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By Caryn James5th August 2022

In his latest film Bullet Train, Brad Pitt displays the wry, self-referential humour that has earned him a unique and enduring status in Hollywood, writes Caryn James.

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First he was the hunky boy toy in Thelma and Louise, a small role that made viewers wonder, "Who is he?" back in 1991. Then he was the heartthrob younger brother of lookalike Robert Redford's off-screen narrator in A River Runs Through It (1992). He famously became half of Brad and Jen while married to Jennifer Aniston, then half of the tabloids-can't-get-enough-of-them "Brangelina" during his years with Angelina Jolie. All the while, his looks and his marriages may have overshadowed something else. Brad Pitt has built a body of work that most actors only dream of. With performances that range over multiple genres and three decades, and a savvy public relations strategy, his is a model of how to manage a movie-star career.

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His new action-comedy Bullet Train says a lot about that career. Pitt plays a character as goofy as his code name, Ladybug, a hitman in an unflattering bucket hat. Between fending off assassins on a high-speed Japanese train and trying to steal a briefcase full of cash, Ladybug is trying to become a calmer guy, sincerely spouting self-help lines. "Let this be lesson in the toxicity of anger," Pitt says with deadpan precision after one violent encounter. Bullet Train is an action extravaganza, but the movie's distinguishing feature is its sardonic tone, shaped and carried by its star's performance. Watching it, you could almost make the case that Pitt is a very good dramatic actor, but even better at comedy.

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In new action-comedy Bullet Train, Pitt plays Ladybug, a goofy hitman in a bucket hat (Credit: Sony Pictures)

His true strength is more complicated than holding up masks of comedy or tragedy, though. Pitt's best performances are the kind that won him his Oscar as the stuntman Cliff Booth in Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood (2019): drama infused with dry humour. As Cliff, his smile is a kind of smirk, but mischievous, not off-putting. As Aldo Raine, the Nazi-scalper with a plummy country accent in Inglourious Basterds (2009), Pitt brought a whiff of humour and absurdity to the film's life-or-death theme. That serious-but-droll combination is his sweet spot, and it works beyond those two Quentin Tarantino films. It's in underappreciated roles, like the hitman (yes, another one) in Andrew Dominick's Killing Them Softly (2012). It's in the ease he brought to a stressed-out baseball general manager in Bennett Miller's Moneyball (2011).

Pitt didn't find that sweet spot right away. He gave powerful and respected dramatic performances almost from the start of his career. He defied his pretty-boy looks as a patient in a psychiatric hospital in the time-travelling 12 Monkeys (1995) and as the pummelled alter ego in Fight Club (1999). His flat-out comedies are rare, but they exist. He sails hilariously through Joel and Ethan Coen's Burn After Reading (2008) as a gum-chomping, bike-riding, none-too-bright trainer in a gym. But nothing could really compete with his golden looks. He got an Oscar nomination for 12 Monkeys, released the same year he was People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive. We know which image stuck.

The turning point was Inglourious Basterds. That's where the sardonic smirk first took hold, where the accent and the crude army-issued haircut helped him escape the shadow of pretty-Brad. Tarantino's screenplay set the character up, but Pitt ran away with it, carrying that mix of drama and wit into other films.

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As Aldo Raine in Inglourious Basterds, Pitt brought a whiff of humour and absurdity to the film (Credit: Universal Pictures)

It was a clever career turn, different from the paths of most major stars of his generation and stature. George Clooney, 61, hasn't given up acting but has increasingly turned to producing and directing socially conscious films. Tom Cruise, 60, clings to his action past, with this year's Top Gun: Maverick and an apparently endless string of Mission Impossibles, turning a static image into box-office hits. Matt Damon, 51, has gone from Jason Bourne to earnest dad in films like Stillwater (2021). But Pitt, 58, has picked roles that are all over the place. In the last decade or so he has appeared in World War Two dramas and contemporary satires and chosen some sly cameos. That range is part of a canny formula. With no single on-screen persona apart from looking like Brad Pitt, he can avoid being typecast or becoming stale.

