Kevin Spacey took aim at Hollywood and Washington with his opening act at the annual AmfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala at Cannes, impersonating Johnny Carson, Bill Clinton and Jack Lemmon (with some wardrobe change assistance from Faye Dunaway).
At the annual auction for the AIDS research foundation, Spacey called Cannes “‘where we go to kiss Harvey Weinstein’s ass’ festival.”
Weinstein is the chair of the annual luxury live auction and fundraiser for foundation that takes place at the swanky Hotel du Cap in Antibes.
Spacey opened the evening clad in a plaid suit jacket impersonating the late talk show host Carson. He went through a series of jokes on Trump, saying that the presumptive presidential host would hate the film festival’s selection of foreign films, but he’d love the Riviera. “There are so many casinos to bankrupt,” he said.
After a quick onstage jacket change, he transformed into former president Bill Clinton, who joked that in Cannes he hadn’t “seen so many red carpets since I went to a swingers party.”
As Bill, he encouraged attendees to vote Hillary: “Vote for her and you’ll get me.”
Mads Mikkelsen, Kirsten Dunst and Vanessa Paradis took time off from their jury duties to enjoy the event. Dunst admitted to being very tired after the weeks of watching movies and hanging out until 4 a.m. with Mikkelsen, but Mikkelsen told The Hollywood Reporter the ladies of the jury were the drivers.
“We’re all of various ages, but they are more rock ‘n’ roll,” he told THR. Mikkelsen was the man of the evening, graciously snapping selfies with fans all evening. Katy Perry, set to perform, was more guarded, calling over her bodyguards to keep photographers away. He said this festival was a big change from the first he attended with director Nicholas Winding Refn nearly two decades ago. “We didn’t know where it was. We thought it was in the mountains and came with suticases full of winter sweaters,” he recalled.
An apparently dry Leonardo DiCaprio, also trailed by a bodyguard, was seen taking a bottle of champagne off another table to replenish his own. Spacey didn’t spare the Oscar winner. “Tonight you can bid on a stay at the Las Vegas home of Leonardo DiCaprio. It’s something very special, only a few hundred Victoria’s Secret models have had,” he joked. “Orlando Bloom is gonna bid on that.” It was too dark to see if girlfriend Perry was amused.
The weeklong stay for 12 guests in the former Dinah Shore house in Palm Springs, now owned by DiCaprio, went for $336,000 (€300,000) before the auctioneer did a switcheroo and sold a second for just $168,000 (€150,000).
The switch was a signature move from former host Sharon Stone, who previously led the event for over a decade. With the aggressive auctioneer Simon de Pury lasting for hours, the jovial joshing of Stone was sorely missed.
Bloom, for his part, put things in perspective when auctioning a luxury holiday in Papua New Guinea. “Basically you can put your carbon footprint on some of the last unspoiled areas in the world,” he joked.
A disco-themed fashion show with models such as Jourdan Dunn and Karlie Kloss dancing down the runway in dresses from designers such as Dior, Givenchy, Chanel and Roberto Cavalli among many others served as an intermission. With Uma Thurman conducting the bidding, the collection of 30 dressed went for $3.5 million (€3.2 million).
The fashion show was curated by editor Carine Roitfeld. “It’s getting harder and harder to find a theme after doing this for over a decade,” she told THR. The famed fashion editor was herself clad in a vintage dress from the 1970s. She declared that she intends to wear nothing but vintage in the future “to show I have kept my figure,” she joked.
In character as President Frank Underwood from the Golden Globe-winning series, Spacey auctioned a day with him and a walk-on role on House of Cards for $560,000 (€500,000).
Ron Burkle paid $1.12 million (€1 million) for Lapo Elkan’s camouflage Ferrari, while a Damien Hirst sculpture went for “a steal” at $3.47 million (€3.1 million).
A painting from Oscar-winner Adrien Brody, titled Jumbo Dropfish, closed the evening before Perry took the stage. It went for $504,000 (€450,000). Brody introduced the painting, noting: “This is a fish,” he said, adding that it represented light in these dark times. “Please bid on this fish.”
In the end the event raised over $25 million for the foundation, which focuses on funding AIDS research.