Yes, Brad Pitt might be considered one of the most well-known actors in Hollywood today but how well do fans really know the Academy Award-winning star? The public may think they know all there is to know about the actor, but actors are usually like the rest of us with their own private lives and secrets. So, check out all the things you may not have known (but should know) about Brad Pitt.
A College Dropout
Brad Pitt was a college dropout. That’s right, when he was a mere 2 credits from a degree in Journalism, Pitt decided it was time to take the plunge into acting.
When he was twenty-two, Pitt left the University of Missouri (shortly before he graduated) to put himself front and center in the way of acting opportunities. It seems that his eleventh-hour decision right before graduation wasn’t so bad after all.
Forever cast as a pretty boy, Pitt's good looks were noticeable even before he set foot in showbusiness. While still in college, prior to him dropping out and heading for Hollywood, the young attractive Brad posed for the campus calendar.
We bet a copy of one of those could be worth a small fortune today. Now we just need to figure out how to get one.
His Favorite Film
It’s typically pretty interesting to hear what an actor or actress considers a great film and what their personal favorite is. For Brad Pitt, one of his favorite films is “Saturday Night Fever”.
He confessed to NPR that the movie was his favorite as a kid and that he found the culture surrounding the plot rather mesmerizing. Some of his other favorite films are “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Dr. Strangelove”.
His Favorite Candy
It can be very entertaining for the public to discover what their favorite celebrities are like in their everyday lives. While being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey, Pitt shared that his favorite candy was Twizzlers.
Winfrey admitted that she thought his choice of a favorite candy was a bit odd. Pitt went on to share that he also had chosen “Frosted Flakes” as his favorite cereal as well as pizza for his favorite snack.
His Best Worst Film
Ironically, Brad Pitt’s favorite film that he was a part of was also one that bombed at the box office. Pitt said that his favorite film that he was a part of was “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”.
He both acted in and produced the film but, unfortunately, it made a mere four million dollars at the box office. Despite this, Pitt maintained that it was his favorite film to have worked on.
A Cartoon Made Him Cry
Brad Pitt may not strike you as a man easily given to tears, despite the fact that he is a seasoned actor. While Pitt did admit that he is not one prone to crying, he also confessed that there was one particular film that stirred enough emotion in him to make him shed a tear or two.
The ending of “How to Train Your Dragon” was what moved him to tears.
More Than an Actor
Although he has been in many films, Brad Pitt said he prefers being behind the scenes. The longtime actor said that he actually enjoys producing far more than acting and that he enjoys being “part of a team” that brings a story to life.
Like many actors and actresses, it sounds like he prefers the collaborative part of the art a bit more than the more individualized art of acting.
Brad Pitt was, at one time at least, banned from entering China. Why was this? The Chinese government highly disapproved of his film “Seven Years in Tibet” because they believed it portrayed the People’s Republic of China in a negative light and the Dalai Lama in a positive light.
But, at last, after twenty years, Pitt’s ban was lifted and he could enter China. He was even able to promote his 2016 film “Allied”, in the country.
When most people think of actress Nicole Kidman, they probably assume that most any actor would want to star alongside her.
But not Brad Pitt. When it came time to film “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”, Kidman was in the running to star opposite Pitt but he felt that he had no on-screen chemistry with the actress and was not convinced to do the film. However, things changed dramatically when Angelina Jolie was cast instead.
Help From Melissa Etheridge
When Brad Pitt came to Hollywood as a total unknown, he came with just $325 to his name. Thankfully, he had help from singer and songwriter Melissa Etheridge who let him crash on her couch while he tried to break into the acting scene.
She even helped him learn to fly fish (in her swimming pool) for his audition for “A River Runs Through It”. Now that’s what friends are for.
A Side Hobby
Fans really love hearing about the side hobbies and interests of their favorite stars as it reveals their everyday life. Brad Pitt has a very interesting side hobby.
The actor reportedly appreciates architecture. His love for architecture is so great that he even renovated a wine cellar in one of his homes. The DIY project he did then garnered the attention of an L.A. architecture firm (“Frank Ghery”) and he later landed an internship there.
