GQ – Brad Pitt Opens Up His Dream World

We know him as a legendary leading man, a Hollywood power broker, maybe the greatest heartthrob of all time. But Brad Pitt isn’t attached to any of those old conceptions. And, as Ottessa Moshfegh discovers, his ambitions for the rest of his life are more mystical than we ever could have imagined.

Brad Pitt tries to remember his dreams. He keeps pen and paper on his bedside table and records everything he can recall when he wakes up in the morning. “I’ve found that to be really helpful,” he says. “I’m curious what’s going on in there when I’m not at the helm.” He tells me this one recent afternoon in the brightness of his living room, at his Craftsman home in the Hollywood Hills. For a long while, his sleep had been haunted by a particularly persistent and violent dream—the particulars of which he later describes for me in an email exchange.

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Brad Pitt’s favourite musician of all time

Brad Pitt is not just an aficionado when it comes to the world of acting but also in the realm of music, too. Pitt’s favourite musician of all time is a pianist, who you might not know by name, but you have likely heard his work.

In 2021, Pitt exhibited his love of music when he purchased the legendary French recording studio, Studio Miraval. The property is the location where an array of iconic acts have made albums since it opened its doors in 1977, with Pink Floyd even recording sessions for The Wall in that very building. Additionally, the premises have been home to AC/DC, The Cure and The Cranberries.

Pitt has teamed up with producer Damien Quintard for the venture, and they are set to open the building’s doors for the first time in 20 years. The project is a labour of love for Pitt rather than a money-spinning exercise, and they plan for it to open its doors this year.

The fan site SimplyBrad lists everything Pitt has remarked about music, including his favourite musician of all time, George Winston. The actor made this revelation on a handwritten stat sheet in 1987, before he became one of Hollywood’s leading lights.

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Thank you so much Far Out magazine (UK) for mentioning and crediting SimplyBrad.com in your article. How very cool! PS. Gotta update that page, I know (!)

Director Joseph Kosinski Promises Similar ‘In-Camera Thrills’

Fresh from box office triumph with Top Gun: Maverick, director Joseph Kosinski promises similar “in-camera action” on his forthcoming racing car movie.

Kosinski says he will be using effects created solely by the camera — to make viewers feel like they are behind the wheel at 200mph, in the film with the working title of Formula One – to star Brad Pitt and co-produced by seven-time world champion racing driver Lewis Hamilton.

“Certainly seeing people react to an in-camera, authentically captured film like Top Gun makes us all feel good that our approach works and is appreciated by audiences,” he told The Wrap.

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Gwyneth and Brad Pitt: On Bruce Paltrow and the Cashmere Shirt That Inspired a Business

If you’ve browsed our Father’s Day gift guide, you might recognize the shirt in the photo above. It’s from a new-to-the-goop-shop brand called God’s True Cashmere, which comes highly recommended to us (well, to Gwyneth) by Brad Pitt. Below, we interview the founder, and GP talks to Brad about his involvement in the business, his love of the late Bruce Paltrow, and more.

For holistic healer–turned–Brad Pitt’s business partner Sat Hari Khalsa, the journey to entrepreneurship was, in her own words, divinely driven. “In October 2018, I had a dream where Brad was telling me that he wanted more softness in his life, more green cashmere,” Sat Hari says. Coincidentally, Pitt had said that exact thing to his stylist just two days prior.

Inspired by this vision, Sat Hari set out to make her friend a cashmere button-up based on one she had been given by a client almost a decade earlier. “I knew that these shirts existed, but they weren’t exactly what I wanted, and I couldn’t find them again,” she says. “So I called around to all the different fashion houses to see if somebody could make a cashmere shirt in time for Christmas, and everyone basically said no.”

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God’s True Cashmere

“God’s True Cashmere began with a dream. In my dream, a dear friend of mine asked for a gift. A cashmere shirt. “Softness,” he said, “I need more softness in my life.”

As I pieced together this gift for him, finding the finest artisans across the world, I began to realize this gift is for all of us . We all thirst for that familair, gentle touch. We all seek that soft and loving embrace.” Photographed by DavisFactor. Featuring Gods True Cashmere creators: Sat Hari Khalsa and Brad Pitt.

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David Leitch On Directing Action In A Confined Space: ‘It Forces You To Be Creative’

If there’s one thing we’ve come to expect from David Leitch, former Brad Pitt stunt double, director of Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2 and major contributor to John Wick, it’s impeccable on-screen action.

“I’m not gonna say that it was without its challenges,” Leitch tells Empire. “I think there’s an expectation with summer movies that you have a certain level of action and spectacle. How do you create that in this confined space? It just forces you to be creative.” Where the John Wick franchise has given us ‘gun fu’, ‘book fu’ and even ‘horse fu’, Bullet Train embraces the use of everyday objects in its fight scenes – expect variations on ‘kettle fu’, ‘laptop fu’, and even ‘water bottle fu’.

There was also room to mix things up in the carriages themselves: there are 16 in total, including one dedicated to a fictional anime character, ‘Momomon’, and, of course, the quiet carriage. “That adds a whole other flexibility to the choreography,” says Leach. Brian Tyree Henry, who plays English hitman and Thomas The Tank Engine lover Lemon, enjoyed shooting that one in particular. “The fact that I have a whole fight with Brad Pitt on a quiet car — that we are trying to be silent while bashing each other’s faces — that was so fun to play,” he says. “You’re like a kid in a candy store.”

That blend of intricate hand-to-hand combat with a more comedic tone brings one of cinema’s most prolific martial arts masters to mind: “It straddles a line of badass action, but with a humorous element infused in it,” Pitt explains. “Almost like Jackie Chan. I feel like it is in that slipstream.” Director Leitch agrees: “Jackie is always an inspiration.” Just as Chan is renowned for doing the majority of his own stunts, so did Pitt on Bullet Train, which undoubtedly led to some bruises. “You always get banged up a little bit,” Pitt says. “We’re padded pretty well. Some of the tougher guys go without pads. I am not that guy.”

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