And now for something completely different.
We love to use Photoshop as much as the next guy but Hollywood has taken the art of Photoshopping a bit too far in the promo images for the 2015 movie A Walk In The Woods.
The fashion industry is well known for their doctoring of bodies and airbrushing blemishes to make celebrities look more beautiful. Hollywood is in the business of bending the imagination but recently we ran across one example of promo art which was so over the top, it made us laugh out loud.
Take a look at the above Bluray promo image of the film based on Bill Bryson's best seller, A Walk In The Woods. The movie adaptation stars Robert Redford and Nick Nolte. In the promo image, the two Hollywood actors have been so photoshopped that they are hardly recognizable.
We enjoy the books of author Bill Bryson, as well as the body of work of these actors. We thought the movie was underwelming. Our problem is with the generous Photoshopping efforts of the art department to promote this so-so film.
The problem is that so much work was done to digitally "enhance" the grizzled faces of Redford and Nolte that they are made to look silly.
In this instance, Hollywood's efforts to paint a pretty picture has failed. The faces of Redford (79) and Nolte (75) show the years of their lives. In an effort to sell this movie, Hollywood has made a mockery of it. Our message to Hollywood: Accept the age (and wrinkles) of these accomplished actors or hire younger, more beautiful actors if that is what you think you need. Photoshopping to this degree is a disservice to both of these stars and to the audience.