Another fascinating fact about Brad Pitt is that he is related to an American president (but distantly of course). According to a 2008 New England Historic Geological report, Pitt is a (very) distant cousin to Barack Obama through a man named Edwin Hickman.
This connection makes Pitt and Obama ninth cousins. There were also reports circulating that his ex, Angelina Jolie, was distantly related to Hilary Clinton. What a small world after all.
A TV Star First
Many future movie stars get their start in TV and Brad Pitt is no exception. Before he made a name for himself on the silver screen, Brad Pitt started out in the world of television soaps.
He got his start, like many celebrities, on daily soap operas. He starred in the NBC show “Another World” and did so well there that he then landed a recurring role (for four episodes) on “Dallas”.
Another way stars can get their start in TV and film is by doing advertisements or modeling. It can be said there “are no small roles” because modeling and ads are an easy way for a potential star to become more recognizable and it also helps line their pockets while they wait to break into bigger roles.
Brad also went this route when he appeared in a 1989 Pringles TV ad at age twenty-six.
Actor Billy Baldwin may have had a hand in helping Brad Pitt make a name for himself in Hollywood.
How, you might ask? Baldwin was originally cast to play “JD” in the iconic film “Thelma and Louise” but he dropped out of the project to take on what he thought was a more desirable role in Ron Howard’s “Backdraft”. Pitt then stepped up to take on the role that would have everyone asking who he was.
A Creepy Incident
Sometimes fans truly become...fanatics. And the results can be both dangerous and unsettling. One very young fan of Brad’s was apparently quite obsessed with the actor.
She was so determined to get close to him that she somehow managed to break into his home! The young girl then dressed up in the actor’s clothes and fell asleep in his bed. Yikes. The housekeeper later found her, she was arrested and received a type of restraining order from Pitt (understandably so).
Nice to Meet You, Jen
With their affable personalities and sparkling good looks, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston became one of the most famous Hollywood couples of their generation.
But it may surprise you that the two didn’t meet on set or by a magical, happenstance meeting. Oh no, they were set up by none other than their agents. Pretty romantic, eh? The pair immediately became iconic in Hollywood but most everyone knows how it turned out: with a divorce.
It’s clear that Brad Pitt is a man of interesting hobbies and even highbrow ones. The actor decided to get involved in another potentially lucrative venture: a winery.
After he married Angelina Jolie in France, the couple bought a property in the country and began a winery. In 2012 their winery released a rosé wine and later on a white wine (which was not as popular). Sadly, after the pair divorced, they sold the property.
Grab a Chair
In an example of an eccentric hobby, Brad Pitt also developed his own line of furniture. Would you buy a chair designed by Brad Pitt? Probably. A lot of people would.
In 2012 (which was pretty busy for him in terms of entrepreneurial ventures) Pitt partnered with furniture designer Frank Pollaro to create a luxury furniture line. The line of furniture, of course, stemmed from his love of architecture and design.
If you didn’t think Brad Pitt could get any cooler, think again. The amateur architect, furniture designer, and winery owner also has a pilot’s license.
It was ex-wife Angelina Jolie who first turned him to the idea of being able to fly his own plane. Jolie already had her pilot’s license and she also convinced Pitt that he was missing this specific exhilaration in his life. Pitt even spent a handsome 3.3 million in 2013 for a WWII airplane.
A Life Philosophy
Most everyone has a philosophy that they live by, whether they admit it or realize it or not. The same goes for celebrities who, these days, are often looked to as influencers and examples of success.
Brad Pitt’s self-professed philosophy is to keep moving forward. Well, more or less. The actor has said that he prefers to “keep moving” most likely to stay relevant, resilient, and positive amidst life’s curveballs.
Celebrities often choose an alternate name from their birth name when they want to market themselves. What may come as a shock (though fans will already know) is that Brad Pitt’s real name is William Bradley Pitt.
Pitt was named after his father and so basically, his name should be William Pitt or you could even call him “Bill”. Though Bill Pitt doesn’t exactly have the same Hollywood ring to it.
At Clooney’s Expense
Good friends can share a laugh or two and sometimes at the other’s expense. Brad Pitt and George Clooney have worked together and become good friends over the years.
