With over 50 film credits to his name (not including movies he produced) and a career that spans more than 30 years, Brad Pitt is a Hollywood icon. His latest role is playing a fictional stunt double to Leonardo DiCaprio’s actor-character in Quentin Tarantino’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD.
Pitt’s reunion with his INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS director promises to be a snazzy throwback to Hollywood in the late ’60s. Pitt (above left) looks like he just stepped out of a time machine in what could be his best role since the last time he worked with Tarantino. Before ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD hits theatres, let’s take a look back at the best roles from Pitt’s long and fascinating career.
Interview With the Vampire
In this 1994 adaptation of the popular Anne Rice novel, Pitt plays Louis, a lonely man who is turned into a vampire by the narcissistic Lestat (Tom Cruise). The pair have great chemistry and play off of each other really well, with Pitt offering a soulful performance opposite Cruise’s extravagant and eccentric villain.
David Fincher’s serial killer thriller stars Morgan Freeman as Somerset, an experienced detective paired with Mills (Pitt), an impulsive hothead. Long before the current true crime tidal wave began, Fincher’s movie explored the thin line between sociopathic murderers and the men who obsessively hunt them. Pitt walks that line perfectly.
Pitt reunited with director David Fincher for what instantly became one of the actor’s most iconic roles. In FIGHT CLUB, based on the cult favorite Chuck Palahniuk novel, Pitt plays Tyler Durden, a fast-talking, soap-making anarchist who teams up with an office worker (Edward Norton) to start an underground fight club. Before too long, their endeavor evolves into something far more dangerous.
Directed by Guy Ritchie, SNATCH is a wildly entertaining crime comedy starring Pitt as a traveling Irish boxer named Mickey. He delivers a performance every bit as dizzying and fast-paced as the movie itself.
The Ocean’s Trilogy
One of the many highlights of Steven Soderbergh’s OCEAN’S trilogy (inspired by the 1960 Rat Pack film OCEAN’S 11) is Brad Pitt’s character, Rusty Ryan — a skilled thief and conman who really loves food. He can almost always be seen snacking on something in nearly every scene. Relatable!
Burn After Reading
Pitt showed audiences a much different side of himself in the Coen brothers’ dark crime comedy, in which he plays a total bonehead of a gym employee who gets in over his head when he ends up with valuable CIA intel.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
For his third movie with David Fincher, Pitt plays a man who mysteriously ages in reverse. As he grows older, his body gets younger, and Pitt manages to act through all of the special effects and makeup wizardry to deliver a memorable performance.
For Quentin Tarantino’s rollicking World War II revenge flick, Pitt takes on the persona of Lieutenant Aldo Raine, a southerner who relishes in hunting down Nazis. Of course, it’s not an actual historical film, but Pitt plays Lt. Raine with an appropriate larger-than-life approach that makes him feel almost real.
Brad Pitt has delivered memorable cameos over the years, in movies like BEING JOHN MALKOVICH and CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND. None have been as amazing as his blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance in DEADPOOL 2. To say much else would totally spoil it, but it definitely deserves a spot on this list.
See Brad Pitt in ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD on July 26!