There have been some huge names in Hollywood over the last few years. The likes of George Clooney, Johnny Depp, Reese Witherspoon, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jennifer Lawrence have gone down in Hollywood history as some of the most famous and talented stars of all time. They have all appeared in a variety of movies as they adapt to each role they are handed.
There’s another name up there with the greats. That’s right; we’re talking about Brad Pitt. The actor has been in at least 83 films with many more still set to hit the big screen in the future. As well as playing a host of different characters, Brad has also gained a special place in many of our hearts. While he has been in our lives for years, it turns out there are still plenty of things we never knew about Brad Pitt all these years.
He voluntarily chipped his teeth for ‘Fight Club’
Some actors are so dedicated to their roles that they will do anything to get into character. Brad Pitt is no exception. The actor was preparing for his iconic role in ‘Fight Club,’ where he played Tyler Durden. Apparently, he wanted things to feel as authentic as possible, so he had a cap removed from his tooth to reveal a chip all to make his character feel imperfect.
According to What Culture, Fox agreed to pay to have the cap refitted on one condition: Brad had to appear shirtless in two of the scenes in the movie. In the end, Brad spent most of the time without a shirt, so it looks as though the studios got their money’s worth.
The actor’s looks have broken records
Perhaps you think it’s easy to walk around Hollywood when the world regards you to be one of the best-looking people in the world? You would think so, but it turns out that Brad’s appearance has stood in the way of more than one role over the years. That doesn’t mean that it’s been all bad for the star. In fact, Brad is considered to be such an attractive individual to many that his looks have actually broken records.
People magazine actually named Brad Pitt the most beautiful person alive not once but twice. He was the first star to ever win the award more than once. Brad has since been joined by the likes of George Clooney and Johnny Depp, but he was always the first with two awards to his name.
He could have left Jennifer Aniston at a bad time
The news of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston’s split shook the world. The couple had one of the largest weddings of all time and were the ‘it’ pair of the moment. Sadly, it looks as though the divorce could have happened at one of the worst times for Jen. Some believe that Jennifer was already struggling to cope with the end of her hit show ‘Friends’ as it felt as though she was losing a family.
Adding a divorce into the mix could have been too much to handle. While many people had fallen for Brad and his relationship with Jen, the timing of their split caused many people to fall out of love with the actor. Apparently, Jen just wanted some support from her husband.
He might have fallen for Angelina Jolie while he was still married
If there is one thing that has come under questioning all these years, it’s when Brad fell for Angelina Jolie. The pair were working together on ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith’ while Brad was still married to Jen, but it wasn’t long after Brad met Angelina that the couple announced they were separating. Although Brad and Angelina initially claimed that nothing was going on, they were spotted on vacation together four months after they met.
Brad and Angelina said they were friends before they were lovers, or were they? The couple changed their tune in 2008 when they both confessed that they fell for each other on the set of ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith.’ They were both giving different interviews, and Angelina even told her children that if they watched the movie, then they could see their parents fall in love.
Brad Pitt broke Jen’s heart
While it seemed as though the world was falling for the new power couple that came in the form of Brangelina, it appeared that Jennifer Aniston was left to pick up the pieces. The world no longer knew how they felt about Brad as Jen arrived for an interview with Vanity Fair in 2005. As soon as the actress sat down, she burst into tears.
It wasn’t long before Jen spent most of the interview talking about how her emotions were all over the place, and she was struggling with their public divorce. Brad? He appeared to have moved on as he was snapped with his new love, Angelina, and her family. Thankfully, Jen learned to move past the split, but it left many wondering if Brad was the man that he seemed.
Brad loves to produce more than acting
Brad has brought so many legendary characters to life over the years. However, it turns out that acting isn’t his main passion. According to an interview with Interview magazine, Brad prefers to produce movies a lot more than he does act in them. He says that he’d “rather be behind the camera” as he becomes “part of a team that brings the story to the screen.”
Of course, working on movie sets means that Brad has seen the work that goes in from every member of the team, and it seems that he loves to be one of the ones that bring it all together. Brad even started his own production company with Jennifer Aniston in 2001 and has gone on to produce films such as ‘World War Z,’ ‘12 Years a Slave,’ and ‘The Departed.’
One of his favorite movies is ‘Saturday Night Fever’
‘Saturday Night Fever’ is a beloved film for many. It stars John Travolta, who plays Tony, someone stuck in a job going nowhere and feeling down about life. However, the character finds solace in dancing and spends every Saturday at the local disco where he shows off his moves. The movie was released in 1977, and Brad said that it was R-rated, meaning he had to sneak into the movie theater to get a look at the latest talk of the town.
