Fresh off his Golden Globes win for his role in Quenin Tarantino’s film. Once Upon a time in Hollywood, iconic America actor Brad Pitt sat down with New Europe’s Federico Grandesso while the latter was in Venice to promote the science fiction film Ad Astra, his most, and a collaboration with director James Gray.
NEW EUROPE (NE): What’s your feeling about the major success of Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood?
BRAD PITT (BP): Well, that the movie was well-received by the critics and audiences alike, and has made a huge earning at the US box office, was expected. I think it’s great. It’s big for a Quentin film that it could still land like that. I think it was the only original content released over last summer that is neither a sequel nor based on a comic book or something like that. So, it’s no small feat. It says a lot that the studios can still gamble on films like his. I’m really pleased for it because the film was well-suited to my taste, of course.
MILAN — Brioni is taking the collaboration with brand ambassador Brad Pitt one step further.
The Rome-based men’s wear brand unveiled on Friday its spring 2020 campaign fronted by the American A-lister actor and producer and WWD has learned that it will also release a Brad Pitt signature line of exclusive items, including a limited-edition suit and tuxedo featuring a customized label. A Brioni spokesperson confirmed the rumor. The first limited-edition styles will be unveiled in the second half of 2020.
Pitt most recently wore Brioni as he accepted his Golden Globe award as supporting actor for his role as aging stuntman Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” He has often appeared on the red carpet sporting the brand’s tailoring, such as black bespoke tuxedos both at the Cannes Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival last year.
Commenting on the campaign, Brad Pitt said, “I’ve always admired Brioni’s elegant and timeless designs,” Pitt said of the black-and-white campaign, lensed in Los Angeles by Mikael Jansson. “The brand embodies creativity, quality and excellence.”
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A nice segment from an interview with Brenda Blethyn, who played Brad’s mother in A River Runs Through It
What was it like working with Robert Redford, who directed A River Runs Through It?
When I turned up on set in the US we went inside his trailer to talk about my character. He said: ‘Your character is a very hard-working lady. When things get tough she just, erm, she just, er…’ And I said: ‘Gets on with it.’ He said: ‘Excuse me?’ He thought I’d told him get on with it! My character was a Scottish Presbyterian, so I’d boned up on the Scottish accent, but he told me she wasn’t Scottish and that her accent was Middle American. I had three weeks before filming began so I spent all the time in a small town in Montana and just got into conversation with local people until I learnt it.
You were Brad Pitt’s mum in that film, weren’t you?
This was in 1992 before he was a star. We had a water pistol fight one day but he cheated because he filled two!
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.
FROM PITTI TO PITT: Roman luxury men’s wear company Brioni continues to build up its roster of prominent brand ambassadors.
The Kering-owned label has tapped Brad Pitt to front its next advertising campaign, due to be released in January 2020 and marking the company’s 75th anniversary celebrations. Pitt succeeds fellow Hollywood legends Pierce Brosnan, Anthony Hopkins and Samuel L. Jackson in the role.
Brioni’s tie-up with Pitt is not new as the American actor and producer has often appeared on the red carpet sporting the brand’s tailoring. Most recently, Pitt wore Brioni black bespoke tuxedos both at the Cannes Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival this year, where he presented Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and James Grey’s “Ad Astra,” respectively.
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!