Finding the sweet spot

In recent years he has come to mock the pretty-boy image without turning his back on it, a disarming tactic. Showing up in Bullet Train with the silly hat and big nerdy glasses, as if he isn't one of the world's best-looking faces, is a strategy he has put to good use before. In his scene-stealing cameo in this year's adventure rom-com Lost City, he plays a fixer who arrives on the island Sandra Bullock's kidnapped character has been taken to. Her first words to him are a stunned, "Why are you so handsome?" Pitt answers matter-of-factly, "My dad was a weatherman," which may be the funniest line in the entire film.

He casually dismisses his looks in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as well, to meta and comic effect. Bruce Lee tells Cliff, "You know, you're kind of pretty for a stuntman." With that bemused smirk, Pitt replies, "That's what they tell me."

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Pitt won an Oscar for his performance as stuntman Cliff Booth in Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood (2019) (Credit: Columbia Pictures)

Although Pitt won the Oscar in the best supporting actor category for that film, his role and Leonardo DiCaprio's as the nominal lead, Rick, are nearly equal. Pitt gives the character such charisma that he almost steals the film, just as Raine steals Inglourious Basterds. When Cliff visits a ranch where the Manson family is squatting, he suspects they're taking advantage of an old friend (Bruce Dern). It's another of Pitt's smartly-pitched sweet-spot moments, balancing concern for a blind old man with an easygoing charm and an awareness of the situation's absurdity.

And in Killing Them Softly he infuses a sometimes graphically bloody drama with wit. Scruffy, with greased-back hair and a leather jacket, Pitt's character is ruthless, but uneasy doing a hit at close range. "You ever kill anyone?" he asks the middleman who's setting up the murder. "They get all touchy-feely, emotional. They cry, they plead, they beg... It's embarrassing," he says, making a squeamish face. "I like to kill them softly, from a distance." The scene would have been totally different if Pitt had delivered the line with a tough-guy tone instead of dry wit.

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Playing a hitman in 2012's Killing Them Softly, Pitt infused the bloody drama with dry wit (Credit: Plan B Entertainment)

Bullet Train doesn't hit the Pitt sweet spot, although it makes a half-hearted attempt. In an interview for ET Canada, he mentions the movie's levity, adding, "Yet underneath it is the theme of fate, free will," which he calls "the undercurrent of the film, through this delivery system of comedy." Nice try, but while there is lots of talk about fate and luck on screen, Bullet Train is too cartoonish to hold any real drama. (Why should it? It's a fun-enough action comedy.) But that comment speaks to Pitt's own awareness of what works best for him.

Over the years he has taken a few generic movie star roles, the kind that some other megawatt actor could have handled without changing the film's DNA. In World War Z (2013), one of Pitt's highest-grossing films, he tracks a virus causing a zombie apocalypse. He's at the centre of the action, but this isn't exactly a "Brad Pitt film" because his performance doesn't shape what it is.

Bullet Train is a Brad Pitt film because it wouldn't be the same without him. The film is thoroughly amusing when Ladybug tangles with two British assassins played by Brian Tyree Henry and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, actors totally on Pitt's deadpan wavelength, but at times goes flat because the rest of the roles and actors lack his sardonic edge.

A savvy strategy

In the last decade Pitt has caught viewers even more off-guard with a string of wartime movies. David Ayers' middling Fury (2014) is a big old-fashioned World War Two action film, with Pitt as a gung-ho character nicknamed "Wardaddy". Robert Zemeckis's Allied (2016) is a big old-fashioned romantic World War Two film. Pitt leans into movie-star type as a dashing Canadian undercover agent teamed with Marion Cotillard. Allied is such a blatant throwback that it actually starts in Casablanca, but the film and the performance work anyway. The satiric War Machine (2017) is an ambitious failure. Pitt's performance as an arrogant US military commander in Afghanistan is more caricature than satire. While he worked wonders with his bemused arched eyebrows in Once Upon a Time, in War Machine he has a perpetually furrowed brow and his right eye is constantly squinting, which looks like an actor trying too hard.

