In another piece of acclaim, Brad Pitt is named one of the best actors of 2019 by The New York Times! They listed the 10 best performances of the year, and Brad is (of course) one of them, for playing both Cliff Booth in Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood and Roy McBride in Ad Astra. Other names on the list are Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Lopez, Adam Driver, Leonardo DiCaprio and more.
As the stuntman Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino’s ‘‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,’’ Brad Pitt laid down a performance of vintage Hollywood dudeness. His character is equally at ease being a human security blanket for his B-list-actor boss, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, as he is subduing murderous Manson family members while tripping on acid.
In James Gray’s ‘‘Ad Astra,’’ Pitt used the same tools he wielded so deftly in Tarantino’s film — laconic cool; understated emotion — to build an entirely different version of masculinity. In it, he’s Roy McBride, an astronaut on an interplanetary mission to find his absentee (in multiple senses of the word) father. But McBride’s imperturbability is rooted in repression and hurt, nothing like Booth’s so-it-goes acceptance.
‘‘The two characters could be connected,’’ Pitt says, ‘‘in the sense that you have to go through an evolution to get to a place of comfort. You have to go through profound internal hardships.’
Read Brad Pitt’s entire interview (it’s such a good read!) at The New York Times website.