Brad Pitt: I Was Really Uncomfortable with Fame
By DAVID WEINER
November 27, 2012
Is there such a thing as a good bad guy? Brad Pitt talks about his new crime drama Killing Them Softly and his decade-long grapple with the harsh spotlight of fame with The Insider's Kevin Frazier.
"I was very uncomfortable with it for the '90s," Brad tells Kevin about making peace with fame. "I was really uncomfortable with it, and unsatisfied with it. You know, I didn't really want to talk about [myself]. I didn't really grow up that way, so to speak. And then, yet, there are interesting things to talk about, so I started getting a handle on that, and then realized that I may not be able to get out of that spotlight, but I can hold up a mirror and reflect it onto people who might really need it, and there's a certain peace that comes with that, and I'll take that trade-off any day."
The gritty new mob thriller Killing Them Softly re-teams Brad with his The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford director Andrew Dominik and follows what happens after a couple of not-too-bright guys (Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn) decide to rob a Mafia-protected card game, prompting Mob enforcer Brad to track them down and restore order in the criminal world. In theaters Friday, the film also stars Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta and Sam Shepard.
Watch the video to find out which mob movies are Brad's favorites!