Brad Pitt approves of Charlie Hunnam for Christian Grey. Seriously.

This is the weirdest Brad Pitt story/interview. Every site that I’ve seen is using Brad Pitt’s rather innocuous quote about Angelina – he says he’s “jealous” of Angelina’s alone-time with the kids in Sydney – instead of his much more noteworthy and absolutely random quotes about Charlie Hunnam. Did you even know that Brad Pitt was aware that a person named Charlie Hunnam exists? I wouldn’t even think Hunnam would be on Pitt’s radar, but Brad is aware and not only that, Brad really likes Charlie. And Brad thinks Charlie will make a great Christian Grey. WTF?

The news of Charlie Hunnam’s casting as Christian Grey in the upcoming film adaptation of E L James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” continues to have Hollywood – and fans – buzzing. And while the fan debate rages on, as to whether Charlie – perhaps best known for his role as Jackson “Jax” Teller on FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” – is the right choice, at least one fellow big screen leading man is lending Charlie his full support.

“I know Charlie, he’s a great guy!” Brad Pitt beamed to Access Hollywood at the Toronto Film Festival, when asked for his thoughts about the “Fifty Shades” casting news.

“He’s a good egg and one of the guys that are putting story and craft first,” Brad continued of Charlie, who many have said looks a lot like Brad. “I hope good things for him.”

In fact, Brad’s production company Plan B is slated to produce a vampire film “Vlad,” for which Charlie wrote the screenplay.

As for Brad, he was in Toronto promoting his new drama “12 Years A Slave,” in which he plays Samuel Bass – a Canadian abolitionist who helps Solomon Northrup (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor) gain his freedom after being kidnapped and sold into slavery in New York in 1841.

“It’s an incredible movie. It’s a very special film, it’s a rare film – it’s why we all get into the business,” Brad said of his new film.

While Brad was busy promoting the film in Toronto, Angelina Jolie was in Australia, along with the couple’s six children.

“Yeah, she’s got her hands full,” Brad joked with Access. “I’m actually jealous.”

[From Access Hollywood]

Charlie sold a script to Plan B? Well, that makes more sense, I guess. Plus Brad loves bikes and Charlie… rides bikes on Sons of Anarchy. Eh, I could see it. I could see Charlie becoming one of Brad’s dude friends. For whatever reason, men do seem to really love Brad.

What other Brad news is out there…? Let’s see. When he was talking up 12 Years a Slave, Brad said: “I just have to say, if I never get to participate in a film again, this is it for me. It was a privilege.” We get it, Brad! You’ll get your Oscar. At some point. When asked about possible awards for 12 Years, Brad said: “They all deserve it, every one of these performances is worthy.”

Also – Brad confirmed that Plan B is looking into making a sequel for World War Z, which has become Brad’s most profitable leading-role film ever, in his entire career. The way the film left off definitely had an opening for “what comes after the initial near-extinction” but it wouldn’t really be as war-tastic, I guess.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. SBJ says:

    Cut your hair already !

    I was a fan when he was younger but now I just find him obnoxious and he doesn’t age well. At all.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      He was truly beautiful when he was young. He could wear anything and have his hair in any style then and look great. I think he hasn’t accepted that he no longer can. The ponytail on a man his age just looks stupid. Sorry.

    • Rhiley says:

      I have to agree that he isn’t aging very well. He looks too shiny in these pictures, and kind of puffy in the face. I think he looks a lot like his father. I do, however, think there is something very sweet and genuine about him, and I don’t doubt he adores his family. Men who love their children and love spening time with them are always attractive to me, no matter what they look like on the outside.

      • Stef Leppard says:

        I agree with everything you said.

        It looks like he might have had work done. Such a shame; he was so beautiful when he was younger.

      • CTgirl says:

        He has the shine and crease-less countenance of a man who is indulging in facial treatments and/or plastic surgery. Note to Brad, plastic surgery on men is almost always a mistake (Al Pacino, Burt Reynolds, etc.).

      • RHONYC says:

        i was gonna say, either he’s been payin’ Angie’s esthetician overtime for those exfoliating facials or dude got some serious ‘contouring’ from his makeup artist esp. on his nose & cheekbones.

        i call both. ew, no bueno. :?