One of their favorite pastimes together seems to be either pranking each other or making fun of one another (hey, to each their own). Brad has even taken some rather absurd tabloid rumors about Clooney and used them to poke fun at the actor — who has no problem laughing at himself.
Really Cutting His Teeth
There are a lot of shocking and dramatic things actors will do for a role but there might be a few things they would never do — even to win an Academy Award. But, for the film “Fight Club” Brad Pitt was more than willing to go the extra mile, even making a special appointment with a dentist.
The committed star agreed to have his teeth chipped for his role in the film and kept them that way till production was finished. He then, of course, had them fixed.
It’s All Greek...to Him
Brad went the extra mile when he was married to Jennifer Aniston. Jennifer’s father, the late John Aniston, was born in Greece and was of Greek heritage.
Most likely to make an impression on Jen, Brad decided to study the Greek language, which certainly was no easy feat. Hopefully, his interest and dedication to connecting himself to her Greek heritage impressed her at the time too. Maybe he still knows a few words today!
Meet the Other Pitts
Fans are often very curious about the families of the stars. Still, most people are probably not aware that he has a brother and a sister! His brother (Doug Pitt) definitely shares a slight resemblance to his famous brother and his sister Julie also has a big family with both biological and adopted children.
Doug Pitt has also been in the spotlight from time to time, starring in a 2012 Virgin Mobile ad.
Before he was a mega movie star, Brad Pitt wanted to play basketball. Middle School basketball that is. But sadly for Pitt, he didn’t make the cut.
He tried out for the sport but was rejected from the team. But ever the optimist, Pitt decided to create his own basketball team called the “Cherokee Rejects’ and even asked his dad, Bill, to be the coach. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!
One of the biggest concerns celebrity parents may face is how their children will view them based on tabloid gossip. So, when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s kids started to get older and more curious, they decided to curb their curiosity.
Pitt confessed that he blocked his and Jolie’s names from their kid’s search engines on their computers. That’s one way to keep the tabloid rumors away from your kids!
The Highway to Success
Many now-famous actors and actresses often relay their hard road to notoriety and success to interviewers. But for Brad Pitt, his road to success was relatively short compared to others.
While not every part of his journey has been easy, the young, aspiring actor was able to land an agent to represent a mere seven months after arriving in Los Angeles. That’s pretty remarkable for a new arrival to Hollywood!
Brad Pitt wasn’t an overnight sensation. Along the way, he took smaller roles knowing they would help get his name out into the industry.
Shortly after arriving in L.A., Pitt decided to take some uncredited roles. One such role (ironically) was in a film called “Less than Zero” where he played a young man who gets into a fight at a party.
Run Around Sue
Of course, fans love to hear about the little quirks, hobbies, and past escapades of their beloved stars. One rare fact that fans may not know about Brad Pitt is that he used to own a car.
Nothing unusual of course except that it was a Datsun which he affectionately referred to as “Run Around Sue”. The car certainly held some sentimental memories for Pitt as he drove “Sue” all the way from Missouri to Los Angeles.
If you have paid relatively close attention to any of Brad Pitt’s films, you'll quickly notice an interesting pattern. Pitt is often seen snacking on-screen and it’s not necessarily written into the script!
As an actor, Pitt makes the “choice” to eat on-screen, perhaps as a way to calm his nerves or to add another level of humanity to his characters. Either way, having a snack or two on-camera has become Pitt’s signature move.
A Blue Collar Background
Tenacity, humility, and hard work will get you far in life and Brad Pitt has probably seen these values in action throughout his life. It’s probably because his family instilled those values in him.
Both his mother and his father also knew the importance of setting goals, working hard, and not getting too comfortable when you succeed. His mother was a high school counselor and his father owned a trucking company.
Invested in His Work
How far would you go to improve your work? For actors, this often means researching their roles thoroughly and even, taking some field trips and, at times, some dark ones.
For Brad Pitt, he once visited (or rather “checked into”) a psychiatric ward in Philadelphia to prepare for his upcoming role as a mental patient in the 1995 film “Twelve Monkeys”. Hey, sometimes you have to get your hands dirty.
