Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise are regarded as two of the megastars of our generation. The two actors individually have massive accomplishments in their names and have also been obligated with numerous accolades over the past years. The actors have a massive fan following and both action heroes are the number one choice of directors for a guaranteed hit movie.
As Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise are among the A-listers of Hollywood, the actors always had a competitive spirit between them. Though they do not outright hate each other, there has always been an underlying animosity between them. This can be deduced by several statements of these actors about one another on various events.
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This competitive spirit between the two stars may have diminished by now, but in 2009, it was definitely on fire. As per reports, Brad Pitt once made a snide comment on Tom Cruise’s high-grossing film. The actor had allegedly remarked Cruise’s 2008 movie, Valkyrie. In the movie, Tom Cruise played the role of a German soldier who attempted to wound the then-leader Hitler and his Nazi party.
Coincidently, eight months down the line, director Quentin Tarantino also released a movie with a similar plot named Inglourious Basterds. In the movie, Brad Pitt also played the role of a soldier who tried to hurt Hitler and his Nazi party.
Brad Pitt shared some unkind words for Cruise’s movie, Valkyrie in an interview with the German magazine Stern in 2009. The Bullet Train actor said,
“It was a ridiculous movie. The Second World War could still deliver more stories and films, but I believe that Quentin put a cover on that pot.”
Pitt also shared his belief that Inglourious Basterds offered a perfect fresh take on the World War 2 subgenre of films. He said,
“With Basterds, everything that can be said to this genre has been said. The film destroys every symbol. The work is done, end of the story.”
The actor’s comment had gone viral at the time, due to which Pitt had to later clarify his statement, saying that he was misquoted. Pitt’s spokesperson shared in the media that he had not even seen the movie Valkyrie, hence his comment was not accurate.
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Did Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise ever work together?
It is surprising, but yes, Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise did work together for a movie in 1994. However, it was their first and last one together to date. The film was an adaptation of Anne Rice’s famous novel, Interview with the Vampire.
Brad Pitt shared his experience of working with Tom Cruise on the sets of Interview with the Vampire, where he revealed that both actors are poles apart. He stated,
“You gotta understand, Tom and I are… we walk in different directions. He’s North Pole. I’m South. He’s coming at you with a handshake [Pitt mimicked Cruise’s hyper-aggressive hello] where I may bump into you, I may not, you know?”
As per reports, the actors had an opportunity to work together again for the popular film Ford v Ferrari in 2019. However, things did not work out due to budget constraints. The director Joseph Kosinski had shared that at one point, the two action stars sat at a table and read the script for the film. Matt Damon and Christian Bale finally played the lead actors in the critically acclaimed film.
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Source- Showbiz Cheat Sheet