    • EmmaV1 says:

      Oh btw, before people go “Stop bringing in JA this has nothing to do with her” I’m pointing out the Brad looks old/bad is coming from her fans. Just go to any JA thread with Justin Theroux, like on yahoo (when they had that article on her stripper body in we’re the millers), any article on the Daily Mail, etc. and all the comments are like “Jen, you’re so hot! Justin is so hot! You go girl, you got away from that Brad who looks terrible these days along with Angelina”

    • Liberty says:

      Dude looks like Russell Ponytail’n'Suit Crowe in this photo. Look it up. Could play brothers in a movie.

    • Hypocrisy says:

      He looks 42 – 45 years old and doesn’t look like a man turning 50 in three months…and his body is still better looking, shape wise, proportions wise than 80% of american males over 20

      Actually, lots of 35+ and under 40 years old actors and male celebrities looked like barely 3 – 5 years younger than him face wise….including Fassbender…he certainly doesn’t look like 15 years younger…more like 5/8 years actually.

    • The Original Mia says:

      He has cut his hair. New pics out today show him with short, Army-regulated buzz cut. You got your wish.

    • Grant says:

      I think he looks great, but I love long hair on a man so long as it looks washed.

    • LAK says:

      Actually, he is turning into his father. I never thought he looked like his father at all, but the older he is, the more his father’s face is manifesting.

      Seriously people, Google Brad Pitt’s father and compare with pic above….

      It’s uncanny.

    • Hypocrisy says:

      He doesn’t age well ? How so when he looks years younger than Daniel Craig who is 5 years younger ?

      Craig face on the same page looks like he is well into his fifties and i have seen zero comments about his premature aging process…

    • Katie says:

      He has JUST cut his hair. The pics are up at LaineyGossip.

  2. RocketMerry says:

    In my mind, Brad Pitt is steadily becoming one of those middle aged actors who fancy themselves more professionally savvy than they actually are.

    It seems like Brad only makes good career choices when he is being managed by someone else, so he should quit doling out advice on the subject. He’s irritating.

    • Kim1 says:

      Brad has produced several Best Picture films in they the last few years.So he is very professionally savvy.He knows Charlie because they have the same manager.

      • manta says:

        ” several Best Picture films”. As best picture winners at the academy awards?
        Would you care to name what are these several films? Because I can only think of The Departed, and a few other names were involved to produce this one.

        Don’t think Argo, The Artist, The King’s Speech or Hurt Locker owe anything to him.

        Anyway I don’t think the merit of a film/producer is based on the number of awards (my personal favorites are generally too obscure to get noticed),I just find it weird that every time someone makes the slightest criticism about this guy, someone else feels it necessary to amplify evrything he’s done.

      • Kim1 says:

        My bad, I, left off the word nominated,Departed, Moneyball, Tree of Life.Hopefully TYAS will be added to list

    • drea says:

      To be fair, Brad’s body of work as a producer is interesting, and that’s where I think his “savvy” is most apparent. Whether you like him or not, he’s still a bonafide success story and I’m not surprised that people would take advice from him.

  3. Dawn says:

    I don’t think that Charlie is bad for 50 Shades of Grey, I think that the material is beneath him. Absolutely love him on SOA.

    • Pastyousayyouneverknew says:

      +1 I love him on SOA as well, I don’t get this whole “chemistry” thing they keep trying to sell between him and his co star (whose name I have forgotten already), he should just say he’s doing it for the exposure and the money he’s likely to make, I’d respect that more.

      • CC says:

        Realistically, he can’t say that even if it’s the truth. He’s not established enough to diss on his employer, which is always a no-no. Hell, even Harrison Ford got in trouble for his comments about Indiana Jones 4.

    • Jade says:

      ITA. When I first heard the casting, I shook my head and thought “Charlie’s better than this.”

    • Jade says:

      Brad’s not aging well because that’s the toll six kids have taken on him.

    • marina says:

      The material is beneath everyone with a brain cell. I read the books at the recommendation of my step-daughter. I didn’t have the heart to tell her I thought they were awful. She thought they were wonderful, but then again she loved Twilight.

  4. Anna says:

    I think every single straight guy I have ever asked, ‘which male celeb you’d go for’, said ‘Brad Pitt.’

