Sunday 25 February 2018

'I couldn't give a f***. Stylist? Style myself I say' - Gabriel Byrne on offer from Anna Wintour to style him for Tony Awards

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: Actor Gabriel Byrne attends the
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: Actor Gabriel Byrne attends the "Louder Than Bombs" Photocall during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2015 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Irish actor Gabriel Byrne poses during a photocall for the film "Louder than Bombs" at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southeastern France, on May 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT (Photo credit should read ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Gabriel Byrne attends the 2016 Tony Awards Meet The Nominees Press Junket at Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel on May 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)
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Gabriel Byrne is up for a Best Actor Tony Award for his role in Long Day's Journey into Night on Broadway, but the Irish star couldn't care less what he wears on the night.

According to the Financial Times, Editor in Chief of American Vogue Anna Wintour offered to style Byrne (65) for the event if she could have the final say over what he wears.

"I couldn't give a f***," he told the newspaper.  "Stylist?  Style myself, I say."

Byrne's co-stars Jessica Lange and Michael Shannon are both also up for awards for their roles in Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize-winning stage classic, which is currently enjoying a hugely successful run at New York's Roundabout Theatre.

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 27: Gabriel Byrne, Jessica Lange, Michael Shannon and John Gallagher Jr. Perform during the
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 27: Gabriel Byrne, Jessica Lange, Michael Shannon and John Gallagher Jr. Perform during the "Long Day's Journey Into Night" Broadway Opening Night at American Airlines Theatre on April 27, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

It's Byrne's second nomination after his 2000 nod for his role in A Moon for the Misbegotten.

Speaking to the New York Times about the play, he said O'Neill addresses what is "perhaps a kind of nihilism about life.

"Love does not save you.  Family doesn't save you.  Truth, the expression of it, doesn't save you.  You still push into night.  Faith doesn't really mean anything in the face of darkness.  There's a kind of comfort in knowing we are all headed that way."

When co-star Lange suggested the play is innately Irish, Byrne quipped, "I hate to say it, but I think that's a load of bollocks. 

"It sounds great, but actually when you examine it, it's a way of defining an entire people with an easy kind of aphorism.  We are a very complex multifaceted family of human beings."

Of his Tony nomination, he told the FT, “It’s nice to be called up to the front of the class,” Byrne concedes, “but we make way too much of awards . . . When are plumbers going to be recognised for what they do?”

The 70th Annual Tony Awards will broadcast live on June 12 and will be hosted by James Corden.

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