Crossover Artist

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For a man who's appalled by the intellectual corruption of consumer culture, John Malkovich sure likes clothes. In fact, being John Malkovich begins with the outfit. At an audience with journalists last week in the library of Les Salons France-Ameriques, a Second Empire mansion just off the Champs Elysées, Malkovich held court in a soft four-button suit and shawl-collared sweater, both in muted shades of beige. The ensemble, accessorized by an oversized beige attaché case that looked suspiciously crocodilian, typifies the look Malkovich is aiming for in his upcoming men's clothing line, which he announced in August. But though he's happy...

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