    • blue marie says:

      ha ha, every guy I’ve asked has volunteered themselves.. I personally think Charlie’s better than this role, but maybe the movie will surprise me and be decent (I’m not holding my breath)

    • Max says:

      Comeon, straight guys? Its not a question I relish but if I had to answer it would be a manly man. Gruff and manly. A Ron Swanson type with the handiwork and the meat grilling. Think Harrison Ford. Brad Pitt is just too pretty and you just know he smells like some fancy nivea handcream.

      ………I have said too much

      • Pastyousayyouneverknew says:

        @Max lol

      • Anna says:

        Maybe a ‘manly-man’ is too uncomfortable/ intimidating. With Brad they were all like ‘oh come on, he’s just so f*cking good-looking!’ It’s like they were going off the same script – completely different guys, too, in terms of personality, looks, etc – maybe there’s some secret pact? Like ‘oh, I dont want to seem gay, so lets all agree on Pitt and if you’d do him, it’s totally not gay bc BRAD PITT.’

      • Mindy says:

        You had me at “fancy nivea handcream”. lol.

      • Rosie says:

        @Max The boys on Reddit worship at Ron Swansons DIY alter. So I can totally believe your post. Straight men love that testestorone, in a non-sexual way.

      • Kim1 says:

        Wow I have never read a comment from a straight guy on this site.Awesome

      • Max says:

        Kim 1

        That must mean you did not see my regretable confession on that piece on bullying days ago. Lucky for you.

        Seriously though, I get to read film news and see pics of Mila Kunis in the cyber-company of smart women. Whats there not to like? Also the bloggers at Superficial are lazy.

      • Tara says:

        Welcome Max lol!

      • Nono says:

        We pick Brad Pitt because he’s pretty.

    • marina says:

      I don’t know any straight guys who would answer that question.

  5. Andrea1 says:

    Brad is looking good for a man going on 50!
    Its a harmless quote don’t get why people are upset! Oh well I guess because its Brad Pitt!

  6. bammer says:

    Charlie has a whole Brad Pitt thing going on….but a little less gay….lol.

  7. starrywonder says:

    Why can’t he just cut his freaking hair?!

  8. lucy2 says:

    Charlie talked a LOT about that screenplay during a Nerdist podcast, if anyone is interested. I think that was before it was associated with a production company.

  9. Sarah says:

    Brad is a motorcycle guy, he drives a Ducatti. He and Angelina probably love Sons of Anarchy, it’s edgy and full of hot sex. Great writing and acting, and I’m not into the biker thing in general. I have a low tolerance for anyone saying old lady or old man, lol.

    • Angel says:

      SOA is full of motorcycles but Charlie himself also loves to ride when he’s not on set. That’s something he and Brad have in common and biker guys usually find that’s something to bond over.

  10. JJ says:

    He looks like he had botox injections or some other procedure done to his face.

    Either way I just can’t with this dumb guy!

  11. CaribbeanLaura says:

    This is off topic but last night I watched the press panel for 12 years a slave at tiff and have discovered the following.

    1) Steve Mc Queen is deliciously bitchy
    2) Michael Fassbender looks great in motion
    3) Chiwetel Ejiofor is really well spoken
    4)Alfre Woodard is awesome
    5) Lupita Nyong’o is literally one of the MOST gorgeous women I have seen and has an amazing voice. I want to be her.

    oh Brad pitt wasn’t there.

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      I LOVED McQueen’s side eye to the moderator. She asked the dumbest questions ever, and just generally came off as though she had put the list of questions together ten minutes before they walked into the room.

      • CaribbeanLaura says:

        IKR!! the first question, the one about race? It was like, B*tch please the movie was not about race! Seriously though I’m begining to get obsessed with Mc Queen I guess it’s refreshing to see someone who can be about the art and not about the sensationalism if you get what I mean. About the story. Plus his mom is from Trinindad so I’m pretty sure we’re related.

  12. toto says:

    It seems there are many business going behind among actors we don, t hear about.
    Brad is always known for supporting young actors, he has good reputation.
    I don, t know why others bashing brad’s look, I find him very well 50 years old man.
    Whenever you see any brad article, you find those who critises his look first even when the subject is not about look at all.
    Or is it because he is having very successful carrier and the only thing they could pick on him is Aging. ?

    • Andrea1 says:

      Spot on toto!!!
      People never spoke bad about brad until he got with AJ then he became a dumb guy! And all the other insults that follow! The guy can’t be hot forever but he looks damn fine for a 50year old man, he is fulfilled and has accomplished a lot already many young Actors love Brad because like you said he supports them.. Even fassbender said he would love to have Brad’s career and production company like brad’s.

