Brad Pitt has appeared in countless classics. However, what fans tend to forget about, is the other great films Pitt could have appeared in. Given how in-demand the actor is, he was forced to refuse some great scripts which includes The Matrix, and in addition, getting to work alongside Christopher Nolan.
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Pitt has also turned down roles that his mother wasn’t pleased with… We’ll take a look at why Brad said no to a certain flick his mother adored, and which he decided to do instead.
To start off the article, we’ll take a look at Brad’s journey in Hollywood and how it all started off on the wrong foot when he took on work as an extra.
Brad Pitt’s On-Set Film Career Got Off To A Rocky Start As An Extra
With a net worth of $300 million, it is evident, Brad Pitt is at the top of his game. However, that wasn’t always the case and just like everyone else, the actor started at the complete bottom, serving as an extra on-set.
While promoting Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the actor discussed the early portion of his career, and how he got in serious trouble as an extra, deciding to go off script.
He tells W Magazine, « They grabbed me to be, like, the waiter. It was a big dinner scene at a restaurant, and they had me pour champagne in the glasses, and I thought, I’m gonna try to get a line in,” he recalls.
“I poured one, maybe it was Charlie’s, I don’t know, and then another actor’s, and then I got to this actress at the end and I poured her drink, and then I looked at her and I said, ‘Would you like anything else?’ She looked at me and went, ‘Ugh.’ Yeah, the first AD goes, ‘Cut, cut, cut, cut,’ and he came over to me and he said, ‘You do that again, you’re off the set.’”
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It was a troubling start for Pitt but clearly, he made up for it in the ’90s with several classics. Although, his mother might not have agreed with a certain project he passed on…
Brad Pitt Turned Down Apollo 13 Despite His Mother Loving The Film
So which film did Brad Pitt take a pass on? A true classic from none other than Ron Howard, Apollo 13. The cast was stacked with A-list stars such Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Ed Harris, Kevin Bacon and so many more.
After watching the film, Brad’s mother encouraged him to take on such projects. Little did she know, Pitt had already passed on it.
The actor recalls, « I was talking to my mom the other night and she said, « I just saw the best movie called Apollo . » She said, « You have to do more movies like this! » I said, « Mom, I turned Apollo 13 down for Se7en! Wait until you see that movie! »
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Apollo 13 turned out to be a major hit, bringing in $355 million at the box office, while receiving stellar reviews by both fans and critics. Despite missing out, Pitt picked another major project instead.
Brad Pitt Took On Another ’90s Classic Instead, Se7en
Released in the same year, 1995, Se7en was a major hit for Brad Pitt. The David Fincher film, like Apollo 13, featured a loaded cast with the likes of Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kevin Spacey, among others.
The film was a hit at the box office while receiving top tier reviews by both fans critics. Pitt clearly doesn’t regret missing out on Apollo 13, though he was worried about the film’s ending, following a screening.
Pitt stated, « If you remember, the movie ends, they flick on the lights and I look at people. And they just kind of slowly get up from their seats and no one’s talking. Then, they just kind of disappear from the screening. I remember just looking at Fincher and going, ‘Oh my god, what the fuck did we do? What happened. What’s going? I thought this shit was great. »
Safe to say Pitt was right, as the film turned into a classic.
The 10th best movie of the 90's according to me is Apollo 13.I love true stories, and this movie did a great job bringing me into the stress everyone was under to bring these three men home.Apollo 13 checks in at 10. pic.twitter.com/LQ3doYBJAl— Miles Commodore (@miles_commodore) October 15, 2022