December 1, 2015


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December 1, 2015

Adam McKay’s new financial-apocalypse comedy The Big Short — the subject of this week’s Vulture cover story — was produced by Brad Pitt, who also took a small role in the film to help ensure the production got properly funded. Here, Pitt talks about his sideline as a genuine prestige-movie mogul (with his company Plan B), what it means to team up with author Michael Lewis again, and his personal outrage in 2008.

Lately it seems like there are a lot of actors with production companies adapting books — you, Leonardo DiCaprio, Reese Witherspoon. Do things get competitive? For instance, your company, Plan B, recently outbid your pal George Clooney on Law of the Jungle.
In all fairness, he outbid me on Argo. But, yeah, it can get competitive. We do naturally have a lot of the same tastes and interests. With The Big Short, I think maybe we got the upper hand at auction because Michael Lewis and I got tight on Moneyball.

Plan B also has a really good track record of getting movies actually made. What’s your secret?
I was weaned on the films of the ’70s, and a lot of the films we make are inspired by those. But the plain truth of it all is that these kinds of movies are hard to make. The studios don’t want to make them because it doesn’t fit the business model anymore. It’s complicated material, it’s a gamble. They need some guarantee with marquee. So often I jump in and take a part first because I love the project, and I gotta get in to make sure it gets made. Then, when Steve Carell and Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling all jump in, I think it is a testament to the subject matter, and the story, and to Adam McKay’s script.

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November 27, 2015
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Brad Pitt is mad – but don’t worry, not at you.

He’s mad at the finance industry.

“I’m angry,” he tells PEOPLE at the New York City premiere of the upcoming film, The Big Short, which Pitt produced and plays a supporting role in. “I’m angry that so many people lost their homes,” he adds.

The Big Short tells the true story of a group of outsiders who see the 2008 real-estate crash coming, and when they bet against it, they win big.

But Pitt is aware that not everyone who lived through the economic crash was as lucky as the guys in the film.

“Families were put on the street, they lost their life savings, and yet no one was held accountable,” Pitt says. “No senior official was held accountable. That’s amazing.”

Not only is Pitt angry, but he’s fearful for the future. “There’s something seriously wrong, you talk to the experts now and they say nothing’s changed. The entitlement to make money without responsibility still exists, it’s alive and well. And the same practices are still going on, only in different arenas. But nothing’s changed,” Pitt warns. “That’s a problem.”

How does Pitt know so much about finance?

While he’s no banker, he did learn a thing or two from the book on which the film is based. “It wasn’t the film, it was Michael Lewis’ book,” Pitt tells PEOPLE of getting a crash course in finance thanks Lewis’ 2010 novel, also titled The Big Short. Lewis also wrote Moneyball which was adapted for the screen in 2011 and also starred Pitt.

“It was helping me understand it, because it’s so convoluted and so complex and it’s designed that way so the applicant doesn’t know what they’re getting into, and that’s a problem,” Pitt says.

November 27, 2015
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November 19, 2015
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The first official film poster for director Adam McKay’s new dark comedy The Big Short has been released.

The poster features stars Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Steve Carell and Christian Bale along with the tagline ‘this is a true story’.

The tagline rings painfully true: the film, set to be released in January, is based on Michael Lewis’s non-fiction book of the same name, which focuses on the men and women who benefited financially from the 2008 global financial crisis.

The cast discuss the movie, and working with McKay in this new featurette:

In the adaptation, Pitt, Gosling and co. will play four men from different walks of life who made large amounts of money by pre-empting the disastrous collapse of the US housing market.

Director Adam McKay is known for his work on comedies like Anchorman and TV show Saturday Night Live, and despite the seemingly dark subject matter, the film will be somewhat comedic too.

Ryan Gosling told Variety: “The great quality of McKay is that he has this beautiful way of being outraged by something without losing his sense of humor about it.”

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October 27, 2015

Paramount Pictures and Regency Enterprises just released a poster for the Adam McKay film The Big Short, starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt. Check out the first Big Short poster in the gallery below!

When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea: The Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything. The film is based on the true story and best-selling book by Michael Lewis (The Blind Side, Moneyball), and directed by Adam Mckay (Anchorman, Step Brothers).

The Big Short is a Plan B Entertainment production. The film is executive produced by Louise Rosner-Meyer and Kevin Messick, with Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, and Arnon Milchan serving as producers. Charles Randolph and Adam McKay wrote the script.

The film will hit limited theaters on December 11 before expanding wide on December 23.

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