Movies Made So The Stars Could Do It! Happy Birthday Brad Pitt!
Brad Pitt was born on December 18, 1963. And today, he is one of the busiest people in Hollywood, not necessarily because of his acting skill, but his philanthropy has put him out on the front lines of doing good charitable works for a whole host of causes. Also, he will have a buffet style listing of films on his plate to produce in the next several years, which means you’ll be seeing his name in the credits far more than his face on screen. But, Brad also got quite busy in his filmography with an array of his costars, and here’s a chance to celebrate his birthday with a loving look back at his classic liaisons.
Personally, I suspect that Brad hooked up with everyone he wanted to during filming of every movie he ever made. For example, I totally can see him “doing it” with a cartoon Kim Basinger in 1992’s “Cool World” or even connecting with Bruce Willis from 1995’s “Twelve Monkeys!” But, for the sake of argument, the rules of a “MMSTSCDI” state that there must at least be rumors about a relationship that began on the film, so that whittles the list down to the following manageable titles…
Brad was a shirtless “who was that guy?” when he did 1991’s “Thelma and Louise,” but he made a serious impression on both the audience and on titular co-star Geena Davis, who hooked up with Pitt after hooking up with him on-screen in that motel scene. Pitt’s cowboy character and his pivotal, but all too brief moments in that film made him instantly iconic and most folks point to this as the true launch of his career. And certainly paling around with Davis had some benefits as well, she being an Oscar winner and he just getting going, the hook up was a step up for Brad as he was introduced to a whole new level of collaborators and colleagues. Granted the film itself won accolades aplenty, including the Academy Award for screenwriter Callie Khouri, and is considered to be a modern classic in American Cinema. But none of that stopped Geena and Brad from going there.
I wanted to note Brad’s relationship with actress Juliette Lewis, but I have to do it with an asterisk. First, the movie they met on was a television film called “Too Young to Die?” made in 1990, about a young teen (Lewis) accused of murder and up for the death penalty when on trial. Now, if Brad actually was having a relationship with Juliette at the time, she was jailbait at sixteen and he was twenty-eight. But there was certainly something going on there, and it continued three years later when they made 1993’s “Kalifornia.” This film fits the typical success of a “SCDI” movie, as it was wacky, bizarre and left the audiences that bothered to see it more bewildered than bemused. It was the story of a couple of journalists who were road tripping to find places where serial killers left their marks, and, oh yeah, they just happened to have a serial killer along for the ride. Though it was a perfect set-up for Lewis to make 1994’s “Natural Born Killers,” it really didn’t do Brad any favors, commercially. Still Juliette, with her combustible sexual nature, definitely foreshadowed Pitt’s later Hollywood dating career.
Pitt then got into a relationship with Julia Ormond from 1994’s “Legends of the Fall” which lasted less than a year before he connected with Thandie Newton from 1994’s “Interview With The Vampire” which also lasted less than a year. Pitt was searching for something, and at the time, that seemed to be a British Princess. When Newton starred in the costume drama, 1995’s “Jefferson in Paris” Brad might have gotten a glimpse into his future dating life…
One of Brad’s most notable relationships that started during production on a feature film was on 1995’s “Se7en” which featured leading lady Gwyneth Paltrow, who was a costar on “Jefferson in Paris.” Their relationship became an engagement, and, for a brief while, it looked like the team of Pitt and Paltrow could turn into the next Bogie and Bacall. To the outside world, everything seemed pretty normal (which, by Hollywood standards, was an extreme exception), but then, some unfortunate things happened with Gwyn, including the noted paparazzi attack on the couple when they were sunbathing nude, which showed the world just how well endowed Mr. Pitt really was (and also exposed Paltrow’s perceived physical imperfections). Low-key Gwyn never quite recovered from that level of dizzying attention, and the pair went their separate ways shortly after that.
Brad didn’t miss a beat, however, as he got right into it with Claire Forlani of 1998’s “Meet Joe Black!”Again, Pitt went on the British Patrol.
The most remarkable thing about this run of films is that none of them have the taint of “true stinker” on them as most “MMSTSCDI” films do, which suggests that Pitt was a bit more selective when it came to making sure the scripts were workable before he worked the privates of his co-stars.
Of course we have to make mention of Brad’s marriage to Jennifer Aniston, despite it not being a part of the “SCDI” listing. From 1998 into 2005, Brad and Jen were together, and again, as with Gwyneth, Brad as a relationship partner seemed both fine and devoted. But the sticking point appeared to be Aniston’s continual insistence that she did not want to start a family, and Brad’s growing patriarchal desires.
Enter Angelina Jolie. (And really, she is deserving of her own chapter of “SCDI” films, so watch for that, someday.) But when Brad and she hooked up, the two of them took the term “Hollywood Power Couple” to a completely new level. Angelina has all of the elements that Brad sought previously: she was sexual and edgy, like Juliette, yet sweet and down to earth like Gwyneth, and she could do a (halfway decent) British accent like all of those UK actresses, plus she wanted a family! Brangelina rules!