Actor Christopher Walken is among the many famous faces in "Disobedience," the latest series of celebrity portraits by Patrick Swirc. Swirc remembers that he didn't have much time to work with Walken: " 'I'm doing three photos,' (Walken) said. Then he left."
Swirc had only known actor Matt Damon for five minutes, but you wouldn't have known from this photo. "Matt Damon gives you the impression that you are his friend. He always laughs with you, pleasant," Swirc said.
Swirc photographed actor Tom Hanks at the Deauville American Film Festival in France. Swirc said it usually rains at the festival, but Hanks "approached the window of opportunity with that little ray of this sun."
Actress Marion Cotillard "is so sensual," Swirc said. "All you have to do is draw your gaze toward her and you have your picture."
Actress Charlotte Rampling "is very interesting to work with," Swirc said. "She takes the time to be completely with you when you photograph her."
There was a role reversal in play when Swirc photographed film director Martin Scorsese. "Scorsese is very attentive to what you say to him; he lets himself relax and be directed," Swirc said.
Swirc shot actor Javier Bardem at the Cannes Film Festival in France. "He has an incredible profile," Swirc said.
"When I was a child, I came face to face with Clint Eastwood on a duel," Swirc said. During this photo shoot, "I could see myself dressed up as a cowboy with my plastic guns. That day my gun was my camera, and I could unsheathe it quicker than he could."
Swirc talked about what happened after he photographed actress Salma Hayek: "She came up to me to view photos on the screen of my camera, and I felt the fabric of her blouse against my arm. My camera almost slipped from my hands."
Director David Lynch "is always very elegant," Swirc said. "It's very hard to miss a picture of Lynch."
Swirc had some fun manhandling Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has played the Terminator and other fierce characters on screen. "I locked him in the shower closet of his hotel room with barely any light and then set the flash right onto his face," Swirc said. "Then I laughed a lot."
Director Jean-Luc Godard is known for his radical, complex and philosophical films. "Godard looks at me without understanding what is happening, and that that is exactly my attitude when I look at his films: I don't understand anything at all," Swirc said.
Swirc had just met actress Juliette Binoche when he took this photo. "I found her so beautiful and so sensual. I was very happy to photograph her."
Swirc is seen at left in this photo with Al Gore, the former U.S. vice president. It was taken during an assignment for the French newspaper Le Monde. "I'd made a bet with a friend that I would be in Le Monde on the next day," Swirc said. "That's why you see me on that corner."