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

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

Four paragraphs in to GQ‘s new Brad Pitt cover story, the Oscar-winning superstar looks to the end of his career.

“I consider myself on my last leg,” says a “ruminative” Pitt, 58, of considering this next and final phase of his career. “This last semester or trimester. What will this part be? And how do I want to shape that?”

Although the cover profile — titled “Brad Pitt’s Wildest Dreams” by Ottessa Moshfegh, the author of six fiction books, including the just-published lapvona — doesn’t provide a definitive answer to Pitt’s question, but it does paint a picture of a dedicated and prolific producer, calling him a “literary kingmaker.”

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Brad Pitt on GQs August 2022 cover.
Thanks to Elizaveta Porodina / GQ

Through his Plan B production company, Pitt won an Oscar along with partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner for: 12 years slave and is currently preparing the upcoming releases women talk from director Sarah Polley (“a film as in-depth as anything this decade has made,” says Pitt), biopic of Marilyn Monroe blond with Ana de Armas from director Andrew Dominik and Maria Schrader’s She said about the investigation of journalists Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor into Harvey Weinstein.

That is not to say that he has already disappeared from the silver screen. Pitt next star in the high-octane blockbuster bullet train (Aug. 5) by David Leitch and Sony. It stars Pitt as a hit man on a train from Tokyo to Kyoto, who has returned to the risky job after a case of burnout. He tops 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 main goal was to make a movie that’s entertaining and escapist and fresh and original that makes people want to come back to the theater,” said Leitch, who was once Pitt’s stunt double in such movies as Fight Club, Trojan and Mr and Mrs Smith

Pitt’s most recent effort did just that, as he played a small part in The Lost City opposite Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum. The Paramount film recently crossed the $100 million mark domestically and has been praised for luring older female moviegoers back to the cinema. Also on Pitt’s slate is the anticipated Damien Chazelle-directed epic Babylon, opposite Margot Robbie, about the transition from silent movies to ‘talkies’. That film, also from Paramount, is slated to release on December 25. And he’s locked in an Apple Original Films thriller opposite 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 getting sober nearly six years ago. “I had a really cool men’s group here that was very private and selective, so it was safe. Because I’d seen things of other people being taped spitting their guts out, and that’s just horrible 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. Though never officially diagnosed, Pitt struggles to remember people he met as he struggles to recognize their faces.

He also shares that he’s a late bloomer when it comes to experiencing joy after spending years with “low-grade depression.” Pitt explains, “Music fills me with such joy. I think joy is a newer discovery, later in life. I was always moving with the flow, drifting in a certain way to the next. I think I spent years in mild depression, and it wasn’t until I came to terms with it and tried to embrace all sides of myself – the beauty and the ugly – that I was able to capture those moments of joy.”

What is clear from the profile is that none of his employees would like to see Pitt retire from acting after more than 30 years as one of Hollywood’s most in-demand talents. “He’s one of the last remaining movie stars on the big screen,” said Quentin Tarantino, who directed the actor in Inglorious Basterds and Once upon a time in Hollywood, the last of which earned Pitt an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. “It’s just a different kind of people. And honestly, I don’t think you can describe exactly what that is, because it’s kind of like describing starlight. I noticed it when we were doing unglorious bastards† When Brad was in the frame, I didn’t feel like I was looking through the camera’s viewfinder. I felt like I was watching a movie. Just his presence in the four walls of the frame gave that impression.”

Tarantino continued: “He suggests an older style movie star. He looks really good. He is also very masculine and he is also very hip; he gets the joke. … But what only the directors who work with Brad and the actors who perform opposite him really know, what he is so incredibly talented at, is his ability to really understand the scene. He may not be able to put it into words, but he has an instinctive understanding of it.”

Pitt also doesn’t seem eager to say goodbye, suggesting that he will continue to create for years to come, whether that be through producing, music or any of his other passions, art and sculpture. “I’m one of those creatures who speaks through art,” Pitt tells Moshfegh. “I just always want to make. If I’m not making money, I’m going to die somehow.”

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Also note: Pitt tells GQ why he finally quit smoking and confirms that he’s six years sober and a 12-step group vet. “I had a really cool men’s group here that was very private and selective, so it was safe. Because I’d seen things of other people being taped spitting their guts out, and that’s just horrible to me.”
Thanks to Elizaveta Porodina / GQ

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