Aguantamos la respiración, nos tomamos algo con azucar para prevenir desmayos, controlamos las pulsaciones y apuramos una ardiente infusión de valeriana, todo parece preparado para presentar como toca a la mayor estrella que ha pisado este blog: «Queridos lectores, abran bien los ojos y denle un fuerte aplauso al gran ¡TONY WARD!».
En medio de la vorágine veraniega, nos sentamos a charlar unos minutos con el auténtico Rey de la moda, un breve pero intenso placer. Disfruten…
HC: Model, actor, painter, photographer, designer, producer, artist. Is there anything that does not bear the signature «Tony Ward»?.
TW: I haven’t made music yet… but I will!
HC: You are working as a model for more than two decades and you are still one of the most demanding (and desired), is the Supermodel’s crown too heavy?. Have you ever thought about retiring?.
TW: I have been modelling for 30 years in fact. I am the Atlas of modelling world so I assume the weight with ease!
HC: Over the past years you have been very focused on your facet as a painter, collaborating actively with artists such as Daniel Louis Rivas, how has influenced your image as a model or actor in the world of painting. Is it a very close-minded world?.
TW: Yes, it has become known that I am a painter in the world of modelling. However being known as a supermodel or actor has not helped me sell a painting or ameliorate my chances in penetrating the art world… Yes, it is “close-minded” as you say.
HC: You are possibly the only one model who can lead a world campaign of Cavalli or Calvin Klein, and, simultaneously, appear on a magazine with a boner. Is absurd that people are still surprised to see an erect penis?.
TW: Yes, it’s absurd that anyone is still surprised… but I think it is funny.
HC: Are you aware of the number of men and women who must have masturbated with your Hustler White’s initial scene?.
TW: No, I am not keeping a tally.
HC: Are there any parallelism between your famous tattoo «Mr. Ward» and Joe Dallesandro’s “Little Joe”?.
TW: No, not for me… Not sure if others make any connection between it. I did it in honour of my father’s family name. I wasn’t thinking of branding myself at the time.
HC: Do you think it is time that people stop to ask you about Madonna?.
TW: How would you feel if someone kept asking you about your ex girlfriend/boyfriend of twenty plus years ago? That’s your answer.
HC: And finally, where can we see you soon?. Will you visit Spain?.
TW: I was in Spain recently shooting the Desigual campaign in Barcelona. I had a fantastic time working with the people and crew and hope we can do it all again some time soon. I was really happy with how the pictures and film turned out.
HC: Thank you so much Mr. Ward.