Actors: They’re so cute when they’re young. And, as their audition tapes often prove — super-talented. Now, some audition tapes featuring actors before they were uber-famous are going up on the auction block, and Darren Julien and Martin Nolan of Julien’s Auction House joined TODAY’s Matt Lauer Monday to share some extremely rare footage.
“We’ve never sold anything like this, so it’s hard to say” how much the tapes will go for, said Julien, though bidding estimates are currently in the very reasonable range of $2,000-4,000.
The tapes are not very high quality, but showcase some actors in the earliest years of their careers and shine a revealing light on just which actors went up for which roles, parts they weren’t always right for. One of the tapes features a 15-year-old Leonardo DiCaprio in 1990 trying out for a TV series based on “The Outsiders,” instead, the role went to “Mad Men’s” Jay R. Ferguson.
Also up for purchase: Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr. and Keanu Reeves all trying out for 1991′s “Backdraft” (the role went to William Baldwin), Gwyneth Paltrow and Helen Hunt trying out for the role Laura Dern ultimately won in 1993′s “Jurassic Park” and Nicole Kidman giving it her all while auditioning for 1991′s “Shattered” (a role that went to Greta Scacchi). Plus many more.
When rumors began swirling that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt intended to have live elephants as part of their wedding celebration, PETA wasn’t buying it—after all, the couple had donated $2 million to an African wildlife sanctuary. A rep confirmed to us that Angelina and Brad have no intention of showcasing captive wild animals at their celebration and encouraged PETA to dispel the nasty rumor.
Brad Pitt is now on China’s version of Twitter, and his first enigmatic tweet drew thousands of comments. Just as mysteriously, it later disappeared.
The actor’s verified Sina Weibo account sent the message Monday: “It is the truth. Yup, I’m coming.” That was forwarded more than 31,000 times and netted over 14,000 comments, many expressing surprise. He gathered more than 100,000 followers.
But by Tuesday morning the tweet had disappeared, and a standard message read “He hasn’t tweeted yet.” The number of his followers kept growing, however.
It was unclear whether the deletion was the work of Pitt and his PR team or Chinese censors. Chinese censors regularly delete tweets and even accounts that they deem sensitive. The government requires Sina and other Internet companies to do this in-house at their own cost, under threat of fines and shutdowns if they fail.
A request for comment from Pitt’s manager was not immediately answered.
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“When they grow up and their friends tell them stories about us – I see some conflicts coming up. I ask myself if I spend enough time with my children and if I give them enough opportunities and if I raise them in the right way,” he admitted to German TV station Tele 5.
He prides himself on owning his mistakes even though they sometimes make him uncomfortable.
“If I blunder I admit it. I punish myself, I say, ‘That sucked,’ but after a while it’s OK again,” he explained.
So the big news is that ultra-private celebrity Brad Pitt has finally succumbed to the lure of Social Media. No, he’s not on Twitter. Nor is he on Facebook. His first venture online is on Google +.
And his first post? No, he’s not talking about smoking pot, turning into a doughnut or getting hitched to Angelina Jolie. He already fessed up about marriage to The Hollywood Reporter in the magazine’s cover story this week. His first social media post was about his Make It Right venture in New Orleans.
“Making a big announcement later this week about an event in New Orleans in March to raise money to build safe, sustainable homes for disadvantaged families and disabled veterans. Check back here or on Make It Right’s page”
Once again, Brad Pitt was turning heads on the red carpet Monday night. And it wasn’t just because of a gorgeous Angelina Jolie on his arm, but because of his newest accessory: a black cane.
The actor, 48, who previously told reporters he had an injured ACL (a ligament in the knee that connects the femur with the tibia), tells PEOPLE he’s doing just fine.
“It wasn’t life or death,” Pitt, who slipped down a hill while carrying 3-year-old daughter Vivienne, said at Monday’s New York Film Critics Circle Awards. “It was just an old man tripping.”
He said he doesn’t expect a prolonged recovery, and he was able to walk the red carpet and use the stairs with minor use of his cane. It’s “not too bad,” said Pitt, who took home the best-actor award for his work in Moneyball and Tree of Life.
“I know how hard he works,” Jolie, 36, said of her partner’s honors. “And I’m very proud of him.”
The “Moneyball” actor told THR that he was carrying his daughter when he tripped.
Why was Brad Pitt walking with a cane on the red carpet of the 23rd Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Awards Gala?
“I was carrying my daughter and I tripped and fell,” he told The Hollywood Reporter on the carpet. “But everyone’s fine.”
Angelina Jolie, in a cafe latte colored silk chiffon pleated Elie Saab halter gown, was doing interviews on her own and added, “Everyone’s fine. I think all parents get injured in the line of fire! When Maddox was young, I fell and hurt my elbow. It’s a pretty common occurrence.”
But don’t expect Pitt’s injury to slow down these busy parents down. They will be celebrating Zahara’s seventh birthday this Sunday.
The actor, 48, walked the red carpet at the 23nd annual Palm Springs Film Festival awards gala with the cane on Saturday, and told reporters he has an injured ACL, a ligament in the knee that connects the femur with the tibia.
“I was carrying my daughter [Vivienne] down the hill and I slipped,” Pitt said. “It was either her or me.”
Though Pitt says he won’t need surgery, he may need that cane for a while.
Not that his partner, Angelina Jolie, minds.
“I like the cane,” she told reporters on the carpet Saturday, adding that the injury hasn’t slowed him down much at all. “He’s not that kind of guy. He does everything still.”
Jolie also said that Vivienne, 3½, wasn’t hurt in the tumble.
“Vivie’s okay,” she told reporters. “She was absolutely fine.”
Brad Pitt (actor, Moneyball): I’d have to give a list; I couldn’t give just one. But my favourites in rotation are One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Apocalypse Now, Dr. Strangelove, Dog Day Afternoon . . . and I really come back to Gene Hackman as “Popeye” Doyle in The French Connection. There’s just that obsessive quality about him. I love that. I love Hackman. That’s my list right now, man.