Drew who? You might not recognize the name Drew Struzan, but you'd recognize his art. He drew the posters for Blade Runner, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, ET, Harry Potter, The Walking Dead -- and something like 150 movie posters. Sometimes his poster was better than the movie!
You might recognize his work from a few Stephen King movies including The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile.
|The Shawshank Redemption|
Now how does that connect to The Mist and David Drayton?
This is from the May 22, 2008 edition of the Los Angeles Times:
Frank Darabont is such a fan, he not only has tapped Struzan for pieces for "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile," he has also made him a basis for Thomas Jane's lead character in last year's "The Mist." (Several of Struzan's originals were featured on-screen as set dressing.)Struzan's website says, "The Mist: The movie begins with David Drayton, the main character, hand painting a movie poster for an upcoming film. He is a poster artist. A collection of his other original works, including posters from The Thing, Shawshank Redemption, Pan's Labyrinth, Green Mile and other paintings actually by drew can be seen in his studio. He is painting a picture known immediately to Stephen King fans to be for his The Dark Tower. This is the original painting created for the film."
|Dark Tower, The (The Mist) |
Medium: Acrylic paints and colored pencils on gessoed board
A documentary about Struzan appeared at ComicCon. The documentary includes interviews with Stephen Spielberg, George Lucas, Guillermo del Toro, Leonard Maltin and many others. It is currently on Netflix.
Frank Darabont decorated the set of The Mist with artwork from Struzan's studio. Further, Struzman gave Thomas Jane tips on how to actually look like a painter so he could, "look authentic" in the film. "I portrayed Drew," Jane said. "He wouldn't let me leave until I got it just perfect," Jane commented. "At the premier of the film, Drew said, 'No, no that wasn't right." He did everything wrong, Struzman said! Jane notes that he has nailed all kinds of difficult roles, but he couldn't play Drew Struzman for thrity seconds.