Quentin Tarantino: Brad Pitt’s no longer a pretty boy, he’s an icon


These are just a few pieces of vaguely Brangelina-related news. First up, Quentin Tarantino was interviewed recently, and of course he was asked about his Inglourious Basterds star, Brad Pitt. Quentin was all compliments, saying, “What’s really cool about Brad right now is that the pretty boy is gone. He’s a man now. He can bear the weight. Brad is at the zenith of his iconicness.” While I’m not sure about the whole “zenith of his iconicness” stuff, I do agree that Brad no longer carries that “pretty boy” trophy. He’s aged the past few years, and I believe he’s grown tremendously as a man and as an actor. He’s attractive in the way a 45-year-old man with crow’s feet, a graying goatee and six kids is attractive.

Apparently, Brad is still attractive enough for his Basterds costar Diane Kruger to be lusting after him. Diane told The Sun that in her second film with Brad (the first being Troy), she still didn’t get any sex scenes with him, and she was totally disappointed. But Diane did joke, “I did get tortured by him which I guess is the next best thing when it comes to someone like Brad Pitt. Everyone has their tastes and preferences but I’m sure lots of girls wouldn’t say no to that.” Ooohhh… so he tortures her in the film, does he? That’s interesting. I’m completely in the dark about the plot of this film, so any news is interesting to me.

In one last piece of news, it seems Brad and Angelina had an adults-only date night on Saturday, when they enjoyed a “romantic dinner” at Vincenti in Brentwood. Apparently, Brad had just flown back into Los Angeles that day, after spending Friday in New Orleans, where he checked on the progress of the Make It Right Nola homes. Brad brought along sons Maddox and Pax, and Friday night the three boys went to a Kaiser Chiefs and Green Day concert. Kaiser Chiefs’ Nick Hodgson told Spinner, “Brad Pitt was there! It was totally cool. We met Brad Pitt. He had his kids with him… [There were] a couple security and that, but he was just sat in the normal seats. We had a photograph taken just like regular nerds… We had the camera set to video so we had to call him back. He was cool. It’s not the first time [that’s happened].” I bet the concert was a boys-only birthday present for Maddox. Who knew that Maddox liked Green Day? I would have figured him for Nine Inch Nails.

Here’s Brad Pitt, Quentin Tarantino, and Diane Kruger attending the premiere of “Inglorious Basterds” in Berlin on July 28th. Images thanks to Fame Pictures .

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  1. Linda says:

    Icon??? Really??? Gag me!

  2. Diane says:

    Lololol = )

    Icon, originally meant as a religious symbol, well, his fans might think so = )

    As for me, it’s LA baby = )

  3. maddie says:

    Sorry but with the delude of the Kim’s and the Hedi’s and the Paris’ there is no such things as movie stars or icons anymore, just actors and celetarts and d-z listers, and hanger ons.

    Icon’s are Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson, Kirk Douglas. Brad Pitt not so much he looks good but not that great of an actor in my book.

  4. Bill Hicks is God says:

    When’s Tarantino going to stop talking like a 12 year-old who never leaves his action figures or the uterine confines of his parents’ basement?

  5. maddie says:


    I guess the same time he stops taking PENIS pictures of actors and workers on the set of his films.

    Not sure why every one makes a bill deal out of Tarantino, his movies are good but so is a rerun of Bugs Bunny.

  6. LuLu says:

    Brad Pitt is not an icon. When he leaves this earth he will not be remembered for his work in film. He will be remembered for leaving his wife and trotting around the globe with Angelina and their brood of children. He is not that great of an actor I have never gotten the hype about him!!

  7. tessa says:

    Brad is an icon and people love him worldwide. He’s simply not just a pretty boy any longer and has proven himself. The haters are so hypocritical, if Brad went back to Jen they’d be all praising him.

  8. vanja says:

    brad is dunce.icon!?that was a joke?right?

  9. maddie says:

    So Tessa you know everyone in the world?

    My Lord where do you find the time with knowing that “people love him worldwide”

    I’m sure there are people who don’t even know Brad Pitt is an actor let alone a famous one.

  10. Bill Hicks is God says:

    Dear Tessa:

    An icon? Of what? Chin-pubes and trailing after his wife with armloads of luggage whining “yes dear…then can I have my testicles back?”

  11. viper says:

    Im not one of the haters, I just believe Icons are for God. Calling a flawful man an icon is asinine and it only proves just how empty and Godless some people can be. What a sad world hollywood is. Calling movie star an icon, rubbish. He is a movie star nothing more.

  12. viper says:

    Oh and Tessa, your little world thats inside your head is by far the lousiest world ever invented. Meanwhile the real world the one we are all in thats known as reality; doesnt know brad pitt. The real world is too engrossed in real problems to give a damn about an egostical moronic pretty boy that plays pretend.

