In recent years, Brad Pitt’s career may have been slightly eclipsed by his relationship and personal life. But since his small role in the 1993 classic ‘chick flick’ Thelma and Louise, Pitt has been seen as one of the most talented and consistent actors in Hollywood. With a variety of roles ranging from a patient in a mental institution in Twelve Monkeys, to a man who ages in reverse in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, his diverse choice in roles not only shows his ability and depth as an actor, but that his status as a ‘sex symbol’ has in no way hindered his career. To choose 5 of his performances is quite tricky, mainly due to the high quantity and quality of his work. But I have decided on the roles that have stuck out in my mind as being completely different from each other and of course entertaining.
Set in the late 18th century, Interview with the Vampire is based on the bestselling novel by Anne Rice. Brad Pitt stars as Louis, who loses the will to live after the death of his wife and child. He is then followed by a vampire called Lestat played by Tom Cruise, who, in search of a companion, turns Louis into a vampire. Initially set in present day San Francisco, Louis tells the story of his life to a journalist played by Christian Slater and how over the last 200 years as a vampire he has struggled to come to terms with his immortality.
To play a vampire in an over-the-top Bela Lugosi style would have been dated and not believable, but Pitt is able to successfully convey the terror and menace that makes the vampire legend so terrifying. Pitt invokes a certain calm and restraint that is needed when playing a 200 year old vampire, which allows the audience to believe that although he is very composed and subdued, he is still able to turn instantly into the bloodsucking creature that audiences are familiar with.
Seven is considered one of David Fincher’s best films and it is the first time we see the two work together (they later work together in Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). In this thriller Brad Pitt stars alongside Morgan Freeman as Detectives Mills and Detective Somerset respectively, who are investigating a series of murders based on the seven deadly sins. Mills is at the beginning of his career whereas Freeman’s character is towards the end of his. The reason why this film is considered a classic Brad Pitt film is mainly due to all the right elements coming together and creating a near-perfect thriller.
Fincher’s distinct style, the plotline which has an unthinkable twist and of course Pitt’s performance as a young and eager Detective all come together to make this dark classic. The shock ending is known for being one of the most unforgettable cinematic twists and audiences are stunned along with Mills and Somerset as we realise the murderer played by a convincingly creepy Kevin Spacey seems to have got one over on everybody.
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