The actor said that he instantly fell for the film as it opened his eyes to a whole new way of life. It might have been many years since it first hit the big screen, but it seems as though ‘Saturday Night Fever’ still holds a special place in Brad’s heart.
A fan once broke into Brad Pitt’s house
Although being a Hollywood star comes with plenty of benefits, it also comes with a few downfalls. Fans can sometimes get a little too involved in celebrities’ lives and take things too far. Brad was once on the receiving end of a superfan. Plenty of fans have tried to follow the actor around and bypass his security guards to get a chance to talk to Brad, but one person actually went all the way.
Apparently, the woman managed to find Brad’s house, found a way to break in, and got into the actor’s bedroom. Here, she dressed in the star’s clothes and hid in his closet for several hours until the burglar alarms gave her away. Being just 19 years old meant the woman wasn’t charged, but she was handed a restraining order.
Brad Pitt thought up the famous W magazine photoshoot
Before the days of social media, we had to rely on magazine shoots and interviews to give us a glimpse into our favorite star’s lives. Brad and Angelina appeared in a now-famous W magazine shoot just seven months after the actor’s split from Jen. The photos showed the new couple living a suburban life in the perfect home surrounded by children.
It turns out that Brad was behind the photoshoot – and even made money from the pictures as he held the international rights to the snaps. Although Jen admitted that she was confused by the timing of the images, she said that Brad wouldn’t have done it out of malice. In fact, the actress thought that Brad would have no idea why the world thought the photos were odd.
He dropped out of college shortly before he graduated
Before he turned to acting, Brad was enrolled at the University of Missouri. However, he made a surprising announcement when he was 22 years old as Brad decided to drop out of his course – just two weeks before he was due to graduate. Brad later explained that he saw all of his friends were committing to jobs they wanted to do for the rest of their lives, but he wasn’t ready to take that plunge.
He had been studying journalism at college. However, it wasn’t the career for him. Brad said that he knew if the opportunity wasn’t in front of him, then he needed to go out and find it. Film had become an important educational tool in his life, and it wasn’t long before he found his true passion in life.
The actor tore his Achilles while playing Achilles
There is a bit of irony that came when Brad Pitt starred in ‘Troy.’ Brad was cast as the lead in the movie, where he brought the warrior Achilles to life. Did you know there is a good reason that the Achilles tendon is called that? It was said to be the only vulnerable part of the warrior as Achilles’ mother held him by the ankle when he dipped him in the River Styx to help him be strong.
It was while playing the character that Brad actually tore this tendon – an injury that comes with a lot of healing time. In the end, it took three months of healing and recovery before Brad could return to acting, meaning the film was halted the entire time.
Brad worked as a giant chicken before he was an actor
It can be tough to imagine a world where Brad Pitt isn’t one of the most famous actors in the world. However, there was a time when Brad was a struggling young adult who had dropped out of college. One of Brad’s many jobs was delivering refrigerators, but that didn’t come with the costume that he needed for one of his other roles.
That’s right; we’re talking about the one that saw Brad dressed as a giant chicken. He was once the mascot for a fast food chain. Apparently, it was all for a big opening in Los Angeles as Brad had to try and get people to head to the new restaurant. Thankfully, the actor has no regrets about his former careers as he says that people have to pay the bills somehow.
His failed English accent scored him a role in ‘Snatch’
Some actors have their sights set on specific roles. Brad Pitt watched ‘Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels’ and immediately decided that he wanted to work with director and writer Guy Ritchie. Apparently, Brad was so set on being in one of Guy’s films that he was willing to do whatever it took. It looked as though he was in luck as Guy was working on a new movie at the time: ‘Snatch.’
The director called Brad and asked if he wanted to come in for an audition, but things quickly took a turn. Guy wanted Brad to speak in an English accent in the film, but Brad couldn’t nail the accent. Rather than find someone else, Guy rewrote the part for an Irish character and helped create one of Brad’s most iconic characters.
Some claim that Brad might have twisted the truth about Jennifer Aniston
During their time as a couple, there was one thing on everyone’s lips: when were Jennifer and Brad going to have a baby? There were many speculations, and people wondered who was holding back on starting a family. Some reported that Jen wanted to finish filming ‘Friends’ before she settled down with a family, while others believed that Brad was the one that wasn’t ready to welcome little ones into the world.
