When you have billions upon billions of dollars at your disposal, you can do virtually anything. No need to go out to a five-star Manhattan restaurant to impress your date; you can take your significant other to the private dining room on the top level of your very own 50-story high rise, or the one in your personal airplane.
Eric Packer knows this. He knows he can have anything he wants at the drop of a hat, at the push of a button. Why, then, is he willing to subject himself through snail-paced crosstown traffic caused by the President of the United States being in town, just to get a haircut?
That’s the question on Jay Baruchel’s mind in an exclusive clip from David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis,” as debuted during MTV First: Robert Pattinson . In the clip, Packer (Pattinson), a stone-cold billionaire who treats himself to daily doctor appointments and round-the-clock sexual trysts with ever-changing partners, sits in the back of his limousine with all the cool regality of King Joffrey Baratheon on the Iron Throne of Westeros. Next to him is his pale, nervous colleague Shiner (Baruchel), who simply does not understand what Packer has in mind.
“Any special reason we’re in the car instead of the office?” he asks sheepishly.
“What makes you think we’re in the car instead of the office,” Packer coolly replies. “On what premise?”
Quietly sipping from his drink, Shiner shoots back, “If I answer that question, I know I’ll say something that’s halfway clever but mostly shallow and probably inaccurate on some level — and you will pity me for having been born.”
Packer, if nothing else, is a man who responds to acceptable answers. “I’m in the car because I need a haircut,” he tells Shiner, only confusing his underling further. But Packer isn’t without his reasons for crawling across New York just to chop away his carefully combed locks. You’ll just have to watch our exclusive clip — and see the Cronenberg thriller, hitting theaters Friday (August 17) — to find out.
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