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

Four paragraphs in QAIn Brad Pitt’s new cover story, the Oscar-winning superstar has his sights set on the end – of his career.

“I consider myself in my last stage,” says a “ruminant” 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 it?”

Although the cover profile – titled “Brad Pitt’s Wildest Dreams” by Ottessa Moshfegh, the author of six fiction books, including the recently published lapvone – offers no definitive answer to this Pitt question, paints a picture of a committed and prolific producer, calling him a “maker of literary kings”.

Brad Pitt in QA’s August 2022 cover.
Courtesy of Elizaveta Porodina / GQ

Through his production company Plan B, Pitt won an Oscar alongside partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner for 12 years of slavery and is currently preparing the next releases women talking from director Sarah Polley (“a film as profound as anything made in this decade,” says Pitt), biopic of Marilyn Monroe Blonde starring Ana de Armas from director Andrew Dominik, and Maria Schrader She said on the investigation of journalists Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor into Harvey Weinstein.

That’s not to say he’s fading from the silver screen just yet. Next Pitt stars in high-octane box office hit Bullet 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 risky work after a case of burnout. He leads 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 a fun, escapist, fresh, original movie that makes people want to go back to the movies,” says Leitch, who has been Pitt’s stunt double in films like Fight Club, Troy and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

Pitt’s most recent effort did just that, as he played a small role in the lost city alongside Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum. The Paramount film recently passed the $100 million mark domestically and was praised by older women as it draws moviegoers back to theaters. Also on Pitt’s list is the highly anticipated epic directed by Damien Chazelle. Babylon, alongside Margot Robbie, on the transition from silent cinema to “talkie”. That movie, also from Paramount, is scheduled to be released on December 25th. And he’s trapped in an Apple Original Films thriller alongside George Clooney for filmmaker Jon Watts.

The profile is full of personal revelations. Pitt talks about quitting smoking and being part of 12-step recovery groups after being sober for nearly six years. “I had a really nice group of men here who were very private and selective, so it was safe. Because I had seen other people’s stuff that was recorded as they were venting, and that’s just atrocious to me.”

Pitt also seems to find solace 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 struggles to remember the people she’s met because he has trouble recognizing their faces.

He also shares that it’s a late bloomer when it comes to experiencing joy after spending years with a “low-grade depression.” Pitt explains, “Music fills me with so much joy. I think joy was a more recent discovery, later in life. I was always moving with the currents, floating one way and going the other. I think I spent years with low-grade depression, and it wasn’t until I came to terms with it, trying to embrace all sides of myself – the beautiful and the ugly – that I was able to capture these moments of joy.”

What is clear from the profile is that none of his collaborators are eager for Pitt to retire after more than 30 years as one of Hollywood’s most in-demand talents. “He is one of the last remaining big-screen movie stars,” says Quentin Tarantino, who directed the actor in Inglourious Basterds and Once upon a time in Hollywood, the latter of which earned Pitt an Oscar for best supporting actor. “It’s just a different breed of man. And frankly, I don’t think you can describe exactly what that is because it’s like describing the brightness of the stars. I noticed this when we were doing Inglourious Basterds. When Brad was in the picture, it didn’t look like he was looking through the camera’s viewfinder. I felt like I was watching a movie. Just his presence on the four walls of the painting created that impression.”

Tarantino continued, “He suggests an older-style movie star. He is very handsome. He is also very masculine and also very modern; he understands the joke. … But what only the directors who work with Brad and the actors who play alongside him really know, what he’s so incredibly talented about, is his ability to really understand the scene. He might not be able to articulate it, but he has an instinctive understanding of it.”

Pitt also doesn’t seem eager to say 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 tells Moshfegh. “I just want to do it all the time. If I’m not doing it, I’m dying somehow.”

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Also of note: Pitt tells GQ why he finally quit smoking and confirms he’s been sober for six years and is a 12-step group veterinarian. “I had a really nice group of men here who were very private and selective, so it was safe. Because I had seen other people’s stuff that was recorded as they were venting, and that’s just atrocious to me.”
Courtesy of Elizaveta Porodina / GQ

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