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Somewhere’s Stephen Dorff makes the New York Times Fashion Cover

Posted September 10, 2010

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Gracing the cover of the New York Times Sunday “Men’s Fashion Fall 2010” magazine is the handsome face of Stephen Dorff, the star of Sofia Coppola’s upcoming film Somewhere. Online there is a beautiful short slide show of the fashionable Mr. Dorff photographed by Hedi Slimane.

And the article, “Somewhere Man,” by Mark Rozzo, begins with a telling anecdote about how connected Mr. Dorff’s life really is to the character of life-lost actor living at the Chateau Marmont he plays in Sofia Coppola’s film:

Back in 1994, in the afterglow of his first big role — playing the doomed fifth Beatle, Stuart Sutcliffe, in Backbeat — Stephen Dorff did what any self-respecting young actor might do when the checks start coming in. He moved into the Chateau Marmont. “I had some money and I didn’t have a place to live,” Dorff, now 37, explained during a recent stopover in Manhattan. “So I said, ‘You know what? I’m checking into the Chateau.’ ” He toasted his 21st birthday with a “wild party” in one of the four bungalows. The premiere bash for Backbeat was held in its famous garden, where 700 guests, including Pia Zadora, Tori Spelling and Keith Richards, jockeyed for chicken skewers and face time with the newly minted star. Life at the Chateau was grand — for a while. “It got to the point where my business manager called and said, ‘Stephen, you need to take a movie or get a job, ’cause you’re out of money.’ And I said, ‘O.K., I guess I’m moving out.’ ”