Jason Priestley & Brad Pitt used to see who could go the longest without showering

I didn’t know or I forgot that Brad Pitt and Jason Priestley were roommates when they were first starting out in LA. These were their lean years, just before Priestley booked Beverly Hills 90210 and before Pitt booked Thelma & Louise. I’m actually just realizing that those two gigs happened within a year of each other – 90210 came out in 1990, and Thelma & Louise came out in 1991. In any case, they were friends and roommates in the late ‘80s and Jason has mentioned stuff about Pitt occasionally in interviews before. Jason was on a talk show this week and he was asked about Pitt again, and he spilled a smelly secret.

Jason Priestley and former roommate Brad Pitt used to challenge each other to see who could hold out on showering the longest.

“We used to play this game to see who could go the longest without showering,” the “Beverly Hills, 90210” alum revealed on Tuesday’s episode of “Live! With Kelly and Mark.”

“I think about it now and I’m like, ‘Dude how disgusting, what were you thinking?’”

When asked by Kelly Ripa who “went the longest” without bathing, the “Wild Cards” star quickly replied, “Brad. Always Brad.”

“I don’t think he does that anymore, but back then he could go a long time without showering,” he added.

Giving some insight into how he and the A-lister used to live, Priestley recalled he, Pitt and a third individual “living in a two-bedroom apartment in a really crappy part of [Los Angeles].”

When asked by Ripa’s husband and co-host Mark Consuelos what the group kept in the fridge, Priestley simply said “beer.”

[From Page Six]

This is just a reminder that many men are gross, and if they’re left to their own devices, many of them would willingly take part in a competition to see who could go the longest without showering. Honestly, though, Brad has always gone through phases where he doesn’t look like he bathes very often. I bet he smells bad a lot of the time. I googled it and it turns out there are rumors about that too.

Incidentally, last week Pitt and Ines de Ramon were photographed out on a date in Beverly Hills.

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  1. FancyPants says:

    I had to explain to a college boyfriend why he had to wash his feet (that the soapy water running off the rest of you does not count), so yeah, that tracks. It does seem a bit odd for actors trying to get hired- I would think they would be polishing themselves up to make “movie star” first impressions, not showing up looking and smelling like vagrants.

  2. Brassy Rebel says:

    This is no surprise about Pitt. I’ve always thought he looks like he never bathes. He looked pretty ripe in Thelma and Louise.

  3. Harla A Brazen Hussy says:

    Who did they think they were, Motley Crue??

  4. Jan says:

    Brad needs to be sheep dipped.

  5. Mslove says:

    If those two were too lazy to bathe, they were probably too lazy to clean their apartment. Management probably had to use an ozone machine to get the fumes out before they could rent it out again.

    • ML says:

      MsLove, You nailed it. Too lazy to clean person/self = to lazy to clean personal space = mental issues.

  6. Eowyn says:

    I’m often glad I don’t have to deal with guys on an intimate level. Seems like constant frustration.

  7. Juju says:

    Just a random note… I met and worked with Jason on a set many years ago, but he was super kind and an absolute sweetheart. I always like to hear when people are as nice as they seem, and he is one of them.

    • Chanteloup says:

      That’s good to hear! <3
      I clicked on this story for Jason Priestly [not stinky abuser Brad]

  8. Rainbow Kitty says:

    Well that’s fk’n disgusting.

  9. Bad Janet says:

    Why am I not shocked.

    Rich white male privilege is nice, isn’t it?

    • Elle says:

      While I don’t disagree with you, they only had the white male privilege at this point. They weren’t rich.

    • TOPS says:

      Not everything is rich white male privilege. Takes the real instances down a notch when we scream nonsense. This is just frat bro run of the mill gross and its tragically common.

  10. RMS says:

    Question for my celebishes: I have a wonderful friend (who was a boyfriend ages ago, but we’ve moved past that). He is 62, never married, still trying his hand in the dating pool but rarely gets 2nd or 3rd dates despite being delightful, educated, wealthy and kind. We travel and hang out a lot and I am afraid I have figured out the problem. He smells. Not like B.O., more like cheap laundry detergent, clothes re-worn a few times before laundering and maybe because I don’t think he showers every day. He takes a lot of supplements, but that doesn’t seem to be the smell. He has never lived with a woman, so it seems he hasn’t gotten the training that we of the fairer sex would give him. The lack of success in dating REALLY bothers him, and he is one of my favorite people and I want him to be happy. HOW do I broach this topic with him in a non-evil way?

    • Normades says:

      I understand his lack of success. So much of attraction is in the nose rather than the eyes. Just tell him you’d be doing him a favour.

