We absolutely love David Bowie. We especially enjoy David Bowie the actor.
We had the rare opportunity to see David Bowie in the title role in the Broadway theater production The Elephant Man in 1980. It was an amazing performance to witness as David Bowie wore no special makeup. He contorted his body to resemble the Elephant Man. Bowie was so adept at this technique that you believed right from the first scene that’s who he resembled.
“London Hospital of 1886–a doctor ponders Merrick’s appalling case. As the slide show proceeds, a small scrim is swept aside, and there, wearing nothing but a rough cloth diaper, all wax-white skin and elegant bone, arms and legs extended as though tacked to a zodiac, stands David Bowie. Wordless and unmoving, he is nevertheless an electric presence. As the doctor details the particulars of Merrick’s affliction–an incurable infestation of bone, skin and nerve tumors known as multiple neurofibromatosis—Bowie’s sleek frame starts to sag and wither. His arm stiffens, his leg droops and curls, his spine crooks outward, and his head begins to bobble benignly. Provided with a cane and a tattered cloak, the character is complete, and as Bowie hobbles off downstage, every eye in the house stays on him.
Now, in 2013, David Bowie has released his second music video from The Next Day, “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”. I have to say its engaging to watch and hear as David Bowie possesses a captivating screen presence.
Witness for yourself, if you haven’t seen it yet that is
- David Bowie to be celebrated in week of BBC radio shows (metro.co.uk)
- David Bowie and Paul Smith collaborate on album T-shirt (fashion.telegraph.co.uk)