Jim Jefferies has a secret to tell about Brad Pitt. The movie actor has shown up several times on Comedy Central’s “The Jim Jefferies Show” as its unofficial weatherman, casually sharing the horrors of climate change. But here’s the truth: Pitt hasn’t dropped by in a year.
“This is the one that went viral, even though it was recorded a year ago,” Jefferies said of a recent Brad Pitt segment. The show had leftover footage of Brad doing a LeBron James joke, which felt timely because of the NBA playoffs. Slayer guitarist Kerry King happened to be on set, so they put him in front of a green screen, and it looked like the musician was a fan trying to talk to him.
“And then Gayle King is on the news going, ‘Wow, Brad Pitt must really love Jim Jefferies, he’s back on the show!’ I should be lying and saying he came back in,” Jefferies said.
But the truth may be even more interesting: Even though “The Jim Jefferies Show” is finding old, unused footage of Brad Pitt to keep the gag going, the relationship is real. Pitt was a fan of Jefferies’ FX series “Legit,” and came in twice to record bits for his Comedy Central show. “He also recorded a whole heap of stuff just on the phone,” Jefferies said. “Sometimes it will be the middle of the night and I’ll get a text message from Brad Pitt, and it would be him in Venice on a canal, doing his own script and everything.”
“We got sunshine in the west, the south, the east and over here in the north, the ice caps are melting.”
One of late-night television’s most unusual partnerships returned Tuesday, when Brad Pitt suited up once again to play The Jim Jefferies Show’s doom-forecasting weatherman.
Satirically purporting to give a weather forecast for basketball season, Pitt started off his segment with a “joke” that was actually a morbid observation on climate change. “I was hanging out with LeBron James and he said, ‘How’s the weather down there?’ Because he’s tall. And I said, ‘The same as it is up there — changing at a pace not before seen in the history of man. Your legacy is pointless. Our people and our memories will all burn.'”
After host Jim Jefferies became exasperated with his depressing colleague and asked him to give an actual forecast, Pitt’s forecaster responded, “We got sunshine in the west, the south, the east and over here in the north, the ice caps are melting. And I am so, so, so, so scared.”
“Brad Pitt was one of the nicest guys, hands down,” Miller remembered. “And for years afterward, even after ‘Thelma and Louise,’ even after he had really started to blow up, although he wasn’t Brangelina at that point, I’d run into him at the store.”
“We ran into each other multiple times and I didn’t want to bother him,” he continued. “I wouldn’t go approach him. And generally if he saw me, he’d yell out across the store ‘Jeremy!’ He’d come over and give a big hug and say hi and ask how we’ve been doing and we’d reminisce and he’d ask about you guys. It was just really nice that he was such a warm guy.”
Gold recalled, “He really did feel like a Midwest nice guy. And I kind of remember when we came for the table read, the next day, he sent muffins and thank-you notes to everybody for having a great time that week.”
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• x015 Ad Astra On set: Los Angeles, CA (10/26/17).
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• x015 July 22 – FYF Fest, Los Angeles, CA.
• x002 The Late Show w/ Stephen Colbert.
• x008 November 29 – MIT Media Lab – Boston, MA.
• x003 December 01 – OptiMystic: A Pop Up Gallery Exhibit.
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• x037 Allied – Stills & On set.
• x034 DVD Features – In the Tranches: Casting.
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