Actor Brad Pitt cover the October/November 2012 issue of Interview magazine, photographed by Steven Klein and styled by Ludivine Poiblanc.
”Brad Pitt’s new film, Killing Them Softly, is, in many ways, a throwback to a kind of film that seemed to get made all the time in the 1970s and was regularly reinvented in the 1990s: a crime story in search of a moral center, and the kind of parabolic tale that is filled with skeezy characters and suspect schemes but simmers with the very modernist sense that something larger (and probably bad) is at work. Directed by Andrew Dominik and adapted from the 1974 novel Cogan’s Trade by George V. Higgins, the film nominally tells the story of a low-level criminal ecosystem that is suddenly disrupted when a couple of petty hoods (Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn) are recruited to knock over a card game, setting off a chain of events that brings local commerce, as it were, to a halt. To fix the situation, a consortium of unseen overbosses dispatches Pitt’s character, an enforcer-for-hire named Jackie Cogan, to take the appropriate corrective measures so that business as usual can resume and everyone can start making money again….”
Guy Ritchie, who directed Pitt in Snatch (2000), recently met up with the 48-year-old actor in London, where Pitt was finishing work on another film, World War Z.
GUY RITCHIE: Okay, we’re recording–in airplane-friendly mode for some reason.
BRAD PITT: Get another one going . . . Okay, test, one, two.
RITCHIE: There you go. You’ve got yours going now, too. We’ll get a third recorder going as well. Lovely.
PITT: Lovely. So how’s the spot you’re doing now?
RITCHIE: Oh, the spot . . . Do you ever watch commercials?
PITT: Not really.
RITCHIE: Well, I’ve gotta tell you, that’s where the real technical talent lies. There aren’t many movies where you can spend $3 million on one minute, so when I do a commerical, I can go balls-out and play around with toys and try out new stuff.
PITT: So you can use it as a tester for what you’re going to do in your next film.
RITCHIE: I do use it as a bit of a tester, yeah. But the commercial guys are actually more open to the idea of fucking around with stuff and they don’t mind if you hit a post because it’s so cutting-edge. Commercials will always be technically more advanced than movies. It’s a funny thing but they’re also so much more efficient. So I try to do one commercial a year just for that reason.
PITT: The fight scene in the forest in Sherlock 2 [Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows] with the Germans with the howitzers—did that come from a commercial? Because I’ve never seen anything like that.
RITCHIE: That was an amalgam of all sorts of things. But we did try some new stuff. I just think there’s room to do more in movies—that you can have almost everything in a film. You can have all the new technical stuff, but you can also keep it edgy enough so it still feels a bit indie, and it can also be accessible enough so that kids can like it, and you can get this lot all around where everyone’s a winner and comes out with cred.
PITT: So what’s your template for that?
Source Interview magazine