  13. lisa says:

    Sad that the children posting here do not understand an adult relationship. Brad and Angelina are together. some of you really need to get over it. As far as being an icon.. he is. If only for the fact that the people who claim to dislike him so much can’t go a second without commenting on every aspect of his personal life and choices. all because he dared leave a relationship that was not working. I don’t here anyone screaming that Jim Carry is a tag along. he is involved in the causes of Jenny M. because they affect her son. If he was not with her I doubt it would be an issue. Partners take on the interest of the people they love. Most people in a relationship who do not have shared interest that relationship ends before it began. Brad is an actor. he like everyone else gets to live the life he wants by his own standards. not the wises of people who have an IDEA of a Perfect couple.. which he and Jen were not nor he and Angie.. just people. This whole lets hate Brad is getting old.. lets attack Angie..again.. old. but hey I guess some people don’t have their own lives and can’t stand that some people live theirs the way they want..

  14. Mena says:

    I agree with Tessa. He is loved and praised as an actor here in Europe.(But of course not by everyone…come on) My hubby and many of his friends think Pitt is a great actor.

    And Maddie: We are surrounded by “instant media” called Internet. You cannot compare 80’s (or before) stars to stars of today. They were not so overexposed. You are the one who choose to come to these celebrity blogs to read about these people. You also can choose not to. It is really a matter of choice.

  15. connie says:

    Brad has proven to have staying power. end of story, what is with some of the negativity you all spew when someone has a differing opinion? While some of you may not agree to the term icon (which I won’t say is entirely off the mark) where do you come up with saying people across the world don’t know who he is? He’s probably one of the most widely recognized actors today. note that I said one of, and not the only- although I’m sure I’ll still receive flak either way…

  16. maddie says:

    You cannot compare 80’s (or before) stars to stars of today.

    Really I can compare todays stars to who ever I want to most of these stars of today get by on their looks or what ever scandal is lurking around the corner to enhance their $$ career.

    You are the one who choose to come to these celebrity blogs to read about these people. You also can choose not to. It is really a matter of choice.

    What so now if I do not agree with other who fawn over all these stars I can’t share my opinion on who ever I want?
    Didn’t know there was a rule about one stating their own thoughts about what others post on here.
    I’m surprise you didn’t throw out the “your just jealous” line.

  17. nnn says:

    Of course he is an icon.

    And sorry to burst your bubble but the whole worshipped Golden Couple and its fiasco is a detail and won’t effect someone legacy in Hollywood. Jen Aniston is not above any woman out there mind you and certainly not the first one in Hollywood who had a divorce or who was left for another woman….Spencer Tracy left wife and children for Katherine Hepburn and never divorce while living for decades with his mistress till death did them apart. Katherine didn’t went to his funeral out of respect for his still wife and children. She is considered as one of the biggest icon nonetheless.

    Brad is an icon in the making and is one of the few international stars till this day.

    Like someone else say, he has proven to have staying power (where is Matt Dillon, one of his generation, the one who was expected to be the most successful and should have had the most thriving career ?), international status and is a reference to some aspiring actors who will emulate him.

    Elvis Presley, Marylin Monroe, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Farrah Fawcett, Brando, Paul Newman, Charlie Chaplin, Spencer Tracie, Brigitte Bardot, Sean Connery, Katherine Hepburn, Audrey hepburn, Gene Tierney to name a few are all icons….and all had a VERY turbulent personal life, very public affairs (all of them), drugs, scandals,….

    It didn’t change their iconic destiny and won’t change it today for Brad and others destined to enter the wall of the Greats of their generation…i would even say that it helps shape their legend.

  18. cyntija says:

    Brad a icon????

    He is a LIAR!!!
    He is a poser!!!
    He used the kids for promo!!!

  19. viper says:

    Nobody speaks for the world and for people to assume that one person is widely recognized and Iconic to boot is asinine. Being recognised and being iconic are two very different things. I did not know who Pitt was still 2 years ago, and still dont care enough to go watch a movie with him in it. IM a district 9 kind of watcher. The crap pitt stars never interested me. Ive only watched two of ‘his’ movies and it usually was by accident and he wasnt the main character so he had little time on screen. The same goes for many others all over the world. Some know him as ” that guy that played in so and so ” others know him by name. I dont need idols or heroes in my life, I have God and HE is the only icon. He is the only one everyone knows all over the world and world wide.

    I wouldnt have a problem with TT calling him popular or recognised but he said ICON. Thats like proclaiming yourself or someone else Gods equal. ASININE!

  20. Firestarter says:

    An icon (from Greek εἰκών, eikōn, “image”) is a religious work of art, most commonly a painting, from Eastern Orthodox Christianity. More broadly the term is used in a wide number of contexts for an image, picture, or representation; it is a sign or likeness that stands for an object by signifying or representing it either concretely or by analogy, as in semiotics; by extension, icon is also used, particularly in modern culture, in the general sense of symbol — i.e. a name, face, picture, edifice or even a person readily recognized as having some well-known significance or embodying certain qualities: one thing, an image or depiction, that represents something else of greater significance through literal or figurative meaning, usually associated with religious, cultural, political, or economic standing.

