Ralph Fiennes at “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Paris Premiere

Posted on February 28, 2014

Ralph goes the “19th Century Russian novelist” route in his style evolution, which is no surprise, really.

Ralph-Fiennes-The-Budapest-Hotel-Paris-Premiere-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Ralph Fiennes at the premiere of “The Grand Budapest Hotel” at Cinema Gaumont Opera in Paris, France.

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And look: the head really suits him. He looks cute. But the clothes are awful. You’re not heading out to dinner for the night with friends, Ralph. You’re at the premiere of your freaking movie in Paris. Come on now. You don’t have to wear a suit but how about a tweed vest and a pair of corduroys, or something like that? Jeans that fit and a sporty plaid blazer? Anything with a little more style than this shapeless, dying-of-consumption-in-an-attic-apartment ode to starving artists (and college professors). Or how about this: hem the jeans, put on a pair of black boots and a midnight blue or black fitted velvet blazer and switch out that sensible scarf for something silk and we’ll call it a night. Hell, we’ll call it chic – and it wouldn’t be any harder to wear or put together than this sad-looking ensemble.




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  • ChaCha_70

    He’s lucky he has those eyes to fall back on.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Those eyes and that voice….fanning myself

  • SewingSiren

    Chim-chim-chimney chim chim charoo..

    • I quite literally laughed out loud.

  • Is that a cardigan or a jacket? Cardi-get? Jack-igan? The uncles nailed it; he looks like my Brit Lit prof.

    • Vickiefantastico

      Yes, someone with the know-how please explain what that THING is. What is the fabric that’s used?

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      Whatever it is, it looks like he slept in it.

  • moppet

    Dumb question — did he direct that movie, or is he acting in it? If he’s the director, I guess I can get behind the idea of him being more casual…sort of…I’m trying to help him out, here.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      Actor, Wes Anderson is the writer and director…

    • Suzanne Johnson

      Wes Anderson directed the film; Fiennes is one of the actors in a large cast, including some of the BK favorites.

    • moppet

      Ack. Well, nevermind, Ralph. I tried.

  • hughman

    “How bleak was my puberty!”

  • Lilah

    He looks like Robin Williams.

    • Eric Stott

      and that isn’t a bad thing – if you can catch Williams in his bearded but not out of control stage.

  • crash1212

    He could put two Ralph’s in those jeans.

  • @Biting Panda

    He looks like Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting.

  • kmk05

    WHAT ARE YOUR EYES, MONSIEUR. What he’s wearing deserves only scorn: shapeless cardigan! Jeans! My eyes can’t take it. *scrolls down to the picture of his face*

  • He’s a Werther’s Original.

  • Amy Ignatow

    I saw him once in Hamlet back in the 90s and his death scene was so ridiculously sexy that all the ladies and a few of the men in the audience became spontaneously pregnant.

    • Lucía Gavello

      Oh, the Ralph Fiennes Mystical Pregnancy, it happens. I’ve even found him surprisingly sexy playing freaking Voldemort. I blame his voice.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        His voice is undoubtedly responsible for all kinds of mischief, I think.
        I also loved that Ralph Fiennes did the voice of the villain in “Wallace and Grommit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit”.

  • Ruth Preston

    Am I completely in the minority, not liking the beard? It looks like it’s wearing him. And nothing should pull focus from those eyes. And sure, he’s dressed like Oliver Twist’s hip uncle, but I didn’t notice the clothes because BIG GIANT BEARD.

    • You are not. I feel like a beard shouldn’t be bushier than a man’s hair, or they end up looking like Pa Ingalls.

      • Ruth Preston

        …or someone with lots of guns and a manifesto. I caught the last few minutes of Maid in Manhattan last night (I was waiting for another show to start no seriously I KNOW SHUT UP), and by damn, he looked so, so pretty in that movie…

        • formerlyAnon

          He has looked so, so, SO much prettier than this a plethora of times.

