June 07, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

About a Boy

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
100 minutes
Wide Release Date
05/17/02
performer
Toni Collette, Hugh Grant, Isabel Brook, Nicholas Hoult, Rachel Weisz
director
Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz
Producers
Tribeca Productions, Working Title Films
distributor
Universal
author
Peter Hedges, Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz
genre
Drama, Comedy

As About a Boy’s independently wealthy commitment-phobe bachelor Will Freeman, Hugh Grant gets a makeover, shedding his floppy hair and stammering unkemptness for a sleeker look that’s turned heads both Stateside and across the pond. ”I wanted to do a modern kind of fashion,” says Boy costume designer Joanna Johnston. ”Comfortable, urban — the guy look, with a little bit of what we call laddish.” Johnston dissects the steps to a new Hugh.

MAKING THE CUT The actor’s shorter, ”carefully disheveled” locks, says Johnston, were done by his personal hairdresser after the directing Weitz brothers suggested a new ‘do. ”That was sort of key to everything — it gave him that edgy, more trendy look.”

HUGH’S HUE ”He’s got beautiful blue eyes, so any kind of blue would just look fantastic on him,” Johnston remarks about Will’s blue-dominated wardrobe, including this windbreaker (from Italian designer C.P. Company).

WARDROBE MASTER ”I wanted to get that sense that this guy had a lot of stuff,” says Johnston, ”and that he was vain.” Which explains the character’s 50-plus wardrobe changes, from hip British designer 6876 and Diesel jeans to Nike and a multitude of T-shirts (including some from Vexed Generation and Paul Smith). ”The imagery on the shirts can be very amusing,” she adds, ”a sort of irony about [the character].” In the end, reveals Johnston, Grant ended up taking home a lot of the clothes.

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