Thomas Gibson, played Dickie Taylor (one of Stillman’s many “Rick” characters, though Dickie ends up being a good guy). I hope this isn’t photoshopped, because, if it isn’t, it’s a very cool photo.
All auteurs have a distinct imprint on their films and something that ties all of their work together. Whit Stillman has many signatures, but one of his trademarks, is not as apparent as it might seem. The name Rick (or a variation on that name), used for villains (Dickie Taylor is thought to be a jerk at first, but is found out to be a nice guy) is one such trademark. Stillman has discussed this in interviews before, so it is not just a coincidence. Take a look at the list:
Nick Smith on Rick Von Sloneker: “Rick Von Sloneker is tall, rich, good-looking, stupid, dishonest, conceited, a bully, liar, drunk and thief, an egomaniac, and probably psychotic. In short, highly attractive to women.” (Oddly enough, Will Kempe played Nick Smith first, but was smartly recast).
Ted Boynton on Dickie Taylor: “I haven’t heard from Jack in ages and he’s put this terrible guy from marketing over us. Dickie Taylor. He’s this incredible jerk who…”
The Last Days of Disco:
Description of Rick from Whit Stillman’s The Last Days of Disco novelization:
“The guardians of the red velvet rope had noticed this and started giving me a lot of static about it, especially the number-two guy, Rick, who had recently started throwing his weight around a lot, much to Des’ irritation.
The common parlance for nightclub gatekeepers in those days was “door-Nazi.”
Damsels in Distress:
Violet Wister on Rick DeWolfe: “Oh. You’ll see. He’s one of those I was talking about — tall, probably considering himself very smart and handsome — and a “journalist” — so you can just imagine the mind-boggling arrogance and conceit.”
Frédéric, “All I could to was…nothing.”
Chauvin is probably nothing like Frédéric so please give him a follow on twitter
*IMDB has Will Kempe (Rick Von Sloneker) listed for an uncredited cameo in The Last Days of Disco.
A while back our site posted a link and information obtained from the The Last Days of Disco audio commentary that Stanley Kubrick loved Whit Stillman’s Barcelona. Shortly after the post BFI then added Barcelona to their BFI Stanley Kubrick, cinfephile list (more specifically the Off List). Now here is some more uncovered information through some searching on the internet. It comes from interviews with Thomas Gibson who got the role in Eyes Wide Shut due to the fact that Kubrick had seen him in and loved Barcelona.
In these three articles Gibson talks about how Kubrick loved Whit Stillman’s Barcelona (please see at the very bottom for two of the articles).
Movieline Magazine, February 1999 page 18 article by Joshua Mooney Hype:
“But Kubrick turns out to be a big Whit Stillman fan, and he saw me in Barcelona” (Gibson was a yuppie marketing genius in that film).
Stanley Kubrick even asked Whit Stillman to take a meeting with him.
Filmthreat June 8, 1998:
Fans of Whit Stillman’s films should already suspect this: the guy can talk. He speaks in a literate, thoughtful, I’ve-read-way-too-much-English-Lit way. He is more likely to reference a classic text than a classic TV show, and actually finds uses for the word “treacly” in normal coversations. One gets the sense that although he travels in higher social circles nowadays (Stanley Kubrick asked him to take a meeting), it wasn’t always that way.
UPI Hollywood Reporter, May 30, 2003 Pat Nason’s article Feature: Thomas Gibson, good guy:
“I will talk to people who say they loved ‘Tales of the City’ or ‘Far and Away’ or ‘Love and Human Remains’ or ‘Barcelona,'” he said. “That’s actually how I got ‘Eyes Wide Shut.’ Stanley was a big fan of ‘Barcelona.'”
Orange Coast Magazine, October 2000 page 40 article by Jill Daniel Monkeying Around With Thomas Gibson:
A performance as a snooty American marketing executive in the Whit Stillman movie Barcelona indelibly impressed the late director Stanley Kubrick, who cast Gibson sans-audition for a small role in 1999’s Eyes Wide Shut.