2017 saw the release of ‘War Machine’ on Netflix (another big hit for the Oklahoma sex symbol), so it’s time to review his long movie-career.
William Bradley Pitt (better known as Brad) was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, December 18, 1963 so he will soon 54 years old. When he was young he decided he wanted to become a journalist so he enrolled in the University of Missouri but he dropped out to go to Hollywood to pursue an acting career in Los Angeles, just two credits shy of a college degree. Brad, though is very tenacious, nothing scared him and before he turned 30 he had already done the wildest jobs: chauffeuring strippers from one bachelor party to the next, delivering refrigerators, and dressing up as a chicken to advertise a famous restaurant chain.
In 1987, at 24, Pitt got some minor roles (‘No Way Out’ marked his great debut in the film industry) and he also appeared in TV shows, such as the famous TV series ‘Dallas’. He was offered a great opportunity by NBC who wanted him for the TV movie ‘Too Young To Die?’ along with a very young Juliette Lewis who, in time, will become one of his most famous partners. His big chance arrived in 1991 when he obtained the part of the thief-hitchhiker J.D. in the blockbuster ‘Thelma and Louise’ by Ridley Scott.
From then on he specialized in “bad guy” roles in the psychotic ‘Kalifornia’ (again with Lewis) and in one of Tarantino’s amazing films (Quentin was only screenplayer) called ‘True Romance’. In the 90’s he landed the role in the memorable film ‘Seven’ (1995) by his friend David Fincher, followed by ‘Legends of the Fall’, ‘Sleepers’ and ‘12 Monkeys’ (and won his first Golden Globe for “best supporting actor”). Unfortunately his next film (‘Meet Joe Black’ with Anthony Hopkins) inspired little praise, but from then on Pitt doesn’t skip a beat.
In 2002 next up for Brad Pitt was ‘The Snatch’ directed by Guy Ritchie (at the time Madonna’s husband) and then he joined the A-list ensemble cast including George Clooney and Matt Damon in the Steven Soderbergh’s remake of the of the Rat Pack original ‘Ocean’s Eleven’, ‘Ocean’s Twelve’ and ‘Ocean’s Thirteen’. In those years Brad starred in ‘Babel’, the film he considers “the best of his career” and the excellent ‘The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford’ earning Brad the Volpi Cup Award at the Venice Film Festival. In 2009 he obtained his second nomination for his role in ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ (by Fincher) and his big blockbuster the amazing ‘Inglorious Basterds’ by Quentin Tarantino where he played the mean lieutenant Aldo “The Apache” Raine.
After great Pitt movies followed during the second decade of this third millennium (‘Moneyball’, ‘Killing Them Softly’, ‘12 Years a Slave’, ‘The Big Short’ and ‘Allied’) till ‘War Machine’ by David Michôd released last May directly on Netflix. Another big shot in the Brad world.