make or break an oufit. I change into a pair of jogging trousers at the end of the day

44- From David Gandy to William Oliver: We're already working the next collection for spring...

Source:  M&S Twitter

Thursday, October 16, 2014

London Evening Standard's Home Tour with David Gandy

Inside David Gandy's Bachelor Pad

David Gandy has a guilty secret: rather than picking out suits or pumping iron, he prefers to spend his time off bargain-hunting for claw-foot baths or watching his Farrow & Ball paint dry. Laura Craick gets a guided tour of his new Fulham townhouse, four-poster bed and all.
By Laura Craick
 

A man in a very tight white T-shirt is speaking in tongues: ‘So we were going to get all the panelling made up, and I saw the guy’s work and the quality of the plaster, and I said, “I don’t know why we’re putting something else on top.” This is literally just dado rail, and that’s how we did it, all the way up. It looks good now, but to actually get all these squares, and to get all the plug sockets in and at the right angle... it takes a while.’

Plug sockets? Dado rails? The man looks like David Gandy but sounds as though someone has whisked him off in the night and replaced him with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. Don’t let the modelling career fool you: Gandy’s first love is DIY. Perhaps this is an inevitable consequence of being 2013’s Second Highest-Paid Male Model in the World, according to Forbes; when you’ve appeared in a video with J-Lo and designed your own underwear range for M&S, true solace lies in B&Q.

There must be millions of women gagging to get a glimpse of Gandy's interior, and he is happy to show it to me, in exquisite detail, even if the one for which he is most famous remains firmly in his pants. And that’s fine. Call me weird, but I don’t fancy him. I know! What’s wrong with me? I’m sure he’s devastated. Happily, my obliviousness to his Popeye arms and ‘Blue Steel’ gaze allows me to focus fully on the job in hand, which is admiring the home he lovingly fashioned from a clapped-out shell in Fulham.

‘It was such a wreck — in a horrendous condition,’ says Gandy. ‘People walking out from the viewing said to me, “Don’t even bother going in.” That sort of got my juices flowing.’ Stop flirting with me, David; I’m not interested. ‘It was a bigger project than I wanted to take on but I had a good feeling about it.’

If Gandy’s taste is surprising, it’s only because you might expect a well-travelled man who’s worked closely with Dolce & Gabbana for so many years to be a little more… flamboyant. No. In fact, Casa Gandy is one part boutique hotel to two parts Surrey housewife, with only a soupçon of eccentricity. For example, few people have stumbled upon the idea of using an artist’s easel as a television stand. ‘I hate TVs on walls. You either make a room around it so it’s a feature, or you try to hide it with something like this,’ he says.

Everything in Gandy’s three-storey Victorian home (with dug-out basement) is a symphony of off-white, brown and greige, from the Farrow & Ball-painted walls (Elephant’s Breath is a favourite shade) to the oatmeal throws and curtains. Gandy loves a claw-foot bath, an antique trunk, a railway tile and a polished concrete surface (though his are resin). That these stylistic tics will go on to define the 2010s just as Moroccan lanterns and fairylights defined the 1990s does not diminish them. My house is full of them. Isn’t everyone’s?

As befits an ambassador for British menswear (he was appointed by the British Fashion Council to help promote London Collections: Men, the male counterpart to London Fashion Week), Gandy bought British wherever possible. The flooring, stair carpet and upholstery were all sourced from companies in either Chelsea or Essex (Gandy grew up in Billericay), while the builders were local, too. Most of the fabrics were sourced from Holland & Sherry, the Savile Row cloth merchants established in 1836. ‘Lots of the materials are Savile Row — houndstooth, Prince of Wales checks...’ he reels off. Thank God Gandy doesn’t have any children yet — the dry-cleaning bills would be horrendous.