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Brad Pitt starred with his future partner Angelina Jolie in Mr & Mrs Smith (2005) and in By the Sea (2015), which she wrote and directed (Credit: Alamy)

A side benefit of all that variety, though, is that Pitt's private life has only bled onto the screen when it was inevitable, as in Mr & Mrs Smith (2005), where he met and co-starred with Jolie, and By the Sea (2015), which she wrote and directed. They play a couple whose marriage is on the rocks. Hmm– their marriage ended in 2016. The publicity did not. Even now, it's hard to keep up with their legal status, amidst an ongoing custody fight about their six children and his lawsuit over her sale of her share of their jointly-owned winery.

But in recent years he has shrewdly managed to keep the focus elsewhere as much as possible. His Once Upon a Time Oscar campaign was flawlessly orchestrated, with one charmingly modest acceptance speech after another. And look at the strategy he has employed during the Bullet Train publicity tour, potentially pulling focus from his personal issues with a series of attention-grabbing red-carpet fashions. He leapt into the air in a neon-green suit at the Los Angeles premieres. The linen skirt suit he wore at the Berlin premiere was meant to get attention, but it was also a highly-styled look so rumpled it almost looked unstyled, just like his PR calculations.

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Pitt leaned into the movie-star type in Robert Zemeckis's old-fashioned World War Two romance, Allied (2016) (Credit: Alamy)

In the August issue of GQ magazine, in an extremely softball interview, Pitt talked about being sober and quitting smoking. He quoted the poet Rumi. But the photos made more of a stir, sending the internet wild, simply because they defy conventional leading-man glamour. In one he is wan, eyes rimmed with liner, lying in a watery bed of flowers like a dead Ophelia. In another, his eyes are adorned with rays of metallic silver makeup. With surreal, psychedelic backdrops, the photos were eccentric and completely unexpected. Agreeing to that was a savvy move too, the kind that keeps viewers curious and helps keep great actors' careers alive.

Pitt's follow-up to Bullet Train couldn't be more different from a popcorn action movie. In Damien Chazelle's Babylon, set in Hollywood in the 1920s and due to be released in December, he plays a character reportedly based on silent-film idol John Gilbert. The role embraces conventional Hollywood glamour. But Pitt's droll sense of his image and career shows us how to be a movie star – not an Instagram celebrity or an influencer, but an enduring, old-fashioned movie star – one for the 21st Century.

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FAQs

What makes Brad Pitt so famous? ›

Brad Pitt is one of Hollywood's most recognizable actors, thanks to roles in the "Ocean's" franchise, "Twelve Monkeys," and "A River Runs Through It." He was born in Oklahoma and grew up in Missouri before making it big. Pitt is also a producer with his own production company called Plan B Entertainment.

What is Brad Pitt's best role? ›

Cliff Booth ('Once Upon a Time in Hollywood')

It's also the performance that garnered Pitt his first Academy Award (Best Supporting Actor). Cliff, in many eyes, outperformed co-star Leonardo DiCaprio as fading actor Rick Dalton, who earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination.

What is considered Brad Pitt's best movie? ›

The 10 Best Brad Pitt Movies
  1. Se7en.
  2. Fight Club. ...
  3. Ocean's Eleven. ...
  4. The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford. ...
  5. Inglourious Basterds. ...
  6. Once Upon A Time... ...
  7. Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles. ...
  8. 12 Monkeys. ...
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What does Brad Pitt do in every movie? ›

Brad Pitt

Why is Brad Pitt always eating? ›

"There was actually method to that, because [his character] was always on the run, always on the move, I figured he could never sit down and have a proper meal. So he always had to grab something on the run," Pitt revealed.

How did Brad Pitt learn to act? ›

Early work (1987–1993) While struggling to establish himself in Los Angeles, Pitt took lessons from acting coach Roy London. His acting career began in 1987, with uncredited parts in the films No Way Out (1987), No Man's Land (1987) and Less than Zero (1987).

