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Movies Made So The Stars Could Do It! Happy Birthday Brad Pitt!

December 18, 2010

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!

“Movies Made So The Stars Could Do It!” celebrates the impressive body of work of one William Bradley Pitt, and the impressive work his body has done.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. hsofia permalink
    December 18, 2010 2:51 pm

    Dayum, I didn’t know Brad was getting busy like that/i>! Claire Forlani? Oh say it ain’t so.

  2. December 18, 2010 8:37 pm

    So I still think Johnny Depp is by far THE sexiest man alive, he too born in 1963, but I’d be afraid to even encounter a first date, based on his high level of weirdness

  3. December 18, 2010 8:58 pm

    @hsofia Seriously, I would lay even money that Brad laid someone on every single movie he did. I didn’t even talk about his TV relationships, like Robin Givens and Christina Applegate back in the 1980s!

  4. December 18, 2010 9:04 pm

    @KT Hi and welcome to the butter! I hope you like what you see here and I hope you stick (that’s a butter measuring joke) around for a while!

    I think one of the issues with an MMSTSCDI is the fact that the actors involved are forgetting that they are playing a role, and so is the other actor they’re starting to get involved with, and that element blinds them into thinking they’re involved with the character, not the actor. The character has lines and script directions. The actor does not, so that when you see them out of character, it can be a shock. That also holds true for someone like Depp, who plays many oddball types, but, from everything I’ve seen in interviews, is pretty much normal and well-adjusted!

  5. evmaroon permalink
    December 19, 2010 12:09 am

    CLAIRE FORLANI? Is he his generation’s Warren Beatty?

    I remember watching him in Thelma and Louise, and thinking damn, go Geena!

  6. December 19, 2010 1:40 pm

    I can’t believe Claire Forlani came up again this week on Fry Butter! Maybe Forlani Watch is next.

    I forgot about the nude sunbathing scandal! I might have to go do some googling now…..

  7. December 20, 2010 3:32 am

    re: “Kalifornia”… I guess I missed the whole story of Brad and Juliette Lewis being involved in real life, but it sure seemed to me that Brad and David Duchovny were one step away from doing IT in that movie. Pitt’s character was doing all he could to draw Duchovny’s character deeper and deeper into his psychotic world, even trying to make Duchovny kill someone. Now, maybe there was no sexual element there, on or offscreen. Maybe I just like to fantasize about the two of them getting it on. But if I find out later that they hooked up during the shoot, well, I won’t be at all surprised.

  8. December 20, 2010 8:36 am

    Ha. There was a time where Pitt and Cloon were both dating “stars” from Head of the Class! Pitt with the aforementioned Givens – would love some gossip on that – and Clooney with Kimberly Russell prior to his blowing up like whoa on E/R.

  9. December 20, 2010 8:41 am

    Brad Pitt is like relationship tofu; he assumes the flavors of whom ever he’s dating. I like that about him. People chow chow on and on about Pitt being a scoundrel and all that, but very little has been made about how much he does for charity or how freaking HAPPY he looks in pictures and that his films/acting chops have improved exponentially since hooking up with Lady Ange!

    He freaking SHUT DOWN BABEL and people went “meh”. It was one of his finest performances ever, beside his always perfect Rusty Ryan (Oceans series).

    I love Pitt, but didn’t much care for anything he did prior to Spy Games/Oceans except Se7en and 12 Monkeys.

  10. IrishUp permalink
    December 20, 2010 11:02 am

    “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.”

    Pitt really does seem to pick projects that avoid stinking up the joint for the most part, or at least ones where the stink does not stick to HIM, or his partner. Others considering MMSTSCDI should take notes.

    “I love Pitt, but didn’t much care for anything he did prior to Spy Games/Oceans except Se7en and 12 Monkeys.”

    Agreed! Although I did like his little honey-bear scene in “True Romance”, where lots of my friends found “Legends of the Fall” positively rant-worthy, I found him unbearable. But that may not have been him altogether, that was an awful hard sell of a story.

  11. angie permalink
    December 20, 2010 12:35 pm

    nude sunbathing scandal! thanks for the reminder!

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