Some Unexpected Roles
When most people think of Brad Pitt and his films, they think of comedies or dramas. Most do not think of…animated films. Still, Brad did try his hand at least one animated film!
He had a role in the 2010 animated film “Megamind” as well as the role of Sinbad in “Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas”. He even had a role on the animated TV series “King of the Hill”.
One of the elements of a celebrity’s life that fans are curious about is their home (or homes). Often opulent and just plain over-the-top, fans love to see what remarkable homes the stars have chosen to live in.
Brad Pitt (who has most likely had more than a handful of stunning homes since being a household name) once sold one of his homes to Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi for 13 million dollars.
Keeping the Brotherhood
Some people view college fraternities and sororities as a way for students to socialize and create lasting friendships while some may see it as a way for wealthy kids to make themselves even more ”elite”.
Either way, Brad Pitt certainly didn’t see an issue with joining a college fraternity which is why he was a part of Sigma Chi at the University of Missouri (before he dropped out to pursue acting).
A Very Special Appearance
Celebrity cameos are a fun treat for viewers, especially when they are mega-famous. Fans love suddenly seeing their favorite star appear unexpectedly on-screen.
Brad Pitt had an especially significant cameo when he was becoming a household name. He appeared on the hit TV show “Friends” alongside his then-wife Jennifer Aniston. The audience went wild seeing Brad work his way into the plot, especially in a scenario where he was supposed to “hate” his real-life wife.
Along with tenacity, hard work, and humility, Brad Pitt has learned the importance of giving back to the community.
This is why, in 2007, the actor started the Make It Right Foundation which worked towards the mission of rebuilding the New Orleans homes that were wiped out or devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. As of 2021, the organization has built 109 homes for those who were impacted by the disaster.
A Jewelry Designer
For his engagement to Jennifer Aniston, Pitt helped design a $500,000 dollar ring featuring a large center diamond with smaller diamonds.
And for his engagement to Angelina Jolie (pictured here), the actor also designed an art deco style (16 carat) diamond ring valued at approximately $250,000. He certainly is a man of numerous talents.
An Ironic Twist
Being an actor isn’t all fun and games. Sometimes it can be downright dangerous on set, especially when it comes to action movies. When he was playing the role of ancient hero Achilles in the film “Troy”, Brad Pitt had an unfortunate injury.
Ironically, the actor injured his Achilles tendon while performing a stunt for the film that, unfortunately, left him limping for a long time. Thankfully, that was the only injury he suffered on set.
His Craziest Gig
Many celebrities had ordinary jobs before they were celebrities and, for some of them, they were downright unusual. Brad Pitt had a job before he was famous that was, well, pretty crazy (and a little funny).
Pitt once used to dress up as a chicken while he handed out flyers for El Pollo Loco (which translates to the “crazy chicken”). While there are certainly many worse jobs out there, dressing up like a chicken would be pretty funny.
Chanel is one of the most iconic brands in the world, especially in the perfume world. While the legendary brand has had a handful of famous female faces represent their perfumes, Brad Pitt was given the privilege of being Chanel’s first male spokesperson.
After the groundbreaking offer, he was also in major ads for Chanel Number 5, marketing their timeless scents to the male demographic. Way to go Brad! What a scentsation.
Brad Pitt has a big family with Angelina Jolie and the two actors, though no longer together, have prioritized their kids throughout their careers.
The parents of six have always tried to make sure that their kids have their mom and dad in their life consistently. The pair would try to make sure that they were not working on a film at the same time so one of them could be with the kids.
A Special Piece of Land
Being a celebrity often comes with many perks which oftentimes include a lot of money and the ability to purchase a lot of expensive, unique (and even ridiculous) things.
Exotic cars, larger-than-life houses, but what about…waterfalls? Yes, waterfalls. When Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were married, Jolie purchased a piece of land that had a waterfall for a birthday gift for Pitt. Now that’s a pretty special piece of land.
A Big Prankster
One project that fans were probably a bit shocked to see Brad Pitt take on was appearing on two episodes of the show “Jackass” on MTV.
