Brad Pitt is an extremely rich and famous white man. I am none of those things. So imagine my surprise at learning that Brad and I have more in common than meets the eye. According to a new interview coming out in GQ, Brad loves watching Tom Hardy. Which is crazy because I also love watching Tom Hardy! Almost more than I love anything else in this godforsaken timeline. If I had a child, and I had to choose between never seeing that child’s face again, and never seeing Tom’s old MySpace pictures again, I’d be running my hand over that child’s face once a year like that lady in Lionel Ritchie’s Hello video to track their facial maturation. However, I don’t think Brad and I are into watching Tom for the same reasons.
E! reports that Brad has professional reasons for loving to watch Tom. He also loves to watch Christian Bale, and says he cannot compete with those two actors.
The Oscar-winning actor and star of the upcoming Ad Astra has a laundry list of roles to his name in the course of a megawatt career spanning three decades. Yet, as he acknowledged to GQ, every actor comes with their own strengths. In fact, it’s what has dictated Pitt’s career choices.
“It’s been my question the last 15 years: ‘If I’m gonna do the role, what can I bring to it that someone else can’t?'”
Of answering his own question, Pitt explained, “Well, it’s about bringing my personal experience, my personal humor, my personal, um, embarrassments, and my personal pains.”
And those are all different from, say, his Big Short co-star Christian Bale or Tom Hardy. “When I watch Bale or Hardy, I can’t do what they do. I love watching them. And I couldn’t step into that role,” he told GQ. “I want to do the same thing on my end.”
I totally agree with him on that. Either Tom or Christian could probably have played Achilles in Troy just as well as Brad did, but nobody in their right mind could/would do whatever it was that Tom was doing in Venom. And imagine Brad in 75 pounds of prosthetics trying to play Dick Cheney like Christian did in Vice. Everybody would have taken one look at him and said, sorry to that man (apologies, but I’m obsessed).
Brad went on to say he isn’t wasting any more time trying to find interesting characters to play, but instead is focusing on becoming a more interesting person.
“There was just too much emphasis on finding interesting characters. I went, ‘Fuck me, man. Live an interesting life and the rest will take care of itself.’ Like, ‘You go out and you…live an interesting life. Get out and have real experiences.’ And that is what informs the work. Not going to find the interesting work and then trying to make it up. I just became more conscious of how I was living versus what I was living for,” he explained.
I feel like Brad thinks that saying “fuck” in a GQ interview makes him more interesting (see also: marrying Angelina Jolie), when he should just concentrate on working on his sexy diaper baby poses in a mirror.
If you're ever feeling down, remember Tom Hardy used to have a MySpace page & he posed hard for it. pic.twitter.com/WN0ud76I5p
— Kayleigh Donaldson (@Ceilidhann) May 27, 2015