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Tom Ford's 5 Favorite Stars

Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton, Naomi Watts, and other stars the designer-turned-director admires

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The fashion designer brought his style savvy to the world of film with last year’s Oscar-nominated A Single Man (on DVD July 6). Here’s who he’s dying to work with now.

Brad Pitt
”I’ve always admired Brad as an actor, but I think he’s even better now. I hope people take this the right way, but he’s less physically perfect. His face has so much more character. He’s growing into himself.”

Tilda Swinton
”I think she’s amazing. She’s an incredible actress; she’s absolutely fearless. I loved her in I Am Love. She’s good in comedy, too. There’s a huge untapped comedic actress there.”

Paul Rudd
”Everybody loves Paul Rudd. There’s something in his face and his eyes that everyone identifies with. I’d love to see him in something quite serious. I think he has enormous depth. ”

Naomi Watts
”I love her always. I know her as a person, and I think so highly of her. She has star quality when she’s on screen. I’m riveted, whatever [her current movie project] is.”

Justin Timberlake
”You can just feel that he’s a great actor even from the few things we’ve seen him in. He has such presence and a kind of mystery. He has this enormous talent, and it’s subtle.”