Brad Pitt talks about Angelina’s mastectomy: ‘It was a beautiful thing to watch’

Brad Pitt appeared on Good Morning America yesterday to promote World War Z, which comes out two Fridays from now. Brad has been hustling WWZ hard for a while – this film really needs to make major money so it can at least break even with the crazy production costs. I’m considering seeing it to support Brad’s project, although I think the buzz/excitement level for the film has dimmed considerably now that critics have actually watched the film. Which means that Brad has to shill a little harder, and that he was open to taking questions about Angelina’s double mastectomy. Video and transcript below:

Just over one month since Angelina Jolie announced to the world she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy, the actress and mother of six is back to “business as usual,” according to her fiance, Brad Pitt.

“She’s doing great,” Pitt, 49, said today on ” Good Morning America.” “When she wrote her piece we had already come out the other end and we’re feeling very good about it.”

Jolie’s essay in the New York Times explaining how she had both breasts removed after being diagnosed with a rare mutation of the BRCA gene that put her risk of developing breast cancer at nearly 90 percent sparked a global conversation on genetic screening and preemptive medical procedures.

Pitt called the reaction to Jolie’s decision to go public with her very private decision a “beautiful thing to watch.”

“We were really surprised and moved [at] how many other people were dealing with the same issue,” Pitt said. “Her idea was that someone could learn from her story and she would love to share that. I’ve been moved by it from every stage of this thing, especially now, and it seems to be a galvanizing moment for people dealing with this. She’s certainly shown that if you do your research that you can make a decision that’s the best for you. It doesn’t have to be a scary thing. It can be an empowering thing.”

Pitt says the movie, in which he plays a United Nations troubleshooter trying to defend the world against a global zombie invasion, struck a chord for him as a dad in real-life.

“That’s the only thing that keeps me up at night [as a dad],” he said. “Is everyone safe? We tried to make this thing as real as possible when we put in those fears, certainly.”

While Pitt thinks about keeping his kids safe, they, specifically his sons, Knox, 4, Maddox, 11, and Pax, 8, inspired him to create the much-anticipated thriller, in theaters June 21.

“My boys love these things so they were the first impetus to start exploring,” he said of the film, a project Pitt has pursued for several years. “If we were going to do it we want it to be authentic,” he said. “We want to originate it in some way. We worked really hard at it and that’s why it’s taken so many years to get it to the screen.”

[From GMA/Yahoo]

Brad also says that the next stop for the film is Moscow! Hopefully that will be this week, and hopefully Angelina will come to Moscow with him. I love Angelina in Russia. She always brings it, and I do think her look is very “Russian” or Russian-friendly. If anyone has the dates for the rest of the premieres, please post them! I also want to know when the NYC and LA premieres will be – I’m assuming next week, closer to the opening. Ah, the NYC premiere was last night and the movie opens this weekend. Thanks.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

 

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  1. bowers says:

    While I think she did the right thing, I also think he needs to stfu most of the time.

    • emmaV1 says:

      I do agree Brad talks a lot, sometimes too much whereas for all the “Jolie is a publicity hag” crap that gets thrown her way, I personally feel Angelina never overshares.

      However I hope the Brad stfu/he talks too much doesn’t have anything to do with his supposedly dissing JA in every interview cause he never refers to her by name and always complains that he was the problem in the marriage which is why he felt unfulfilled when married.

      • NM9005 says:

        Jolie always overshares but she’s interesting enough not to blame her for it. And she’s more eloquent than Pitt. Basically, she’s a bad-ass and he…not so much. It says a lot that he never really has a story, he just uses his gf and children to help promote his film.

    • RHONYC says:

      @ Bowers

      DOUBLE THIS!!!

      along with his use of $5 dictionary words that I have to look up so he can appear oh so intelligent.

      couldn’t he just say he was encouraged by his sons to do the movie?

      Aye carumba. :roll:

      • Buckwild says:

        Yup, I love me some Brangelina but Brad needs to stop. “It was a beautiful thing”? Really? I’m assuming he meant the actual outcome and the support they received but sometimes “beautiful” is just not the right word, it comes off fake and pompous when we all know what surgery/health related issues are really like. PLEASE BRAD LET ANGIE DO THE TALKING

      • Buckwild says:

        That being said, I’m def going to watch WWZ.