What is the best movie performance ever? ›

The 35 Greatest Acting Performances of All-Time
  • Marlon Brando in “The Godfather” (1972)
  • Dustin Hoffman in “Rain Man” (1988)
  • Al Pacino in “The Godfather: Part II” (1974)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis in “My Left Foot” (1989)
  • Jack Nicholson in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” (1975)

What movie made Brad Pitt a star? ›

Brad Pitt

What brand did Brad Pitt model for? ›

Pitt made his Brioni modeling debut in January when the brand ambassador starred in the label's Spring/Summer 2020 campaign.

Who is the best actor in the world? ›

While Leonardo tops the Best Actor in the world list for Google, coming a close second to him on the list is Tom Hanks. The 66-year-old actor has had a splendid Hollywood career with films such as Forrest Gump, Cast Away and several other notable works to his name.

What actor has done the most movies? ›

Here's the full list:
  • Eric Roberts (401)
  • Richard Riehle (359)
  • John Carradine (351)
  • Mickey Rooney (335)
  • Danny Trejo (317)
  • Fred Willard (291)
  • Sir Christopher Lee (265)
  • Stephen Tobolowsky (251)
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Who has been in the most movies ever? ›

The “Man of a Thousand Voices,” Mel Blanc is regarded as the actor who's racked up the most acting credits — more than 1,200 — voicing Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, and many, many more cartoon characters since the 1930s.

How many movies does Brad Pitt eat in? ›

Brad Pitt has a curious habit of eating in his movies, and has eaten in over 60 films. He often eats in multiple scenes in movies, too, meaning he goes through a dozen food groups within the span of a single film.

What was Brad Pitt's breakout role? ›

The true breakthrough for Brad Pitt came in Ridley Scott's Oscar-winning “Thelma & Louise” in 1991. In a small role—as an object of affection for Geena Davis' Thelma—he made a big impact. Pitt was on the map and didn't really look back.

What was Brad Pitt's first movie role? ›

Brad Pitt is an American actor and producer. His acting career began at age 24 in 1987 with roles in the hit Fox television series 21 Jump Street. He subsequently appeared in episodes for television shows during the late 1980s and played his first major role in the slasher film Cutting Class (1989).

Is Brad Pitt a vegetarian? ›

A recent article by Glamour said that he has been a vegan for years. Elle Australia has also reported on the actor's vegan diet, referencing an article published by Eonline 2012. Other publications, including the Daily Mail, suggest that Pitt is vegetarian—and has been for “decades.”

What is Brad Pitt's favorite food? ›

The actor also said that his favorite snack is pizza and his go-to cereal is Frosted Flakes.

What is Brad Pitt diet? ›

The Brad Pitt Fight Club Diet

Instead, he ate extremely clean, feasting on a diet of mainly chicken and fish, brown rice and pasta, green vegetables and oatmeal. He also ate several meals a day to keep his energy levels up. Highsnobiety published an example of what Pitt's daily eating routine would like.

What is Brad Pitt's net value? ›

According to Forbes' latest adjustment, Brad Pitt has a net worth of roughly $300 million and a fortune that keeps on growing. Unlike other Hollywood stars who venture into more areas of opportunity, Pitt has remained faithful to the Hollywood industry.

Who is Brad Pitt's wife now? ›

Brad Pitt

What makes an acting performance great? ›

The very best actors have good technique and exceptional talent. Acting techniques, like projecting your voice and movement on stage, can be learned and finessed, improving any talent. The extra edge that extraordinary natural talent brings is something that cannot be taught and is what makes great actors stand out.

What makes a good performance in film? ›

The best cinematic performances don't share some standard of craft or technique; what they have in common is a feeling of invention and discovery, of emotional depth and power, and a sense of self-consciousness regarding the idea and the art of performance itself.

What show has the best acting? ›

Even if it is not technically an ensemble series, every actor and actress in Better Call Saul and Fargo surely make FX proud every day.
...
Current TV Shows With The Best Overall Acting
  • 71 23. Peaky Blinders. ...
  • 382 256. Better Call Saul. ...
  • 427 328. The Walking Dead. ...
  • 42 20. Succession. ...
  • 42 20. Stranger Things. ...
  • 32 14. ...
  • 407 352. ...
  • 21 9.

What movie did Brad Pitt play a God? ›

Yes, Ad Astra is a movie about space travel, about a man played by Brad Pitt who is searching for his father in the furthest reaches of the solar system. But it's also a movie about God.

