“I consider myself on my last leg” – The Hollywood Reporter

four paragraphs in GQthe new Brad Pitt Cover story, the Oscar-winning star looks to the end of his career.

“I consider myself on my last legs,” Pete Rummen, 58, says of contemplating this next and final phase of his career. “This is the last semester or the third semester. What will this section be? And how do I want to design it?”

Although the cover profile – titled Brad Pitt’s wildest dreams From Ottessa Moshfegh, author of six fiction books including the one just published lapvona He offers no definitive answers to this question from Pete, he paints a picture of a committed and prolific producer, calling him a “literary kingmaker.”

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Brad Pitt GQ August 2022 cover.
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Through his own Plan B production company, Pitt won an Academy Award along with his partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner. 12 years a slave It is currently preparing for the upcoming releases woman talking From director Sarah Polley (“a movie as deep as nothing made this decade,” says Pete), a Marilyn Monroe biography. Blonde Starring Ana de Armas, directed by Andrew Dominic and Maria Schrader She said About journalists Megan Toohy and Judy Kantor’s investigation with Harvey Weinstein.

That doesn’t mean it’s disappearing from the silver screen just yet. Next House stars in high-octane blockbuster Express train (August 5) From David Leitch and Sony. It stars Pete as a killer on a train from Tokyo to Kyoto who’s back at risky work after a burnout. He was portrayed by the cast that also includes Sandra Bullock, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bad Bunny, Joey King, Zazie Beetz, Logan Lerman, Brian Terry Henry, Michael Shannon, Karen Fukuhara, and others.

“In the conversations I had with Brad, the first goal was to make a movie that was entertaining, quiet, fresh, and innovative, that would make people want to go back to the stage,” says Leitch, who previously had a double role in Pete’s films such as Fight Club, Troy And the Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

Pete’s latest effort did just that, as he had a small role in the lost City opposite Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum. Paramount recently crossed the $100 million mark domestically and was lauded for luring older female moviegoers back to theaters. It is also featured on the upcoming Epic House list directed by Damien Chazelle Babylon, opposite Margot Robbie, on the transition from silent films to talkies. This film, also from Paramount, is scheduled for release on December 25. and he locked Thriller Apple Original Films opposite George Clooney, directed by John Watts.

The profile is full of personal revelations. Pete is opening up talking about quitting cigarettes and being part of his 12-step recovery groups after becoming sober nearly six years ago. “I had a really great group of guys here who were really private and eclectic, so it was safe. Because I’ve seen things of other people being taped while they shed their guts, which is horrible to me.”

Pete also seems to find solace in the fact that the writer’s husband suffers from a condition called prosopagnosia, the inability to recognize people’s faces. Although he hasn’t been officially diagnosed, Pete struggles to remember the people he met because he has trouble recognizing their faces.

He also shares that he’s a late bloomer when it comes to experiencing joy after spending years with “low-grade depression”. Pete explains: “Music fills me with great joy. I think joy was a new discovery later in life. I was always moving with the currents, drifting some way, and onto the next. I think I’d spent years with low-grade depression, and I didn’t come to terms with it, trying to embrace all aspects of the self – the beauty and the ugly – until I was able to capture those moments of joy.”

What is clear from the profile is that none of his associates is eager to retire from the acting house after more than 30 years as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents. “He’s one of the last remaining big-screen movie stars,” he says. Quentin TarantinoWho directed the actor Inglourious Basterds And the Once upon a time in Hollywood, Pete won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. “It’s just a different breed of human being. And frankly, I don’t think you can describe it exactly because it’s like describing the brilliance of stars. I noticed it when we were doing Inglourious Basterds. When Brad was in the shot, I didn’t feel like I was looking through the viewfinder. I felt like I was watching a movie. Just being in the four walls of the frame created that impression.”

Tarantino continued, “He suggests an older movie star. He’s really good-looking. He’s also really manly and he’s also racy; he gets the joke. … But the thing that only the directors who work with Brad and the actors before him really know, what is So talented in him, is his ability to really understand a scene. He may not be able to articulate it, but he has an instinctive understanding of it.”

Pete doesn’t seem excited to say goodbye either, which suggests he’ll continue to create for years to come, whether it’s through production, music, or one of his other passions, art and sculpture. “I am one of those creatures who speak through art,” Pete tells Moschweig. “I just always want to make it. If I don’t, I somehow die.”

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Also of note: Pete tells GQ why he finally quit smoking and confirms he’s been sober for six years and a 12-step vet. “I had a really great group of guys here who were really private and eclectic, so it was safe. Because I’ve seen things of other people being taped while they shed their guts, which is horrible to me.”
Courtesy of Elizaveta Borodina / GQ