      • Hakura says:

        @Buckwild – I definitely see your point. Although I think in this case, it was the huge response to her message, & rise of support for others to take their health decisions into their own hands (& that what she shared reached & educated so many people)… that was ‘beautiful’.

        Although at times, it sometimes looks like he’s saying watching her go through the horrible experience was ‘beautiful’ xD Not so much.

    • Lucy2 says:

      I tend to agree- he definitely overshares and uses his personal life to promote his movies. I don’t have an issue with him talking about the mastectomy, I think it’s an important issue worthy of discussion- I just wish it wasn’t in the context of promoting a film.

      It seems like many fans of the source material are not too pleased with what the film looks to be, but I would imagine with all the publicity, it will probably do OK numbers world wide. I have no interest in seeing it myself though.

    • marie says:

      yes, completely agree. I plan on seeing the movie, but not until I can get the DVD.

    • roxy750 says:

      ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!! HAHAHA, oh thanks for that!

    • Jade says:

      I agree Bowers! hes a moron

  2. lisa2 says:

    The film come out this Friday; June 21st. And buzz has not slowed down; it has gotten louder. So far it is at 79 on RT and it has a 99% want to see. I’m sure it will drop on the meter, but the tweets from the people that actually saw it are very positive.

    The NYC premier was last night and it was crazy insane for Brad. The crowds were screaming and just going nuts. I saw the live stream. Angie was not there, but Brad’s brother Doug and his family attended; wife and 3 kids and Jon Voight flew in and Angie’s brother’s Jamie with girlfriend was there as well. Family affair. The whole family flew in with Brad(he said this in an interview) there were pics of Shiloh and Zahara out shopping.

    Brad left NYC last night after the after party heading to Russia for the Premier on June 20th.

    If people don’t like his answers to questions.. have the interviewers ask something different.

    There is a Rio premier on June 24th. To my knowledge there is no LA premier. Rumors of one but no date. And again the film opens on Friday this week.

    • NM9005 says:

      Have you actually read some of the reviews? It’s basically a mindless action film with a crap finale. There is nothing ‘World War Z’ about it, which is why I think people who read the book aren’t going to see it based on the reviews.

      The film has some strong points, obviously it’s supposed to be a blockbuster, but it’s pretty generic downright awful considering the book it’s based on. Heck, I even read a review that basically said to check my pretense if one expects this to be a page by page adaptation. Because people should enjoy a looser adaptation. Which is weird considering this was Pitt’s pet project and thought to be very close to the original until they reshot so much.

      They are lowering expectations which is not good but alright if you just want a zombie film so there is an audience I’m sure.

      • Jess says:

        He bought the rights before he’d even read it, before almost everyone had. Apparently he thought it was going to be something entirely different, more in the vein of The Zombie Survival Guide, and after reading reviews it’s hard not to assume he just made the movie he’d wanted to make before reading the book.

      • Eli says:

        Not surprising! Brad READ a book? Doubtful! And that is evident in the way he speaks.

        .

        Sorry, but the man has not aged well. He has picked up a double chin, the hair always appears greasy and for the love of God, you are 50 years old…. Cut that hair!!

      • Cletus says:

        I read WWZ and when I heard they were making into a movie I was like… well, it could be okay, if they, like, do flashbacks and shit. But from what I have seen, it is NOTHING like that, which really sucks. I’m gonna skip it. It will just piss me OFF.

  3. Lilo says:

    The title is so misleading! I thought he actually watched the procedure and calles it beautiful ^^ :D

  4. Jalopy says:

    Its Go Time. Brad has to deploy everything in the arsenal. Cue pics of the kids, talk of masectomies and the always reliable bashing of the ex. How about you just dont option a great ensemble story only to butcher and make it about you, you, YOU. How about you just dont do that Brad!

    • emmaV1 says:

      The ex bashing is all media conjured up especially as Brad never refers to her by name and always says he was the problem in the marriage.

      In any case, it seems recently the public isnt too warm towards BOTH brad and Jen, feeling over saturated, whereas Angelina has had goodwill sent her way

      • Jalopy says:

        Unless he is a complete moron he know that referencing that period so negatively will trigger a frenzy. Hes not even oblique about it. Aaaargh! I just cant get on board with any of this people. Him, Jen even Jolie will milk their stupid private lives to their deaths. Cant they just take acting lessons??! And in Brads case take lessons and keep his vain mitts off good boooks.

