With takings of $40 million, it is now the biggest US opening weekend of the director’s nine-film career – Tarantino hinting he may retire after a tenth and final flic.
Pitt, newly declared legally single, on the other hand, has other ideas.
At 55, the actor has admitted to being in a good place in his life, and has revealed that he has no intention of retiring. Ever.
But doesn’t it seem like the guy has been with us forever?
Seven Years in Tibet, not Pitt’s most dynamic of films, must have seemed to be in real time for those who sat through it back in 1997 while 12 Monkeys, which arguably saw Pitt’s finest ever performance, dealt with the complexities of time travel. Taking the theory one step further, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button went the whole way by having Pitt’s character age backwards.
Thanks to the wonders of CGI, Benjamin Button is seen at various stages, and ages of his backwards-flowing life, with one of the last scenes heartbreakingly as a teenager confronting the aging love of his life Daisy (Cate Blanchett)
It was not far from how Pitt looked in his breakthrough role in 1991’s Thelma & Louise, the young hitchhiker JD who scams Louise’s life savings.
That same year, for all intents playing the same rogue character, he appeared in a Levi’s 501 commercial as the denim manufacturer’s late 1980s and early 1990s campaigns continued to make an impact on pop culture. A move which instantaneously linked Pitt to the denim-y zeitgeist.
No-one and nothing is too big for him to take on. He fought a bear in Legends of The Fall, Nazis in Inglourious Basterds and zombies in World War Z. In Fight Club, Pitt’s character Tyler Durden stole the show despite the fact he didn’t really exist.
For someone who looks like he should be typecast, Pitt has played a range of roles that few other actors can rival. He was a vampire – who lives forever, naturally – in the film adaptation of Anne Rice’s novel Interview With The Vampire, and a serial killer in Kalifornia. He’s had a stab at British, German, and Irish accents, with varying degree of accuracy and hilarity.
In 2016, Pitt narrated Terrence Malick’s Voyage of Time, a documentary that charts the origins of time itself and its ultimate demise. They best man for the job, no doubt.
And, joyously, he’s not stopping any time soon.
His next project is Ad Astra, in which he’ll play an astronaut who roams the edges of our solar system in search of his father, who holds the fate of the cosmos in his hands.
But we’re not worried. Not even the end of the Universe can stop Brad Pitt.