Monsieur de Pompadour

Sean Penn with pompadour

The poet Walt Whitman once rhapsodized:

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)

But that apologia for inconsistency surely doesn’t excuse Sean Penn’s combining a 1950s rockabilly pompadour with a nineteenth-century-style shirt and tie.  To Izzy’s eyes, chronological contradictions can be the most disagreeable.

4 Responses to “Monsieur de Pompadour”

  1. SammyG May 27, 2008 at 10:49 am #

    I think the pompadour outdates the rockabilly era by quite a bit. Maybe even back to the 19th century.

  2. C.S. May 27, 2008 at 10:05 pm #

    I dunno. The hair/wardrobe combo he’s sporting looks almost exactly like some Andrew Jackson pictures I vaguely remember. Or Edgar Allen Poe. Either way, not as chronologically contradictory as advertised.

    Perhaps it’s that his hair isn’t really a rockabilly pompadour, as it appears to lack the requisite pomade. It’s not slicked against the side of his head or anything. No . . . this is Andrew Jackson all the way.

  3. Annalucia May 29, 2008 at 9:44 am #

    Well, should David Tennant tire of playing Doctor Who, the Sean can take over for him.
    He is coming to look rather like the Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee:

    http://www.firsttvdrama.com/show1/honor/pertwee.jpg

  4. Executus Maximus August 5, 2008 at 9:40 pm #

    Pop some steroids to make his forehead a bit bigger and he’d be perfect to play abe lincoln.