      • Jalopy says:

        Unless he is a complete moron he know that referencing that period so negatively will trigger a frenzy. Hes not even oblique about it. Aaaargh! I just cant get on board with any of this people. Him, Jen even Jolie will milk their stupid private lives to their deaths. Cant they just take acting lessons??! And in Brads case take lessons and keep his vain mitts off good books.

      • FLORC says:

        He can keep making movies from books. The reviews for this movie are all fantastic. Brad is a little dim at times when referencing his marriage or time during his marriage, but he shouldn’t have to erase the years he was married to Jen because people don’t like hearing about it. Other things happened during those years and a major epiphany. He also takes full responsibility for the marriage going the way it did because he just didn’t want to be the man he was with Jen. Brad and Ang try to be as discreet as possible, but just because we see them every once in a while and they know how to play the game doesn’t mean they’re milking anything. It means they want to go out like a normal family.
        Meanwhile, Jen has minions for friends that go for blood.

        Also, Brad is one of the few hot male actors of his early years that made the crossover into being a serious actor with serious talent. My opinion.

      • Kato says:

        Brads fan base is very good at spinning his blubber mouth ways but the fact is that Angie has a far more colorful past but you will never hear her spilling to the mags. Brad is either very stupid or very spiteful to keep opening his trap about his former marital miseries.

        Also I find it hard to believe that anyone who read the book would be ok with what Brad and his production team have done to it. Such wasted potential really. I hope he has enough of a conscience to sell the Rights so that someone else can make the real World War Z.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        @Kato-Have you seen an advanced screening of the movie?
        …because almost every critic is giving the movie GREAT reviews. It’s too early to gauge what audiences will think but why condemn it based on…what?..a trailer?

      • Jalopy says:

        TOK

        I know you werent talking to me but allow me to rudely pipe in. The reviews are all coming with a caveat basically stating that you should park your brain at the door. They have no choice but to view it for what it is and that is a mindless CGI blockbuster. And I suppose it does quite well in that genre because, well, theres not too much competition there. I would have no problem with Pitt attempting his Tom-Cruise-thing if he wasnt trying to pass that crap as World War Z.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        @Jalopy-Not rude at all!
        I get your point but it doesn’t surprise me because I thought that’s what it was supposed to be-just a zombie action movie.
        But then again, I never read the book. I haven’t read the reviews because I usually try to avoid spoilers or reviews that might color my perception of the movie before I see it-I’m a movie purist like that ;)
        BUT I like to see how a movie is trending on RT and it looks like it’s doing well. So is it just the fans of the book who are upset with it?

      • FLORC says:

        Kato
        Read the book and loved it. Really excited to see the movie too.

        AJ has a colorful past (don’t we all?), but she isn’t that person anymore and has moved on. She honestly seems to have found a true passion in charity work and being a mother.

        Like I said. Brad can be dim at times, but he never blamed Jen for the marriage issues. He shouldn’t have to not talk about a point in his life where he was going through tough time and evolving as a person because he was also married and seperating from Jen then too. I think both Brad and Jen can hush up about each other when it’s time to promote a movie, but that’s the game they must play.

      • Lucrezia says:

        @ OK, obviously I’m not Jalopy, but I’m sure he/she won’t mind me also butting in :P

        RT is being a little weird with the fresh/rotten rating they’re attaching to reviews. Just quickly scanning the “fresh” reviews, several of them say things like “not truly bad” or “ends up feeling sprawling and empty” or “not quite creative or original enough”.

        I wouldn’t call those “GREAT” reviews. The general impression I got was that they’re saying it’s fine … not WWZ, and not ground-breaking, but not a bad action block-buster.

        But, on the other hand, I do see why it’s hard to simply categorise these reviews into fresh/rotten. Even if it was the best action film ever made, reviewers would still have to mention that anyone expecting a politics-heavy thriller (like the book) or a scary/gory horror (like most zombie movies) is going to be disappointed.

        There’s really no way to escape mixed reviews if you’re going to make an adaptation that is so far from the original source/s.

  5. pwal says:

    It comes out this Friday, Kaiser. And that Channing Tatum flick is the following Friday, the 29th.

