Various Vanity Fair photographers shot portraits of today’s funniest folks in an homage to tv, movie and historical legends of the past.
The photos are of the hottest comedic actors in tv and movies, either recreating some of classic film’s best moments or adding a funny bent to cultural and historical icons. Either way, they are all beautifully shot and hilarious.
But to add yet another dimension to them, We’ve paired them with the original inspiration for each to inform and educate. One exception is the shot by Annie Leibovitz because she already did that with her own hilarious recreation of her original March 2006 cover shot for Vanity Fair.
Vanity Fair Photographers’ Funny Folks Compared To The Originals
JONAH HILL, PAUL RUDD, SETH ROGEN, and JASON SEGEL, The Pretty Young Things, Photographed by Annie Leibovitz on Stage 28 at Paramount Pictures Studio Lot, Los Angeles:
Annie Leibowitz’ own cover shot for Vanity Fair with Tom Ford, Kiera Knightly and Scarlett Johanssen, shown below, served as the inspiration.
The shot as used on the March, 2006 cover:
PAUL RUDD as Gene Wilder’s Doctor Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein., Photographed by Art Streiber in Los Angeles:
The inspiration – Gene Wilder in Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein:
BILL HADER, ANNA FARIS, JASON BATEMAN, and LESLIE MANN, The Honeymooners Photographed by Norman Jean Roy in Los Angeles:
The inspiration – Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows and Joyce Randolph in the original Honeymooners:
DANNY MCBRIDE as Jack Nicholson’s character in The Shining, Photographed by Mark Seliger in Los Angeles:
The inspiration – Heeeere’s Johnny!, Jack Nicholson in The Shining:
AMY POEHLER as Bonnie Parker, The Accomplices, Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier in New York:
The inspiration –
WILL ARNETT (Han Solo), The Accomplices, Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier in New York:
The inspiration – Harrison Ford as Star Wars’ Han Solo:
JASON SEGEL as Buster Keaton, Photographed by Norman Jean Roy in Los Angeles:
The inspiration – Buster Keaton in his famous pose, young and old:
SETH ROGEN as Frida Kahlo’s own self-portrait, Photographed by Norman Jean Roy in Los Angeles:
The inspiration – Frida Kahlo, Self-portrait:
RUSSELL BRAND as Charlie Chaplin, Photographed by Mark Seliger in Los Angeles:
The inspiration – Charlie Chaplin as The Tramp:
JONAH HILL as a young George Washington, This Side of the Truth. Photographed by Sam Jones in Los Angeles:
The inspiration – A young George Washington (that’s him, on the right):
you can read more about Vanity Fair: Comedy’s New Legends here.