          • schadenfreudelicious

            The English Patient….The End of The Affair…

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I might have to delve into my badly organized DVD collection to find The End of the Affair(fanning myself)

          • schadenfreudelicious

            He and Julianne Moore were so beautiful in that film it was almost painful…

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            That film for me is a three or four kleenex special…so heartbreaking

          • schadenfreudelicious

            Me too, a total sob fest…:(

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I remember when I saw The End of The Affair in the theater that a trio of senior citizens were sitting in front of me, and they formed a kind of Monty Python chorus as they intoned audibly after one of the sex scenes “Well, I didn’t think I’d be seeing this”….

          • AnneElliot

            Oh, The English Patient . . . my heart goes pitter-patter, he was SO SEXY in that. Sigh.

    • formerlyAnon

      You have company. I like to see the bones of the face. (Less relevant to photos of strangers: if you have a lovely chin and jaw, I should be able to gently bite my way between it (chin) and your ear. Even if it is only theoretically.)

    • lunchcoma

      I don’t care for it, either, but I’m a longstanding member of the beard-hating club. At this point, I accept that my perceptions of facial hair might not line up with those of the general public.

    • Prairieguy

      I believe the beard might somewhat be due to the fact that the film appears to be chock-full of elaborate period beards and moustaches?

  • Liz

    The jacket-thing is the worst part of this ensemble. If that did not look like he pulled it out of a bag to donate, he’d be passable.

  • boweryboy

    It’s like he didn’t even try.

  • French_Swede

    Well …. at least he’s wearing nice shoes.

  • ojosazules

    That outfit is almost creepy, for some reason.

  • MilaXX

    Replace the pig farmer jacket with a navy blazer, put on a pair of pants that fit and I’d be okay with this look. Ralph has never been a great dresser so I can appreciate he put some effort in, it’s just wrong for the event.

  • Vanessa Reyes

    He needs to WITFU.

    • lunchcoma

      He does indeed. It’s kind of a shame he didn’t, because he’s a handsome guy and can look really great in a suit.

  • Capt. Renault

    Happy movie stars are all well-dressed alike; every unhappy movie star is dressed poorly in his own way.

    • AnneElliot

      Yes, x1000, and bless you for the Anna Karenina reference!!

  • Glam Dixie

    Replace the shoes with steel toed boots and the button down shirt and he could have been my farrier today at the barn, beard and all. Give that man a rasp and a hoof stand.

    • formerlyAnon

      Unless you’re leaving out the gut, you have an exceptionally good looking farrier. Every one I’ve ever seen that wasn’t an infant had a beer gut of moderate to enormous dimensions.

      • Glam Dixie

        Haha, no he has no gut at all, but he’s gay so maybe that has something to do with it.

        • formerlyAnon

          My mind reels. Next thing you’re going to tell me is that they carry neither chewing tobacco nor cigarettes in their truck (exceptions made for the occasional one over 40 who’s a former smoker.) Your barn is not in the semi-rural North Carolina or Virginia with which I’ve been familiar, then. Even the place that was wall-to-wall dressage queens with a sprinkling of truly high dollar horses there for training had a good ol’ boy farrier with prominent beer gut.

          • Glam Dixie

            Alas he does smoke but not dip, his partner does not though and always comes with him to help trim if his back allows (he’s quite a bit older and was my original farrier). They are definitely good ol’ boys but they come without guts here in central VA.

          • SierraDelta

            Oh, do please continue discussing farriers! I cannot tell you how much it pleases me that you two have launched this thread as a result of re-dressing the Professor Ralph Fiennes Paper Doll.

          • demidaemon

            Same here. Really intriguing and great plot fodder for me.

          • formerlyAnon

            In my (not extensive) experience: all farriers have back problems, small-to-large beer guts after age 30, are good-ole-boys, and have a history of tobacco use. They are mostly stubborn. That is all I can offer as generalizations.

