Tossin’ It Out There: What do YOU think of Brad Pitt?

Yesterday, it was reported that Brad Pitt intends to retire from acting within three years, by the age of 50.

While he didn’t specifically say what his intentions were for his post acting career, he did tell reporters that he was enjoying producing and that he and Angelina Jolie may not be finished building their own third world country adopting children.

After seeing him in Moneyball, this news is relatively shocking to me. It seemed as though he was ready to take on some different roles, some bigger acting challenges, etc, etc and I really have a hard time believeing that he would just walk away from it all when he still has so much in the tank. Of course, you know how these things go, it could just be an off handed comment or thought that got over reported, it could be something he intends now but will never wind up following through with, or he could try it, realize how much he misses it, and be back in front of the camera within a few years.

Regardless, it’s a good subject for “Tossin’ It Out There” – not necessarily just on the news, although if you like of course, you may.

But I was thinking more the man himself, his movies, his career, how he and Angelina have a baby farm, that type of stuff. Just in general I’ve been thinking that there’s only so many ways to ask “What’s your favorite movie”, so as we go along here, mixing in “what do you think” of certain superstars andย directors will make for good discussions.

So what do you think? Brad Pitt? Overrated pretty boy? Underrated as an actor? What’s your favorite movie of his? Let’s hear it!!


43 thoughts on “Tossin’ It Out There: What do YOU think of Brad Pitt?

  1. I’ve never thought he was a particularly great actor, but for some reason i still enjoy watching him, he has a bit of presence i think. My favourite film of his is True Romance, but he only has a small role in that. Favourite of his films where he has a major role…. Inglorious Basterds, Fight Club,Seven and the Assasination of Jesse James (hard to pick between those).

  2. I think that everyone just thinks of him as a “pretty boy” but he really does have talent. Fight Club, Snatch, Inglorious Bastards…the man can act. Plus, it does not hurt that he is very sexy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I think that he is not yet done with acting, but I think he definitely will have talent with being a director or producer also.

      • Did he bail on WWZ? I thought I had heard he was out…

        double checking, hang on…

        Nope! Still on his IMDb page. Whew!

        There’s a lot to like, he’s been in a lot of different films, a lot of different roles. You mention “Snatch” he is ridiculously funny in that!

        Ok though. Confession time: I havent seen Bejamin Button ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I know! I know!

  3. Inglorious Bastards and Seven… plus he is getting better looking as he ages. But if he quits acting, I hope he continues his work in production, since Plan B has been involved in various good and entertaining movies ( eg/ The Departed, A Mighty Heart, Kick-Ass, Eat.Pray.Love). Coming from a ladies point of view, I can’t hide that I am sucker for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”.

    • Why do I get the sneaking suspicion that I’m Reaaaally going to wish I had seen “Benjamin Button” before this thread is over. LOL. ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thanks for sharing Meredith. Seeing as you bring up Eat Pray Love and “Coming from a ladies point of view”, be sure to swing back later this week, I’m hoping to have another “Chick Flick City” up. ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. I have never been a huge Pitt fan. Now, don’t get me wrong, he’s been in some super movies, and let’s be honest he’s not all that bad to look at. (although, I prefer his clean-cut version). I loved Money Ball, Seven, etc……but I am not convinced that he was the deciding factor in making the movies great. If the material is good, I think just about any actor to shine in many of his roles. I hope he continues to do the work he loves…whether that is directing, producing or simply emptying the local orphanages one underprivileged child at a time……

    • Ehhhh… I dunno about “any actor” in many of his roles. I’m not about to call him a great actor or anything, but he definitely has that glib, smug, cocky role down to a T. I can’t imagine another Tyler Durden, and he carried Money Ball, so…

      And I think he’ll keep acting. I dont know, I cant put much creedence in this report until he’s gone for like four years and then MAYBE I’ll believe it.

  5. Is he a good actor? Yes.
    Is he extremely hot? Yes.
    Are you going to miss him? I don’t think so.

    I mean, I can list really great movies he had a leading role in: Fight Club, Seven, Inglorious Basterds, Snatch. But that’s it: those are really good movies, regardless of Brad Pitt being in it. Though, as I said, I think he’s a really talented actor.
    But I have to be honest: I really hope he’s not going to quit acting, otherwise there’s a chance we could find ourself cast into a nightmarish bragelina love world where we can’t even get any good film anymore!

    BTW, I love the idea of adding “What do you think of…” to your “Tossin’ it Out There”.

    • Thanks. If you ever think of topics yourself Jersey, feel free to email me. It’s not always easy to come up with one…

      I’m going to say the same thing I told Debbie, I think he’s bringing something unique to the table beyond the looks thing. He’s god a charisma that may not translate to most people as “acting” but you can’t just write it off. “Star Power”? Screen Presence? I dont know.

  6. He’s the man and I think if he keeps on getting great roles like Billy Beane, Benjamin Button, or hell, even, Tyler Durden, he’s going to get some Oscars and soon may I add. It’s scary how much he looks Robert Redford more and more too.

  7. I don’t think I own a movie were he is the lead actor. Not sure if it’s because of him or a combination of him and the film choices he has made. (That could change once I see Moneyball.)
    I just think for the star power that he has, there really isn’t a string of his films that are well liked across the board, ala Tom Hanks for instance.

    My favorite role for him is probably in the Ocean’s Eleven movies. That whole cast just seemed to mesh and even though his role is probably supporting more than lead in those movies, his acting seems to fit well there.

    • Those are great, yeah. Well, 11 and 13 are fun. LOL

      Moneyball was really good man, you should check it out.