  21. Marianne says:

    I agree that Brad’s career took a very interesting twist in the last few years. I admire his willingness to improve his skills. His acting is considerably better now than it used to be. Now, he’s not an icon. His body of work is not strong enough to make him a symbol of cinema or of any specific genre. Not even his looks are iconic or original. He was deemed as a Robert Redford knock off, remember?
    Brad may be one of the most popular actors around, but popularity alone is not enough to make someone an icon. This is just Tarantino kissing Brad’s ass in the name of box office success.

  22. maritza says:

    I agree, Brad may be famous but not an icon. Let’s be real, if it weren’t because he is with Angelina he would be just one more famous actor. Now them as a couple, yes people could consider them an icon.

  23. viper says:

    I hate it when people copy and paste definitions from the internet, it’s always so convienant. Esspeically online definitions written by more than thousands of people. Here is one for you from a BOOK called WEBSTERS ENCYCLOPEDIC UNBRIDGED dictionary of the english language.

    Picture image or other representation in a painting or enamel of something devine and sacred.
    Some SACRED personage as Christ or saint or an angel itself venerated as sacred. A sign or respresentation that stands for its object by VIRTUE or a resemblence or analogy also likeness, image or figure.

    Brad Pitt is NOT an icon. He is not sacred. He is no saint! And is definately not virtous. Good God.

  24. vicsmith says:

    These days you don’t have to do much to have staying power in Hollywood. He is not an icon and does not have the acting chops of Robert Redford nor is he aging near as well. Maybe an icon in the tabloid industry.

  25. bronlo says:

    Colin takes a cap – Brad takes a cap

    Colin makes a dark comedy – Brad makes a dark comedy

    but poor Brad, Colin had Angelina FIRST, sorry LOSER!

  26. fizXgirl314 says:

    flawful man viper? is that like a gyro or hummus or something like that?

  27. whatever says:

    The whole icon thing is a bit much. We should stop elevating celebs like that. It just shows our flawed values. That being said, I have to agree Brad is not just a pretty boy. He has tackled so many difft/unique roles to prove that he has skills and staying power. I’m guessing many of the naysayers don’t know his work, or haven’t seen many films. Or, they are those judgmental “from-afar” freaks who seem to think they know what happened in a stupid, 5yr old divorce. Either way, they are biased and probably not very bright. So, they can’t speak that intelligently about this, anyways.

  28. Firestarter says:

    Uh Viper, excuse me, but isn’t that exactly what my definition stated, the same thing as yours does?

    I believe I was going the way you were, by pointing out that Pitt is not an Icon.

    If you are going to comment on people’s posts at least be brave enough to confront the person, such as me, when you are bitching about a post. Also, maybe read things before you jump to the wrong conclusions.

  29. viper says:

    Hey im a dumbass human Im no icon hopelessly flawed and could careless. Im an asshole and still I could careless

  30. Lem says:

    what a load…’icon can only be religious’..’for a god’.

    the Beatles are iconic
    Maya Angelo is iconic
    Richard Pryor is iconic
    Fosse is iconic

    If Tarantino wants to call Pitt an icon, so be it. Cult classics often, over time, become iconic in themselves and Tarantino is certainly a counter culture icon.

    There is no reason Pitt can’t be an icon.

  31. Magsy says:

    He ain’t all that. Icon? I think not.

  32. Joe says:

    Pitt has yet to do his greatest role. I’m betting he gets two Oscars in his lifetime. He gets better with age.

  33. Ursula says:

    Brad used to be a cute dumb boy, harmless but now people know that stupidity is capable of hurting others and suddenly he is not cute to many people. I find him repulsive. His attempts at charity and intelligence are cringe worthy.

  34. maraccas says:

    I can name all of Brad Pitt’s kids, but I’d struggle to name 6 of his films. The man will be remembered for his relationships, not his body of work – Eddie Fisher, anyone?

  35. Praise St. Angie! says:

    maraccas, well, said.

    Ask any person on the street “what’s the first thing that comes to mind when I say ‘Brad Pitt’?” and I’m betting most people will say “Angelina Jolie”.

    the man is WAY more famous for who he’s banging than he is for any of his films. Not that he’s a BAD actor, just not the greatest.

    and no, he’s not an “icon”. an icon represents something, and I don’t see what he is representative OF.

  36. Firestarter says:

    The man is a celebrity, an actor, not an icon.

  37. Fat Elvis says:

    Firestarter: LOL @ your interpretation of “flawful” — hilarious!

  38. Fat Elvis says:

    Whoops, that was fizXgirl314 — sorry about that!

  39. Marianne says:

    “I can name all of Brad Pitt’s kids, but I’d struggle to name 6 of his films. The man will be remembered for his relationships, not his body of work – Eddie Fisher, anyone?”

    @Maraccas, you’re a freaking genius! 🙂
    You said all I wanted to say but couldn’t articulate. lol