Mr Porter‘s weekly style guide “The Journal” features “Bodies Bodies Bodies” actor Lee Pace photographed by Clement Pascal and styled by Olie Arnold.
Being broadly recognised or an object of Hollywood’s gaze is not Pace’s endgame. He has no interest in using his fame to do anything other than draw attention to climate change (he works with Conservation International). It seems that massive fame, or what a New York Times reporter might describe as movie stardom, is distasteful to him.
“I don’t want to be evil with being well known,” he says. “The gimme, gimme, gimme – the faces of that are pretty ugly in our world. I think when I look in that direction, I see a lot of anxiety and I see a lot of people pushing each other.”
He is also uncomfortable with the exposure of fame and the expectations that come with it. “I don’t feel I owe anyone an explanation,” he says. “I don’t feel anyone owes anyone anything, really.”
The unofficial Pace appreciation societies online and his continued casting in cult, must-see projects may take fame out of his hands and catapult him to what many would consider his rightful place among today’s most talented actors. He is not completely against playing the game.
“Playing characters who are interesting, working with cool directors and collaborators – that’s the part I love,” Pace says. “I didn’t want to perform myself for people. I have more freedom with what I do the less people know about me. What a hypocrite I am. You’ll see me in a month and I’ll be wearing borrowed clothes.”
[Photo Credit: Clement Pascal/Mr Porter]
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