Sources close to Jen claimed that Brad never made having children his priority. Some think that he twisted the truth to make it look as though Jen never wanted to start a family and that he had to leave if he wanted to have a baby. We may never know the truth behind it all.
Brad Pitt is often seen eating on screen because it resembles his real-life habits
Have you ever had one of those days where it feels like you could eat everything in sight? It turns out you’re not alone as Brad Pitt is often seen snacking away. Brad spoke to JOE in 2019, where he confessed that “I’m a grazer by nature.” Rather than sit down to three meals a day, the actor prefers to keep busy and eat on the go.
When he played Rusty Ryan in the ‘Ocean’s’ franchise, Brad said that it felt as though eating all the time fit the character. He said that Ryan was always running around so he would never have time to sit down and eat a proper meal. This suited the actor because it means that he can keep on top of food and work all at the same time.
His management team wouldn’t let him appear in ‘American Psycho’
Although Brad has played plenty of diverse roles and characters throughout his career, there are some that just weren’t meant to be. Playing Patrick Bateman in ‘American Psycho’ is one on the list. In the end, the role went to Christina Bale, but not before it was temporarily handed to Leonardo DiCaprio. Leo ended up skipping the part in favor of ‘The Beach,’ but the team still had high hopes that Brad would take the role.
Sadly, the actor’s management team were worried about the kind of image that it would give off to his fans. They figured that playing the deranged character would lose Brad a lot of young fans. Thankfully, taking the role meant that Christian Bale soon earned a cult following and plenty of job offers of his own.
Brad is heavily involved in charity around the world
If there is one thing that many people have noticed about Brad over the years, it’s how much he has got involved with many charities. In fact, Brad and Angelina used to travel the world and help out whenever they could. Although they are no longer a couple, Brad has continued to use his free time to help with charities across the world.
As well as helping out with charities and organizations around the world, Brad has even created various organizations of his own along the way. One is named the Make It Right Foundation that was created after Hurricane Katrina but has since extended to include any areas in need. The organization aims to build environmentally-friendly homes and communities that are affordable, sustainable, and for those in need.
His first name isn’t actually Brad
Would you believe that plenty of stars aren’t actually called the names that we know them by? Yes, many celebrities actually use stage names. Reese Witherspoon is called Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon, Bruno Mars is called Peter Gene Hernandez, and Natalie Portman is called Neta-Lee Hershlag. Brad Pitt is another star that doesn’t use his birth name for his work on the big screen.
The actor’s birth name is William Bradley Pitt, which just so happens to be the same as his father’s name – William Pitt. We could have once been praising Bill Pitt for his work, but it appears the actor wanted a name that stood out from the others. In the end, he opted for a shortened version of his middle name, and Brad Pitt was born.
He once dissed his marriage to Jennifer Aniston
It had been years since Brad and Jen had filed for a divorce, but it looked as though the actor wasn’t willing to let it go just yet. In 2011, Brad was touring for the movie ‘Moneyball’ when he gave an awkward interview to Parade magazine. The actor said that he wasn’t living an interesting life the entire time that he was married to Jennifer Aniston.
Apparently, Brad was interested in living an exciting life, but he felt as though his relationship was holding him back. He even went as far as to say that he was pretending the marriage was something that it wasn’t. The interview was enough to cause a lot of controversy, but Brad said that his comments had merely been misinterpreted.
Brad has a pilot’s license
Many of our favorite stars have all kinds of hobbies when they’re not on our screens. It appears that Brad can often be seen up in the skies as the actor loves to fly planes when he’s not busy at work. Apparently, it was Angelina Jolie’s love of flying that first got Brad behind the steering pole of a plane.
In 2008, Brad told Rolling Stone magazine that his partner at the time was more experienced than he was at flying planes. He also confessed that they both had “different styles” when it came to flying, but it appeared that he was having fun learning how to catch up. While Angelina supposedly liked flying from A to B, Brad apparently likes all the details that come with flying a plane.
The actor was banned from TVs in Malaysia thanks to his looks
It’s not just TV shows and movies that have kept Brad busy over the years. The actor has even appeared in a handful of TV commercials throughout his career. Of course, many companies want to use famous faces to help advertise their products. One of Brad’s most famous commercials was for the car company Toyota.
Would you believe that Brad was deemed to be so handsome in the ads that they were banned from parts of Malaysia? That’s right; the government was worried that men would compare themselves to the actor and feel inferior when they couldn’t live up to his good looks. In the end, it was easier for parts of Malaysia to keep the commercial from the screens than risk people feeling down.