Does he have anything from Ikea? ‘I can’t say I do. Actually, those picture frames are from Ikea, I tell a lie.’ What about eBay? ‘One of the baths is from eBay. A lot of it is from Gumtree — some of the chairs downstairs are, though we got them reupholstered. And I’ve taken stuff off skips. With permission,’ he adds hastily.

We come to the master bedroom, with its extremely large bed and slightly disconcerting teddy bear. What mood was he trying to create? ‘If an accomplished interior designer came in here, they would probably criticise me for mixing Georgian with Victorian,’ he says, somewhat defensively. ‘I don’t particularly care — I wanted what I liked. At the end of the day, it’s my house, it’s my home.’
Picture courtesy of Denise Woodcock (London)

What does he think is the biggest mistake people make with their homes? ‘Lighting,’ he responds quickly. ‘Usually too much. They have their overhead lights on, and it’s so white and cold, so clinical. Virtually every light in this house is dimmable. In here at night, all the lamps are carefully placed around so it’s a really nice mood, almost like candlelight.’

At this point, it is perhaps apposite to mention The Drawer. Obviously, Gandy has a walk-in wardrobe — more of a small room, really — and there, chalked on one of the many drawers that have been custom-built to keep his prodigious collection of clothing in order, is the name ‘Mollie’. Someone has written ‘Mollie’ on one of your drawers, I remark.


‘That may be there for a while, so, uh…’ Wow. A lady with her own drawer in the house, I say. Someone book the church. ‘There you go,’ he says. ‘Even though she steals all my clothes.’ I figure Mollie is probably famous, because celebrities never go out with normals. Later, I Google and find out that she is Mollie King, the blonde one from The Saturdays. Dedicated drawer or not, it can’t be easy maintaining your love life when you travel as much as Gandy, who is on a plane ‘every week or two weeks’. He misses London with the simple delight of a child. ‘When you’re watching the news, and they do a newscast from Parliament, and you see Big Ben, and a red bus, or a black taxi… it just makes me feel homesick.’

Gandy recently shot a video with Jennifer Lopez. Did she hit on him? ‘No. She didn’t.’ Wasn’t she between boyfriends? ‘I don’t know. I didn’t ask about her private life.’ Does he ever wish he could switch off his face and look more like Ricky Gervais? ‘I think Ricky Gervais would get more attention than me, so I’m not sure about that. I know everyone round here, and they all know me. I love that. That’s why I don’t ever really want to live in Notting Hill or on the King’s Road. If you don’t have a pair of Ray-Bans on [in those places] then you’re not accepted.’

We are now downstairs in the study-cum-snug, where I spy my first photograph of Gandy. To be fair, it’s hard to miss, taking up as it does the best part of one wall. ‘I think it’s about the only one I have. It was a gift from the photographer at the time. My mum keeps everything; maybe 60, 70-odd covers. I know lots of people would put them on walls and stuff, but I think that’s a bit…’

Gazing at the black and white image of his chiselled body, it seems a good time to talk about how he attains it. Any quick fixes for the time-pressed man? ‘There is no quick fix,’ he says firmly. ‘It’s about changing your lifestyle. I don’t even really believe in diets.’ You ate carbs, I say, somewhat accusatorially, having witnessed him earlier eating an egg sandwich. ‘You say I ate carbs, but I know they’re not complex carbs and that it’s brown bread and that I won’t be eating much of it and that eggs are protein,’ he replies with the expertise of a person who really loves his food. He tells me about the GQ Men of the Year Awards last month, and how he ate his own dinner, followed by the supermodel Natalia Vodianova’s. ‘The only other person who ate as much as me was Sam Smith. And Kanye West’s bodyguard — he was scoffing it all down.’

Is he ever like, ‘I can’t be bothered to go to the gym today’?
‘Oh, all the time. Especially when I come home late, when I’ve been working for 12 hours and have to go down the gym at 9.30pm, and be there until 10.30pm, and then eat dinner and try to get ready for bed.’

