Brad Pitt and 81-year-old Anthony Hopkins, spoke about the challenges of Hollywood lifestyle. Although the media makes it appear that celebrities have it easy, Brad Pitt discusses his struggles throughout the years, namely alcohol addiction.
While speaking with Hopkins, who brought up Pitt’s addiction to booze, he revealed that he struggled to curb his addiction to alcohol but managed to learn a lot of life lessons.
Pitt admitted that drinking was his “escape.” Pitt “had a struggle with booze and all that,” which many actors deal with — having to perform in the spotlight day after day puts a lot of pressure on people.
Although Brad Pitt has been a star celebrity and A-list actor for decades, he’s not invulnerable to the pressures of Hollywood.
“Well, I just saw it as a disservice to myself, as an escape,” Pitt said about his overuse of alcohol as an emotional crutch.
Hopkins previously worked with Pitt on Meet Joe Black and Legends of the Fall. He asked Pitt if, at his lowest point, drinking alcohol had become “necessary.”
Without hesitation, Pitt replied, “To some degree, yes.”
When the pair worked on Meet Joe Black, Hopkins told Pitt about his own struggles with alcohol abuse. He said that Hopkins was “embracing all your mistakes” so if a person can do that, “there’s beauty in that” forgiveness of oneself.
Pitt said, “I’m seeing that these days. I think we’re living in a time where we’re extremely judgmental and quick to treat people as disposable. We’ve always placed great importance on the mistake. But the next move, what you do after the mistake, is what really defines a person. We’re all going to make mistakes. But what is that next step?”
Pitt believes that all people make mistakes. That’s not what matters. What matters is how the person responds to the mistakes once they realize that they erred.
Apart from his struggle with alcohol, Pitt mentions Hopkins how he loves spending time with architect Frank Gehry.
“We don’t, as a culture, seem to stick around to see what that person’s next step is. And that’s the part I find so much more invigorating and interesting.”
“He just turned ninety this last year and is as creative as ever, creating some of the great buildings of our time. And it makes me think, ‘We’re human, we want purpose. We want meaning in our lives.’ But to attain that, the key is two things: Staying creative and being with the people we love.”
Although Hopkins is a Hollywood star, he’s not a patron of movie theatres.
“I’m not a great fan of going to movies anymore. Except, for example, I went to see Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”
Here are some interesting facts you never knew about Brad pitt!
Brad isn’t even his first name! Pitt’s birth name was William Bradley Pitt. Born December 18, 1963, he is the son of Jane Etta, a school counselor, and William Alvin Pitt, a truck company manager.
Before he became successful at acting, Brad Pitt supported himself by moving refrigerators, dressing as a giant chicken while working for “El Pollo Loco,” and working as a limo driver for exotic dancers.
After many, many small parts in TV shows and on film, Brad Pitt finally gained widespread attention with his supporting role in 1991’s Thelma & Louise, where he played J.D., a sexy criminal who befriends Thelma, Geena Davis’s character. George Clooney had auditioned for the role of J.D. multiple times before it went to the Pitt, who was relatively unknown.
For years, Clooney couldn’t bring himself to watch the film, joking in 2011 that he was still “upset.”
On the advice of his management, Brad Pitt declined the lead role in American Psycho (2000), which eventually went to Christian Bale. It was thought that the heartthrob’s fan base might not have responded too fondly to him attacking women with a chainsaw.
Pitt and Nicole Kidman were initially cast as the happy couple in the stylish spy-versus-spy flick Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), but the film was almost never made because of Pitt. At first, Pitt nearly pulled out due to the lack of chemistry between himself and Kidman. When he learned Angelina Jolie was to play the female lead, he signed on immediately—whether or not it raised eyebrows at the time, it certainly would once the film came out…
On July 18, 2001, Brad Pitt sued Damiani International, the company that created the wedding ring he gave to Jennifer Aniston. According to Pitt, the ring was his design and was supposed to be exclusive. Afterward, the company sold replicas that indicated they were endorsed by Pitt and Aniston.
It was on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith that Pitt, who had married Jennifer Aniston in a highly publicized ceremony in 2000, met Angelina Jolie. Pitt and Aniston went on to divorce in 2005. A month after Aniston filed for divorce, Pitt was spotted vacationing with Jolie and her adopted son Maddox—setting off a saga that would keep the tabloids in business for the next decade and beyond…
In 1999, a woman went to Pitt’s Hollywood-area home shortly after midnight and crawled in through an open window—but it gets even creepier. The woman then dressed in Pitt’s clothes and stayed for 10 hours before the alarm system went off. Athena Rolando, 19, was ordered not to contact the actor and to stay 100 yards away from him for three years.
We wonder if he had a word with the alarm company after their delayed reaction.
What better to do with the cash earned from Interview with the Vampire than to purchase a home fit for one? In 1996, Brad Pitt purchased a mansion in Southern California from Cassandra Peterson, the actress who portrays horror hostess Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. The house was filled with Gothic antiques and has a “vampirish” look. He reportedly paid $1.7 million for it.
Pitt made his name as a criminal named J.D. in the cult classic Thelma & Louse—but in a strange coincidence, he almost played a character with the same name and profile three years earlier. He auditioned for the role of J.D. in the cult classic film Heathers (1988) and, though he showed talent, casting directors thought him to be “too sweet” for the role.
It later went to Christian Slater.
After watching the 1998 British crime comedy Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Brad Pitt asked director Guy Ritchie if he could be in his next film. Pitt could not master the English accent, so Ritchie gave him the role of “One Punch” Mickey Pikey, an Irish fighter, in his 2000 film Snatch.
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