The show is known to be filled with pretty outrageous pranks so, Pitt of course partook in the wild plots. In one episode he ran around L.A. dressed in a gorilla suit and in another he pretended to be abducted. Now that’s entertainment!
A Big Title
Over the years, being an actor or actress in Hollywood has become about far more than just acting or having a career in “the arts”.
Whether the general public likes it or not, being an actor or actress today means that you are now considered a celebrity who holds a platform of influence in society. In 2007, Brad Pitt was named one of Time Magazine’s most influential people of the year.
The “Unknown” Woman
Brad Pitt was certainly known to date women as famous as he was. Before he was the husband of Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie, the Hollywood heartthrob was known to have dated Geena Davis, Thandie Newton, Robin Givens, Gwyneth Paltrow, and a handful of others.
But he also dated one woman who wasn’t so famous. In 1994, he went out with Jitka Pohlodek, shortly before he moved on with Gwyneth Paltrow.
An Unusual Tattoo
Tattoos. They can be deeply meaningful, culturally significant, commemorative, silly, or just plain weird. Celebrity tattoos are often a topic of interest for fans as they wonder what words, symbols, or even characters they’ve chosen to permanently carry with them.
Brad Pitt has a rather unusual tattoo of the Iceman. Yes, the Iceman. No one knows why he has this curious tattoo, but apparently, it’s located on his left arm.
His First On-Screen Kiss
Almost every actor or actress has a first on-screen kiss. From what they have shared about what happens behind the scenes, it’s not romantic like it is in the final cut.
Brad Pitt’s first on-screen kiss occurred on a Primetime Soap Opera (it may sound familiar) called “Dallas” with Shalane McCall. Before he hit the silver screen, he was in the recurring guest role for five episodes on the legendary soap.
Odd Duck in the Family
Having different beliefs from your family can truly be challenging and, at times, alienating. It can even be the end of some family relationships. Brad Pitt grew up in a family of staunch conservatives.
But, when Brad moved out of the house and began making a life for himself, he eventually became a Democrat. He has been outspoken about his political beliefs in the past but it seems he still has a good relationship with his family.
Sexiest Man Alive
Once Brad Pitt first came into public view, most people could agree that he was going to be a big name. Early on, for his looks and later, more for his acting talent.
Pitt certainly made a splash and stole the title not once but twice of People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive”. He graced the cover of the magazine both in 1995 and in 2000 and it’s pretty safe to say that many agreed with the choice!
Robbing the Cradle
So, it’s known that Brad Pitt has dated a lot of women in the span of his public life. But there was one person he dated that was just a bit controversial.
Why? Well, because of her age. In 1989, then twenty-five-year-old Brad Pitt started going out with the much younger Juliette Lewis. Let’s just say that most parents probably wouldn’t want their young daughter going out with a twenty-five-year-old man. At least not on school nights.
Behind the Camera
Since first emerging in Hollywood as an actor, Brad Pitt has taken the path that a number of seasoned actors and actresses have taken: becoming a producer.
Pitt started his own production company (alongside then-wife Jennifer Aniston) called Plan B. When the couple divorced, Pitt took sole ownership. Pitt has held the title of “producer” at least twenty times and was even a co-producer for the 2007 film “The Departed”.
A Bad Memory
One thing Brad Pitt doesn’t have going for him is his memory. The actor may have a lot of fame and success but his memory is reportedly not that great.
Pitt admitted that he often cannot remember someone he met if he meets them again later on. He said it might, unfortunately, make him look rather narcissistic as though he is “too famous” to remember the average person on the street.
A Fellow Famous Neighbor
Having a good neighbor can be a real blessing these days. Brad Pitt has a famous neighbor and it’s not in his L.A. neighborhood! Pitt had a home in New Orleans and so does actor Matthew McConaughey.
The two actors even have houses that are literally across from each other. In 2014, the two (reportedly) were even seen tossing things to one another from their balconies. Sounds like fun.
In recent years, the ethnic and genetic backgrounds of celebrities have become a topic of interest. There’s even a show featuring well-known faces trying to understand their roots called, “Who Do You Think You Are?”.
