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Ezra Miller Would Like to Thank His 5 Personal Style Heroes

From Rihanna to... Simon bar Kokhba.

Released on 11/16/2018

Transcript

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Hello, I'm Ezra Miller and I'm going to give you
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five of my style icons and heroes
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from anno Domini, the common era
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of human existence.
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[mellow techno music]
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Number one, I begin with Simon bar Kokhba,
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and I'm thinking of the Arthur Szyk painting,
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wonderful Arthur Szyk painting.
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He's got this beautiful, flowing crimson robe.
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He's sort of wearing a hat like a Roman legionnaire,
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which I think is cool.
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He's like appropriating the style of his enemy maybe.
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He's got the shield, which is gold,
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with the Star of David on it, which is super dank.
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And then he's got the green saddle and reins on his horse.
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So it's like green, crimson, silver ...
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In his helmet and parts of his armor, and gold.
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Perfect, this is a moment.
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Bar Kokhba was serving a look.
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Let's acknowledge and appreciate it.
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[intense violin music]
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Number two, moving forward in time, Oscar Wilde.
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[violin music with hip-hop beat]
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The poet and playwright who said great things, like,
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You can never be overdressed or overeducated.
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I agree with that.
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Oscar Wilde was persecuted for being too gay
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and too fabulous all the time.
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We praise and remember you in your beautiful,
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I feel like I'm almost --
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this Saint Laurent piece is almost saluting Oscar Wilde,
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the big fur collar.
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I remember this one picture where he's got
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that tilted hat, which I just always thought was amazing.
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[pages flipping]
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[synthesizer tones]
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Number three, moving forward into the common era,
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more into the last century, Buster Keaton.
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[old-time piano music]
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You know they say fashion, what sells the fashion
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is the face.
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That's what someone told me is a saying in Korea.
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[old-time, jazzy piano music]
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Buster Keaton was the hardcore, ultimate deadpan guy.
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[old-time, jazzy piano music]
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And he would just do the --
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[funky piano music]
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You know, which can really sell any look.
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The General, one of the greatest movies of all time.
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[funky piano music with flute]
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Lots of looks served up.
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I love Buster Keaton's hat game.
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Colleen Atwood and I keep trying to get
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more Buster Keaton hat game into the credence looks.
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They usually end up getting cut out of the film,
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often with the note that they look too cool.
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So, there you have it.
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[mellow accordion music]
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Either number two or number four,
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depending on how time and numbers work.
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Jessica Rabbit.
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[slow, funky accordion music]
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My childhood, very important movie for me
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was Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
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[sultry saxophone music]
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Massive influence in my life.
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My mother always said, In this world,
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people either wanna fuck you, kill you, or be you.
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And with Jessica Rabbit, I wanted to have sex
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with Jessica Rabbit and also to embody
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and be Jessica Rabbit.
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She can't help it, she's just drawn that way.
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I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way.
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[film beeps]
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One of the most devastating moments of my life
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was the moment when my sister revealed to me
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that you couldn't be a cartoon character as a profession,
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that cartoon characters were drawn
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and that actors only did their voices.
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Devastating for me.
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I'm still not convinced.
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We'll see what we can do.
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[mystical instrumental music]
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When I look around, I try to look for an icon
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amongst my contemporaries.
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I have to go with Rihanna.
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[mystical music with deep bass]
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I'm thinking of Bitch Better Have My Money.
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♪ Bitch better have my money ♪
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The video, I'm thinking of the leather hat look.
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I'm thinking of the bandanna look in that video.
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We bow to you, Rihanna.
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We bow to you Jessica Rabbit.
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We thank you for what you have given us.
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We thank you for this guidance.
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I thank you for this guidance in my life,
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how to express and be who I am
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based on the way that you have channeled the gods,
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the god ...
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Everything, nothing.
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The beginning, the end.
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[mysterious, mellow techno music]
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[Ezra knocking]
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[Ezra knocking]