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Brad Pitt in 1991, Montana.

Photographer George Holz was told of “an assignment from People magazine with a relatively young, unknown actor who had just had a small part in 'Thelma and Louise’ and whose name was starting to get buzz. His name was Brad Pitt, and why would he be interested? Brad was playing the lead in a movie adaptation of one of my favorite books, Norman Maclean’s 'A River Runs Through It.' It was the bible of fly fishing, and Robert Redford was the director.”

About the meeting, George said Brad “was there with his parents and hound dog, Deacon—no entourage at all. Nobody recognized him yet. He came out into the river, chewing tobacco, just in his khakis and an inside-out t-shirt. I liked the way it looked, so I didn’t have the heart to tell him it was inside out. The water wasn’t that warm, but it didn’t seem to phase him.”

Not long after the photo shoot Brad Pitt’s performance in the smash hit ‘Thelma and Louise’ would make him a household name worldwide and one of the most recognizable faces on the planet.

I personally love these photos of young, pre-famous Pitt.

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Him with his dog that he brought with him

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by Anonymousreply 13January 9, 2022 10:49 PM

The outfit he shows up in that the photographer liked despite his shirt being inside-out

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by Anonymousreply 14January 9, 2022 10:50 PM

Pitt and the photographer, George Holz, together at the end of the shoot

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by Anonymousreply 15January 9, 2022 10:51 PM

yellow skim?

by Anonymousreply 16January 9, 2022 10:53 PM

Great photos, OP. Real early 90s Levis commercial vibes in the first few, and you can see the star quality in him here, on the verge of his becoming THE A-list actor of the next 2-3 decades.

That shot of him squatting on the tracks is almost eerie in how much he looks like Shiloh, especially in the eyes.

I wonder if he saw it all panning out for himself the way it has? He strikes me as someone who sought, achieved and still enjoys fame (not once has BP come across as self-pitying or whiny about the downsides of mega-fame, and he always seems to be having great fun on red carpets etc.), but the marriage to Angelina and the fallout from that, I bet his future plans didn't include marrying a genuine psycho (or himself being a less than adequate father and in many ways character). Marrying her was the mistake of his life, but he's achieved more of what he wanted than most of us will. That's my possibly wrong take on it, anyway.

by Anonymousreply 17January 9, 2022 10:55 PM

Organically spectacularly good-looking, too, which is as rare today as it was then but less obvious due to plastic surgery at very young ages for so many younger stars.

by Anonymousreply 18January 9, 2022 10:56 PM

R18 it’s rare when someone is so good looking naturally. And he seemed so unaffected by it back then.

by Anonymousreply 19January 9, 2022 11:06 PM

The OP has posted this entire thread. And all the replies. Jesus Fuck, I thought I could sometimes go a little off the rails. This here behaviour is some serious OCD clinical shit.

by Anonymousreply 20January 9, 2022 11:26 PM

I am R17 and R18. I am not the OP. I'm not even a Brad Pitt fan. I just thought the photos were interesting and I haven't seen them before.

by Anonymousreply 21January 9, 2022 11:48 PM

Looks like Chris Hemsworth

by Anonymousreply 22January 9, 2022 11:51 PM

Great photos.

by Anonymousreply 23January 9, 2022 11:58 PM

not all replies. ff that zw or whatthehellever it is!

by Anonymousreply 24January 9, 2022 11:58 PM

I think Pitt had some notion of what he had physically, although he wasn't really egotistical about it. He left college his last semester 6 hours short of a degree to go to Hollywood. But it was his personality as well as his looks that probably got him ahead. There have been beautiful people who washed out, because they were so difficult to work with.

He is gorgeous and was stunning in A River Runs Through It. Just watching him move in the film added to his attractiveness. I particularly like the fact that it was natural. I think back to stars decades ago from the 30s through at least the 70s. They had unique appearances that made them attractive rather a standard "look", artificially achieved, that was popular at the time. And they had charisma. Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart, Warren Beatty, Steve McQueen, Sidney Poitier etc. You enjoyed watching them on the screen.

by Anonymousreply 25January 10, 2022 1:07 AM

Great photos, OP. Thanks for posting them.

by Anonymousreply 26January 10, 2022 1:17 AM

Yeah, OP. Good job!

by Anonymousreply 27January 10, 2022 1:31 AM

[quote] The water wasn’t that warm, but it didn’t seem to phase him

Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 28January 10, 2022 1:38 AM

We needed him to do part of this shoot in a Speedo, and a racer-back tanktop. He has been attractive on and off over time, and this is probably the only time he rivaled his own physical appearance in "Fight Club".

by Anonymousreply 29January 10, 2022 1:42 AM

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by Anonymousreply 30January 10, 2022 4:18 PM

R18, the original Brad was hugely pockmarked, even some years into his career. That was all treatmented away and airbrushed out of photos.

by Anonymousreply 31January 10, 2022 4:26 PM

Great pics and a very good movie, too.

by Anonymousreply 32January 10, 2022 4:30 PM

He was truly magnificent back then. Not just physical appearance but he was a lot better in his roles then too.

by Anonymousreply 33January 10, 2022 4:42 PM

Timothée is natural. Who would do that on purpose?

by Anonymousreply 34January 10, 2022 5:01 PM

Fun facts about his first credited/leading role:

[quote] "Director Božidar Nikolić picked Brad Pitt out of 400 candidates for the main role. Brad Pitt was very happy for the pick and was only paid $1,523 for seven weeks of filming in 1988."

