At 57, Brad Pitt is still one of the most sought-after and beloved actors in town. As an actor and producer, Pitt has received various accolades that validate his prolific knack for acting. His involvement in various humanitarian projects has also helped him exert his international influence.
After having gained public attention as a shirtless cowboy hitchhiker in Ridley Scott’s 1991 film Thelma & Louise, the actor received critical acclaim for his performance in films like Se7en, 12 Monkeys, World War Z, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Moneyball, Inglourious Basterds etc.
Despite his incredible performances, it was not until Quentin Tarantino’s 2019 film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood that he won an Academy Award for the Best Supporting Actor.
However, every actor has a few blemishes in their respective career and Pitt is not any different.
The actor absolutely loathes one of the films he has starred in and has touted it to be a disaster. Pitt did not hold back from dissing the filmmaker either, saying that it was “the most irresponsible bit of filmmaking if you can even call it that, that I’ve ever seen”.
The film at the receiving end of such harsh criticism was none other than Alan J. Pakula’s 1997 movie, The Devil’s Own.
The action thriller saw an eight-year-old Frankie Maguire witnessing his father’s murder for being an Irish republican sympathiser. Twenty years later, Frankie carries the trauma with him to New York where he adopts the alias name Rory Devaney and moves into a Sergeant’s house. When the latter realises how he has mistakenly sheltered a dangerous IRA terrorist, the situation takes a turn for the worst.
Starring Harrison Ford and Pitt in various brilliant scenes, the film was, however, harshly criticised for Pitt’s awful Irish accent and for the director being totally ignorant of the history of Northern Ireland, as stated by Roger Ebert himself.
Pitt had previously stated how he thought the film was “good schooling for him” before “literally, the script got thrown out” and turned into a “disaster”.
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