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Smooth Criminals

David Yarrow: "The genius that was Michael Jackson “lent” me this title and I think it’s about right. The irony is that the five people in the frame are all irritatingly lovely people and to the best of my knowledge have never broken a law in their lives. Actually, that’s not quite right; I think a bit of weed might have been inhaled over the years by Ron Sanford that rather tall gentleman on the back right, but almost always inadvertently.

As for Ciara and Russell Wilson, they spend much of their time helping people less fortunate than themselves. The only crime they have committed is to make us look a little bit more at ourselves and see what we can do better.
I like working in twilight; we have to push the camera settings a little, but the reward is more edge to the lighting and in this case, a bit more menace. I never worry about the shallow depth of field, it serves to mystify and give a degree of anonymity without losing the narrative.

This was not a normal evening for Russell Wilson - the famous NFL quarterback - but he played his role effortlessly. He clearly enjoys a stage whether it be on a football field or, in this case, on a set near Ennis, Montana. Ciara - his wife - would look good in a garbage bag."

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