“I consider myself on my last leg” – The Hollywood Reporter

“I consider myself on my last leg” – The Hollywood Reporter

four paragraphs to QGIn Brad Pitt’s new cover, the Oscar-winning superstar contemplates the end of his career.

“I consider myself on my final stage,” says a “ruminative” Pitt, 58, as he contemplates this next and final phase of his career. “This last semester or quarter. What will this section be? And how do I want to design this? »

Although the cover profile – titled ‘Brad Pitt’s Wildest Dreams’ by Ottessa Moshfegh, the author of six fictional books, including the just published Lapvone – offers no definitive answer to this question of Pitt, he paints the portrait of a committed and prolific producer, calling him “a literary kingmaker”.

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Brad Pitt on QG Cover August 2022.
Courtesy of Elizaveta Porodina/GQ

Through his production company Plan B, Pitt won an Oscar alongside co-stars Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner for 12 years of slavery and is currently preparing the next versions women who talk from director Sarah Polley (“a film as profound as anything made this decade”, says Pitt), biopic of Marilyn Monroe Blond with Ana de Armas by director Andrew Dominik and Maria Schrader She says on reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor’s investigation of Harvey Weinstein.

That’s not to say he’s fading from the big screen just yet. Pitt is the next high-octane blockbuster star High-speed train (August 5) by David Leitch and Sony. It stars Pitt as an assassin on a train from Tokyo to Kyoto who has returned to the risky job after a case of burnout. He heads a cast that also includes Sandra Bullock, Aaron Taylor Johnson, Bad Bunny, Joey King, Zazie Beetz, Logan Lerman, Brian Tyree Henry, Michael Shannon, Karen Fukuhara and others.

“In the conversations I had with Brad, the number one goal was to make an entertaining, escapist movie that was fresh and quirky that would make people want to come back to the theater,” says Leitch, who was once the dubbed Pitt in films such as Fight Club, Troy and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

Pitt’s most recent effort did just that, as it played a small role in The lost city against Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum. The Paramount film recently crossed the $100 million mark domestically and has been hailed for attracting older moviegoers to theaters. Also on Pitt’s slate is the planned epic directed by Damien Chazelle Babylon, opposite Margot Robbie, on the transition from silent films to “talkies”. This film, also from Paramount, is set for release on December 25. And he’s locked in an Apple Original Films thriller opposite George Clooney for filmmaker Jon Watts.

The profile is filled with personal revelations. Pitt talks about quitting smoking and joining 12-step recovery groups after getting sober nearly six years ago. “I had a really cool group of men here who were really private and selective, so it was safe. Because I had seen things from other people that were recorded as they were gutting their guts, and that’s just excruciating to me.

Pitt also seems to find comfort in the fact that the writer’s husband suffers from a condition called prosopagnosia, an inability to recognize people’s faces. Although he was never officially diagnosed, Pitt has trouble remembering people he has met because he has trouble recognizing their faces.

He also shares that he’s a latecomer when it comes to experiencing joy after spending years with “low-grade depression.” Pitt explains, “Music fills me with so much joy. I think joy was a more recent discovery, later in life. I always moved with the currents, drifting from side to side. I think I spent years with mild depression, and it was only by accepting that, trying to embrace all sides of me – the beauty and the ugliness – that I was able to capture those moments. of joy.

What’s clear from the profile is that none of his collaborators are eager for Pitt to retire from the limelight after more than 30 years as one of Hollywood’s most in-demand talents. “He’s one of the last movie stars on the big screen,” says Quentin Tarantino, who directed the actor in Inglourious Basterds and Once upon a time in Hollywood the latter won Pitt the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. “He’s just a different breed of men. And frankly, I don’t think you can describe exactly what it is because it’s like describing Starshine. I noticed it when we were doing Inglourious Basterds. When Brad was in the picture, it didn’t feel like I was looking through the camera’s viewfinder. I felt like I was watching a movie. Its mere presence within the four walls of the frame created this impression.

Tarantino continued, “He suggests an old-school movie star. He is really handsome. He is also very masculine and he is also very trendy; he gets the joke. … But what only the directors who work with Brad and the actors who play opposite him really know, what he’s so incredibly talented at, is his ability to really understand the scene. He may not be able to articulate it, but he has an instinctive understanding about it.

Pitt also doesn’t seem keen on saying goodbye, suggesting he will continue to create for years to come, whether through production, music or one of his other passions, art and sculpture. . “I’m one of those creatures that speaks through art,” Pitt told Moshfegh. “I just always want to do. If I don’t succeed, I die somehow.

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Also worth noting: Pitt tells GQ why he finally quit smoking and confirms he’s been six years sober and is a 12-step group vet. “I had a really cool group of men here who were really private and selective, so it was safe. Because I had seen things from other people that were recorded as they were gutting their guts, and that’s just excruciating to me.
Courtesy of Elizaveta Porodina/GQ

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