He's such a positive, happy guy anyways, and he’s incredibly good looking, then and now. He always said, "I knew I was in good hands. I trusted you guys. You guys are going to make me look my best and I don't have to worry about looking like a fool. Even when I'm holding a goat it's going to be the best picture of me with a goat."
I went to his house for [another] shoot a few years later.We were in his house and he takes me to his closet—it was just Tom Ford from here to the window.
So I'm up at the house and Gisele's making cookies and he says, "Jim, I want to show you something. You might be interested in this. This is where I go. This is my man cave." I was like, "Okay. Tom," but I'm the biggest sports dummy. I was like, "Is this the desk where you decide all the plays or whatever you do?" And he's like, "Yeah. I'll show you how it works."
He takes out these binders and there were these plays printed out. I don't know what I was looking at—it was all Greek to me. I said, "Tell me how you do it. You watch last night's game and you decide what you're going to do based on that?" He's like, "It's a little bit of that, but you also have to know each player and each team." He's explaining it to me and there's the football and there's the ring. He's as normal as you can be in that situation, and generous.
The Time He Made Obama Change His Tie
The first time I shot Obama we went to Washington. It didn't happen at first because there was a really controversial bill on the Senate floor and they actually ended up working through the night, so our shoot was canceled. We had to come back exactly a week later. Then I was really worried about what he was going to wear. You can't dress him.
He had a blue suit on and blue shirt and an orange tie and I almost died. The only reason I knew that [in advance] is because his assistant had a closed-circuit TV, she could zoom in on him on the senate floor. I had a few things in my bag and I didn't really know what to do because I thought, I needed to get him into my stuff. So I'm scheming, but the press secretary is like, "Put those clothes away." My blood pressure's going through the roof, because I'm not going to bring back a picture of him in an orange tie. She's like, "I'll get the word to him." He agreed to go home, which was close by. They use those tunnels that connect to the White House and the Senate and to his office.
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