It’s not every day that you take a chainsaw to a $100,000 handbag, destroy a pair of designer shoes or direct actors to be bound to train tracks, chomp on raw meat and spontaneously sport a fresh black eye for fun.
But that can be a typical day for Tyler Shields, the controversial celebrity photographer (and now actor and director) notorious for accessorizing young Hollywood’s elite with guns, knives and murderous Barbies. In addition to appearing in two upcoming movies and making his feature directorial debut with the Nasser Entertainment and Prospect Park thriller Final Girl starring Abigail Breslin, set to begin shooting later this year, Shields will release his first photo book, The Dirty Side of Glamour. The book will debut with HarperCollins and IT Books publishing, available fall 2013.
“A big part of this book is about showing the freedom of yourself,” Shields told The Hollywood Reporter. “People get caught up in the idea of celebrity, fame, luxury, excess — but all they really are is an idea. I mean, every celebrity goes to the bathroom! They all eat; they’ve all had their heart broken! They’ve all done everything that every person has done, but they just live under a microscope.”
The cult of the celebrity is a theme Shields has explored with Hayden Panetierre, Alex Pettyfer, Demi Lovato, Josh Hutcherson and the casts of Glee and Revenge. Shields’ girlfriend Francesca Eastwood was captured pepper spraying a SWAT team, and Ashley Greene has voluntarily been gagged and roped to train tracks. Lindsay Lohan has alternated between blood, knives and a portrayal of Linda Lovelace. Emma Roberts — who Shields says “will text me five ideas in a day” — has posed alongside bloody and beheaded Barbie dolls and while biting a pile of hundred dollar bills.
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