Brad Pitt is gracing the August cover of GQ magazine. For the cover feature, author Ottessa Moshfegh met with actor and director at his Craftsman home in the Hollywood Hills. The home, Pitt said, was the first place he bought when he “made some money in ’94”. That year, Pitt starred in The Favor, Interview with the Vampire and Legends of the Fall.
For his introspective dive into the 58-year-old’s life and career, Moshfegh also spoke to with film director Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino first worked with Pitt on the 2009 film Inglorious Basterds and most recently on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which earned Pitt the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Tarantino opened up about Pitt, saying:
“He suggests an older-style movie star. He’s really good-looking. He’s also really masculine and he’s also really hip; he gets the joke.… But the thing that only the directors that work with Brad and the actors that act opposite him really know, what he’s so incredibly talented at, is his ability to really understand the scene. He might not be able to articulate it, but he has an instinctive understanding about it. He’s one of the last remaining big-screen movie stars. just a different breed of man. And frankly, I do not think you can describe exactly what that is because it’s like describing starshine. “
Moshfegh also makes note of Pitt’s lifestyle changes, mentioning that the actor, who is now sober, also stopped smoking during the pandemic. After his divorce from actress Angelina Jolie, reports of the actor’s dependency on alcohol and drugs made headlines. Pitt got sober in 2016, and spent the next year and a half participating in Alcoholics Anonymous. He recalls how important finding a “safe” group was to him.
“I had a really cool men’s group here that was really private and selective, so it was safe. Because I’d seen things of other people who had been recorded while they were spilling their guts, and that’s just atrocious to me. “
Pitt’s Busy “Last Leg”
Pitt, who said during his interview that he considers himself “on his last leg”, will remain pretty busy for the foreseeable future. His production company, Plan B, will release Women Talking and Blonde later this year. Women Talking is an adaptation of Miriam Toews’ novel about a group of Mennonite women who unite against their rapists. Blonde is an adaptation of the fictional novel of the same name written by Joyce Carol Oates and starring Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe.
Pitt co-founded Plan B in 2001. Its long list of production credits include The Departed, The Tree of Life, Beautiful Boy, If Beale Street Could Talk and this year Father of the Bride.
In August, Pitt will return to the big screen in Bullet Train, where he plays Ladybug, an assassin on a train from Tokyo to Kyoto. Bullet Train is directed by David Leitch, who previously worked as Pitt’s stunt double in past films.