      As for not liking him as a lead, Not much I can say to it. I do. I think there’s a number of movies he starred in that are awesome. Fight Club and Seven, obviously. I thought Moneyball was great. Interview with the Vampire, 12 Monkeys, Burn after Reading, Mr and Mrs Smith… he’s been in a lot of things I really like.

  8. I can take or leave Brad Pitt. I enjoy his roles, but he’s not a reason for me to run out and see any 1 film. I heard he may take a jab at the other side of the camera and direct.

    Some of my fave movies of his: Ocean’s trilogy, Fight Club, Moneyball, Snatch, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith.

  9. I dont get this at all. If you are an actor, which is an art form, you never give up your art, whatever it is. You could take a break, try other venues but give it up? I dont think so. I think this is like Brett Favre, he’ll be back… again and again and again.

  10. Brad Pitt is the quintessential movie star. Is he a good actor? Yes. Is he a great actor? Probably not. He’s never had all that much range and he tends to be better with over-the-top characters. But his screen presence is charisma is through the roof and the guy obviously is the master of playing the Hollywood game and this is why he is Tinseltown gold.

  11. Brad Pitt is going to retire from acting the same way Jay-Z retired from rapping. He’ll not take on any projects for 3 years, get bored/irritated by his family, and then return to acting.

  12. Don’t love him or hate him. Generally enjoy his movies, but don’t know if it’s him or that he picks some pretty good movies. Only really disliked him in Legends of the Fall and Interview With the Vampire.

    I certainly don’t go out of my way to see a Brad Pitt movie.

    • I guess that’s a good point. I think they’re both related though. You’re right, I wouldnt go out to see something JUST cause he was in it. But I wind up seeing most of the things he’s in, because he picks good movies. Of course, you pretty much need to factor him in as part of the reason WHY they’re good movies, so I guess I am going to see them because he’s in them in a way, which creates a conflict with my starting point here.

      Incongruous! Inconsistant! Error. Error. Error.

  13. I first became aware of Brad Pitt when he started making it big… I saw Legends of the Fall and Interview With the Vampire, and my opinion then was “Barely-talented pretty-boy.” But he’s developed since then into a solid actor, and a very entertaining one. Ocean’s 11, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Inglourious Basterds, and especially Burn After Reading have him playing characters that are all different yet all entertaining.

    I think it’d be a shame if he retired from acting just when he was starting to really starting to shine.

  14. Se7en, Fight Club, Inglorious Basterds, Babel, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Burn After Reading, Twelve Monkeys, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

    Yeah, I love Brad Pitt. He’s fantastic in all the films mentioned above.

    • Glad to see Burn After is well liked here. I love that one, but it doesn’t get a ton of love in the general consensus…

      All good ones. All excellent flicks.

      You know? That’s something no ones really touched on yet. He doesn’t have any harmful bombs really. Sure he’s had some misses, but I’m talking bombs that potentially damage a career… Battlefield Earth for ex.

  15. Bad Brad is a pretty one note actor. I put him the same category as I would George Clooney. Actors Who Have Convinced Everyone That They Can Act, When In Reality They Only Play Themselves. (Perhaps I should shorten this). Anyways its like this, Ocean’s 11 is basically if Brad Pitt and George Clooney went to sleep and dreamed that they and their friends were thieves (I still think the film is great, but that has as much, if not more to do with Soderbergh.) Snatch is Brad Pitt going to sleep after drinking too much Irish whiskey and dreaming that he’s an Irish boxer. Brad Pitt the Nazi fighter, Brad Pitt the baseball coach, Brad Pitt the vampire. You get the point. So maybe Brad Pitt the person is charismatic, which translates to Brad Pitt the actor being charismatic, but in my opinion he’s a wannabe Robert Redford (without the talent)

    • I’d agree to a large extent.

      The terms I always use in that argument are always “Movie Star” vs “Actor” where there’s only a handful of actors on the planet at any one time – people who can convince us they’re different people, yet tons of Movie Stars – people we just like to see doing different things onscreen.

      However. I’d say Pitt has done enough “roles” – and I think “Snatch” is one of them, sorry, can’t give you that, he was nearly unrecognizable there in my book, with that accent… to convince me he CAN act. Burn after Reading is another. To me.

      Its just that usually he just “Stars”.

      So, that’s me, but I do hear you… and there’s a LOT of people that “Just Being Themselves” argument works perfectly for. And frankly, you may be right, Clooney may be one of them. Pitt I’d take some exception to, but I’m not sure I’ve ever seen Clooney not be Clooney.

  16. As an actor I give him a B+
    ..I agree that when it comes to him its kind of a chicken and the egg analysis…are his movies really good because HE’S really good or because he has the wisdom to associate himself with good productions…dunno. either way he consistently puts out a good product. Also, to his credit he has used his celebrity and enormous wealth to do good in both micro and macro ways…in an age of unprecedented filthy greed its just good to see SOMEBODY giving something back….

  17. Pitt’s undoubtedly great but I’m getting a little burned out on him. Full disclosure: I’m putting off Tree of Life partially for that reason. Likewise I ignored Moneyball on similar grounds. He’s almost too ubiquitous to be palatable to me. I’m almost afraid Michael Fassbender will suffer from the same syndrome.

    • Oh he’s everywhere alright. He was even in Happy Feet 2!

      I haven’t seen ToL yet either. Want to though.

      I IMDb’ed Fassbender and you’re right. Man, he’s been in THIRTEEN credits in the last three years. That is CRAZY.

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