PRINT May 1989

Special Effects

The News and Its Pictures

A NEW TREND HAS EMERGED in power relationships and last March, Vogue magazine anointed it “body double.” “Today’s tycoons and entertainment greats,” explained the unnamed writer, “fend off publicity-minded terrorists and assassins (as well as the hoi polloi) by surrounding themselves with people who look just like themselves—only bigger, brawnier.” Supporting this thesis were eight paparazzi shots of the likes of Bruce Willis, Eddie Murphy, Sly Stallone, and Donald Trump—as distasteful and overexposed a group of headline-mongers as you could hope to assemble—with assorted iron-faced he-men and slithering factotums virtually sutured to their elbows. And yeah, some of them did look alike, although Liz Taylor—the only bearable celeb in the lot—does not really resemble a large-bellied six-foot black man with facial hair.

All quibbling aside, though, Vogue had the evidence on film. Stallone

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