Brad Pitt’s genetic background is definitely complex and, while different sources list different ancestries, his bloodlines are listed as being: Irish, Scottish, German, Welsh, Dutch, French, a little Swedish, and even a couple of others. Now that’s a lot of family history.
His Very First Official Role
Well, what was Brad Pitt’s very first official film role? Officially, he first appeared in front of the camera in the 1988 film “The Dark Side of the Sun” as the character of Rick.
The plot is centered around a man searching for a cure for his skin disease. Before this, Pitt had a handful of uncredited roles as well as a few small TV roles on shows like “Another World”, “21 Jump Street” and “Dallas”.
A Famous Vampire
A film that helped make Brad Pitt a household name was the infamous film “Interview with the Vampire”. The morbid story was written by horror author Anne Rice and chronicles a vampire who agrees to share his life’s story with a reporter.
Pitt was the main star but also featured a star-studded cast that co-starred Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas, Kirsten Dunst, Christian Slater, and River Phoenix. It remains one of Pitt’s better-known films.
Pitt has never been apprehensive about getting his hands dirty to prepare for a role and some of his roles have been pretty physical.
For his iconic role in the film “Fight Club '', Pitt prepared (and he really prepared) as the film involved a lot of, well, fighting. To make sure he was on-screen ready, Brad trained in grappling, boxing, and Taekwondo. The training and dedication certainly paid off though.
A Musician Too
Everyone loves a musician, right? Brad Pitt must know this too. And if you thought it couldn’t be possible, the actor has yet another hobby outside of being in front of or behind the camera.
This one it’s too exotic, though. Pitt also takes an interest in playing the guitar. In fact, it’s a little more than mere interest. He actually owns more than one Taylor brand guitar and enjoys playing them regularly.
An Interesting Lawsuit
It seems that you can sue just about anyone for just about anything these days and celebrities of course can get in on the action.
On July 18th, 2001, he sued the company that created the engagement ring he designed for Jennifer Aniston (Damiani International). Why? Pitt claimed that the company sold replicas of his exclusive engagement ring design. According to Pitt, the company also claimed that he endorsed it.
Big in Asia
Brad Pitt’s not just a mega-celebrity in the United States, the Asian community has also made use of his stardom. He has appeared in a number of ads that only aired in Asian countries.
He was in a Toyota commercial that aired exclusively in the Asia market and was also the spokesperson for Edwin Jeans in Japan. In 2001, he was also the spokesperson for a brand of Japanese canned coffee called “Roots”.
Some Lesser Known Projects
Have you ever discovered your favorite actor or actress in a film you never knew they were in? It’s a pretty fun surprise, isn’t it? Now fans know Brad Pitt very well for his roles in films like “Thelma and Louise”, “Inglorious Bastards”, “Meet Joe Black”, the Oceans franchise, and many, many more movies.
But there may be some films that the public is not that familiar with and might even be surprised to see Brad in.
You’ve probably never heard of this film, right? “Kalifornia” is considered part of the thriller genre and is about an investigative journalist who takes up researching a string of killings.
The film features Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis as the main stars and is known to be a pretty dark film. Fans might be surprised to see Brad in the midst of such a dark plot alongside his former girlfriend.
By the Sea
Brangelina fans may have forgotten about this film because of how poorly it did at the box office. The drama “By the Sea” starred the then-married Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
The plot of the 2015 film revolves around a couple whose marriage is slowly unraveling and their travel to the French coast in search of relationship redemption. The film was written and directed by Jolie but sadly, wasn’t a big hit with the audience.
The movie “Cool World” was an unusual combination of animation and live-action that is rarely repeated in today’s films. Brad Pitt played the character of Frank Harris, a human who gets sucked into the animated world and remains there for years as the only human being amongst a bunch of cartoons.
While some consider it to be a cult classic, film critic Roger Ebert labeled the visual creation “a surprisingly incompetent film”. Devoted Pitt fans might still want to check it out, though.
The Devil’s Own
This next rather unknown film of Pitt’s is also a thriller and co-starred by Harrison Ford. Ford’s character “Tom O’Meara” is a police officer who has a suspicious Irish houseguest “Rory Devaney” who is played by Pitt.
