John Malkovich has given a new spin to some very historic photos. His new project is compelling, strange, and very much in the actors wheelhouse.

People around the world have seen these iconic photos, but Malkovich has decided to recreate them by posing as the original subjects in the photos. The recreations were developed with the help of photographer Sandro Miller.

Take a look at the Before photo, Migrant Mother by Dorthea Lange:

And, the after photo, by Sandro Miller:

The project has been entitled Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photgraphic Masters, and was started back in 2013.  Sandro had wanted to pay tribute to the photographers who had inspired him since the beginning of his career. One of these artist’s is  Gordon Parks, who took the picture American Gothic Washington D.C.

These photographs have literally been pain-stackingly recreated, down to the last detail.  If you are looking at the recreation starring Malkovich, you may become confused as to why the faces don’t exactly match up with the original, and then you will notice the face. For example there is Miller’s recreation of Arthur Sasse’s Albert Einstein Sticking Out His Tongue.

Malkovich’s body posture so well mimics the posture of the original subjects in all of the photographs that you might believe the picture is the original with Malkovich’s head photoshopped onto the body.  That is, until your brain catches up with your eyes and notates the hands, and legs that also don’t fit the proportions of the original subjects in the pictures.

Basically, Miller has made Malkovich into the iconic figure of many generations by having him pose for these pictures.

Miller was quoted in an interview to Chicago’s Catherine Edelman Gallery saying,

“John is the most brilliant, prolific person I know. His genius is unparalleled. I can suggest a mood or an idea and within moments, he literally morphs into the character right in front of my eyes. He is so trusting of my work and our process… I’m truly blessed to have him as my friend and collaborator.”

 Check out his rendition of Phillip Halsman’s Salvidor Dali,
I must agree with Miller’s quote, and raise him a picture or two.  John Malkovich has stepped into this project as a friend and an actor, but he has made the part his own (as he is won’t to do).  Take a look at the pictures and enjoy the dry sense of humor.  God knows, we could all appreciate the “Befores” and “Afters.”