Tag: GQ

Brad Pitt Is Still Searching

Brad Pitt Is Still Searching

Posted September 21, 2019

At 55, the consummate Hollywood star seems to have the Hollywood parts figured out, using his wattage to get unlikely movies—like his new space drama, Ad Astra—into theaters.  Brad Pitt interviews tend to happen in strange and impromptu places. Like this poolhouse, on a property that belongs to neither of us, not too far outside Pasadena. By necessity and inclination, Pitt likes to present a moving target, and so he spends a lot of time passing through spaces that are convenient to something else he’s doing.  Just yesterday the Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, which Pitt stars in opposite […]

Brad Pitt Talks Divorce, Quitting Drinking, and Becoming a Better Man

Brad Pitt Talks Divorce, Quitting Drinking, and Becoming a Better Man

Posted May 12, 2017

Brad Pitt is making matcha green tea on a cool morning in his old Craftsman in the Hollywood Hills, where he’s lived since 1994. There have been other properties in other places—including a château in France and homes in New Orleans and New York City—but this has always been his kids’ “childhood home,” he says. And even though they’re not here now, he’s decided it’s important that he is. Today the place is deeply silent, except for the snoring of his bulldog, Jacques. Pitt, who exudes likability, general decency, and a sense of humor (dark and a little cockeyed), says […]

Ryan Reynolds | America’s Super-Suave Superhero

Posted November 14, 2016

The last time we talked to Ryan Reynolds, he was merely the handsomest, charmingest actor alive. His quirky superhero movie, Deadpool—an obsession, to put it mildly—was a few months from being released. But now, more than a year and a handful of box-office records later? He’s a superstar. A heavyweight. But it wasn’t a transformation. Ryan Reynolds tells Blake Lively we’re headed to the war room. More accurately, he tells her we’re going to the barn, which sits on an old upstate New York farm that functions as Reynolds’s family center and creative headquarters.  Why Deadpool? Because Deadpool is one of the most unique […]

Hugh Jackman on Wolverine

Posted July 15, 2013

Things could have been very different. It’s October 2007 and Hugh Jackman’s hair rides high above amber aviators and a grey, mercerised suit. There’s a helicopter, sequined showgirls and an unnecessary number of high fives. The Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil” is slowly being strangled. The eventual credits to Viva Laughlin – an American reworking of acclaimed British series Blackpool – present Jackman as both protagonist and producer. CBS backed the song-and-dance drama, opting to introduce it with CSI (read: millions of viewers) as a lead-in. It premiered on October 18 and was buried – presumably deep in a […]

Get cape. Wear cape. Fly.

Get cape. Wear cape. Fly.

Posted May 1, 2013

He was once dubbed “the unluckiest man in Hollywood” after missing out — just — on blockbusters from James Bond to Harry Potter. But Henry Cavill is finally flying high as he revs up for the lead in this summer’s Superman reboot, Man Of Steel. The first time he met Russell Crowe, Henry Cavill was 16, shivering and in shorts. A pupil of Stowe School in Buckinghamshire, he was one of several students who had been asked to be extras, playing rugby in the background while Crowe said goodbye to his on-screen son. The film was Proof Of Life, and […]

The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth

Posted May 1, 2012

Have you heard of Twilight? Are you acquainted with the undead? How about werewolves? Vampires? Angsty adolescent superheroes? This is our culture right now, and it’s no exaggeration to say that it all began with one man: Joss Whedon, the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and arguably the most inventive pop storyteller of his generation. So how come Whedon never became as famous as so much of the derivative trash he inspired? Better question: Now that his summer blockbuster, The Avengers, is about to arrive, isn’t this the part of the story where the overlooked hero rises to meet […]

A Nice Quiet Chat with Christian Bale

Posted June 1, 2009

He slips into the room without fanfare. He walks slowly, on his heels, toward the terrace. When I stand, he points at me, or my table, or my general area still without turning to look at me, his eyes fixed on the terrace in front of him – and in his low English accent asks, “We doin’ this here or what?” Christian Bale detests interviews, on the predictable grounds that his offscreen life is nobody’s business, but also because he thinks the whole enterprise of movie-star “journalism” is corrosive to acting and storytelling.  This opener “here or what?” is less […]

He’s Hot, He’s Sexy, He’s Undead

He’s Hot, He’s Sexy, He’s Undead

Posted April 24, 2009

A few days after meeting Robert Pattinson for the first time, co-star Kristen Stewart says this about him: “He can’t lie. It makes things a little scary for him sometimes. But it’s my favorite thing about him.” In a little bakery-café on Doheny Drive, in West Hollywood, the whole time, Pattinson seems to be telling the truth compulsively, heedlessly, helplessly, as if he’d been shot with a sodium pentothal dart while parking his car. Pattinson’s other problem—he admits this early on—is that he can’t abide a conversational lull. “I just say the first thing that comes into my head out […]

Christian Rocks

Posted March 24, 2007

Even in a career in which you’ve demonstrated an amazing ability to pull off accents, the one you do for Dieter in Werner Herzog’s Rescue Dawn is kind of a tour de force: the speech of a man born in Germany who came of age in America, as delivered by an actor born in Wales. The Germans I was working with told me that people from the Black Forest have a slightly strange accent, even for Germans, and beyond that Dieter had a very exaggerated way of speaking. In Werner’s 1997 documentary about him, you see clips from when he’s […]

The Epic Life of Orlando Bloom

Posted November 24, 2005

Don’t be fooled by his bohemian dress and freethinking ways (or by the fact that he’s very, very good in a very unperiod new movie): Orlando Bloom is the Errol Flynn of our time Orlando Bloom sits (eating unripe blueberries), having his morning tea on what could be the patio of a modest little house anywhere in the world. But little things everywhere hint that this is a partly fictional realm. Bloom is swathed in one of the long scarves he favors, covered in trinkets, and wearing combat-weight black boots, but because he has become so extraordinarily well-known for playing […]