Brad Pitt won his first Oscar earlier this year for his portrayal of Cliff Booth in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Getting more selective with roles since he made his breakthrough on the big screen in the 1990s, the actor continues to prove himself as a major talent.
With his personal life often in the tabloids due to two high-profile divorces, Pitt is very careful on letting people into his inner circle. The Academy Award winner has often credited one person in particular for having a major impact on his life.
‘Thelma & Louise’ role launches Brad Pitt’s career
After his role as the handsome hitchhiker in 1991’s Thelma & Louise, Pitt soon became the one to watch. Taking on major roles in films including Kalifornia and Legends of the Fall, the actor was well on his way to stardom. A fan of classic suspense movies, Pitt was drawn to the character of a rookie cop in pursuit of a serial killer in the gritty thriller Se7en.
“I love movies from the ’70s like The French Connection and that’s what David Fincher and I talked about during our first meeting,” Pitt told The Morning Call in 1995 of Se7en’s director. “I was looking for something with a documentary feel. I wanted to play a character who has flaws, who has good intentions but makes mistakes. I also wanted to kill the mythic thing – this, like, larger-than-life thing about me.”