Brad Pitt is a God-fearing man. It’s just that his gods are Mickey Rourke, Sean Penn and Gary Oldman. Pitt was promoting Benjamin Button in Paris when he reacted to his Oscar nomination for Best Actor, and to his film’s thirteen total nominations. He complimented his fellow nominees by saying, “When I started out my Gods, so to speak, were Gary Oldman, Sean Penn and Mickey Rourke.”
Pitt also complimented co-nominee Richard Jenkins, saying, “And since then Richard Jenkins has become a great friend and someone I admire.” Pitt did not offer any praise or compliments to Frost/Nixon’s Frank Langella, however. The ghost of Nixon will haunt him now.
Brad Pitt said he is honoured to have made the Oscar Best Actor nominations list.
The actor was out in Paris promoting his film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – a drama where he plays a man who ages backwards.
The film led the field of Oscar contenders with 13 nominations, including best picture.
Pitt said: “When I started out my Gods, so to speak, were Gary Oldman, Sean Penn and Mikey Rourke and so it’s a real honour for me to be sitting at the same table and be mentioned in the same way with these fine actors.
“And since then Richard Jenkins has become a great friend and someone I admire… So it’s a fickle business but it’s nice when your number comes up.”
Pitt, arrived at the premiere of the film with his partner Angelina Jolie but she slipped into the background while he promoted his movie.
Pitt said: “The Benjamin character is really more about receiving, about the people he meets along the way. They have the burden of performance and Benjamin has the burden of taking all that in and how he simulates that.”
The film will vie for best picture with Slumdog Millionaire, Milk, The Reader and Frost/Nixon.
[From ITN News]
Sean Penn and Brad Pitt have made a film together called Tree of Life, directed by Terrence Malick. When filming last year, there was gossip that they didn’t get along and that there were many fights between the two actors. I wonder if there was any truth to the rumored “battle” and if Brad is trying to make nice with Sean Penn. God know Sean won’t be the one to try to bury the hatchet first.
Here’s Mickey Rourke with Bai Ling in London on January 12th. Images thanks to Fame.