Movie Stars–Brad Pitt on the ‘Last Leg’ of his Film Career

Brad Pitt: On the ‘Last Leg’ of his Film Career

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Brad Pitt won the Best Supporting Oscar in 2020 for his performance in Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
He is fronting a major studio tentpole later this summer with Sony’s Bullet Train.
Yet, the actor, who is 58, told GQ magazine that he views his film career as winding down and entering its final stages.

“I consider myself on my last leg,” Pitt said, “this last semester or trimester. What is this section gonna be? And how do I wanna design that?”

Babylon

Pitt will front the action tentpole “Bullet Train” and the Oscar season drama Babylon this year. The latter marks Damien Chazelle’s directorial follow-up to Oscar winner “La La Land” and reunites Pitt with his “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” co-star Margot Robbie. “Babylon,” which Paramount is releasing on Christmas, is an old Hollywood epic that focuses on industry figures adapting to the transition of silent films to talkies.

Pitt’s career also includes his major work as a producer through his Plan B production company. Films on Plan B’s roster this year include the release of Andrew Dominik’s Blonde, an NC-17 biographical drama starring Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe.

Women Talking

Then there is Sarah Polley’s long-awaited drama Women Talking, an adaptation of Miriam Toews’s novel. The film, which stars Rooney Mara and Frances McDormand, centers on a group of Mennonite women who unite against their rapists.

“It’s as profound a film as anything made this decade,” Pitt told GQ magazine about “Women Talking.”

When Pitt’s final stage comes to its end, his Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino says the industry will lose “one of the last remaining big-screen movie stars.” As the director explained to GQ, “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 star-shine. I noticed it when we were doing ‘Inglourious Basterds.’ When Brad was in the shot, I didn’t feel like I was looking through the viewfinder of the camera. I felt like I was watching a movie. Just his presence in the four walls of the frame created that impression.”

Bullet Train opens in theaters nationwide August 5.