Ford uses ‘Single’ connections

High-placed friends help rookie director

Tom Ford‘s friends in high places came in handy when it was time to cast his feature debut, “A Single Man.”

Instead of working his way up the Hollywood ladder, Ford went straight to the source and emailed Colin Firth and long-time friend Julianne Moore about starring in the pic.

At Sunday’s MoMA premiere, Moore said, “I ran into Tom at the Met Ball and asked him, ‘Aren’t you working on trying to turn that book (Christopher Isherwood’s “A Single Man”) into a movie?’ Literally the next day, he sent me the script.”

Firth, who wasn’t aware of the project prior to receiving Ford’s email, said he had “a few brief, enigmatic encounters with Tom, where he stared at me from across the room. Not in a way that was open to any misinterpretation, but more like he was studying me, which his email later explained.”

Even with his connections, it still took Ford five years to get the film off the ground, and he ended up funding the project himself. “If you don’t have those advantages, I don’t know how anyone gets a movie made,” Ford said. “It’s an incredibly difficult thing.”

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