  6. emmaV1 says:

    WWZ seems on track to get at least a positive rating on rotten tomatoes once all reviews are in, and with all the CGI, it should definitely hit at least 400 million worldwide to break even, though I don’t know how big the profits will be.

  7. FLORC says:

    That man loves his wife (for all we know they’re married already) so freaking much! It’s really nice to see. And is Shiloh wearing a skirt or shorts? She’s such a cutie.

  8. do yourself a favor- see it says:

    I’m not sure what “bad” buzz you’ve heard, but most everything I’ve seen has been really positive. I got to see a WWZ screening (in NJ)- it was so excellent!! Much, much better than MOS- this critic (& many others)agree with me and yes, the story is good and the set pieces are ASTONISHING:

    FTA:
    So what about “World War Z”? Pitt left New York right after the premiere to fly to Moscow. He’s literally traipsed all over the world promoting this movie. I don’t think he’s left a stone unturned. And why not? The movie is terrific fun, very scary but not gory. Seeing it a second time, and without jet lag, I liked it even more. There have been plenty of stories of reshoots. But “World War Z” works, and has a third act with a real story — unlike “Man of Steel.” Director Marc Forster has been able to combine massive, memorable set pieces with great little character bits. The script is heavily invested in Brad’s — Gerry’s– family– his wife, played by Mirielle Enos, and their two daughters. And you buy it from the beginning. The major set pieces are remarkable. From the non stop opening sequence– which goes on for about 20 minutes– to another in “Israel” (really Malta), then on a commercial airliner (the Zombies are in coach), to the riveting ending in zombie-filled laboratory in Cardiff, Wales– “World War Z” is actual blockbuster entertainment.
    -
    http://www.showbiz411.com/2013/06/18/world-war-z-plays-big-at-new-york-premiere-with-angelina-jolies-dad-and-brother

    • Latisse says:

      Thank you WWZ PR guy. I’m not going to see this film. I personally think it is disgusting how he is using the mastectomy to promote it. I also think it’s pathetic that he ruined a really good character driven book and turned it into another empty HW blockbuster. I hope it flops.

      • videli says:

        Actually there’s very few fully flashed characters in WWZ, the book.

      • Lucrezia says:

        I agree the characters aren’t rounded. But what would you call it? (Serious question, no snark. I honestly don’t know how to define it.)

        The overall story isn’t character-driven, it’s plot-driven … but there are definitely distinct characters, and some of the individual vignettes lean towards being character-driven (e.g., blind sword guy and the Japanese computer-obsessed kid). What do you call that?

      • videli says:

        The two Japanese characters are the only ones that I was having in mind when I wrote about the presence of just a few. (And maybe the military guy. And maybe that suburban lady who appears in the first part who’s initially so comfortable with her existence and a touch xenophobic.)
        For those who have not read the book, these will not be spoilers, because the film is probably going to ignore these awesome stories.
        The poster above was using a stock phrase. I don’t know how to call them – voices, protagonists, testimonies. If there’s a character in the book it’s humanity as a whole – and certainly not Brad Pitt.

    • Kiddo says:

      @Latisse

      You have me LMAO with “PR guy”. So true.

  9. Dave says:

    Urgggghhhh overkill…. stop trying to sell this crap to us

  10. RHONYC says:

    “Pitt says the movie, in which he plays a United Nations troubleshooter trying to defend the world against a global zombie invasion, ”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    PWEFT! 8O
    having worked closely with many UN people, i almost bit my tongue laughing at this description!

    BWAHA!

    BWAHAJAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHSHAHAHA!
    :lol: :lol: :lol:

  11. date night! says:

    We will DEFINITELY be seeing this- finally, a movie we can agree on- yea!! My sons are also attending a birthday party this weekend where the main event is all of them going to WWZ- they are so excited! Of course, Mom and Dad will be seeing it a day before- “No fair, Mom! You get to see it before us!!”

  12. Mew says:

    Ok, now it’s really starting to go over the top. Cool down Jolie-Pitt family. Take a break, breathe and chill.

  13. Jess says:

    I was hoping WWZ would at least be an interesting disaster, but every review I’ve read so far (even the ‘fresh’ reviews on RT, hell even the hyped up fanboy reviews and tweets) makes it sound like a bloated bore.

