Brad Pitt Beat Out George Clooney For A Career-Making Role

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Star-making role

Pitt was a young, up-and-coming actor when he auditioned for the part of hitchhiker/robber J.D. in Ridley Scott’s 1991 film Thelma & Louise. Now that Pitt’s turn in the iconic movie is known as his breakthrough role, it’s hard to imagine that he was originally passed over for the part.

“Pitt’s [first] reading [of J.D.] veered into James Dean territory, with a nicely authentic accent and a certain slinky charm,” Becky Aikman wrote in her book, “

Mega celeb Brad Pitt is still basking in the glow of his Oscar win for his performance in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. The Academy Award winner has garnered some major roles over the years, making him one of Hollywood’s top leading men.

His career catapulted in the early 90s when he nailed a part several other famous actors tried out for, and ended up becoming a star.

Brad Pitt | Valerie MACON / AFP) (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty ImagesStar-making role

Pitt was a young, up-and-coming actor when he auditioned for the part of hitchhiker/robber J.D. in Ridley Scott’s 1991 film Thelma & Louise. Now that Pitt’s turn in the iconic movie is known as his breakthrough role, it’s hard to imagine that he was originally passed over for the part.

“Pitt’s [first] reading [of J.D.] veered into James Dean territory, with a nicely authentic accent and a certain slinky charm,” Becky Aikman wrote in her book, “Off The Cliff: How the Making of ‘Thelma and Louise’ Drove Hollywood to the Edge.” “But Ridley [Scott] thought he seemed too young. They moved on.”

According to Aikman, Scott initially chose actor Billy Baldwin for the role but gave Pitt another shot when Baldwin dropped out. When the Fight Clubb actor auditioned with actress Geena Davis, who played Thelma, she had a little difficulty focusing on her lines.

“I did fine with the first few guys [who auditioned] but the last one [Pitt] was so cute I kept messing up my lines,” Davis told Vanity Fair in 2011. “I’m dying because I’m thinking, ‘He’s great, and I’m ruining his audition.’ I kept saying, ‘I’m so sorry!’ But he’s so chill: ‘Hey, don’t worry about it. It’s all good.’“

After their reading, Davis knew who should get the part of J.D. and made a point of voicing her opinion. “Lou [DiGiamo] and Ridley were talking about the other guys: ‘This one had a certain roughness. That one had a good look,’” Davis recalled. “They’re not mentioning the last one! So I said, ‘Can I say something?’ And they’re ‘Of course.’ I said, ‘The blond one. Duh!’”

Needless to say, Pitt got the part and a star was born.

Heavy-hitting competition

In her book, Aikman noted the other men who competed for the role of J.D. were struggling actors at the time but all ended

Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet

      

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