“I just want to be a respected actor”: Brad Pitt Wanted to Be Like Tom Cruise’s Closest Contemporary of the ‘90s When He Was Just 22

Willing to reach a level of success like Kevin Costner, Brad Pitt eventually outperformed his icon.

“I just want to be a respected actor”: Brad Pitt Wanted to Be Like Tom Cruise’s Closest Contemporary of the ‘90s When He Was Just 22

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  • Brad Pitt, initially aspiring to be like Kevin Costner, later surpassed him in fame and fortune, along with Tom Cruise.
  • Pitt expressed his desire to be a respected actor like Costner, and to produce movies and have his own production company.
  • Both Pitt and Cruise achieved levels of success that others can only dream of, surpassing even Costner.
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Several renowned stars have made their way into Hollywood, however, only a few of them could last a lifetime and create a never-ending legacy. A-listers like Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, and more have been a few of the most appreciated and famous faces of Tinseltown, who achieved what most can only dream of. 

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But according to reports, when Brad Pitt was in his early years of Hollywood, the actor wanted to be like Tom Cruise’s closest contemporary of the ‘90s, Kevin Costner. However, now, not only Pitt but even Cruise appears to have outperformed Costner in fame and fortune. 

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Also read: Kevin Costner’s Hollywood Downfall Started After His Ridiculous Demands During One Box-Office Disaster That Predicted His Yellowstone Fate

Brad Pitt Wanted to Be Like Kevin Costner 

Very few Hollywood A-listers were able to achieve what Brad Pitt did with ease throughout his decades-long career. However, when he initially started in the industry, the actor had simple desires and icons like Kevin Costner to look up to. 

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Brad Pitt wanted to be like Kevin Costner

Speaking to Tiger Beat for one of his earliest interviews, in 1986, via Far Out Magazine, Brad Pitt pointed out where he wanted to see himself in 10 years. Being just 22, the actor expressed his desire to be like Tom Cruise’s closest contemporary of the ‘90s, Kevin Costner.

In ten years, I’ll be 32. I hope I am married with some Brad Jrs. I would like to be in a position like Kevin Costner. He’s on top and respected as an actor. I just want to be a respected actor.” 

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Pitt was inspired by Costner’s life and career

Further, discussing his desires that made Kevin Costner his idol, Brad Pitt stated that he wanted to produce movies and entertain audiences like Costner did. “I want to make people feel things like how I feel when I go to the movies. I would like to have my own production company.” Pitt shared. 

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Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise Outperformed Kevin Costner

Surprisingly, while Brad Pitt wanted to be like Tom Cruise‘s closest contemporary of the ‘90s, Kevin Costner, he achieved way more than the veteran did. Achieving success beyond his wildest conception with innumerable roles in highly acclaimed films, Pitt reached almost Cruise’s level of fame and success. 

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Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise both outperformed Kevin Costner

Nonetheless, remembering his youthful dreams, Pitt did become a prolific producer as he started his production company in 2001. However, in long-term achievement, both Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise reached a level of success that others can only dream of. Surpassing even Kevin Costner, the actors turned into the renowned faces of Hollywood. 

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Pitt achieved more that he had ever dreamt of

Creating a legacy of their own, not only Brad Pitt but even Tom Cruise outperformed Kevin Costner. While the Yellowstone actor is hailed for his performance to date, Pitt and Cruise are appreciated for being a wholesome package. From their cinematic zeal to their lively nature, the duo rose to colossal success like none. 

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Written by Krittika Mukherjee

Krittika is a News Writer at FandomWire with 2 years of prior experience in lifestyle and web content writing. With her previous works available on HubPages and Medium, she has woven over 1000 stories with us, about fan-favorite actors, movies, and shows. Post-graduate in Journalism and Honors-graduate in English Literature, when this art enthusiast isn't crafting your next favorite article, she finds her escapism in coffee, fiction, and the Wizarding World.