Keith Richards’ style called on for new Amazon show Good Omens

Rolling Stones rocker Keith Richards inspired the costumes David Tennant wears in new show Good Omens.Amazon’s apocalyptic comedy, which also stars Michael Sheen, Frances McDormand, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Jon Hamm, is a tale of the bungling of Armag…

Rolling Stones rocker Keith Richards inspired the costumes David Tennant wears in new show Good Omens.

Amazon’s apocalyptic comedy, which also stars Michael Sheen, Frances McDormand, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Jon Hamm, is a tale of the bungling of Armageddon and features an angel, a demon, an eleven-year-old Antichrist, and a doomsaying witch.

For David’s demon character Crowley, costume designer Claire Anderson looked to the music world.

“David moves like Keith Richards did in the ’60s,” she said to The Hollywood Reporter. “(I designed textured jackets with big lapels that) allow(ed) his shirt fabric to tumble when open.”

She also painted snakeskin shoes black with red around the soles to mimic the “red banding of the snake in the Garden of Eden”.

For Jon, who plays Archangel Gabriel, Claire decided on sleek tailoring.

“We went to the Italian label (Ermenegildo) Zegna on Bond Street (in London), as I wanted the softness of cashmere for his character,” she shared. “He looked wonderful in a tailored pearl grey suit with a hint of lilac. We gave him lilac contact lenses to bring out the coat and the violet in his eyes.”

And with Michael, who plays angel of the Eastern Gate, Aziraphale, Claire was inspired by pre-Raphaelite paintings, “because religion was so fervently strong in that era”.

The series spans 40-plus periods in history, including the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and World War II, with the costumes worn by the core cast needing to cross all timelines.

Good Omens is available to stream from 31 May.

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Olivia Colman tearfully accepts BFI Fellowship honour

Olivia Colman became emotional as she accepted the BFI Fellowship honour on Wednesday night (06Mar19). The British star, who took home the Best Actress Oscar in a shock win for The Favourite in February, was presented with the British Film Institute’s…

Olivia Colman became emotional as she accepted the BFI Fellowship honour on Wednesday night (06Mar19).

The British star, who took home the Best Actress Oscar in a shock win for The Favourite in February, was presented with the British Film Institute’s highest honour by her The Favourite and The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos at the Rosewood Hotel in London.

Accepting the prize, she reflected on her “lovely year” and became visibly emotional as she said she didn’t feel worthy of the honour.

“I didn’t know what to expect this evening, turns out it’s like a surprise birthday. It’s amazing, and I keep seeing lovely people that I love,” the 45-year-old shared. “Also, recently I’ve realised how us in front of the camera get far too much love and adoration from people because without the writers and directors we are nothing, so thank you… I don’t feel worthy of this and I’m really very grateful. Thank you so much.”

Presenting the honour, Lanthimos gushed over his collaborator, and stated, “There isn’t an actor who can infuse each moment onscreen with such great humanity, drama and humour. No one can appear so fragile, magnetic, fierce, funny and real from one second to the next, or all at the same time.”

Colman’s The Crown co-stars Helena Bonham Carter and Tobias Menzies attended the event to support the actress, while actors such as Richard E. Grant, David Tennant, Jim Broadbent, Vanessa Redgrave and Tom Hollander, and director Richard Curtis, were among the other stars to make appearances.

The BFI Fellowship is awarded to those who have made a special contribution to television and film. Previous recipients include Bonham Carter, Morgan and Redgrave, as well as Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Cate Blanchett, and Martin Scorsese, among others.

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