      • Maya says:

        Exactly – they can’t critize Brad on anything else. He is one of the most powerful man in Hollywood, gets all the scripts first before it goes to someone else, is with the most powerful woman in Hollywood and raising 6 children, his production company goes from strength to strength, sold out wine and furniture line, looks pretty damn good for a man who turns 50 this year – that to without having any surgery done and he has a head full of hair. Every actor namedrops him and wants his life.

      • marina says:

        Personally, I always thought he was kind of dumb. When he first started acting he was not very good and coasted on his looks. He has become a much better actor as time has passed. He has a lot of clout in Hollywood because he sells tickets but I think he takes a lot of his cues from Angelina and before her, Jennifer, who are both a lot more savvy than him. That’s my take.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        I don’t think Brad would fight you on that one–I’m amazed that for a good chunk of his adult life-he was a pothead. He’s made some pretty interesting movies over the years–especially for a “pretty boy”.

        But I think now he’d rather be called ugly/bloated/full of fillers or whatever else, than be back to his pretty boy phase.

        I think he’s just aging–he and Angelina planned for her mastectomy for a while (I’d def. say that gives you grey hairs, especially as the partner, thinking about the what ifs..), have six kids-two five years, who if they are like my five year old cousin, are balls of ENERGY, just finished WWZ which sounds stressful…and he’s fifty. I think he looks great for fifty–his face is fuller, but that’s the only thing that’s different besides the wrinkles around his eyes.

        Who knows? He may have gotten fillers–he doesn’t seem like the type to go that route, but anything’s possible.

    • lucy2 says:

      To be fair, people comment on the looks of almost every single celebrity featured in posts on this website.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Right. When your looks constitute part (or all) of the reason you’re famous, people are going to comment on your looks. It’s not a giant conspiracy. This is a gossip website.

    • LAK says:

      Brad’s looks are spectacular irrespective of gender. And there is nothing effeminate about his looks which is always the default of spectacularly good looking, pretty men.

      The public, whether fans or professionals, have always reacted to, and been invested in, his looks in a similar way to the reaction to female actors’ looks.

      From the day he stepped into the spotlight with THELMA AND LOUISE, his looks have always been a talking point.

      No other man in the public eye has been covered this way, not even Robert Redford, whose original looks (shame about the surgery) are almost similar.

  13. Andrea1 says:

    Now that you said it I looked for the video and I watched it! You are So right he didn’t say anything on 50 shades… I wonder where this is coming from?

  14. Greata says:

    Love Brad! He has a great reputation as a giving and generous actor. I admire that he has stuck by Jolie despite the public bashing, and he seems to be a great father. Is he a great public speaker? No, however, he is certainly not dumb. He has managed to navigate Hollywierd, and come out on top. I prefer him, fumbles and all to the slimy Clooney.

  15. Greata says:

    Agreed EmmaV1, J.A and her “friends” have a lot to do with the Brad bashing. How long he is expected to pay for leaving her remains the question. Perhaps the best revenge is how well he and A.J continue to thrive.

  16. Annie says:

    i think lots of people underestimate Brad’ s intelligence because he is handsome, but he is really smart guy, and he has very good vocabulary when speaking. He is successful in running Plan B, he knows how to get good people. luckily for Angie, her beauty doesnt reallly distract people from realizing she is also a smart intelligent woman. I guess because she has more exposure being with other intellectuals like Presidents/World leaders,politicians like William Hague, and of course the UN people. Brad and angie are both beauty and brains people.

    • SBJ says:

      He WAS handsome, now he is puffy, we can’t even see his eyes and he’s not even a good actor.

      I remember watching “legends of the fall” and damned it cracked me up each time I saw the scene where he’s supposed to cry.He looked more like he was constipated !That’s when I stopped being a fan.

      And sure, young he was a young Robert Redford, the ressemblance was incredible but now… woaw, for a 50 years old man he doesn’t look good. My husband is 5 years older and he looks younger than him without the pufiness.

      • Ennie says:

        Have you seen his father’s eyes? Brad’s are very similar, including the age related hood. He is almost 50, and suntanned a lot when he was younger, so here arebthe results.
        He is a good,artist and excellent producer. Looking forward for his projects.

