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“I had Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt at a table read”: Hollywood’s Two Bitter Rivals Nearly Signed Up for ‘Ford v Ferrari’ – Real Reason $225M Movie Cast Christian Bale, Matt Damon Instead

Hollywood's Two Bitter Rivals Nearly Signed Up for 'Ford v Ferrari' - Real Reason $225M Movie Cast Christian Bale, Matt Damon Instead

Without a doubt, actors Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise are two of the best actors that have emerged in the past four decades. Their influence is quite strong, thanks to their iconic performances in many blockbuster hits.

However, not many people are aware that the two don’t really get along. They worked together in 1994’s Interview with a Vampire and that one experience was enough for the two to resent each other even today. They were supposed to work together in 2019’s Ford v Ferrari, however, due to budget issues, they couldn’t star in the movie.

Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise were supposed to appear in Ford v Ferrari

Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise
Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise

Director Joseph Kosinski was originally approached to create 2019’s Ford v Ferrari, which was initially called Go Like Hell. Kosinski once revealed that he tried to get actors Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in the movie (via Collider),

“The one that I always think about that got away was called Go Like Hell. Which eventually did get made as Ford v Ferrari. I always wanted to make a racing film and, the thing about racing movies is, it can’t be about racing, it has to have some amazing story underneath to warrant itself being made. And that story was one of those great stories of an incredible friendship and an incredible rivalry and an incredibly dangerous race. So we, I wouldn’t say we got close to production, but I got to the point where I had Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt at a table read reading the script together, which was pretty amazing. But we couldn’t get the budget to the number it had to be at.”

Since hiring both actors was crossing the budget by a significant amount, the collaboration never happened. Fans speculate that there is another reason why the two Hollywood legends didn’t work with each other.

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Did their feud stop them from working together?

Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in Interview With the Vampire (1994)
Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in Interview With the Vampire (1994)

Pitt and Cruise have worked together only once and that was in director Neil Jordan’s 1994 movie, Interview with the Vampire. Due to creative differences, Pitt and Cruise had a hard time working with each other. In a past interview, Pitt recalled (via YourTango),

“He bugged me. There came a point during filming when I started really resenting him. He’s North Pole, I’m South. He’s always coming at you with a handshake, whereas I may bump into you. There was this underlying competition that got in the way of any real conversation.”

There were also rumors about Cruise having an affair with actress Angelina Jolie, Pitt’s ex-wife. Pitt said that he was “miserable” during the entire filming of their 1994 vampire movie, which explains why the two didn’t appear in Ford v Ferrari together.


Also read: Brad Pitt’s Mr. And Mrs. Smith Originally Wanted To Cast One Of Tom Cruise’s Ex-Wives Instead Of Angelina Jolie

The roles went to Christian Bale and Matt Damon

Matt Damon and Christian Bale
Matt Damon and Christian Bale in Ford v Ferrari

The project was then passed on to James Mangold and actors Matt Damon and Christian Bale were selected for the role of Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles respectively. Their performances, combined with Mangold’s direction, made the movie one of the most memorable films in the genre. The sound, racing sequences, and editing, are a few things that were praised.

The biographical sports drama film won two Academy Awards and earned a nomination for Best Picture. The film grossed $225 million around the world on a production budget of roughly $97 million.

Related: “The…what was it? Shank, Sham, Shim?”: Morgan Freeman Blames $73M Iconic Movie’s Title for its Box-Office Failure That Was Turned Down by Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt 

Source: Collider

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