As Johnny Marco, the dissolute, sexy, deeply lost Hollywood movie star at the center of Sofia Coppola's Somewhere, Stephen Dorff finally has a role tailored to what an ace actor he can be. Johnny, hopping beds and limousines, slinks through his days like a passive snake, going wherever he's told, from a cretinous press junket to a makeup session in which his head gets slathered in latex. As long as he shows up, spewing monosyllables in a hungover daze, he's adored by everyone. Without even trying, he knows how to play the role of a too-cool-for-school screen idol. At times, Somewhere is likeEntourage minus the entourage, except that Coppola works in very slow deadpan exploratory takes, putting the film world — publicists, groupies, the sleaze-chic culture of the Chateau Marmont, where Johnny lives — under a behavioral microscope.
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