  • Trickytrisha

    Geez, that jacket looks like a cardigan sweater… and that’s being polite. Is he turning into a 70 year old retired tire salesman from Peoria? I do like the attempt at jazzing up that little bit of hair in the front though.

  • Shug

    Yikes. To this outfit I say, AVADA KEDAVRA.

  • 3boysful

    So funny you said “college professor.” As I scrolled down, I was waiting for him to produce a (tobacco) pipe from one of those cardigan pockets.

  • BLauD

    I can’t even really see the clothes. I just see him and my mind gets all fuzzy, my knees get weak. Sigh. Posting him and Elijah so closely together was not fair to my heart.

  • formerlyAnon

    Is it me, am I just too used to the painted-on variety, or are those jeans a size too big?

    Shallow thing that I am, he did a lot more for me when he had more hair and no beard. I know others disagree violently, but I do wish men wouldn’t clutter up perfectly lovely chins, jaws and mouths with all that shrubbery.

    • demidaemon

      For me, it really depends on the man. Joe Maginello( whose name I have totally butchered)–must have facial hair. Ralph here–not really loving it.

      • formerlyAnon

        You are allowed your tastes. WRONG THOUGH THEY MIGHT BE. Sorry, that was the wine talking. (Oscars, y’know).

        • demidaemon

          As are you. 😉

          I’m only half-watching, so my gay card may get revoked, but if I were a betting man, I would have won a lot of money on this Oscars.

        • SierraDelta

          Second that!

  • Anglow

    Why do British men still not know how to wear jeans?

  • Imasewsure

    Russian Lit professor with a touch of Fiddler on the Roof? Definitely has butterscotch in one pocket (for the little Tovarichs) and pipe tobacco in the other… cozy but too cozy!

  • Lex

    He’s hot. He gets a free pass from me always 🙂

  • Tanya Wade

    He’s the English Lit professor I always wanted. Him, Alan Rickman and Richard Butler. In my fantasies. Yes. I will do the reading for tonight, Professor Fiennes….Those eyes bewitch me. And I love the ensemble.

    • Corsetmaker

      I’d like to be in that class! He does have the most amazing eyes.

  • Gatto Nero

    Aw, I think he’s adorable (though he should wear jeans that fit).

  • Shawn EH

    He’s become a Dickensian waif!

  • yethica

    Le sigh. I love him always and forever. Doesn’t matter what he’s wearing.

  • marlie

    This outfit say that he does not give a single f*ck about the red carpet pole dance.

  • Emily Smith

    Dammit Voldemort, get your shit together.

  • MannahattaMamma

    Okay I *am* a college professor (and married to another one) and NEITHER of us would consider going out in something so drabbly and dribbly and squashy. He looks a bit like an armchair in a ramshackle summer cottage.

  • quiltrx

    LOL I was thinking ‘he must have watched Moulin Rouge the night before and gone with a Ewan vibe’–you guys nailed it.
    But he’s still hot and always will be in my eyes. Just get rid of the beard and the sad-sack clothes please, darling. I know Almasy never got old, but please imagine he did, and go there.

  • Prairieguy

    ” […] ode to starving artists (and college professors).”

    Hey, writing as an-erstwhile college professor currently in Paris (wish I’d known about this premiere!), I resemble that comment!

    Kidding aside, I’m getting a bit tired of the casual use of post-secondary teachers as go-to code for frump. In this job market, I have found that most of my peers are necessarily and incredibly style-conscious – though my sample is humanities-biased.

    In fact, I’m glad to see that many of the Paris boys still seem to be wearing elbow patches this year and generally working a professorial vibe, so I fit right in with the be-patched jacket I bought here in 2011 and all of my modest, cardigany, proffy wardrobe.

    But yeah, disappointing look for Ralph at a premiere in Paris of all places, and I don’t disagree with T+L’s criticism/suggestions.

  • Eric Stott

    The worst thing is, that sloppy jacket probably cost the sum total of all the clothes in my closet.