    • Elle says:

      I would let your friend know in a kind and gentle way that women are very sensitive and certain aspects of bachelordom can be a put off to women and that there may be some small changes he can make that could help improve his chances of finding lasting love. There’s nothing wrong with pointing out that he’s been single for a long time, and as a woman, you can offer some insight into what might be a turn off, and as strange as it might sound to him, smell is a really huge factor in attraction and maybe the “guy” detergent and axe body spray aren’t the right choice if he’s trying to find Ms. Right. Another indirect option would be to offer to go shopping with him to pick out laundry detergent and associated products, or offer to help him find a signature cologne for his next date. It can be difficult to tell someone “you stink” tactfully, but in the end, i’m sure you’re friend will appreciate your concern, especially if it helps him find a partner.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Difficult subject to broach but he does need to understand that woman are put off by a lack of attention to personal hygiene and grooming. He maybe the nicest guy on earth but if he smells and looks like a slob then he will struggle esp at his age.

      Maybe suggest a makeover or something.

    • Rnot says:

      With some guys you could explain that women have a stronger sense of smell than men do. There are studies that document that fact. So it’s possible that they’re smelling something he can’t sense. Just to cover all the bases he should: XYZ before a date or a visit to his home. (This is almost exactly what I told my nephew when he went off to college.)

      That would make some guys feel worse, so you’d need an even more indirect approach. Still other guys would absolutely appreciate a direct “you don’t always smell great, work on that.” You know him so you have the best sense of how to do it in a way that’ll hurt least. But you’re his friend and he needs to get this info somehow.

    • TOPS says:

      Tell him the truth. Just lean on asking what detergent he uses over making it more personal. Hopefully he’ll get the hint but it’s better he knows than live with constant rejection. Recommend a different detergent and soap. See if he gets it. If not, I’m thinking he’s gonna stay single.

    • bisynaptic says:

      Send him to a female therapist.

  11. BeanieBean says:

    Such a guy thing! My brother had a friend in high school who did that. I had a co-worker who decided to see how long he could go without washing his field pants. This was while doing archaeology in an equatorial zone. Ick!

  12. Bumblebee says:

    Eh. Not all men. My husband has some stories of living in the barracks in the Army and soldiers do NOT put up with messy, smelly roommates. Or loud, gross eaters.

  13. lucy2 says:

    Gross, but not surprising about Brad.
    Of course, despite all that, they both somehow managed to land career making roles. Can you imagine a young actress going around town without bathing, and getting hired?

    • Yup, Me says:

      Is she white? Because I’ve seen some funky looking actresses (though they were more likely to have already gotten some roles or they were preparing for a role).

      I’m trying to imagine non-white actors (male or female) getting away with these antics and having any kind of success in their careers.

  14. JaneS says:

    Why do folks do stuff like this?
    My water heater stopped working, I had to wait 2 weeks to have it repaired bc I had no money.
    Boiling water to shampoo and sponge bath was a chore and depressing.
    Zero reason to be doing stupid Bro crap like this.

    All the millionaires who make their money on their good looks, then purposely go grubby bc “I’m more than my looks” BS. Age will even the score, you idiots.
    Newman, Redford, Cary Grant never acted this dumb.

    • Dara says:

      Two weeks? My heart goes out to you. I had to wait 4 days for mine and it was torture. Luckily it had the good grace to wait until after my morning shower to let go or I would have been too distracted and grumpy to quickly find and schedule the plumber.

      If the end of civilization comes during my lifetime, I’m a goner for sure. Power outages and broken appliances send me right over the edge. Who wants to survive the apocalypse if there are no hot showers and clean laundry?

  15. Grant says:

    This is so freaking weird to me. My spouse’s dad is one of these people who will go for days without showering, as if he’s trying to prove a point. I LOVE to bathe, I like to feel clean, I tend to do it on the daily. I’m a man but also gay, IDK if that has any effect.

  16. JaneS says:

    Re: my earlier post.
    When my water heater wasn’t working, about 6 days in, I broke down in tears while trying to get a repairman to come out, I offered $50 cash, some on cc but that was all I could get together. Nope. All or nothing.
    While crying, I burst out “C’mon man. Even folks in jail get to take a hot shower.”
    Nope. I was full time employed. Just broke. This was close to 30 years ago, my first house and I was “House Poor” for about 6 years despite working 60 hours a week.

    Hot shower, clean laundry, fresh coffee, hot meal at min 2X a day. Basic needs.

    Btw, I agree with earlier post re: single guy dating.
    Clean, well groomed, clean clothes really help. Careful with the cologne/Axe body spray stuff….No one should be wearing so much scent that you can be overwhelmed with it. Regular old Ivory soap, deodorant, shampoo = done.

  17. Flamingo says:

    I am a big 90210 fan and I read Jason’s memoir from years ago. Mostly it was a total snoozefest. But he did talk about Brad. They also would get drunk as much as possible and ram their beat-up car into a wall.

    Brad is and forever will be a frat boy drop out.

  18. Anony vas Normandy says:

    I did community theater with a guy who had him for a roommate one year at Mizzou – he said Brad was always high, never went to class, and never showered. So apparently that’s just him.