He sued the company that designed Jen’s engagement ring
It can be tough to remember a time before Brangelina. Still, Angelina Jolie wasn’t always the focus of the actor’s attention. Yes, Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt were once the talk of the town. Of course, there was no social media back then, so the couple took to the stage at a Sting concert to flaunt their engagement and Jen’s new ring.
Reports state that Brad hired a bespoke jewelry designer to make sure the engagement ring was perfect. The only condition was that the ring had to be a one-off. Sadly, the company didn’t appear to keep their end of the deal. Brad saw they were selling the ring on their website, and it was apparently labeled as “Brad and Jennifer’s engagement ring.” It wasn’t long before the company supposedly found itself in court.
Nicole Kidman was supposed to star in ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith’
There have been plenty of rumors and stories about how – and when – Brad and Angelina fell in love. We may never know if it was on the set of ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith’ or not. What we do know is the two actors almost never met at all. That’s because actress Nicole Kidman was actually first cast as the leading lady in the film.
It was the choice of casting that made Brad walk away from the movie. The actor claimed there was no chemistry between the pair and wanted nothing more to do with the production. However, that all reportedly changed when Brad learned that Nicole had been dropped, and the studio had signed up Angelina Jolie instead. Apparently, Brad immediately signed back up to the role.
Brad Pitt turned his life around from illegal substances
The fact that Brad Pitt once used illegal substances has been a talking point among Hollywood for many years. In fact, the actor appeared on the web series ‘Between Two Ferns’ where he made jokes about his former habits and how “We don’t bassoon in my house anymore.” Brad made some pretty big confessions in 2011 when he told Parade magazine that most of the ‘90s were a blur.
Apparently, he had fallen out of love with acting and spent all day on the couch with illegal substances by his side. It wasn’t until he felt ashamed of himself and knew that he needed to turn things around that Brad snapped out of it and got his life back on track.
He was rejected from his school’s sports teams
While he might be known for his physique and talents nowadays, that wasn’t always the case for Brad. He was actually rejected by his school’s sports teams back when he was in high school. Apparently, Brad tried out for many of the teams plenty of times, but no one wanted anything to do with the youngster.
In the end, Brad decided to take matters into his own hands as he created his own basketball team instead. It was made up of kids that had all been rejected by the school’s team, and the teen jokingly called the group the Cherokee Rejects. To top it off, Brad even asked his own father, Bill Pitt, to coach the new team. Sometimes, you can’t let the world keep you down.
Brad loves Twizzlers
There are all kinds of candy out there in the world, and most of us have our favorites. It could be chocolate, hard candies, or those sour gummy ones. Whatever the case, there is usually a flavor to suit every sweet tooth. Brad Pitt has his favorite, but it came as a bit of a surprise to some when the actor confessed that he loves Twizzlers.
The sweet twists of licorice aren’t usually at the top of people’s lists when it comes to candy, but the actor can’t get enough of the things. Brad was on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ back in 1998 when he made the revelation. Oprah was so surprised that she said she had never met anyone “who liked Twizzlers.”
Brad checked into a mental hospital to prepare for ‘Twelve Monkeys’
‘Twelve Monkeys’ was released back in 1995 and starred Brad Pitt as one of the leading roles. He played the part of Jeffrey Goines and was nominated for an Oscar before taking home a Golden Globe for the character. Brad has proved time and time again that he is willing to fully dedicate himself to a role. It seems that his part in ‘Twelve Monkeys’ was no exception.
The actor actually worked alongside Dr. Laszlo Gyulai from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The doctor helped the actor fine-tune everything he needed to play someone that had been admitted to a mental hospital. Apparently, Gyulai wanted the character to come across as genuine as possible, while the director removed some of Brad’s needs to make the actor on edge as possible.
He loves movies with numbers
Some actors have certain themes in their roles. Some always land the same kind of positions, while others are known for dramatically changing their appearance with each new character. It appears that Brad Pitt has a theme. His former movies seem to show that Brad has a thing for numbers. So far, the actor has appeared in three films with the number seven in the title.
Brad appeared in ‘Se7en’ in 1995, ‘Seven Years in Tibet’ in 1997, and ‘Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas’ in 2003. That’s not all. Brad has also appeared in three movies that feature the number twelve: ‘12 Monkeys’ in 1995, ‘Ocean’s Twelve’ in 2004, and ‘12 Years a Slave’ in 2013. It might be nothing, or it could be that Brad Pitt just loves numbers.