Was Brad Pitt on Head of the Class? ›

Head of the Class (TV Series 1986–1991) - Brad Pitt as Chuck - IMDb.

Does Brad Pitt have a clothing line? ›

Pitt is the cofounder of a new luxury cashmere line titled God's True Cashmere, along with close friend Sat Hari, a jewelry designer and holistic healer. Their new collection officially launches in Selfridges today.

Who makes Miraval Rose? ›

Brad Pitt and the Perrin family have also launched two editions of 'Fleur de Miraval' rosé Champagne in partnership with celebrated grower Champagne house Pierre Péters.

Which actor has most fans in world? ›

Shah Rukh Khan

One of the most successful film stars in the world, SRK has been regularly referred to as the world's biggest movie star by international media. In fact according to a popularity survey, 3.2 billion people around the world know Shah Rukh Khan, more than who know Tom Cruise.

Who is No 1 actor in world 2022? ›

Top 10 Most Popular Hollywood Actors In The World 2022
S.NoActor
1Dwayne Johnson
2Johnny Depp
3Robert Downey Jr.
4Leonardo Dicaprio
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Who is the most liked actor? ›

filters
  • 1 Morgan Freeman84%
  • 2 Betty White84%
  • 3 Robin Williams83%
  • Samuel L. Jackson79%
  • 5 Denzel Washington79%
  • 6 Sandra Bullock79%
  • 7 Keanu Reeves78%
  • 8 Bruce Willis77%

Who is the most successful actor of all time? ›

Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Domestic Box Office
RankNameMovies
1Samuel L. Jackson64
2Robert Downey, Jr.43
3Scarlett Johansson33
4Tom Hanks55
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Which actor has won the most Oscars? ›

As of 2022, Katharine Hepburn maintained her lead as the actor with the most Oscar wins of all time. While the "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" star scored four acting accolades during her career, six fellow actors tied for the second spot with three wins each.

Who is the highest paid actor? ›

Dwayne Johnson

Who is the most famous actor 2021? ›

Highest Grossing Stars of 2021 at the Worldwide Box Office
RankNameMovies
1Samuel L. Jackson5
2Tom Holland3
3Dwayne Johnson3
4Will Smith4
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Which films have won the Big 5 Oscars? ›

Only three films have won all five of these major awards: It Happened One Night (1934), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), and The Silence of the Lambs (1991).

Which actor made the most movies in one year? ›

Top 10 Actors Who Made The Most Movies in A Single Year
  • #8: Kristen Stewart. ...
  • #7: Ben Kingsley. ...
  • #6: Nicolas Cage. ...
  • #5: Willem Dafoe. ...
  • #4: Samuel L. ...
  • #3: Liam Neeson. ...
  • #2: John Wayne. ...
  • #1: Christopher Lee.
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Why do actors not eat in movies? ›

Chewing and Not Eating

Actors eat real food in the scenes, but they're not swallowing every bite. Since multiple takes are required to get the scene just right, actors spit the food into a bucket between takes. If they consumed every bite, the actors' waistlines would suffer, and Hollywood would look much different.

What do actors drink for whiskey? ›

When you see actors drinking shots of whiskey, they are usually drinking colored water (dyed with food coloring) or iced tea. But while filming a scene for the '90s indie film Arizona Dream, Johnny Depp reportedly drank about 11 shots of real deal Jack Daniel's, according to Indiewire.

What music does Brad Pitt like? ›

Brad Pitt's favourite songs:

'Comfortably Numb' – Pink Floyd. 'Turn the Page' – Metallica. 'Amsterdam' – Coldplay. 'Ready to Start' – Arcade Fire.

What is Brad Pitt's real name? ›

Brad Pitt, byname of William Bradley Pitt, (born December 18, 1963, Shawnee, Oklahoma, U.S.), American actor known for his portrayal of unconventional characters and for his good looks.

