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1. Brad Pitt is a charismatic screen presence.
Think of the last time Pitt was actually charismatic on screen. I’ve got two: Fight Club and Thelma and Louise (it was posited that Pitt’s TaL charisma was ab-based, but anyway…). That’s about it. He doesn’t have the type of Robert Downey Jr./George Clooney/early-Will Smith charisma that is often assumed of him. The type of charisma that - had he had it - might have made The Curious Case of Benjamin Button more enjoyable but he doesn’t and I don’t know anyone who thinks he deserved that particular Oscar nomination.
2. Brad Pitt is a handsome leading man and lacks real talent.
Do you know why he was so charming in Fight Club? Because he’s such a good actor. He’s barely even a leading man. His best performances are supporting roles: Se7en, 12 Monkeys, Fight Club, Snatch, Babel, and Burn After Reading are all second banana parts wherein he often steals the show from someone else (the exception: he’s the lead in Moneyball, which is among his best, though not his absolute best). Pitt is a character actor walking around with a leading man’s body. It happens sometimes. So while he’s serviceable and things like Mr. and Mrs. Smith and he’s sure to be the same in World War Z, we already know he’s better when he can get weird as in Inglorious Basterds or when he can just hang out and smoke pot as in True Romance, letting the real leading men like Christian Slater do their thing.
No, I’m kidding. Christian Slater is the worst. Even in spite of Heathers.
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