    I hate that they kept the name but essentially threw the rest of the source material in the trash. WWZ is brilliant. It should never have been a ‘Brad Pitt tries to save the world’ blockbuster, but now it will be ages before someone takes a proper crack at it.

    Also Brad is really starting to look like Beau Bridges. Didn’t see that coming.

    • look at genetics says:

      Beau? More like Bill (Pitt). All’s you have to do is look at Brad’s father- old pics of his dad show a much more chiseled look, too. Now, he’s a full-faced chubby grandpa looking dude, still handsome, but older. His mom & his siblings also seem to struggle to keep the weight off- Doug seems to do a lot of extreme biking & hiking and still has bloat. In contrast, Angie’s dad & brother look like bean poles, just like Angie. It is interesting to see these combined genes in the bio JP kids.

    • Janet says:

      @Jess: The book, while very good, is essentially a collection of vignettes of different people at different times and in different places. There are separate story lines going all over the place. There is no way it could be made into a coherent movie and remain faithful to the book. They had to pick one story line and go with that.

      That said, we’re well aware that you have a huge emotional investment in seeing this movie fail. Good luck with that.

      • Bonfire says:

        What on earth are you talking about?? People who have seen the first script said it was brilliant, possibly award winning which woild have been very unusual for a zombie film. But that was before Brads Plan B began with the rewrites. That initial script threaded multiple stories from around the world FYI. This is widely reported, I cant believe the fangirls think we are so amnesiac as to forget.

        I will watch this film though. I will numb myself with wine then log onto Pirate Bay – that still exists right?

      • doofus says:

        “There are separate story lines going all over the place. There is no way it could be made into a coherent movie and remain faithful to the book.”

        haven’t read this book but I don’t totally agree with that. there have been other movies that jump around with story lines and place in time regarding the same overall story, and have been successful with that method. It didn’t come from a book, but Pulp Fiction pulled that off quite nicely.

        I want this movie to be good as I like Zombie related stuff, but I’ll see how the public reacts as well as the “official” reviews.

      • Janet says:

        @doofus: Pulp Fiction is the only movie I know of that did pull it off well, and a lot of people still complained that they couldn’t follow it. I thought it was brilliant the way Tarantino filmed it but that was JMO.

      • AZ says:

        Janet: Maybe those type of audiences have no business around World War Z.

        I dont know why a studio would dumb down a successful book to appease the lowest denominator.

        They should have left the book alone and written their dumbass shyte independently.

      • doofus says:

        “I dont know why a studio would dumb down a successful book to appease the lowest denominator.”

        It sucks, but the reality is that a majority of the movie-going public IS the lowest denominator. H’wood has been dumbing down movies for years now, and it’s annoying as hell. That’s why, when there’s a “smart” movie that requires the viewer to think a little bit (like “Inception” or “The Usual Suspects”), I SQUEEE with joy. I can take dumb/fun blockbusters, too, though, because they have their place.

        “They should have left the book alone and written their dumbass shyte independently.”

        This I agree with completely. There’s a movie about this…a guy writes a great, smart script that gets picked up by a major studio and by the time the “re-writes” are done, it’s not even the same story. don’t remember the name of it, but it was a very decent comedy about what a LOT of screenwriters go through.

      • Lucrezia says:

        It wouldn’t have had to have a complex, interweaving, Pulp-Fiction style structure.

        It would’ve been easy enough to do it documentary-style and show interviews spliced with flashbacks and/or archival footage.

  14. aang says:

    The trailor was awful. The whole “happy family in danger, dad fights to save cute little girls”, blah. Why even bother trying to humanize such a cliche story line? I know it by heart. The CGI of the all the people or zombies cimbing/falling all over one another looks really budget. So tired of apocalypse movies. How many times can I see “big city america” destroyed? Same goes for Pacific Rim and any other destruction p0rn trailors I saw recently.

  15. toto says:

    For the first time in my life I will watch zombi movie because its brad Pitt movie. So far the reviews are good , No gory is a very encouraging point for me. thx to “do yourself a favor- see it” I’am little coward for all horror movies :(

    • Hakura says:

      I really wish you luck. I’m completely ‘anti-horror’ movie, myself. I’ve never enjoyed being scared.

      (Plus my ‘oh so creative’ brain likes to use them to decide what my nightmares should be about. All well & good until I end up the main character xD)

  16. serena says:

    Yup Brad needs support for this movie.