  17. lisa2 says:

    Well Brad doesn’t look like a lizard.

    and he didn’t say he approved; but that he knew Charlie and wished him well. Why this quote is a story is just well nothing.

    Brad looks great to me. Always will

  18. LL says:

    I’m really confused on people talking about how bad Brad looks. What does a man with 6 children under the age 13 supposed to look like.

    A person with those many children are not gonna look like they did when they were in the 30s. Along with him being active with his acting, other business adventures(production company, furniture and wine business), he’s also going to be 50 years old in a couple months.

    To me looks fine to me. He doesn’t look he’s had in work done. Also, don’t people noticed that its not just his face being ‘puffy’, he’s also looks he gained weight (or muscle).

    • Littlewood says:

      “I’m really confused on people talking about how bad Brad looks. What does a man with 6 children under the age 13 supposed to look like.” Like he did 20 years ago in Legends of the Fall, when he was in his 20′s of course! But seriously I agree 100%, he looks fine for his age and his busy lifestyle. I also don’t think he has anything done on his face, he just gained some weight.

  19. fingerbinger says:

    I think Brad looks fine,but for some reason he reminds me of Russell Crowe in these pics.

  20. Andrea1 says:

    Breaking news he finally cut his hair!
    Now let’s see what people will bitch about! Oh he is dumb and had had botox I forgot!

  21. tifzlan says:

    “For whatever reason, men do seem to really love Brad.”

    YUP. My boyfriend is obsessed with Brad. Makes a little jealous to be honest….

  22. shitler says:

    I’ll never be a fan but I do admire Brad for the very smart career choices he has made

  23. not nice says:

    plastic surgery

  24. Anon says:

    Brad Pitt cut his hair for his new movie.

  25. Viv says:

    Brad Pitt also knows Charlie because I believe I remember hearing Brad bought a screen play that Charlie wrote around last year. Both very talented guys.

  26. drea says:

    Well, what was Brad supposed to say about Charlie? Even if he didn’t know Charlie that well, I doubt he’d bust out with “No, he’s wrong for that role, he’s going to be horrible!”

    Personally, I don’t care who plays Christian Grey in the movie. I couldn’t get past the first three pages of the book. Like Twilight, this is something I plan on actively avoiding.

  27. Jayna says:

    What was wrong with what he said? I highly doubt Brad has ever read the book, so wouldn’t really know if it was the right casting or not but likes him as an actor. He always says nice things about others when asked. I’ve never read the book because I heard the actual writing was atrocious.

    I love his hair long in a ponytail and I’m not even a Brad fan. I guess according to some on here, one of my favorite singers at 50 needs to cut his wavy longish hair now and stop dying it, darn.

  28. St says:

    But where is breaking news story about his hair? He cut that awful thing off! We finally lived to that moment! I still can’t believe it.

  29. Janet says:

    What happened to the numbers on these comments? It looks like they all went haywire.

  30. Andrea1 says:

    Brad cut his hair and its making news everywhere already on every site like its some breakthrough or something! That is what is called STAR POWER!!! You go brad you rock!!!

  31. pam246 says:

    All of the surgery, botox, etc comments are hilarious. If he had so much work done he wouldn’t have wrinkles, be able to make facial expressions, etc. Also he’s 50. People sound stupid saying he was so much hotter 10, 20 years ago.

  32. Lizzy1013 says:

    I’m sick of hearing every one say he isn’t aging well…. Are we so used to the botoxed faces that we can’t respect some one aging naturally? He looks older because he IS older!!! And it’s gonna happen to every single one of us!!

  33. PLAIN TRUTH says:

    I’ve always luved brad and always will,i think i luved him more when he got together with angelina jolie.They are the most popular hollywood couple in my country,the only hollywood stars who have this type of popularity are:Jackie chan,Will smith and Jet li.These are the only hollywood names that can be mentioned and recognized ANYWHERE in my country,believe it or not,other hollywood celebs don’t come close.I’m not saying other hollywood stars are not known,they’re just not popular.Just because people are popular and hated in your country and continent doesn’t mean they are popular and hated in every country and continent.(note:i didn’t include footballers and musicians,bcos they’re not part of hollywood,or are they?)

  34. PLAIN TRUTH says:

    MAMS will remain one of my best foreign movies