One of the most memorable moments in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” arrives when Brad Pitt’s Cliff Booth climbs to the roof of Rick Dalton’s house to fix an antenna. It’s a warm summer afternoon in Los Angeles, so Cliff strips down and takes off his shirt. Pitt’s physique and the way the sun is beating down on his body and glaring off his abs overwhelmed more than a handful of moviegoers. Tarantino appeared on the latest episode of Amy Schumer’s “3 Girls, 1 Keith” podcast and recalled the moment he tried and failed to direct Pitt’s acting when it came to how Cliff should take off his shirt.
“It was funny because actually in public Brad is kind of shy about things like that,” Tarantino said. “At the same time, he knows exactly what time it is. I go, ‘So, I’m thinking maybe you unbutton the Hawaiian shirt, and you peel that off, and then peel off the Champion T-shirt.’ He was like, ‘Really? You want me to go through all that button bullshit? I’ll just take it off in one bit. Go!’”
Tarantino continued, “I’m like, okay, this guy knows exactly what time it is. Shut the fuck up and let the master do his job! Even when you see him in the work shed and the way he puts on the leather gloves and puts the wire in his mouth all butch and macho. He just knows what time it is.”
• x002 February 10, 2012 – Berlinale Film Festival – Berlin, Germany
• x013 February 26, 2012 Academy Awards – Hollywood, CA
• x007 January 09, 2015 – AFI Awards – Los Angeles, CA
• x016 April 25, 2015 – Light Up the Blues concert – Hollywood, CA
• x015 August 30, 2015 – MotoGP British Grandprix – Northampton, England
• x002 September 17, 2015 – Hope for Children Gala – New York City, NY
• x005 November 05, 2015 – New York City, NY
• x011 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – DVD Additional Scenes
Brad Pitt Wins Best Supporting Actor Oscar
It’s Pitt’s first Academy Award in an acting category. He previously won as producer of “12 Years a Slave.”
Brad Pitt has won the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his performance as stunt double Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”
In a fairly competitive category, Pitt beat out fellow nominees Tom Hanks (Fred Rogers in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”), Anthony Hopkins (Pope Benedict XVI in “The Two Popes”), Al Pacino (Jimmy Hoffa in “The Irishman”), and Joe Pesci (Russell Bufalino in “The Irishman”).
This is Pitt’s fourth nomination as an actor, and his first acting Oscar win. Previously, he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 1996 for “12 Monkeys,” for Best Actor in 2009 for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” for Best Actor in 2012 for “Moneyball.”
As a producer, he has three Best Picture nominations: “Moneyball” (2012), “12 Years a Slave” (2014), and “The Big Short” (2016). He won for “12 Years a Slave,” which was his first ever Oscar win.
Brad Pitt poked fun at his own dating life and the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union.
Brad Pitt won big at the British Academy Film and Television Arts Awards, but the actor wasn’t at the award show to pick up his award.
Shortly before the London awards show was scheduled to begin, it was revealed that Pitt, who was nominated for best supporting actor for his role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, would not be attending the show, as had been expected.
Though Pitt, 56, was not physically at the award show, he did get a chance to show off his sense of humor as costar Margot Robbie accepted the award on his behalf and read his speech on stage.
“Brad couldn’t be here tonight due to family obligations, so he asked me to read his response for him,” Robbie said.
“He starts by saying, ‘Hey Britain. Heard you just became single. Welcome to the club!’ ” the actress said while reading Pitt’s jokes in his speech, which poked fun at his own dating life and the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union became official this week.
“He then says, ‘Thank you to the Academy for this extreme honor.’ He says he’s ‘always been a bit intimidated over here given the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and the titans that have come before, so this is especially meaningful,’ ” Robbie continued.
Pitt’s acceptance speech also had a joke about another high-profile exit: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step back from royal life.
The actor joked he would be calling his award Harry because he was looking forward “to taking it back to America.”
A rep for Pitt did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” is set in 1969 Los Angeles at the end of Hollywood’s Golden Age. It showcases Oscar-nominated costume designer Arianne Phillips’ divine array of looks for historical and fictional characters alike.
Phillips suspects her somewhat nonlinear career (she’s worked with Madonna for 22 years across many mediums and has been a fashion editor and theater costume designer) meant she was up for the challenge of bringing Tarantino’s film to sartorial life.
“It was a real camaraderie I’d never really experienced on that level,” Phillips says. “It was every fantasy I could ever have in terms of a film about Hollywood and being part of a contemporary Hollywood history.”