  17. Aud says:

    Every time I see Brad talk i just want to throw things at the TV.
    Talk about a non-intellectual himbo.

  18. MsGoblin says:

    “Authentic” zombies? What have I missed?

  19. lenje says:

    IMO, his excessive promoting doesn’t differ much to what others do — except that it’s guaranteed the exhaustive triangle crap will help garner more comments on gossip/entertainment boards. Not sure if that will translate to BO number. If you read discussion on THE movie, it, looks like fans of the book and the genre are not that enthusiastic. But who knows? If the general audience find it pleasing enough, words of mouth will help sell the movie domestically. My prediction is it will gain much more significantly from the international market.

  20. Dibba says:

    Movie looks god awful, but its not my kind of movie. Celebs must walk a fine line between sharing personal stuff (which everyone wants) and then appearing to be exploiting it. I think both he and AJ genuinely feel like they want to be able to help people by talking about this issue.

  21. Rhea says:

    I think the movie will be fine outside the US—where not so many people read the book already (so no expectation) or depending on movie critics for choosing a movie to watch. Which is why he’s working hard to promote it around the world.

    IMO, the movie would be a good one to watch if you’re just looking for something mindless to watch. I would watch it with hubby, for sure.

    Also, I think it’s the media that often times overkill in reporting celebrities. In example, Kardashian. Or about K.Stew and R.Patz before. LeAnn & Brandy. Or when TomKat divorced. Too much to the point where people getting bored already. JMO.

  22. loveisthecoal says:

    I just wanted to say that the third picture from the bottom, where Zahara appears to be dragging Angelina along, is cracking me up. I guess we can see who runs the show! :)

  23. Kiddo says:

    That pewter or gun metal colored suit with matching boots is the ultimate FUG. I absolutely despise it.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      He looks like he just finished cleaning a chimney and those pants need to be hemmed. Terrible.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        Kitten, I think that he’s dressing like the character. I just looked at the movie poster, and he’s wearing almost the exact same outfit on the poster and at premieres-except he added a blazer. I think it would look nicer if the pants were different and his hair wasn’t so long…I hate hobo looking Brad…although I am a little amazed that he’s fifty years old and can grow that much hair. I don’t even think his dad’s got a bald spot yet.

      • Kiddo says:

        @Virgilia Coriolanus

        That’s how he always dresses. Wrinkled jackets, a Tee and sloppy pants. I think he has exactly the same ensemble but only in black. I think it’s the “I’m cool ’cause I don’t care” look, which usually translates into I care a lot to formulate this “I don’t care” routine.

  24. TheOriginalKitten says:

    I’m wondering where you people get your movie reviews from?

    WWZ is trending at 80% on rotten tomatoes, which is pretty damn good, maybe even excellent, for an action film. Just because you read one bad review that panned it or you thought the trailer made the movie look bad, doesn’t mean the movie is shitty, kids.

    • GrandPoobah says:

      Going from Rotten Tomato

      From the ‘fresh’ ratings: ‘…yet the movie ends up feeling sprawling and empty…’

      ‘Horror fans should expect a mindless popcorn muncher…’

      ‘World War Z isn’t truly bad; it’s competently made…’

      ‘Will you care? If you just like looking at stuff that’s cool, sure.’

      ‘While some of World War Z is rotten, the whole stands as a punchy, if conventional action thriller.’

      ‘The film captures little of the chilling plausibility present in the original book. Adjust your expections, however, and there’s a surprisingly fun ride to be had’

      ‘Choosing quantity over quality, intensity over tension and big screen thrills over low-fi shocks…’

      ‘World War Z is not quite creative or original enough’

      ‘…it contains spectacular crowd scenes…but the film lacks strong meat-of the emotional and bloody zombie-cannibal sort.’

      The movie doesnt seem to be outright shitty but quite of few of the positive reviews come with caveats and that’s not a good sign.

      Rotten tomatoes doesn’t have a category for mixed reviews so a lot of those get shifted into the ‘fresh’ pile even if the reviewer was on the fence about it. It’s got a 59 out of 100 on Metacritic which I find to usually be more accurate since they factor in mixed reviews.

