Brad Pitt Reveals ‘The Assassination Of Jesse James’ Is His Favorite Brad Pitt Movie

When debating which actors and actresses deserve to be on the A-list of Hollywood, Brad Pitt will forever be in the top tier of the discussion. The handsome talent experienced joyous highs and immense lows in the last year – the 2017 Best Picture winner Moonlight was produced by his company, Plan B, whereas the Robert Zemeckis-directed historical romance Allied was a commercially-aimed box office disappointment for the star. Pitt’s personal life with estranged wife Angelina Jolie has also made controversial headlines, causing the actor to seclude himself until recently.

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The famous face recently sat down with GQ Style for a remarkably open and raw interview. Although there is not much discussed about his acting work, he provides a fascinating insight into how he chooses which roles to delve into. He reveals finding acting exciting when he’s focusing on the “comedic stuff” and “taking gambles.”

He refers to his starring role in the 2007 Andrew Dominik-directed film The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford as his favorite movie that also happens to be “the worst performing film of anything [he has] done.” He mentions the importance of believing in a project and expresses the frustration felt when cynicism sets in:

“… If I believe something is worthy, then I know it will be worthy in time to come. And there are times I get really cynical, you know. I spend a lot of time on design and even this sculpture folly I’m on, I have days when—it all ends up in the dirt anyways: What’s the point? So I go through that cycle, too, you know? What’s the point?”

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Pitt’s Lowest-Grossing Movie? 2015’s ‘By The Sea’

According to Box Office Mojo, of Pitt’s 35 wide release credits, The Assassination Of Jesse James places at a whopping #34 in terms of worldwide unadjusted gross. The remaining lowest-grossing film is the 2015 collaboration with Jolie, By The Sea.

Interesting to note, Pitt’s third highest-grossing feature is the film he and Jolie starred in exactly ten years prior to By The Sea with Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Coincidence? Most likely… Or is it?!

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‘By The Sea’ | Credit: Universal
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‘Mr and Mrs. Smith’ Credit: 20th Century Fox

 


Brad Pitt’s ridiculously impressive filmography speaks for itself. It is impossible to not enjoy at least one film he has appeared in which ranges from Se7en to Fight Club, the Ocean’s series, The Tree Of Life, 12 Years A Slave, Fury and the list only continues. With the recent news that World War Z 2 is apparently a go and his starring role in a Netflix original film nearing its release, we will hopefully see more of a mature Pitt as time goes on.

Prepare for his performance as Gen. McMahon in the satirical black comedy War Machine, also starring Anthony Michael Hall, Topher Grace, Tilda Swinton and Will Poulter, set to release on Netflix on May 26th, 2017.

(Source: GQ Style)

What is your favorite Brad Pitt film? Let me know in the comments below!

Recommendation: Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

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Tess: You know what your problem is?
Danny: … I only have one?


Steven Soderbergh’s remake of Ocean’s Eleven is easily one of the best movie remakes of all time. Many are actually unaware of the 1960’s Ocean 11 that starred the Rat Pack of the day including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.

The Chemistry Between The Cast Is Infallible

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Every single person cast in Ocean’s Eleven is essentially a perfect fit. The titular Danny Ocean is portrayed by the embodiment of charisma itself, George Clooney. His right-hand man Rusty Ryan needed to have the same amount of charm, if not more, and Brad Pitt manages to excel in his role. My husband in my dreams, Matt Damon, portrays the perpetually nervous Linus Caldwall with enough humour and appeal that causes the viewer to feel sympathy for him while also wanting to shake the hesitation out of him.

Every other character that makes up the eleven of Ocean’s crew is cast wonderfully, you truly feel the connection between them and the various histories shared between certain characters… You know, I could’ve done with Julia Roberts but that’s just a personal preference because I’m not exactly the biggest Julia Roberts fan.

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“Does He Make You Laugh?”

Regardless of my feelings for Julia Roberts, the one scene she shares with Danny when he is released from prison is one of my favourites of the entire film (the whole trilogy, really).

It is obviously intriguing to see two A-list stars interact with each other, however the subtext shared between Tess and Danny is why I love the scene as much as I do. The tension is felt immediately when Danny touches her shoulder and as they execute that quick dialogue you’re left wondering about their marital life prior to the film. Not to mention, the absolute gorgeous lighting is just ridiculously enjoyable to watch.

Check Out The Scene Below:

I highly recommend watching this film if you are looking for an incredibly well-acted and sharp comedy. They ultimately are criminals who are looking to steal millions of dollars and yet, I still find myself rooting for them.


The Nitty Gritty

Release Year: 2001.
Director: Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Syriana, Magic Mike).
Stars: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Scott Caan, Casey Affleck, Carl Reiner, Elliott Gould, Eddie Jemison, Shaobo Qin, Andy García and Julia Roberts.
Run-Time: 1 hour and 57 minutes.

 

Fight Club (1999)

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Narrator: Deja vu… All over again.

Starring: Edward Norton as the Narrator, Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden and Helena Bonham-Carter as Marla, dir. David Fincher.

