Picture via Collider, © 2013 Twentieth Century Fox Film
Reiner’s classic moto leather jacket is from the British luxury outdoor fashion brand Belstaff and can be easily spotted during the car chase in Reiner’s white SUV.
While the pricy, vintage inspired showy racing blouson fits to the rich and extrovert, Reiner, the jacket with the golden logos on the sleeves is presumably even more meaningful for the situation and his character. Why?
Because Reiner wears the
Snetterton moto jacket model, inspired by a real motor racing jacket from 1952, making it a reference to the dangerous and deadly British motor racing circuit Snetterton, UK.
Knowing this, the jacket becomes in fact a prophetic symbol and a cynical comment on Reiner’s character and the situation in which he wears it – and here is why:
Firstly, the motor racing jacket is an ironic comment because it’s a model for real men who are addicted to speed, danger and the smell of gasoline.
Unfortunately, Reiner looks in his white pants and fine leather slippers like a mix of an Italian macho man and a gay hairdresser, and is literally impotent in all his scenes. Why?
Because Rainer just watches Malkina have sex with his Ferrari in front him. And while the Counselor and Westray actually do have real sex with women, Reiner just talks about it.
In fact, Reiner can’t even drive a car like a real racer in this particular scene and therefore is easily caught by the drug cartel.
Screencap via Trailer, © 2013 Twentieth Century Fox Film
An even more humble fact is that Reiner is not only losing the car chase but finally gets shot from behind, in his butt, through his white pants while he tries to run away.
This humiliating incident may be another hint, like Reiner’s Versace butterfly print shirt, that he is gay like his fashion hero Gianni – who also got killed by a gunshot in 1997 in Florida – or impotent and that the green motor jacket is in fact a taunting comment on his ‘wannabe tough macho’ character.
At the same time, the jacket – inspired by the Snetterton UK racing circuit, made famous for the many motor racers killed or crashed due to the fast and dangerous course – turns into a precursor and bad omen for Reiner’s forthcoming death.
Sure, this might be a total over interpretation because it’s not documented that costume designer Janty Yates also had all this background knowledge about the British motor racing circuit Snetterton and especially these associations in mind when choosing this Belstaff jacket.
Nevertheless, it sounds like an interesting piece of trivia and bold interpretation.
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