This sounds pretty grim. What does he do to relax? Is there even any opportunity? ‘I watch a lot of documentaries. Then Mad MenThe Sopranos... House of Cards is amazing. Dangerous on Netflix, though. Netflix kills me because it has that button that says, “Your next episode will play in 14 seconds.” And I’ll literally be in bed at 2am going, “Yes, I can do another one, I suppose.” ’

David Gandy: he’s just like the rest of us. Only with better pecs. And a dado rail.

The David Gandy for Autograph men’s underwear and sleepwear collection is available now at marksandspencer.com. Photographs by Tomo Brejc, styled by Anish Patel

Source: London Evening Standard

Related Article (Inside David Gandy's home)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

David Gandy talks with 'Fuera de Serie' Magazine

IN BED WITH DAVID GANDY

He isn’t a conventional model. This impressive Brit has conquered the catwalk thanks to an image which gets away from androgynous mannequins. He has just debuted as designer of a men’s underwear range for Marks and Spencer.

The fact that you’ve been awakened unexpectedly in a typical morning and someone tells you that in a couple of hours the sexiest man on the planet is going to call you is both a shock and a frustration. So, do not envy me, readers, I haven’t had the pleasure to touch, or even smell, the most sought-after model of the catwalk. Barely, hear his whispering and sexy voice and make him laugh on the other side of the airwaves.

The mobile rings and I see a British telephone number on the display: hellouuu. “Yes, hello, It’s David Gandy”. But, David Gandy himself in person? “Yes, of course”. Oh, what a moment: on these occasions it’s expected a manager or assistant’s cold voice, and no, it was him handling the indicators while he was driving crossing London. “Yes, I’m driving, it’s the only free time I have this week. Don’t worry, I’m relaxed and I will concentrate on your questions”. How kind! Ay.

He was born in the British county of Essex (February 19, 1980). Son of a humble family, they could, however, give him an education in computer studies. When he was about to finish his degree (21 years), a flat mate made a joke: he pointed him to a beauty contest that he won, as you can imagine from the pictures, these and those where he starred for Dolce & Gabbana, Hugo, Boss, Gant or Carolina Herrera’s campaigns. Every year and invariably, he is chosen as the best dress man, the sexiest man, the top icon… besides, he has been ranked second by Forbes as the second highest paid male model (1,08 million € in 2013). The fashion industry owes to him the break from androgynous inertia in catwalk.

In just 48 hours he would star in the global launch of the underwear, loungewear and however range designed for Marks & Spencer (“IN BED WITH DAVID GANDY”), and I venture to ask:

Which is your ideal pant?
One that lets you forget you’re wearing it because you don’t feel it. And I also enjoy that the brand isn’t very visible, Calvin Klein type.

Of all the models you have designed, which are you using?
Hipsters which are a mix of boxer and briefs; I don’t know if you know about them.

Yes, yes, I myself use hipsters.
Ha, ha, ha… mine are not very feminine.

I mean the hipsters for woman [more laughs]. You are a male lifestyle’s oracle in the British press, what is the most basic in the image of a man?
The key is that what a man wears has to be really masculine, unmistakably for man.

Not for nothing you broke the skinny and androgynous trend in the catwalk. Tell me, how do you train to have those muscles, or they are 100% yours?
Nobody has such a muscular body in a natural way. I train four times a week, a routine that it’s intensified if I have any immediate underwear campaign. When I was a child I was very athletic. I did athletics, swimming, football, cricket, etc; and that is something that shape your physique.

Now, do you play any sports?
I love skiing but with my schedule I find it very difficult to do it. No, I am flesh of gym.

David, because your look is your brand, up to what point you get control over it?
I am very careful with my image and every time more with my public appearances.

But, is it true what I watch in an American TV report where you required to change your hairstyle for the advertising you were doing?
Yes, absolutely. I decide what I wear for each session, how I do my hair or what shoes I wear, and I choose the photographer. And for the hairstyle, my hairdresser has been one of my best friends for the last 7 years. Everything related to my image has to be under my control.

