Brad Pitt Says This Quality Always Lands Him In Trouble
I don’t think there’s any other actor as complete as Brad Pitt does. He is an incredible actor, stars in critically acclaimed films, one of the hottest guys around, and has his way with the ladies too. But, he admits that there’s one quality in him which has landed him in a lot of trouble.
How Brad Pitt’s career started
Everyone knows that Pitt made it to the silver screen with Thelma & Louise (1991), in which he played J.D., a handsome hitchhiker. Moreover, he also won the favor of the film’s lead actress and director Geena Davis. But, that was just the start of his career. Brad Pitt told Leonard Maltin in an interview that:
I’m really grateful to Ridley Scott and Geena Davis, who gave me that shot because that was the big league. I had nothing to show for myself, except for my extra work, and they took a chance on me. … I think they were desperate, to tell you the truth.
With age, Pitt becomes more selective
Despite the versatility that Brad Pitt possesses, he still became stereotyped. He told The New York Times in December:
In the ’90s I did become aware that there was this kind of leading-man role that you could plug any of us into and it didn’t even matter. We would all have the same result.
But, after the film Troy (2004), in which he played the mythical Greek hero Achilles, Brad Pitt altered the course of his career. He further said:
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more conscious of thinking, If I am the one to play something, what can I bring that’s unique? I made a decision that I was only going to invest in quality stories, for lack of a better term. It was a distinct shift that led to the next decade of films.
And the films Brad Pitt did after Troy were indeed unique. They include The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Inglorious Bastards, Killing Them Softly, 12 Years A Slave, The Big Short, Ad Astra, and finally Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which earned Pitt an Oscar win. But, there was still one quality in his characters that he himself possessed in real life. And that is hubris.
The quality that got him in trouble: Hubris
However, in the same interview with Maltin, Brad Pitt admitted that there’s a common quality or theme in his characters and himself.
I’m noticing a theme of hubris. Se7en is a character who sees the world very black and white, and doesn’t see beyond his own spectrum. … I see it in Burn After Reading. There’s a hubris. There’s an idiocy, but I see hubris. And there was hubris in the character in Babel. It’s the hubris that everything’s always gonna be alright, and not valuing the ones around him. I think that’s a theme.
Moreover, Pitt admits that this quality has caused a lot of problems not just for him personally, but the American nation as well.
Hubris has always gotten me in trouble. I think it’s the thing that gets our nation in trouble. It’s something I’ve been rather fascinated with, along the way.
Hubris might have landed Brad Pitt into a lot of trouble throughout his personal life. However, there is no denying that it doesn’t take away anything from his remarkable acting skills. And if we’re being honest, Pitt deserved an Oscar win way before 2020 without a shadow of a doubt.