8:30am PT by Chris Gardner
Meet the Man Who Paid $2,000 to Dress Like Jason Blum
It’s common practice for actors to auction ensembles for charity, but producers? Not so much. Jason Blum may be among the first to test the waters by placing his duds on the auction block — and it didn’t take long to find a buyer.
“Who wants the orange suit I wore to the Halloween premiere?” Blum tweeted Nov. 19 with an image of himself dressed in the bold design created by costume designer (and frequent Blumhouse collaborator) Lisa Norcia. “If someone is willing to pay real money, I will give total amount to one of three nonprofits I support,” read the pledge.
Within days, Robert Eager placed a winning bid of $2,000, a sum which Blum will donate to New York’s Public Theater, where he sits on the board of directors. Reached by The Hollywood Reporter, Eager, who founded the Atlanta-based production company Buckhead Film Group, said he plans to use the suit for a Halloween costume in 2019 even if it’s not quite ready. “I don’t think I am as tall or as fit as Jason, so I am going to get creative with some alterations,” says Eager, whose company just recently completed postproduction on two feature films slated for release in 2019. “I have so much respect for Jason and what he’s done with his production company.” And, no doubt, for his philanthropic efforts too.
A version of this story first appeared in the Dec. 5 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.