What is Brad Pitt's net worth 2022? ›

Brad Pitt Net Worth 2022: Biography Career Income Business
Net Worth:$320 Million
Date of Birth:December 18, 1963
Gender:Male
Height:1.8 M (5' 9”)
Profession:Actor
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What's Brad Pitt's new movie? ›

Brad Pitt

What movie is Brad Pitt working on now? ›

One of the biggest new movies and summer blockbusters of 2022, Bullet Train sees Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt taking center stage as one of many trained killers on board the fastest train in the world in a high-octane thrill ride.

What personality type is Brad Pitt? ›

Additional Myers-Briggs® Famous ISFP Celebrity Personality Types. Actor and Famous Myers-Briggs ISFP Personality Type Brad Pitt has been in the Hollywood spotlight since his arrival in the late 1980s. Even with global attention focused on him, he has always been honest about his feelings and has lived his life freely.

What was Brad Pitt's breakout role? ›

The true breakthrough for Brad Pitt came in Ridley Scott's Oscar-winning “Thelma & Louise” in 1991. In a small role—as an object of affection for Geena Davis' Thelma—he made a big impact. Pitt was on the map and didn't really look back.

Why does Brad Pitt eat in Oceans 11? ›

And if you're wondering why Rusty was always eating, according to Rolling Stone: Pitt figured that since the Ocean gang was on such a tight schedule, his character would have to grab fast-food whenever he could. The constant snacking ended up showing Rusty's unflappability.

Who is Brad Pitt wife? ›

Brad Pitt

Which MBTI personality type is the most complex to understand? ›

Learn why the INFJ Personality type is the most complex Myers-Briggs Personality Type. To better understand INFJs and their paradoxical personalities, it is helpful to focus on specific combinations of personality characteristics that seem contradictory. Let's look at a few of these dyads and what they mean for INFJs.

Who is famous Intj T? ›

Famous INTJs include Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Jane Austen, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Bill Gates, Dwight Eisenhower, Alan Greenspan, Ulysses S. Grant, Stephen Hawking, John Maynard Keynes, Ayn Rand, Isaac Asimov, Lewis Carroll, Cormac McCarthy, and Sir Isaac Newton.

What personality type is Ariana Grande? ›

Based on her observable traits, Ariana is likely an Enneagram 9 and ESFJ personality type.

What is the best movie performance ever? ›

The 35 Greatest Acting Performances of All-Time
  • Marlon Brando in “The Godfather” (1972)
  • Dustin Hoffman in “Rain Man” (1988)
  • Al Pacino in “The Godfather: Part II” (1974)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis in “My Left Foot” (1989)
  • Jack Nicholson in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” (1975)

What movie made Brad Pitt a star? ›

Brad Pitt

What brand did Brad Pitt model for? ›

Pitt made his Brioni modeling debut in January when the brand ambassador starred in the label's Spring/Summer 2020 campaign.

Does Brad Pitt eat junk food? ›

So he always had to grab something." Dubbed the "Laurence Olivier of eating," Pitt has indulged in junk food and gourmet meals, light snacks and exotic dishes, and everything in between.

Why do actors not eat in movies? ›

Chewing and Not Eating

Actors eat real food in the scenes, but they're not swallowing every bite. Since multiple takes are required to get the scene just right, actors spit the food into a bucket between takes. If they consumed every bite, the actors' waistlines would suffer, and Hollywood would look much different.

How many movies does Brad Pitt eat in? ›

Brad Pitt has a curious habit of eating in his movies, and has eaten in over 60 films. He often eats in multiple scenes in movies, too, meaning he goes through a dozen food groups within the span of a single film.

Does Brad Pitt have a significant other? ›

Brad Pitt

Does Brad Pitt have a gf? ›

As the insider shared, "He goes on dates, but does not have a serious girlfriend." It's been six years since he and ex-wife Angelina Jolie called it quits in 2016. The pair share children Maddox, 20, Pax, 18, Zahara, 17, Shiloh, 16, and 14-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox.

Who is Brad Pitt in a relationship with? ›

August 2014: Brad Pitt weds Angelina Jolie at their estate in France. Pitt and Jolie, who got engaged in 2012, tied the knot at their 35-room winegrowing estate Château Miraval in Correns, France.

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