In The Driving Seat With David Harbour

‘The cornerstone of my acting,’ says David Harbour, ‘is a rage against cliché.’ We say: Amen to that. The star of Stranger Things talks to Tom Chamberlin about small-town America, tension on set, and the very true but very crazy story behind his new film, Gran Turismo.
  • fashion director Michael Fisher

  • by Tom Chamberlin

  • photography Mary Ellen Matthews

David wears Burgundy silk blend jacket and contemporary trousers, powder-blue tab collar shirt and burgundy silk grenadine tie, all Edward Sexton; 18ct yellow-gold 1908 watch, Rolex.

Recently I have borne witness to the mental mayhem of press tours. I stress the mental aspect because the meticulousness of the planning that goes into a tour — with studio and personal publicists keeping tabs on everyone, and coordinating things to the minute — is the sugary glaze slathered over the toll it must take on those involved. So it was for the press tour behind Gran Turismo, the film promoted by this issue’s cover star, David Harbour. I met David in the chic, riviera-style courtyard of the Corinthia, London’s junket hotel-in-chief, and immediately he earned my sympathy. Fresh off the red-eye from New York, he was in the hometown of his wife, Lily Allen, and had arrived in time to see her in the new West End production of The Pillowman the night before. But he was in London for only 48 hours — thereafter, he was to continue the slog to Australia, and his jet lag had just begun. Fiddling with the Partagás D4 I had brought him as a kind of peace pipe, our conversation began.


August 2023


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