How and why did Brad Pitt's career become what it became?
I mean it must have been his looks and luck. I can't see any other reason.
He came up in a much more forgiving environment, in the 90s when movie stars and superagents ruled Hollywood. Back then he was allowed to get away with year after year of high-profile flops.
By the time Hollywood started dropping actors who failed to draw reliably, he was entrenched as a "star" and was super-famous due to his private life.
He's still a shitty actor, regardless of his brilliant career maneuvering.
You're pretty much right. After five years of middling success in L.A., he was cast in a small role (barely 10 minutes of screen time) as the hitchhiking hustler who fucks Geena Davis senseless in "Thelma & Louise," which became an unexpected hit. He used that success to land the lead in "A River Runs Through It," which was a success both commercially and critically (and garnered him cred since Robert Redford directed it), and then cemented his place in fame when he was cast opposite Tammy Cruise in "Interview With the Vampire."
Brad married big stars...two of them and he hung out with other big movie stars. It get's attention.
He's a pretty good actor if you ask me.
Did they make him have to horrible bags under his eyes for WW Zed or is that really how he looks now??
I remember when he was on Dallas.
[quote]Did they make him have to horrible bags under his eyes for WW Zed or is that really how he looks now??
He's pushing 50. Unless he tracked down Tammy Cruise's Brazilian plastic surgeon, there's only so much you can do with eye bags.
I just got the feeling they were trying to downplay his looks and make him all haggard and worn out.
Didn't George Clooney go through at least 3 auditions competing for the same role of the hustler?
In the 90s, Hollywood was more disposed to men of mixed race.
lord give it up op troll...
Which troll is OP, R9?
The "how did "blank" ever get a career?" troll.
Pitt was a newcomer, good-looking with nice abs, and he looked just fine between Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis in Thelma & Louise, which was a big, big movie at the time. He got a lot of buzz.
Pitt has more screen charisma than just about any other actor in recent memory, especially in those first few films of his - Thelma, River Runs Through It, Legends of the Fall, and Seven. He jumped off the screen. I don't think he's as good looking as everyone gives him credit for, and he's a mediocre actor at best, but he's always had that It factor.
Pitt looked like a wet dream in "River." But, for me, this movie was a twofer because I have loved Tom Skerritt for a long, long time.
For a slightly different generation, Tom Skerritt is the Aleve guy, the one toiling on the construction site with 24-hour back pain.
It's been years since I've seen him in film or tv, but when I do, I immediately wonder how his back is doing.
Keanu Reeves always had a lot of charisma and he didn't even need perfect abs.
Terrible actor. Mumbles constantly. Always seems baked. Zero acting skill. Can't do comedy. Can't do drama. A media driven career. Lottery winners are astounded at his luck.
He's a longtime manipulator. He uses people, then dumps them when they aren't useful, anymore.
He calculates his moves so that he will appeal to liberals in the industry. He chooses films that will get him nominations; despite his lack of skills he succeeds. Almost like he made a pact with the devil, kind of thing.
Jmo: He's got the ideal beard now that he's with another master manipulator.
Sometimes he's okay in the films, like playing the devil in that Anthony Hopkins-film, and sometimes just embarrassingly bad, like in Twelve Monkeys. He wouldn't be anywhere without his looks. He was super hot in Thelma & Louise, and well, now that I think of it he was actually hot and really good in Inteview with a Vampire.
I guess what mostly annoys about him, just like with George Clooney, is that many times when their acting skills are just not enough it's their looks that are supposed to save them. Ocean's-films are in my eyes example of that, lazy acting where "Hollywood royalty" just are what they are without even trying.
Was that exactly what the original Ocean film was all about?
I can stomach him in the roles where he plays dumb like "Burn After Reading" and "Inglourios Basterds". Probably because he comes off as believable, given that he's not the sharpest tool in the shed in real life.
of course it's looks, luck and using people. He's not a good actor. He also used to be a massive pothead aka lazy. Now he looks like shit.
r19, how do you know this? You sound like an insider.
Cheap PR tactics and dating women who like to get publicity from selling their private lives, rather than being good actors. I think him and The Leg paved the way for people like Affleck/Garner, Witherspoon, Berry, Holmes. Shoving your kids in front of the pap lenses for favourable PR seems to be the the latest sick craze in maintaining your career.