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by Anonymousreply 35January 10, 2022 5:20 PM

He was the star of an indie called JOHNNY SUEDE and I remember watching it over and over on cable just to look at him.

by Anonymousreply 36January 10, 2022 7:37 PM

R36 yes. The film is terrible though.

by Anonymousreply 37January 10, 2022 7:38 PM

He's cute but Leo's handsome.

by Anonymousreply 38January 10, 2022 7:41 PM

He also has a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance in “Less Than Zero” as a partygoer, when Clay goes to the big Christmas bash.

by Anonymousreply 39January 10, 2022 8:07 PM

r38 Please, DiCaprio is repulsive.

r17 I too get the felling that he ultimately didn't want to be a father as much as he always thought he did. I'm sure he loves his kids of course, but I suspect he's been a lot happier these last few years being a part-time parent at best and a lot of this whole custody war is also about protecting his image.

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by Anonymousreply 41January 10, 2022 8:51 PM

I disagree, R40. I think he wanted to be an equal partner when what he got was a role in Angelina Jolie's life. Handling all those properties, moving constantly. They led a crazy life with the constant nannies and other employees. I think a lot of his drunkenness was an attempt to cope with the craziness. He rarely leaves LA now. Look at men like Steven Spielberg and Warren Beatty marrying later and having multiple children. Then look at the way he was raised. I think a version of this kind of life, where he could spend his time on things he wanted to do and had time to socialize rather than just travel and manage assets, would have been a lot more conducive to children.

by Anonymousreply 42January 13, 2022 3:18 AM

He's not even my type, but I'd be happy to love him, stank and pockmarks and all.

by Anonymousreply 43January 13, 2022 3:24 AM

r40 He should have stayed with Jen and remained childfree.

by Anonymousreply 44January 13, 2022 3:42 AM

I kinda feel bad for him, his kids hate his guts and wanted to testify against him, the private judge who gave him 50/50 was dismissed and he lost his appeal. I read on a tabloid that he is in a dark place mentality and physically and is in therapy, he also became a recluse and spends it coop in his home doing art, he’s finally loosing his hair and has stank of BO because he doesn't take a bath regularly anymore.

by Anonymousreply 45January 13, 2022 3:46 AM

Jen is living her best childfree life. He must have pangs of regret.

by Anonymousreply 46January 13, 2022 3:48 AM

[quote]stank of BO because he doesn't take a bath regularly anymore

Wasn't this known about him for a long time?

by Anonymousreply 47January 13, 2022 3:49 AM

1991 was a magical year.

by Anonymousreply 48January 13, 2022 3:50 AM

R47, yes but more than usual that his hanger on friends have complained about it.

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by Anonymousreply 49January 13, 2022 3:56 AM

R25, He really did have an “it” factor about him especially in a River Runs through it” i don't know if it’s because Robert Redford produce and directed it and he can see his younger self through Brad that he focus on him more.

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by Anonymousreply 50January 13, 2022 4:16 AM

Brad Pitt became a massive star because he has “it”, yes. In the past people had to have that.

by Anonymousreply 51January 13, 2022 3:47 PM

Dear God what a beautiful young man he was. Now he's a beautiful middle aged man.

by Anonymousreply 52January 13, 2022 3:56 PM

He’s almost 60. He’s old.

by Anonymousreply 53January 13, 2022 4:02 PM

[quote]his kids hate his guts and wanted to testify against him

Angelina said that but there's no indication it's true. There wasn't ever a time during the divorce hearing where anyone would have "testified against" anyone else, and no indication in any court papers that a judge "refused" to let the kids "testify against Brad" like Jolie claimed. What happened was that Jolie submitted paperwork with testimonials from some of the kids and the judge apparently did not include that paperwork in his final decision, which made her mad.

As of a couple months ago, the status of the custody case was that it was going to start over, not that Brad lost it, though he may eventually have to abide by the 2018 agreement which will be made permanent.

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by Anonymousreply 54January 13, 2022 4:07 PM

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.

I am haunted by waters.”

by Anonymousreply 55January 13, 2022 4:09 PM

Am I the only one who wondered if that photographer got to suck him off? Surely he wanted to.

by Anonymousreply 56January 13, 2022 4:24 PM

R56 no. Grow up. He brought his mom and dad to stay with him during it.

by Anonymousreply 57January 13, 2022 4:25 PM

It is a shame what the "Blood drinking Whore of Babylon" did to Brad!!

by Anonymousreply 58January 13, 2022 4:29 PM

He was truly gorgeous back then, and I remember being totally turned on by him in Thelma & Louise as a teenager but, over the decades, I've had sufficient of his face.

by Anonymousreply 59January 13, 2022 4:31 PM

Wait, what was the difference between Legends of the Fall and A River Runs Through It? I think they’ve merged in my mind?

by Anonymousreply 60January 13, 2022 4:40 PM

He was stunningly beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 61January 13, 2022 5:02 PM

R58, nobody did anything to him. He is not a 6 year old child, but a grown ass man who is perfectly capable of making his own decisions.

Angelina gets shit for breaking up his marriage from stupid cunts, while she wasn’t married, he was. Stop burning women at the stake in 2022, you moron.

by Anonymousreply 62January 13, 2022 5:04 PM

R62 they were both at fault

by Anonymousreply 63January 13, 2022 6:24 PM
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