What did you feel when you see your picture covering the legendary Times Square’s 15 meter high wall?
Well, the truth is that I didn’t go to see it, it’s a shame, I didn’t get to, but many of my friends and my agent saw it, yes.

What I want to know is what did you feel when you began to look at your picture on fashion covers, bus shelters, etc?
I don’t really see myself, It’s like if I was seeing a character I play. I am very critical, the first thing I think is how to improve that image. My pictures for the Underwear’s Range of M&S will be on 400 busses in London, 700 bus shelters and tube stations, it’s going to be tremendous.

Would you like to try in the movies?
I did shorts and music videos. I receive many offers in my office, but I will only get into that when I receive something that really interests me.

David, is lucky an attitude, as it was said in one of his commercials?
No, the phrase isn’t mine and I don’t share it. I prefer the one that says: “Lucky happens when preparation meets its chance."

The sexiest, best dressed, top icon, best paid model? Do you consider yourself a lucky man?
I’ll answer you with a question: from the hundreds of models who work, how many do you know by their name?

No more than five.
Do you see? I can be fortunate for having a good physique yes, but if you know me it’s for my work, for having fought very hard against the androgynous cliche and win the game.

Source: Fueradeserie.expansion.com

Thursday, October 9, 2014

David Gandy Interviews with Insider Magazine (Irish Independent)

The 'World's Most In-Demand Male Model' tells Stephen Milton why he "hates the spotlight, likes getting older and professes we don't know the real him."


Fifty Shades producers were hardly thinking outside the box when they approached David Gandy for protagonist Christian Grey, a dashing, billionaire who can only enjoy sex if it’s accompanied by corporal punishment. Like the dangerous, dapper magnate plucked from the saucy psyche of EL James, David broods and smoulders. His wolf-like, brilliant blues are menacingly seductive, and he has cheekbones you might cut yourself on. Few others wear a structured, three-piece suit better. Sitting beside me, I bear witness to every panel and stitch groaning and stretching.

Alas, David refused the Grey offer. On revelation of the snub, he was quoted saying, “I was asked to go it, but said, ‘no’. I thought it was very badly written.” It eventually went to Jamie Dornan, an agreeably incredibly handsome alternative. 

Today, perched in a quiet corner of a Mayfair pub at lunchtime, while London’s city boys and girls natter and clink in the background, Gandy’s now taking a different stance on the rejection. “Firstly, I appreciated the book…” Now there’s a turnaround. “I read bits of it and whatever critics say,” he clutches, “it’s incredibly popular with immense power. “Jamie’s a great actor and he’ll do the part real justice. It’ ll be seen by millions and he’ll land a number of films from that. “Difference is, he’s been pursuing this. He did the BBC series, [The Fall]. “It’s something that Jamie wants and I’m a lot shyer than him. He’s a musician, he’s gone out with very famous women. Movie stars. He’s much more comfortable in that, whereas I’m much more secretive. “Fifty Shades is going to send him into the stratosphere and I still like to be able to go about my day.” 

And comes the zinger, “I really don’t like being the centre of attention.” Rolling your eyes tends to be the natural response when an underwear model claims ownership of a shy disposition. He crookedly smirks at my reaction, creasing his face.

“I am, I’m really shy. I don’t like being centre of attention.”

So a catwalk model who made his name emerging from the blue waters of Capri in a pair of tighty whitey Speedos — and nothing else — doesn’t like the spotlight? A man who’s now plastered across the country on billboards, posters and the back pages of magazines, flaunting lashings of tanned skin for his new underwear range for Marks and Spencer? “That’s work. That doesn’t bother me. But when I turn up to a red carpet, I still get butterflies. I’m just me. I really hide how nervous I get."