      Full disclosure: I’m a fan of the book which could have been done beautifully as a miniseries or as a Pulp Fiction-style movie with interweaving storylines.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        ..yeah but that’s what this movie is supposed to be right? It’s like going to MI:2 and being upset that your world wasn’t changed by Tom Cruise jumping from trains and shooting bad guys. It’s to entertain, not to move your soul.

        …maybe you guys just have greater expectations for action flicks?
        I don’t see the problem with the reviews, but then again, I never read the books..

        I do agree with you about metacritic and reviews that come with caveats but I feel like action movies generally do, no?

      • Sandy says:

        Yet, there many positive reviews and some even on rotten tomatoes, but those aren’t posted. I’m not going to post them because I don’t have time to be petty. All reviews aren’t bad. One shouldn’t make it sound like they are all negative and there aren’t any good.

      • Janet says:

        @Poobah: I get the feeling your whole life is about extracting every last little nugget of negativity wherever you can find it.

      • Lucrezia says:

        Sandy/Janet: I think you’re missing GrandPoobah’s point. He/she wasn’t saying there aren’t good reviews, simply that Rotten Tomatoes is dumping a lot of mixed/mediocre reviews into the “fresh” pile.

        It’s easy to understand why RT is doing that – it’s a hard film to review because you have to mention the things it isn’t (a true adaptation of the book, or a horror film), as well as what it is (a good action flick). So any review has to be mixed. But, at the same time, if you’re just going off the 80% “fresh” score, it could be a bit misleading.

        In this case, it sounds like TOKitten isn’t being misled, she’s expecting an action film and that’s what she’s going to get.

        Personally, I’m going to go see it as an action flick, and I’m sure I’ll enjoy it as such (it being horror-lite is a positive for me – I hate scary movies.) But as a book-fan I’m also disappointed that it’s not a WWZ geo-political-documentary-thriller.

    • Loira says:

      Brad said that he wanted to make a move ft for his older children to watch.
      I hear the movie does not show guts and gore, so some zombie and horror fans are complaining. There are other things they are going to complain.
      The quality of the effects, the story, etc. Add to that the JP bashers.
      I know it is an action movie that will be pg 13 or so. I do not expect the world to be changed with this movie, but for sure We will watch it next week!

  25. Virgilia Coriolanus says:

    Maybe I’m just too much of a fan (of both of them), but I don’t really see him talking about Angelina’s mastectomy as overkill. Unless he’s talked about it extensively other times, he has made two statements before the promotions of WWZ started, he was asked questions about it at the first premiere that Angelina attended, and at this premiere/interview. I don’t see that as overkill.

    It’s been all over the news, which is why I would think people are “over it”, but it’s not him. I don’t know. I don’t really think it’s a promotional tool…people aren’t going to see this film because Brad’s partner got a mastectomy. They’re going to see it because they think it looks good. I wouldn’t go see a film just because an actor’s partner went/is going through a rough point in their life…I’m going to see it if it looks good.

    And from what I’m hearing, the book was a bunch of different stories lines, and were basically interviews of different people who were there. How did the fans expect the movie to turn out? It’s not possible to do it like the book…I think that would be too slow and too confusing.

    I’ve also heard only good things about the film, so I’m not getting what’s wrong with it.

    Just wanted to also say that I think it’s sweet that he’s always praising her in interviews, trying to make her feel special. Like with their engagement. Sure, since they have six kids they could’ve just gotten married right away, but it occurred to me that her two previous weddings were quickies, and had no engagement period. I think he wants to make this special and romantic for her, by having an engagement….and it was probably pushed off more because of her surgeries.

    • Bonfire says:

      What did I as a book fan expect? Thats easy! A multi-arch story devoid of a singular hero that didnt shy from prodding themes around inter-government cooperation. You could just say we expected World War Z. He had no business turning it into some generic summer blockbuster complete with a blonde blue eyed savior.

      The irony here is had they gone for the ensemble piece without all the noisy effects this could have made good cash. And the overheads with the rewrites, reshoots and excess CGI could have been avoided. It could have ridden to a profit on the backs of smarter film goers. Instead its got to make a gajillion dollars and its competing with Superman for young viewers and escapist adult audiences.

      My bf reminds me that Brad was in Babel. This wouldnt have been his first rodeo with multiple stories that tie in. Brad is such a stupid head honestly.

