Ad Astra: For James Gray, Brad Pitt is an underrated actor

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Brad Pitt Ad Astra
2019 Twentieth Century Fox

The director asked David Fincher for advice on directing the star.

Update of October 30, 2021: Released in September 2019 at the cinema, Ad Astra, by James Gray, will be broadcast for the first time in clear, this Sunday on France 2. To wait until this evening worn by Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones, we republish the words of the director on his star. Note that the film will be followed by another feature film set in space: Life – Origin unknown, with Jake Gyllenhaal.

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September 3, 2019 article: Ad Astra comes at the end of a long post-production process and could be finished for the Venice Film Festival. After several release date changes, it was decided that the feature film would be shown on September 18 in theaters. Brad Pitt is therefore ready to take off for Neptune, to find out what happened to his missing father, embodied by Tommy lee jones.

James gray and Brad pitt have worked together before: the actor’s production company, Plan B, supported the director’s previous film, The Lost City of Z. This time, he finds himself propelled in front of the camera in this sci-fi family drama. For the occasion, Gray told the Los Angeles Times asking David Fincher for advice on leading the star. The latter have indeed collaborated on Se7en, Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, for which the actor’s performance earned him his first Oscar nomination for a leading role.

He is a particularly subtle actor, says James Gray, to a point that I could never have imagined. He is extremely intelligent, very clever, he understands perfectly human behavior. In a way, and it’s crazy to say that, I think he’s an underrated actor. Technically, above all. And it’s a pleasure to work with someone of this caliber.

It is a revelation for the director, confident in the performance delivered for the film: “He can do anything, you give him some info and he does his part. He thinks, you throw the camera, and suddenly you can see the inner work, the hustle and bustle. It is, for me, an incredible performance. There is no overplay. I have no idea what the public will think about it, but for me it’s a really good job.

Since the release ofAd Astra, Brad Pitt received the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, in February 2020. Not for this film, but for his role as a stuntman in Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood, by Quentin Tarantino. It is besides his mate David Fincher who helped him write his hilarious speeches throughout the ceremonial season!

While waiting for the Oscars, Brad Pitt has fun receiving awards

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