Brad was handed a lifetime ban from China thanks to a movie role
It was a role in a movie that saw Brad Pitt get handed a lifetime ban from China. The release of ‘Seven Years in Tibet’ saw mixed reviews. Thankfully, most people were positive about the film. That was everyone except for the government of the People’s Republic of China. It appeared that they were less than impressed as they didn’t like the way that they had been portrayed in the movie.
The government claims that the military was deliberately made out to be arrogant and rude while they didn’t like the way the 14th Dalai Lama was portrayed in a positive light. China eventually announced that Brad was banned from entering the nation for life. However, the ban has since been lifted, and Brad has visited the country at least twice.
Angelina Jolie has accused him of missing child support payments
Things very rapidly went from bad to worse when the news broke of Brad and Angelina Jolie’s divorce. It seemed as though the couple was out to get one up on each other at every turn as rumors and secrets hit the headlines. Both Brad and Angelina appeared to be blaming each other for many issues in the relationship, including Angelina’s accusation that Brad was missing child support payments.
In August 2018, court documents showed that Angelina was going for full custody of all six children. However, NBC News said that Angelina’s attorney was claiming that Brad hadn’t paid any child support so far. However, Brad retaliated that it was Angelina’s attempt to ruin his name and that he had loaned his ex-wife $8 million to buy a new house and had paid $1.3 million in child support.
Adult dancers helped influence Brad Pitt’s acting career
Not every star is born into the world of Hollywood. Many of them have to work to get to where they are, and it turns out that Brad Pitt had his fair share of jobs before he became an actor. One of the many positions on the list was working as a driver for adult dancers. Apparently, Brad would drive them to parties and other events.
He would even catch the women’s clothes and collect payments. It was during one of those trips that Brad got talking to one of the dancers. They were taking a local acting class and suggested that Brad came along to try out. He took them up on the offer and got to train alongside actor turned acting coach Roy London.
‘How To Train Your Dragon’ made the actor tear up
Brad Pitt has appeared in a whole host of action movies, and it turns out that he’s carried on his hard persona in the real world, too. Apparently, not much has brought Brad to tears over the years. That is except for the animated movie ‘How To Train Your Dragon.’
The actor was talking to W magazine in 2012 when he confessed that the children’s film was enough to tug at his heartstrings and “it got me” as Brad soon found himself feeling a little emotional. That wasn’t the only movie that’s got Brad feeling a little teary-eyed over the years as the actor confessed that he watched ‘Life as a House’ after he got sick on a trip to Cabo and felt a little choked up.
He was rejected from ‘Heathers’
It appears that Brad Pitt has been trying to broaden his horizons for years as he has tried out for a handful of darker roles. Sadly, no amount of practice was going to help him land a role in the 1988 movie ‘Heathers.’ J.D. is one of the leading characters in the film as he quickly goes from the boy that everyone wanted to date to a nightmare in moments.
Brad seemed like the perfect fit for the movie. After all, he had plenty of experience and the acting talents to match. Unfortunately for the actor, he didn’t have the right look. The casting directors thought that Brad’s blonde hair and looks were too sweet-looking to play the character. In the end, Christian Slater was cast as J.D. and ended up bringing a huge audience to the film.
The role in ‘Thelma and Louise’ almost went to George Clooney
Landing the role in ‘Thelma and Louise’ was enough to put Brad Pitt’s name on the map. Although he had a series of smaller roles in various movies, he hadn’t secured anything like the part in the film. Brad played the part of JD, a guy who seems nice at first but quickly turns out to be someone else. Don’t worry; we won’t ruin anything for anyone.
All we need to know if the pivotal role that helped to make Brad’s career almost didn’t come his way at all. There were plenty of people up for the part, including George Clooney, who had apparently been to many of the auditions. In the end, the producers decided to take a chance on an inexperienced Brad Pitt instead.
One of his early movies was almost lost forever
‘The Dark Side of the Sun’ was supposed to be Brad’s first starring role of his career. The movie was shot in pre-war Yugoslavia in 1988 and appeared to be going well. This was the chance that Brad had been waiting for his entire career. Unfortunately, civil war gripped the nation before the film was completely edited.
The war meant that the majority of the film got lost along the way. They needed to wait for the war to end before anyone could look for the footage. After five years of searching, the team found all of the film and returned it to the producer of the movie. Thankfully, they were able to put it all together at long last and the film when direct to video in 1997, almost a decade after it was shot.