Marc Jacobs Makes Acting Debut in Disconnect

Fashion designers are unusually skilled at deploying their creativity in non-sartorial realms: Tom Ford directed one of the best films ever made, Ralph Rucci‘s transcendent works on canvas rival those he shows on the runway, and Hedi Slimane is an accomplished photographer (meanwhile, have you heard Oscar de la Renta sing?). Marc Jacobs is giving acting a go. He appears in Disconnect, a thriller directed by Henry Alex Rubin (Murderball) that arrives in theaters on April 12 and stars the likes of Jason Bateman and Alexander Skarsgård.

“My character is Harvey and I run a house for minor [in age] Internet porn. It’s all virtual. People go online and they talk to these kids about their fantasies or whatever. I’m the sort of father of them in the house—the Fagan of all these wayward kids who come stay in this house,” Jacobs told Entertainment Weekly. “In the end, I’m really not a bad character. I’m actually the one who is protecting them in a way. I’ve taken them off the streets, and they don’t get harmed. They’re doing something that is virtual, though they are talking about sex. But you can look at it two ways. Harvey isn’t a pimp, having them meet up like street hookers or giving them drugs. He provided a home for the kids. But it is sleazy.” Here’s the freshly released trailer: