Sure, some of the interview is actually pretty sweet—he talks about wanting to make sure his daughter’s life is better than his own, how much he loves his wife, Kim Kardashian, how special it is to have someone to call “Mom” once again. (He also basically confirms that every insane rumor you heard about the Kimye wedding was 100 percent true.) But when we look to Kanye West, we’re hoping to get some more of his signature out-there statements—and luckily, there’s no shortage of them in this latest interview. The best examples, totally out of context:
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Mike Myers has been busy since his last on-screen appearance in 2009’s Inglorious Basterds: busy painting variations on KFC’s Colonel Sanders, busy making GarageBand tunes, busy raising his two young children. But now he’s coming back to the film industry with his directorial debut, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon — a documentary that follows talent manager Shep Gordon.
GQ spoke with Myers about Supermensch, what it was like standing next to Kanye West when he said that one thing, and how he really was the last person to receive a letter from The Beatles’ George Harrison. Read the highlights of their conversation below:
You know nothing about Jon Snow’s butt — but you’re about to learn a lot more, thanks to GQ.
For example: Remember that time last season, when Game on Thrones viewers got a glimpse of Kit Harington’s backside? “When it came down to it I had a broken ankle, so the only time you saw my ass, it wasn’t my ass,” Harington explained to the magazine.
The revelation is just one of many the Game of Thrones star dishes in his GQ cover story. Still on the subject of all the HBO drama’s nudity, Harington said, “It’s only right, if you’re going to make a show where nudity and sex is a large part of it, that you be a part of that.”
Dennis Rodman is at the top of a list no one wants to be on. He’s been named GQ‘s No. 1 least influential celebrity of 2013.
The 52-year-old former basketball player who has visited Kim Jong Un in North Korea was selected as the top pick in the magazine’s third annual list of the least influential celebrities, which also includes twerking pop star Miley Cyrus, President Barack Obama, and celebrity chef Paula Deen. GQ called Rodman a “Q-list celebrity willing to commit borderline treason just to hang out with a dictator who himself aspires to be a Q-list celebrity.”
Rodman said this week he’s preparing to return to North Korea late next month for an exhibition basketball tour.
Deen, whose cooking empire imploded this year after she admitted to having used the N-word to describe black employees, came in at No. 2 on the list behind Rodman, while former sexting U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner took the No. 3 spot.
“He’s the saddest lecher in American politics, and that’s saying something, because they’re all lechers,” the magazine said.
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That’s right: In the pages of GQ‘s brand new Men of the Year issue, Justin Timberlake — smooth-singing, Tom Ford-rocking, Elvis’s-granddaughter-maker-outer Justin Timberlake — claims he isn’t cool. Which sort of makes us want to curl into the fetal position and sob; after all, if this guy isn’t cool, what hope could there possibly be for the rest of us?
Wait, strike that — see, Timberlake is using the whole “cool” thing as a means to explain his general philosophy, which falls somewhere on the #YOLO spectrum. “Being cool,” he clarifies to the magazine, “is about keeping your blood pressure steady. So no. Don’t be cool. Be passionate. Be dedicated. Be tenacious. Be uncompromising. Be pissed. Be happy. Be sad.” And here is where the strings begin to swell.
“I’ve made a career out of doing things that I should not be doing,” Timberlake continues. “I wasn’t cool about it. Because being cool would have meant I passed up on those opportunities. If you do that, it’s because you’re afraid. And what are you afraid of? You know?”
The vocals cut out. There’s a brief moment of silence. Then — crashing cymbals! Gospel choir! Key change!
Russell Brand might have received his final prize at the British GQ Men of the Year Awards.
The comedian got into hot water with the magazine by making a Nazi joke about the show’s sponsor, Hugo Boss, during the event earlier this month. Now, he’s written a column for the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper, defending his comments and calling out the absurdity of awards shows in general.
Brand, who was on hand to receive the night’s Oracle award and was reportedly banned from the afterparty following his acceptance, explains what led up to him making the Boss joke.
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Robert Downey Jr.’s comeback story is one for the ages. Unquestionably talented but caught in a sticky web of drugs and bizarre behavior for much of his twenties and thirties, Downey seemed to spend as much time in rehab or jail as he did on film sets.
Things turned around dramatically for the twice Oscar-nominated actor following his marriage to wife Susan in 2005. Clean and sober, he was cast as Tony Stark in Iron Man — despite initial studio resistance — and the rest is film history.
In a cover story for GQ‘s May issue, Downey Jr. opens up about the turnaround, his future as a superhero, and his prospects for someday winning an Oscar (he thinks they are very good). Read on to see the six best quotes from the interview, including the Iron Man 3 actor’s thoughts on how overacting is similar to bestiality and how much money he made for The Avengers (it’s a lot!). READ FULL STORY
Forget This is 40. What’s really on Judd Apatow’s mind these days is This is Broadway.
In the January 2013 issue of GQ, the comedy guru reveals that he’s writing a play, and no, it doesn’t star Seth Rogen. Heck, it’s not even a comedy. “I have a great idea. Maybe like the best idea I’ve ever had,” he said. “It requires me to create characters and situations that have absolutely nothing to do with my experience.” READ FULL STORY
I never thought of Nick Offerman as the game-show host type. (Rob Lowe, on the other hand…)
Yet it’s the mock-serious Offerman, in full Ron Swanson mode, channeling Hollywood Squares greats Peter Marshall and Tom Bergeron by hosting a version of the game for GQ‘s Men of the Year issue. Instead of keeping to the traditional format and asking true/false or multiple choice questions, Offerman challenged his cast with straight-foward pop-culture trivia.
Watch the video below to hear Aziz Ansari’s synopsis of 50 Shades of Grey and Chris Pratt’s lyrics to Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” My only complaint is that the video is a minute too short. READ FULL STORY
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