It is soon revealed that Rory is involved with the Irish Republican Army and has nothing but ill intentions. The film was not very successful and both Ford and Pitt noted that the project began shooting without a completed screenplay.
The movie “Cutting Class” was considered a horror/mystery flick. The plot may hit a little too close to home for some as it is focused on a violent student.
A very young Brad Pitt plays the character of high school student Dwight Ingalls who is wary of his possibly murderous fellow student Brian Woods. The plot also involves a love triangle between Dwight, Brian, and another student, Paula Carson.
Fans might have forgotten about this film of Brad’s. “Allied” was a 2016 war film that co-starred Marion Cotillard. Cotillard is a French resistance (Marianne Beausejour) fighter and Pitt is a Canadian intelligence officer (Max Vatan) during World War Two.
“Allied” was considered a big-budget film but unfortunately did not do very well at all. Due to its lack of popularity, it doesn’t normally stand out in the minds of Brad Pitt fans.
Killing Them Softly
“Killing Them Softly” might be a film that some Brad Pitt fans have forgotten. The 2012 film focused on a Mafia poker game robbery gone very, very wrong.
Despite its gritty-sounding plot, “Killing Them Softly” had a dark humor aspect to it where Pitt especially lent his talents. The roles may have helped open the door even more to a wider range of roles for him. The cast also included Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Sam Shepherd, and Richard Jenkins.
Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey
Now, this next film may have fled the memories of Bra Pitt fans entirely because, well, you never actually see him in it. “Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey” is a Terrence Malick documentary about the creation of the universe.
Pitt acted as a producer for the project. Terrence Malick received high acclaim for “Voyage of Time” though some may forget Pitt’s involvement entirely.
He Can Speak Japanese
Learning another language is pretty impressive (at least for Americans) and, unless you are highly gifted, it can be very challenging and take a lot of time. Because of all of his time in Asia (and specifically in Japan), Brad devoted some time to learning Japanese.
Today he is actually conversational in the language and while he may not be exactly fluent, holding a conversation in a foreign language is quite the accomplishment.
Big Family, Big Money
Today you see many celebrities get upset at having the paparazzi stalk them and their kids. However, when Brad and Angelina were married and their first biological child was born, they decided to take advantage of the public’s curiosity.
The couple sold their “family photos” for 14 million dollars. The intentions were all pure however as the pair donated the proceeds to their nonprofit organization.
Hurt on Set
For his role in the film “Se7en” Brad Pitt played the character of Detective Mills. Detective Mills and Detective Somerset (played by Morgan Freeman) were in search of a killer who is motivated to murder by the seven deadly sins.
While filming “Se7en”, Pitt actually hurt his arm when one of the scenes called for him to break a mirror. But the filmmakers made sure to include the injury as part of the plot.
Along with winning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 2020 for “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood”, Brad Pitt also won an Oscar for Best Picture in 2014. Pitt acted as a producer for “12 Years a Slave”.
Additionally, he was nominated for his work on “12 Monkeys”, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “Moneyball”. He also won (more or less) the same award in the BAFTAs for “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood”.
Officially a Musician
You’re never too old to start something new, just ask Brad Pitt. It seems that the actor is now officially beginning a career in the music industry.
In 2o21, Pitt decided to collaborate with music producer Damien Quintard to open (or reopen rather) the Miraval Studios in Correns, France. The duo planned to officially reopen the studio in the following year.
A Messy Split
Sadly for Brad, both of his high-profile marriages have not lasted long or ended quietly or privately. While his divorce from Jennifer Aniston was messy, his divorce from Angelina Jolie was even more of a mess.
After being together for years and sharing six kids together, the pair wed in 2014. Sadly, in 2019 the two split citing the classic “irreconcilable differences”. Since then, however, Jolie has made strong claims against Brad’s parenting skills.
A New Generation
Brad and Angelina’s biological daughter Shiloh has gained public attention for her beauty and also because she is the perfect combo of her mom and dad. Many agree that while she has her mom’s smile, her sparkly baby blues are definitely from dad.
Reportedly, after she walked the red carpet, the modeling offers have already made their way to the teen who may very well follow in mom and dad’s acting footsteps!