      • toto says:

        For god sake you are judging the movie without seeing it lol
        Cool down .. The davinici code was a very good book .. IMO, but the film was not up to the book by 30%. And I said this after I watch it in the theater but I was never mad at the screen writer nor Tom Hanks.. lol
        If you really movie goer and book reader you know by now most really well written books will not be easy to show thier greatness in amovie no matter what …the power of story telling and words has its magic..maybe brad loves it just like you do and wanted to capture the idea of it ..i say let see it first maybe we enjoy what he could capture.
        there is World of Movies
        there is world of books

      • Sandy says:

        This would have made good cash? The film hasn’t even came out yet and your already predicting totals. It will probably do okay in the u.s.a. and make alot overseas. All of Brad and Angelina movies are the same. They do moderate in the U.S. and massive overseas. I heard it is suppose to be playing in China.No one is forcing anyone to go see a movie and I highly doubt the audience to a film like this mostly male, will just go see a movie just because his partner had a mastectomy. How dumb does that sound Imagine two friends talking. One says I had no interest in WWZ starring Brad Pitt. Oh, I guess we’ll go see it now since Angelina got implants!

      • alfalfa says:

        no, it wont be playing in China. it was banned there.

    • Hakura says:

      @Virgilia Coriolanus – I agree, that Brad is no doubt being asked these questions about the mastectomy in -every- interview.

      I’m sure most are banking on the fact that people are still curious enough to spark some interest (for bringing in viewers/readers), especially after that ‘court’s decision’ announcement recently. They *all* want to be the one to get some kind of ‘exclusive’ new information. (Like “Oh yeah, she had the mastectomy, but also decided to have a butt cheek removed, You know, just because.” Idiots.)

      It seems like he has a ‘set’ answer he decided on ahead of time, knowing he’d be asked, & just says it the same way every time. (Just sometimes stumbling on the wording).

      I truly don’t think he’d ever try to use *that* to promote himself or a project. The production company & promoters? They might consider it, but I think he’d put his foot down on that.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        Well yeah, especially since he didn’t say anything about it in the Esquire interview, and beyond giving some encouraging and supporting statements about Angelina, he hasn’t really said anything else. If this news had come months before or after WWZ, I think he would’ve been questioned anyway.

  26. MousieBrown says:

    Yes, it’s very authentic – several zombies were hired as creative consultants.

    Yawn…..

  27. lolalola3 says:

    Dear Brad,
    STFU.

    Thank you, L.

  28. Maggie says:

    It appears he recently had highlites put in his hair. And fillers in his face. Lots of fillers.

    • Irishae says:

      I came here to suggest that myself. It could booze or carb face, but then he’d be bloated in other places. Which he isn’t. It also seemed to happen overnight. Combined with the hint of desperation I’ve gotten from him lately…I dunno.

  29. teri says:

    I think Brad looks delicious and I can’t wait to see this movie. As far as Brad talking about his fiance, I think it’s great. I see negative Nellies commenting but it looks like you all broke your neck to write your gibberish first, I mean since you don’t like hearing about her or Brad.

  30. Marybel says:

    That simple shit is smoking more than weed.

  31. Maggie says:

    He seems uncomfortable to me.

  32. TheOriginalKitten says:

    NO WAY he woz truley doing that. NO EFFIN’ WAY, dude.

  33. Amelia says:

    I’m not moved in too much one way or the other by Pitt, Jolie or Aniston (although Theroux’s jeans give me pause). But I do think all of the stfu comments and over sharing comments directed toward Pitt are a bit of overkill. I remember when JA and BP first split, and the reaction from the public was huge, as if they were personally vested. I also remember JA making mention of the divorce and making not-so-subtle slams at BP and AJ in Vanity Fair and a few other places. I’m talking direct slams. Pitts comments have always been self-deprecating and placing blame on himself. I’ve not heard him once blame JA for their marriage failure. (And marriage failure, just like marital success, takes two.)

    I don’t know if Pitt is dim, though I doubt it, or if he’s baked, which I doubt a mom of six would let a dad of six get away with. But I’ve seen lots of other celebrities over share in much more ways and for less of a reason than film promotion. If reporters and interviewers are going to ask the question, the savvy celeb will answer it. If they don’t answer, they’re branded as difficult or uncooperative.

    If my life consisted of living under a microscope, I don’t know if I could comport myself any better.

    BUT… I would wash and cut my hair.