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Brad Pitt, the actor, coming to the end of his career?

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  • Nessie
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    The poor reviews for Fury are starting to trickle in. Big disappointment. Before that, he produced 12 Years and had a cameo (an underwhelming one). Before that, there was the execrable The Counselor. Before that World War Z… before that Killing Them Softly. His last good performance was in Moneyball. He was in one of my favourite films of the past decade Tree of Life, but frankly didn’t leave much of an impression, it was Jessica Chastain who dominated that film. I thought his performance in Inglourious Basterds was an uncomfortable caricature.

    I had admired Pitt as an actor, thought he was great in Benjamin Button and some other earlier roles (ex. Fight Club), but he doesn’t seem to have developed as an actor.  

    I’m wondering if his foray into production might be dictated by his realisation that he won’t be able to reach his potential as an actor. Seems a shame. He had, in my opinion, a lot more talent than many of his contemporaries (Tom Cruise and George Clooney, for example). 

     

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    ETPhoneHome
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    Nope. Brad Pitt is still fully relevant, and I don’t care if there are bad reviews, Fury is going to make serious buck. The reason: him. He’s one of the few marquee names that are guaranteed to get people in the seats, and he can afford a few slip-ups without losing that. I personally think his last few performances have been solid, and I’m definitely going to check out Fury, and hope for the very best.

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    Riley
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    #163385

    I started to type out a full-bodied response, but just no.

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    Beau S.
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    I don’t think so. Regardless of the quality of the films he appears in, he usually gets decent notices for them. He makes money and he’s incredibly bankable. He’s one of the few modern-day movie stars that became what he is without headlining a superhero or franchise film. I think he’s fine.

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    Baby Clyde
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    I would have thought he’s pretty much at the peak of his career.

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    Nessie
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    I would have thought he’s pretty much at the peak of his career.

    It will be interesting to see the grosses for Fury. I’m wondering if there is some sort of “cut off” date as well for male movie stars over 50 (like there appears to be for actresses over 40), Johnny Depp being the most flagrant example: he seems to have exhausted his acting repertory now and just falls back on fancy dress costume acting. Tom Cruise gave probably the best performance of his career (possibly, faint praise) in Edge of Tomorrow. The film was an excellent action flick as well. It underperformed badly. George Clooney’s Monuments Men was a flop and I don’t think he can be credited for Gravity. 

    I wonder if this has happened in the past, male superstars over 50 go into a rapid decline?

    Obviously Pitt, Depp, Cruise and Clooney are still Super Celebrities, selling magazines, getting hits on websites (much more about their personal lives than for their acting careers), but are they still bankable movie stars in America and Europe and interesting actors?

    It seems like they are all being replaced by actors named “Chris”. 

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    vinny
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    I hope he keeps making movies. He still is one of the biggest celebs out there and always chooses interesting projects. If “Fury” isn’t good….well then it’s this years Monuments Men. No harm no foul.

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    TomHardys
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    [quote=”Baby Clyde”]I would have thought he’s pretty much at the peak of his career.

    I wonder if this has happened in the past, male superstars over 50 go into a rapid decline?

    Obviously Pitt, Depp, Cruise and Clooney are still Super Celebrities, selling magazines, getting hits on websites (much more about their personal lives than for their acting careers), but are they still bankable movie stars in America and Europe and interesting actors?

    It seems like they are all being replaced by actors named “Chris”. [/quote]

    Cruise and Depp are flagrant examples but you seem to be forgetting about Pitt’s and Clooney’s recent successes and only focusing on the negatives. Just because they’re not the lead actors in the newest superhero franchise out there (not everyone has RDJ’s “luck”) doesn’t mean their careers are flopping. Because they’re not.

    • Last time I checked BOTH Clooney and Pitt received Oscars for producing the eventual Best Picture winner of the past two years. How is that for a career decline.
    • George Clooney has been nominated for an Oscar EIGHT times for the past EIGHT years, eventually winning two (1 as an Actor and 1 as a producer, as was mentioned before). He’s producing Our Brand Is Crisis (the newest Sandra Bullock Oscar-bait project) and starring in Hail Caeser (the newest brothers Coen Oscar-bait project). He seems pretty occupied to me, doesn’t he?
    • Brad Pitt dominated the Box Office last year with WWZ (universally perceived as a good action movie although I’m fed up with popcorn zombie flicks), will most likely make a decent amount of money with Fury and will most likely be a name to be recognized in the Best Actor race next year with his wife’s baity project By The Sea. Oh did I mention the he JUST won an Emmy for producing The Normal Heart and he’s also a producer for Selma and Terrence Malick’s Voyage of Time?

    I get the point you tried to make but it’s a point that ultimately fails to leave a truthful impression. I would agree with you if this was a Johnny Depp thread (I’m a little bit more hesitant towards Tom Cruise because he only does action movies these days but he’s an efficient household name when it comes to box office numbers) but since it’s not the only thing that is left for me to do is sit back and laugh at this whole thread while Brad Pitt and George Clooney make thousands of dollars by the minute and remain two of the most successful actors/producers over 50 working today.

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    If “Fury” isn’t good….well then it’s this years Monuments Men.

    Both are 2014 releases.

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    Nessie
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    [quote=”Nessie”][quote=”Baby Clyde”]I would have thought he’s pretty much at the peak of his career.

    I wonder if this has happened in the past, male superstars over 50 go into a rapid decline?

    Obviously Pitt, Depp, Cruise and Clooney are still Super Celebrities, selling magazines, getting hits on websites (much more about their personal lives than for their acting careers), but are they still bankable movie stars in America and Europe and interesting actors?

