Red-Blooded American Male: See 15 Stunning Celebrity Portraits From Robert Trachtenberg's New Book
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum
I’ve been on too many shoots where actors have said, “I can’t touch another guy!" But these guys are cool and will have long, wonderful, varied careers because they’re really, truly, actors who do what’s right for the role
Debra Messing and Eric McCormack
There’s a longer story attached to this photo that’s in the book, but as a tease, I should say this is the first time this image has ever been published.
He makes my job both easier and harder. Harder because I have to go through the pretense of coming up with concepts, knowing full well that he’s going to make things easier by knocking it out of the park with his own terrific, twisted ideas. At the height of post-9/11 hysteria, Stewart was thirsty for what he called a "Terror Alert Milkshake."
My favorite memory of this was Paul’s publicist turning her back on the set and saying, “I’m letting this happen, but I can’t watch - he’s like a brother to me!”
Oddly, the twist on this photo is that these are not prop Chihuahuas, Leary lives on a tiny dog farm. Joking, but the pups are all his.
He gets it. He knows you can’t just show up in a suit and have your picture taken like you’re the bank manager who won Employee of the Month. This is show business, dammit.
Elliot Tebele aka F--kJerry and James Ohliger aka Krispy Shorts
I had no idea what to expect. I just knew their Instagram accounts are hilarious. I wanted to represent some of social medias biggest stars, because they are literally attracting more viewers than most prime time TV shows. Scary.
This was my second time shooting him, and I’m taking the photos and thinking, “He’s either going to discover the gym, a tattoo parlor or both any day now.” Because I am psychic.
Kevin Spacey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Each actor was shot in a different city and we put this fight together in post production. You really do get the best stuff when vanity isn’t an issue.
Neil Patrick Harris
Game for anything, and a really terrific collaborator. He gets irony, which I don’t believe can be taught.
This was for a "Sexiest Man" situation for PEOPLE shot on location in the middle of nowhere in a real swamp. How he didn’t lose all his hair and get a rash that lasted six years is a mystery.
The sweetest guy. The most hyper guy. I didn’t need to say a word, just turn on the light, put some batteries in the camera, and let him go.
A sickeningly lethal combination of charisma, looks, talent and self-deprecating humor.
Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David
I wanted to recreate the Seinfeld living room set and light it on fire with the cast inside. Larry asked if he could decide day of shoot. Fire Department needed more notice, so we went with the basic white backdrop and a spit take.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences wasn’t too happy about this. They didn’t want it to appear that any favoritism was being shown towards The Artist (the film Uggie was in). They didn’t want canine teeth marks and spit on their statue. But the film did end up winning best picture of the year, and the spit came right off. I sometimes wonder if this particular Oscar ended up on Meryl Streep’s shelf next to all her others.