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Cinematographer: Jeff Cronenweath (One Hour Photo, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Hitchcock)

I Want You To Click These, As Hard As You Can…

Allied (2016) Movie Review

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Allied tells the story of World War II operatives Max & Marianne, portrayed by Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard respectively, who fall in love on a mission and decide spending the rest of their lives together is something they’d like to experience. When Max finds out a suspicious tip about his beloved wife, doubt creeps into their relationship and we’re left wondering, what will happen now? The film also stars Lizzy Caplan, Jared Harris and is directed by Robert Zemeckis (Back To The Future, Forrest Gump).

My Thoughts On The Characters And Story

Marion Cotillard is absolutely divine in Allied, it’s just a shame the actual film does not live up to the amazing performance she’s giving. From the moments where her character is at the pinnacle of happiness to the scenes that call on her raw emotion, Cotillard’s talent is showcased beautifully in the film. Brad Pitt, on the other hand… I truly think he was asleep for most of the production, I was not a fan of his portrayal of a man who is faced with the most important decision he will (potentially) ever make in his life.

Occasionally it felt like he was deciding what to put on his Subway sandwich moreso than attempting to portray any type of emotion connected to the immense betrayal his character felt toward Marianne.

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Brad Pitt in ALLIED | Paramount Pictures

Due to his performance, it was a little bit difficult to feel any sort of intense chemistry or connection between the two, although there were certainly moments where their talents shone and you felt something for this couple. Lizzy Caplan also had a small role as Max’s sister and the few moments she was on screen were great. The other secondary characters were fine with no particular standouts.

The progression of the story was intriguing at times, the first act is actually set up really well; I enjoyed seeing Cotillard and Pitt’s characters attempt to develop some type of relationship together albeit she was light years ahead of him in terms of me feeling anything for either. The film’s various revelations that are made do serve the plot well, however because I had no connection with this couple, the revelations kind of made me think, “oh… Okay. That’s a nice way to further the plot.” There are also certain callbacks to the classic of all classics, the Michael Curtiz-directed Casablanca (1942) that I rather enjoyed… There is one major plot point that is a direct plot reference to the film that made me also think, “really?? Well… Okay then…”

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I had an issue with one particular aspect to it in terms of character motivation that I will spoil in the following sentence: SPOILER Max easily could have written down the message intended for Marianne, crumpled it up then flushed it down the toilet after they had sex so there would be no way for her to read it. We see his vehement denial of his wife being a traitor and he clearly doesn’t care about waiting for orders/using young pilots to do his dirty work, so it isn’t out of the realm of comprehension that he wouldn’t just say he wrote the letter and she possibly read it so if they don’t receive confirmation, then she isn’t a spy and he can live in happy ignorant bliss. END SPOILER

How Were The Other Aspects To ‘Allied’?

Allied is a beautiful looking movie, I will give it that. There are a number of shots directed masterfully by Zemeckis (surprise, surprise!) that are genuinely amazing. As a fanatical fan of period pieces, this film ticks all the boxes in terms of creating an atmosphere rich in decor, fashion and music. There is one sequence in which the incredible Goodman classic Sing, Sing, Sing plays throughout and caused some toe tapping on my end.

Zemeckis is one of my personal favourite directors of all-time and it is so frustrating to see a kernel of a fucking brilliant, intense idea being helmed by one of the Greats yet it just falls flat in terms of expanding on that kernel to create a compelling drama… We always have the prospect of Back To The Future IV though, right…? 😉

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If you’re looking for a beautiful-looking period piece with attractive individuals and an execution that is relatively meh, check out Allied.

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Allied receives 3/5 Matt Damon heads.

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Se7en (1995)

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William Somerset: This guy’s methodical, exacting, and worst of all, patient.
David Mills: He’s a nut-bag! Just because the fucker’s got a library card doesn’t make him Yoda!

Starring: Brad Pitt as David Mills, Morgan Freeman as Det. Lt. William Somerset, Gwyneth Paltrow as Tracy WHAT’S IN THE BAHHHHHHHHHX?! Mills and Kevin Spacey as John Doe, dir. David Fincher.

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Cinematographer: Darius Khondji (Midnight in Paris, The Immigrant)

 

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

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Bridget von Hammersmark: I know this is a silly question before I ask it, but can you Americans speak any other language besides English?

Starring: Christoph Waltz as Hans Landa, Brad Pitt as Lt. Aldo Raine, Diane Kruger as Bridget von Hammersmark, Eli Roth as Donny Donowitz and Michael Fassbender as Lt. Archie Hicox, dirs. Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth.

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Cinematographer: Robert Richardson (JFK, The Aviator, Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight)

The Tree Of Life (2011)

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Mrs. O’Brien: Help each other. Love everyone. Every leaf. Every ray of light. Forgive.

Starring: Brad Pitt as Mr. O’Brien, Jessica Chastain as Mrs. O’Brien, Sean Penn and Jack and Tye Sheridan as Steve, dir. Terrence Malick.

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Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki (Children of Men, Gravity, The Revenant)