    It seems like they are all being replaced by actors named “Chris”. [/quote]

    Cruise and Depp are flagrant examples but you seem to be forgetting about Pitt’s and Clooney’s recent successes and only focusing on the negatives. Just because they’re not the lead actors in the newest superhero franchise out there (not everyone has RDJ’s “luck”) doesn’t mean their careers are flopping. Because they’re not.

    • Last time I checked BOTH Clooney and Pitt received Oscars for producing the eventual Best Picture winner of the past two years. How is that for a career decline.
    • George Clooney has been nominated for an Oscar EIGHT times for the past EIGHT years, eventually winning two (1 as an Actor and 1 as a producer, as was mentioned before). He’s producing Our Brand Is Crisis (the newest Sandra Bullock Oscar-bait project) and starring in Hail Caeser (the newest brothers Coen Oscar-bait project). He seems pretty occupied to me, doesn’t he?
    • Brad Pitt dominated the Box Office last year with WWZ (universally perceived as a good action movie although I’m fed up with popcorn zombie flicks), will most likely make a decent amount of money with Fury and will most likely be a name to be recognized in the Best Actor race next year with his wife’s baity project By The Sea. Oh did I mention the he JUST won an Emmy for producing The Normal Heart and he’s also a producer for Selma and Terrence Malick’s Voyage of Time?

    I get the point you tried to make but it’s a point that ultimately fails to leave a truthful impression. I would agree with you if this was a Johnny Depp thread (I’m a little bit more hesitant towards Tom Cruise because he only does action movies these days but he’s an efficient household name when it comes to box office numbers) but since it’s not the only thing that is left for me to do is sit back and laugh at this whole thread while Brad Pitt and George Clooney make thousands of dollars by the minute and remain two of the most successful actors/producers over 50 working today.[/quote]

    Actually, you make my point here. I was talking about Pitt as an ACTOR not a producer. He seems to be following in Clooney’s footsteps by becoming a bigger player, not a better actor.

    I forgot about Robert Downey. He’s the same age as the others and an interesting case. He’s a megastar when he does Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes, but not otherwise (The Judge).

    I’m not really disappointed with the career turns of Cruise and Clooney: neither is an actor who interests me. Both are power players. Not interested in seeing a film just because the lead actor is that, I want to see great actors giving great performances (neither is capable – in my view – of more than being adequate).

    But, in my opinion, Pitt, Downey and Depp all had the potential to be great actors, but none of them have actually reached the peaks they hinted at in their early days. Is it because they were overrated in earlier performances or do actors over 50, like actresses over 40, find themselves faced with a dearth of roles? And get replaced by Chris Helmsworth, Chris Pratt, Chris Pine, Chris Evans.. there are too many Chrises in Hollywood right now. Are all the Marvel films and superhero epics destroying the future of films with (older) male character leads where these actors might get a chance to shine?

    World War Z was, for me, the most shocking waste of celluloid ever. The last zombie movie that should ever have been made was Zombieland. 

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    vinny
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    [quote=”vinman422″]If “Fury” isn’t good….well then it’s this years Monuments Men.

    Both are 2014 releases.[/quote]

    I meant Oscar wise becuause Monuments Men was eligiable last year I think.  

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    Nessie
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    [quote=”sheernylon”][quote=”vinman422″]If “Fury” isn’t good….well then it’s this years Monuments Men.

    Both are 2014 releases.[/quote]

    I meant Oscar wise becuause Monuments Men was eligiable last year I think.  [/quote]

    That’s true. Though you’ll recall Monuments Men was being predicted as the film to beat in 2013 (before it got postponed), a bit like Unbroken, sight unseen, is this year.
     

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    [quote=”vinman422″][quote=”sheernylon”][quote=”vinman422″]If “Fury” isn’t good….well then it’s this years Monuments Men.

    Both are 2014 releases.[/quote]

    I meant Oscar wise becuause Monuments Men was eligiable last year I think.  [/quote]

    That’s true. Though you’ll recall Monuments Men was being predicted as the film to beat in 2013 (before it got postponed), a bit like Unbroken, sight unseen, is this year.
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    That is funny to me in hindsight becuase “The Monuments Men” was so underwhelming and a lot of people (myself included) were so excited for it. I hope Unbroken doesn’t suffer the same fate (mostly because it just sounds like it has a juicier storyline).  

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    Everyone has bad days, or bad film days. For every hit someone may have, there’s always a miss. Not even Pixar can have an absolutely perfect track record. If Brad Pitt learns that not everything he will be in will undoubtedly be a success, then that is normal. I’m sure we’ll see him acting again. He’s still got like another 30 years of acting (hopefully) left, and plenty of chances more to be in great movies.

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    Nessie
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    [quote=”Nessie”][quote=”vinman422″][quote=”sheernylon”][quote=”vinman422″]If “Fury” isn’t good….well then it’s this years Monuments Men.

    Both are 2014 releases.[/quote]

    I meant Oscar wise becuause Monuments Men was eligiable last year I think.  [/quote]

    That’s true. Though you’ll recall Monuments Men was being predicted as the film to beat in 2013 (before it got postponed), a bit like Unbroken, sight unseen, is this year.
     [/quote]

    That is funny to me in hindsight becuase “The Monuments Men” was so underwhelming and a lot of people (myself included) were so excited for it. I hope Unbroken doesn’t suffer the same fate (mostly because it just sounds like it has a juicier storyline).  [/quote]

    Unbroken has a dilemma though: Zamperini became a fundamentalist Christian. Is Jolie (whose popularity I don’t think extends to “religious” moviegoers) going to sell this film to that crowd (which might alienate the Academy)? I could see adapting Unbroken as a TV mini-series but I think trying to wedge all those episodes into a 2-2.5 hr film is going to be impossible.

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