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Tom Ford talks about his directorial debut, A Single Man: “George, who is very much my own character grafted onto the character, obsessively puts himself together because that is the way he holds himself together. His inner world and his outer world are connected, and the only thing holding them together is the polishing of his shoes, the scrubbing of his fingernails, the perfect white shirt. If he let go of that, he would collapse. There is an enormous part of myself that is like that.”