Springfield native Brad Pitt had a message Monday for the 2020 graduating class of the largest university in his hometown.
“Hi everyone,” he started, in a video message. “Brad here from quarantine with a shout out to the graduating class of Missouri State University.”
Pitt, a Kickapoo High School graduate, acknowledged the global coronavirus pandemic has created unusual circumstances for the Class of 2020. They spent the final weeks of their spring semester under stay-at-home orders, largely finishing work online.
They will not have an in-person commencement ceremony until October or December.
“It must be very strange doing this in these trying times but know we’re rooting for you,” Pitt said in the message. “Our money is on you to make this world a better place. And we wish you all the best in your future endeavors.”
He ended with a direct message to graduates: “So, you did it. You made it. Enjoy. Congrats, again, and think big.”
A week ago, Elizabeth King, an assistant professor at MSU made a plea to Pitt posted on Twitter. She appealed to his “Ozarks roots.”
“I’m reaching out to you because I’m feeling wild and why not. I’m hoping you can send a message of support for our 2020 grads at Missouri State,” King said. “As you know, graduation is clearly not what students anticipated and there is a lot of disappointment rolling around here in Springfield.
“And I think you could help, right? We love you. Everybody loves you.”
In a video message posted Monday evening, MSU President Clif Smart told Boomer: “I was really proud of all of our faculty and staff who sent literally hundreds of video congratulations to our seniors.”
Golden Globe nominee Brad Pitt showed some love to one of the overlooked actors at this year’s ceremony: Paul Walter Hauser from Clint Eastwood’s drama “Richard Jewell.”
“I’ll tell you a performance I just loved. I don’t know if he’s out tonight, but Paul Walter Hauser,” Pitt told Variety’s Marc Malkin on the Globes red carpet. “He was just so moving in ‘Richard Jewell.’ The degree of difficulty and what he gave, what he did with it was really surprising to me. I almost teared up.”
The “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” star also shouted out to Hauser’s fellow “Richard Jewell” co-stars: “Sammy Rocks and Kathy Bates, they were just amazing,” he said.
Brad received an award for Best Supporting Actor for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Be sure to watch his wonderful acceptance speech at our SimplyBrad.com’s Instagram!
Brad Pitt is opening up about his childhood.
W Magazine sat down with 56-year-old Pitt as part of a series of interviews with actors and actresses who are hailed as having the best movie performances of 2019 and he gamely talked about a few of his formative experiences growing up. In the candid video, Pitt tells the story of his first kiss, which happened when he was in the fourth grade with a girl named Lisa.
“It was in her garage. Fourth grade,” he recalls. “She was one street over, and I ran home afterward. I was pretty excited, titillated as fourth graders get. It was kind of planned, it was kind of set up — OK, we’re going to meet here, we’re going to do this. The anticipation was a bit nerve-wracking. Got there, did the deal, and somehow, I just remember running home. It was just too much.”
“I always had crushes,” he adds. “I had crushes in kindergarten, first grade, second grade. I had crushes. I always had crushes.”
When the interviewer interjects, “Because you’re passionate,” Pitt replies with a smirk, “Because I’m addicted.”
Later, he shows off his signature dance move from the ’80s from when he attended two proms in high school since the girl he was dating at the time was from a neighbouring high school. The “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” star says he wore a white tuxedo with tails.
“I realize that was kind of my training. Like, dance, the ’80s dance,” he jokes, snapping his fingers with a laugh. “And it never really evolved from there, and then I had a 20-year hiatus where I didn’t dance at all, and now I kind of see dance as my future. So, trying to catch up. I’ll be throwing s**t out of joint and dislocating things, but yeah, I don’t know, I see more dance in my future.”
As for the first album he ever bought, he says it was Elton John’s Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, which came out in 1975.
“My earliest memory is Captain Fantastic, that was my favourite album,” he shares. “But it could have been something like [John’s] Madman Across the Water. Also, Three Dog Night was somewhere in there, Fleetwood Mac.”
Pitt admits he had the rock star fantasy but says it obviously wasn’t going to happen for him.
“Oh sure, but I couldn’t sing for, you know, sh*t,” he says. “And I couldn’t play anything so, you know, had to go for the next best thing.”
Pitt later talks about playing the role of Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”. He’s been getting rave reviews for his role as a stunt man during Hollywood’s golden age, receiving the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture on Sunday.
“Just where I am in life, I was just really drawn to him,” he says of the role. “I love what Quentin had written, it was a guy who is pretty at peace with his place in life, knew what he was dedicated to, knew what he was not dedicated to, looked for the best in people but was not surprised to get the worst in people. I could relate to that.”
“And he gets to drive through to L.A. in a really cool car,” he adds with a smile. “But you know that comes with a Tarantino movie. You’re going to get a cool car, you’re not going to get a sh*tbox.”
Already a SAG, Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice nominee for his performance in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Pitt has won several awards for the role as well including from the National Board of Review. He also starred this fall in the science fiction drama Ad Astra, and on January 18 will be receiving the Producer Guild of America’s prestigious David O’Selznick Award (along with his Plan B partners Jeremy Kleiner and Dede Gardner) for his work behind the scenes with his prolific production company, which among many other films produced the Oscar winning Best Pictures 12 Years A Slave and Moonlight.
“Brad Pitt wears the mantle of Movie Star with good grace. He’s been giving great performances for several decades, but he makes it look so easy that I fear he’s been taken for granted. After the one-two punch of Ad Astra and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, this year he’s an ideal choice to be presented the Maltin Modern Master Award,” said Leonard Maltin, who will be moderating the evening.
The Modern Master Award was established in 1995 and is the highest accolade presented by SBIFF. Created to honor an individual who has enriched the culture through accomplishments in the motion picture industry, it was re-named the Maltin Modern Master Award in 2015 in honor of longtime SBIFF moderator and renowned film critic Leonard Maltin. Past recipients include Glenn Close, Denzel Washington, Michael Keaton, Bruce Dern, Ben Affleck, Christopher Plummer, Christopher Nolan, James Cameron, Clint Eastwood, Cate Blanchett, Will Smith, George Clooney and Peter Jackson.
Read more. My friend Shann is attending the ceremony, I am SO excited for her!
Also, Brad has been nominated for several awards the last few weeks and has also won a few. Check the Awards section to get your update on Brad’s nominations and wins!