From Getting McDonald’s with Brad Pitt to Fox News Commentator

Not only did acting help Hyman learn to be more “outgoing,” she also has fun memories of meeting other actors, including a before-he-was-famous Brad Pitt.

“I met Shalane McCall who was on Dallas and, ironically enough, Brad Pitt was her TV boyfriend before he was Brad Pitt,” says Hyman. “He was a sweet guy.”

She remembers going to McDonald’s with McCall and Pitt after an event in Studio City.

“Shalane’s mom, Sherry, took photos of us there,” says Hyman, who adds, “I remember him telling me he was from small place in Missouri and there was a local newspaper doing a story about him. And I was like, ‘That’s great.'” Read more.

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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Tarantino On His ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ Novel, Retirement, Fatherhood, And Other Great Tales

Quentin Tarantino long has taken his encyclopedic cinematic influences, including genres and actors from the past, and blended them through his filter to create wildly inventive films that have influenced many up-and-coming filmmakers. Now, he has done a similar thing that I bet will not be copied by other filmmakers. After steeping himself for a half-decade in the lore of ’60s films, stuntmen, Western TV series and the Manson family to create Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Tarantino harkened back to his love for movie novelizations and wrote one for his own movie, after the fact. The book becomes in a way its own singular Tarantino creation: Using his film as a springboard, Tarantino heads into many unexpected directions while satisfyingly expanding and fleshing out the mythology of the world and the characters populated by Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and others. If you are a fan of the movie, you’ll find it hard to put down a novel that first was published in paperback. Here, Tarantino discusses why he put the same painstaking detail in the book as he did the movie, and where he goes from here.

Read more. Great read, lots of mentions of Brad’s character Cliff Booth.

CinemaCon Footage Reveals Brad Pitt Vs. Bad Bunny Fight

Footage from John Wick director David Leitch’s Bullet Train debuted at CinemaCon, and introduces Brad Pitt as a drifter assassin.

The first footage from John Wick director David Leitch’s Bullet Train debuted at this year’s CinemaCon event, and features Brad Pitt going toe-to-toe with global hip-hop star Bad Bunny. While the sequence shows was reportedly quite brief, especially when compared to other reels shown at the event, it does give us a good idea of what to expect, as well as some interesting insight into Pitt’s character.

While many no doubt expected Brad Pitt to be suited up and looking stylish, this is apparently far from the case, with the actor reportedly looking more akin to his stoner character in 1993’s True Romance. Pitt’s character, named Ladybug, is shown in the footage as “a drifter rocking hiking boots and a faded tweed coat,” with the titular transport looking “gorgeous and claustrophobic.”

The footage then broke into a fight between Pitt and Bad Bunny, whi sports “a white pinstripe suit, killer boots and an edge weapon.” The pair then “slap each other around a luxury cabin on the speeding train,” with the fight scene being rather “fun” as the tussle over and tussling over a briefcase. Unfortunately, the fun times come to a brutal end when “someone gets stabbed.” Mortal Kombat star Hiroyuki Sanada is also featured in the short clip as an “ominous passenger.”

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PS. Re: Brad’s True Romance character Floyd was just hilarious and I just personally digged the stoner look, he was amazing in that movie!