“At the GQ Awards recently, I was incredibly nervous. I didn’t want to get out of the car and stand there, everyone looking… Nine times out of 10, I want to say to the driver, ‘Just keep going, I want to go home’. But some people thrive on it.” 

Eight years since Dolce and Gabbana’s Light Blue campaign catapulted Gandy into the spotlight, he’s now the world’s second highest paid male supermodel. And unlike Kate, Gisele, Naomi and Cara, he’s arguably the only household name among the fashionable fellows. Posing and strutting on catwalks and campaigns for Hugo Boss, Carolina Herrera, Banana Republic, H&M and Lucky Brand Jeans, he’s also starred as the face and brand ambassador for Jaguar and Johnnie Walker Blue Label. And with his 007 appeal transcending mere ‘clothes-horsery’, the Essex hunk launches his David Gandy for Autograph range for Marks and Spencer. He’s now a one-man brand. 

After a successful run as the face and body of M&S Collection menswear, the 34-year-old was presented with the chance to design his own underwear and nightwear range. Varying from briefs to boxers, dressing gowns to long-sleeve tees, it’s a classy collection with a quality touch. And this ain’t just the regurgitated marketing spiel — I can vouch as a proud owner of a couple pairs, courtesy of the man himself.

Irish customers can also exclusively purchase several cashmere additions, including sleepwear trousers and cardigans. Surprisingly, it’s Gandy’s first design collaboration. Surely Dolce and Gabbana would have gotten first dibs? “I believe in affordability. People assume my wardrobe is just Dolce and I don’t spend that much on clothes. I’ ll be wearing a t-shirt and someone will think it’s Balenciaga and it’ ll be American Apparel.” So is anything in your wardrobe Primark [Penneys’ UK equivalent], I ask? “Ehhh... no,” he smirks, “I probably work to that cut-off point. That’s very disposable. I don’t really believe in disposability.” A fleshy, flashy advertising campaign, with Dave smouldering in a variety of undressed poses, has rather large proportion of the masses hot under the collar. The standard Gandy effect. 

Previously dating dimpled Les Miserables actress Samantha Barks and rumoured to be back on with blonde Saturdays singer, Mollie King, I wonder when he discovered himself hotter than most? The question irks the model. That shyness must be kicking in again. “I was never the successful one with the girls. There were always guys who were more successful at school. I thought they were better looking than me. Even at uni, I eventually found out I was known as ‘Model Dave’ on campus but I was completely oblivious to it.” 

Creeping towards his 35th birthday, has any physical insecurity increased for Model Dave? Or developed from scratch, in his case? “I’m not doing too badly. I see quite large bags under my eyes sometimes. But that’s work, that’s travelling. “I hear sometimes, ‘You look a lot older than you do in pictures’, and I’m like, ‘OK’. I’ve always wanted to look older.”

Bit of a dangerous desire for his profession? “Admittedly, you’re not going to be in as good shape as you were eight years ago. “When we shot for the M&S campaign, I was training for a good six weeks and was very proud of the result but you know, it’s harder now. “But everyone is so hung up on clinging on to their 20s. That’s never really been me.” 

A loud chuckle distracts us both. INSIDER turns to see two suited thirty-something females giggle nervously towards Gandy’s direction. They clink their glasses and resume conversation. One eye remains on the model. A frequent occurrence, I ask. “Yeah,” he happily chimes. “And I get asked for pictures all the time. Sometimes they’ll be physically shaking. That’s kinda strange. “I’ ll say, ‘c’mon, let’s have a laugh. Here have a look at that, what do you think. Oh, I look shit in that, we have to do another one’. And they relax after a while.”

He folds his arms tightly and stares into the distance. The tittering twosome maintain their surveillance. “I think it was Cary Grant who said, ‘I wish I was that Cary Grant. The Hollywood Cary Grant. Because that’s the image you give out to other people’. But it’s not necessarily you. “You know my image. And that’s not necessarily me.”