Asked which other famous stars, in addition to Coppola, have told Ferrell they’re fans of his work, the actor cited his former Megamind voice costar Brad Pitt.
“Brad Pitt is another guy who’s just like, ‘I can’t tell you how many of your movies we’ve just sat and watched with the kids and we equally are just sharing a laugh,” Ferrell said. “I think for a family to connect — I know it’s the same with my kids — to have an experience where you connect with the humor together, it’s like a real rite of passage. It’s really special.”
Jack O’Connell has opened-up about his friendship with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.
The actor, who starred in Jolie’s 2014 film Unbroken, has been friendly with the couple ever since, even going to the pub with Jolie in his hometown of Derby.
“She wanted to meet my people,” O’Connell told ES Magazine of the trip. “We all went to this place out of the way in Derbyshire, a pub where you can eat nice food.
“She came up on her own, man. She has some security people but they weren’t really involved and, yeah, we were all just sat around.”
The actor also opened-up about the death of his father when he was starring in Skins, revealing that it was “tough”.
However, he said that Brad Pitt gave him comfort over his loss: “He was like, ‘Look man, I know your situation and I know you lost your dad. Just to let you know I’m here if anything’s puzzling you.'”
For those who have movie trivia at their fingertips, they’ll likely remember that at one point, Tom Cruise was attached to star in Guy Ritchie’s “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” but it didn’t pan out. And while the movie wound up being made with two actors who are yet to reach that kind of A-list status, the filmmaker reveals that when he was first gearing up the project, he had another big name he wanted to play Napoleon Solo in the movie.
“My original idea for Napoleon Solo was…Brad Pitt was who I wanted actually,” Ritchie told Happy Sad Confused. “I wanted him to play the older role, and I wanted the Russian to play the younger role, so there was going to be an age disparity there as well. And then Pitt told me to piss off, and Tom didn’t, so then I had Tom. And then needless to say, ‘Mission: Impossible[—Rogue Nation]’ interfered with the process, so he was occupying too much of the same space so that fell apart.”
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.”