Gyllenhaal starstruck by Brad

Jake Gyllenhaal talks about being starstruck when meeting Brad in W magazine (January ’22 issue).

Have you ever been starstruck?

… And I was definitely starstruck when I first met Brad Pitt on the set of The Good Girl. I was working with Jennifer Aniston, who was his wife at the time, and there were a lot of very racy scenes. I remember putting my hand out to shake his, and accidentally hitting the door. He said, so confidently and kindly, “Well, you have another one. It’s all right.” He was very, very, very sweet to me, and it was actually a really lovely exchange. But, yeah—I was starstruck.

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Damien Quintard Takes Us Inside The Reopening Of Studio Miraval

A few weeks ago, it was announced that Brad Pitt was going to reopen recording studio Studio Miraval on his winery, Chateau Miraval, in the South of France. At first glance, this may appear to some like another celebrity vanity project. However, this is anything but that.

In case you’re unaware, Studio Miraval (now called Miraval Studios) is one of the legendary studios in music history. Albums like the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street and Pink Floyd’s The Wall were recorded there. Studio Miraval has also hosted sessions by luminaries like The Cure, Sting, Sade and The Cranberries. Not too shabby.

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George Clooney Jokes Brad Pitt Was the ‘Cheapest’ Actor Available for Their Upcoming Thriller

George Clooney is already cracking jokes about his next film with Brad Pitt. The actor spoke to People (the TV show!)’s special correspondent Adrianna Costa at a special screening of Amazon Studios’ The Tender Bar in Los Angeles on Sunday.

There, Clooney, 60, teased his upcoming thriller for Apple, which is also costarring and being co-produced by Pitt, 57. “Brad was obviously the cheapest of the actors available,” Clooney joked as his wife Amal Clooney stood by his side. The actor and director continued, “He’s a friend of mine and we have a really good time together. I’m really looking forward to it.” Clooney and Pitt previously worked together on the Ocean’s franchise and Burn After Reading.

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Before ‘Almost Famous’ Exit, Brad Pitt Used PlayStation to Form Connection with Patrick Fugit

Russell Hammond in “Almost Famous” is one of Billy Crudup’s career-defining roles, but there was a four-month period where writer-director Cameron Crowe worked with Brad Pitt developing the character. Pitt was Crowe and casting director Gail Levin’s first choice for the role. When young Patrick Fugit got to the screen test round of auditions to play protagonist William Miller, Brad Pitt was still attached to the role. Fugit recently spoke to Uproxx about his first meeting with Pitt.

“I went in and Cameron introduced me to Brad,” Fugit said. “He was sitting in Cameron’s office and Brad could tell I was nervous, but I was also excited to get into things. Brad started talking about PlayStation, and he was like, ‘Hey, man, I’ve been playing this game, ‘Cool Boarders.’ Do you play ‘Cool Boarders?” I, by the way, had been playing a fuck load of ‘Cool Boarders.’ So I was like, ‘Well, Mr. Pitt, I can do these tricks.’ And he was like, ‘Wow, you can land that trick? I’ve only got this one and that one.’ And he’s like, ‘You’ve got to show me how to land that trick.’ Just loosening me up and geeking out about ‘Cool Boarders,’ but really just spending the time to get to know me, make me feel comfortable and that sort of thing.”

Fugit continued, “By the way, Cameron had left the room. He sort of introduced us and he left the room and let us talk for about 15 minutes. Then he came back in and it was time to do some scene work. I remember it being a lot of fun. And then, I think by that time, Kate Hudson was being considered for Penny. I did a screen test with Kate and we did some scenes together and then I flew back to Utah.”

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Chris Cuffaro mentions young Brad

Mention of young Brad in a Newsweek interview with known photographer Chris Cuffaro.

“Young talent who think they’re a star because they’ve filmed one TV show—those people aren’t famous now. I shot Brad Pitt before Thelma and Louise came out. We hung out at my apartment all day laughing and took some pictures. He was the nicest guy in the world. I can see, to this day, why he is where he is. He had a solid foundation and he was a good guy. It was the same with George Clooney and Jennifer Aniston. I could drop names for days of people I shot before they became big stars and names of people who didn’t make it. The difference between them is that the successful ones were genuinely good people to begin with. George Clooney and I used to play basketball, and he didn’t take himself too seriously. He just wanted to be an actor. I understand why he’s become a director, a producer and everything else, because he also has a great work ethic.”

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Sara Gunn-Smith on badgering Brad Pitt about Oasis

My father, a voice coach, worked on the Michael Collins movie and I remember hearing ‘de Valera’ make his big speech in the crowd. Irish film is a passion to this day. I don’t like dropping names but I also met Brad Pitt who stayed at our house for a bit. My brother Andy was a toddler and they played on the floor. But all I was interested in, as I was obsessed with Oasis, was whether he’d met Liam Gallagher.

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Anthony Hopkins on Brad

And what about Meet Joe Black, the 1998 film you made with Brad Pitt?

That holds a very special place in the heart of a few staff members here at Stellar. It was good. I’d worked with Brad a couple of years prior in Legends Of The Fall. He is such a lovely man, an easy guy to work with. A real perfectionist.

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