British actor Jack O’Connell lent a Dictaphone off Brad Pitt so he could prepare for ‘Unbroken’, which was directed by Angelina Jolie.
The 24-year-old actor stars in the Angelina Jolie-directed war drama based on the life of Louis Zamperini – an American World War II prisoner of war survivor and an Olympic distance runner – and he’s revealed that Brad, 51, helped him to prepare for the role.
Jack explained: “Brad Pitt lent me a little Dictaphone thing, like a cassette recorder, and I really liked the authentic f*****g dated nature of that process, of putting this cassette player on during our conversations, mine and Louis’s.”
Jack took the Dictaphone with him to Australia, where the film was being shot and said it helped him a great deal.
The actor – who starred in ‘This Is England’ – told Collider: “So I had this borrowed cassette thing that I took to Australia with me and that was constantly there to listen to. So if I was bored and s*** or if I was killing time usually I’d just be listening to that.
“Not to hear him speak. It wasn’t particularly useful at all for the voice, because obviously I’m dealing with a 96 year old at that stage, but the essence of him, the kind of thing that might have made him.”
Hollywood’s highest-profile producers showered gratitude on stars like Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey and Brad Pitt at the annual Producers Guild of America breakfast panel on January 18 at the Landmark Theatre in West LA.
“12 Years a Slave” producer Dede Gardner credited longtime producing partner Pitt with providing the essential support to get the drama to the finish line — including taking a small part in the film.
“Brad said ‘whatever it takes,’” she recalled. “He had not done a cameo in 25 years.”
In response to a question about test screenings, Gardner said that ”12 Years a Slave” delivered strong results at a trio of showings, adding, “it was an indication that people were ready for this film.
For Michael Fassbender, meeting and working with Brad Pitt on 2009’s Inglourious Basterds was a life-changing experience.
“Brad is a wonderful human being who has a generous soul,” Fassbender, 36, told PEOPLE at Wednesday’s Cinema Society and Emporio Armani screening of his new film The Counselor in New York. “I have a lot of reasons to thank him. He has always been a real champion for me.”
“Brad not only supported me, but he also encouraged and helped other young talent. He is one of those guys that we need in the industry.”
Now that the two hunks have become close professional colleagues, is there a possible bromance brewing between them?
“I don’t know about that, because he never returns my phone calls or emails,” Fassbender joked. “I’ve been following him ever since. I’m trying to get involved in any film he’s doing so I can be with him!“
The actor – who has kids Maddox, 11, Pax, nine, Zahara, eight, Shiloh, six, and four-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne with fiancee Angelina Jolie – tried to prevent cast and crew on the set of the zombie apocalypse movie from swearing in front of the youngsters who played his on screen daughters.
Mireille Enos – who plays Brad’s wife in the movie – told People magazine: “He started a swearing jar. If anybody swore around the kids, they had to put a pound in the jar. Those kids went home rich.”
Pitt, 49, also worked hard to keep the girls entertained on set, even performing magic tricks for them.
Enos added: “He’s as normal as any guy you can meet and he’s such a natural at being a dad. He would bring games, tell funny stories and do magic tricks for the girls who played our daughters.”
Pitt’s adopted son Maddox had a small cameo in ‘World War Z’ as a zombie and the youngster loved being in an action film.
Pitt said: “Maddox has got a small piece in it. He’s a zombie who then gets shot. I don’t know what that says about my parenting! (My kids) love these kinds of things and that’s the thing that first drew me to it.”
Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington and Mickey Rourke were among the Hollywood stars who gathered at a special memorial service in Los Angeles last week (15 February) to pay tribute to late director Tony Scott.
Actors James Gandolfini and Andy Garcia were also among the hundreds of mourners at the private ceremony, which was held at the Academy Theater, where producer Jerry Bruckheimer, The Dark Knight star Gary Oldman and Scott’s five-time collaborator Washington delivered moving eulogies to the celebrity-packed audience.
At least, that seems to be the case for A-list supernovas Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt who, according to Ange, shared a tender moment together while watching Ewan McGregor’s performance in the upcoming film The Impossible.
Jolie hosted a special screening of the movie — which centers on a family dealing with the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami — in London Monday night where she gushed about McGregor.
“I have known you for years and you are one of my favorite actors and I’ve always loved to watch you, but I watched this and I didn’t recognize you,” Jolie told the Scottish actor. “To say it is one of the best performances of the year, really doesn’t give it credit, because it doesn’t feel like a performance. It’s from such an honest place and so deeply emotional.”
She went on to say that McGregor was so good, in fact, that he moved both she and her fiancé Brad Pitt to tears.
“You rarely see this emotion from a man on screen and I called (McGregor) later to tell him how much he made me cry,” she added. “I was crying, and I looked over at Brad and he was crying. It’s just really, really powerful. As an actor, I’m in awe.”
While British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver was cooking up some classic and modern English treats for us in London, we were interested in getting the dish on his latest endeavor.
Oliver’s reality show “Food Revolution,” about getting kids to eat healthy, has inspired a big-screen comedy. The movie, called “Food Fight,” is set to be produced by Ryan Seacrest, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Involving a “hot Los Angeles chef” who ends up working with a “ragtag group of kids” to revamp a school’s lunch program, the film is said to be “loosely based” on Oliver’s work and show. Comedians Will Ferrell and Seann William Scott are reportedly on the shortlist to play Oliver in the film.
But the chef says there’s only one actor who will fit the bill.
“I want Brad Pitt to play me,” he told TODAY.com in London. “He’s the only guy I want. It’d be a good job for Brad to get — I think it’d be good for him to get into some serious cooking.”