Brad Pitt’s Role in ‘Se7en’ Was Turned Down by This Academy Award-Winning Superstar

by Jeremy Spirogis
Brad Pitt attends the 92nd Annual Academy Awards

Oscar winner Brad Pitt grew to become a family identify within the 90s. With a number of early movie roles that catapulted him to stardom together with Thelma & Louise and Legends of the Fall, the actor started to get his choose of roles.

Despite his rising reputation on the time, Pitt wasn’t the primary selection for an element within the field workplace thriller Se7en in 1995.

Brad Pitt attends the 92nd Annual Academy Awards
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The darkish and disturbing movie featured Pitt as a rookie cop teamed up with veteran Morgan Freeman to seize a serial killer, performed by Kevin Spacey. According to Yahoo! Entertainment, famed director David Fincher had just one credit score to his identify when he took on the challenge. Pitt was interested in the function due the character’s authenticity and the gritty backdrop of the movie.

“I really like motion pictures from the ’70s like The French Connection and that’s what David Fincher and I talked about throughout our first assembly,” Pitt advised The Morning Call in 1995. “I was looking for something with a documentary feel. I wanted to play a character who has flaws, who has good intentions but makes mistakes. I also wanted to kill the mythic thing – this, like, larger-than-life thing about me.”

Pitt had simply come off starring in Interview with the Vampire, the place he hadn’t relished the lengthy shoot in dreary London climate. Despite the ominous subject material of Se7en, he loved his time on the set.

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Se7en is darkish too, however I had extra enjoyable making it,” the actor mentioned. “It’s a dark subject matter, but for me personally, it wasn’t depressing.”

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Portraying the spouse of Pitt’s character, Gwyneth Paltrow was not but well-known when she took on her function in Se7en. The two younger actors fell exhausting for one another and ultimately obtained engaged. After years of being within the highlight and hounded by the press, Pitt and Paltrow parted methods in 1997. The actress blamed herself for the break up.

“I’m so lucky that I spent time with Brad, somebody who was such a good person!” she mentioned, as reported by ABC News. “Especially when I was, like, such a mess… My kind of internal stuff really tripped up that whole relationship. And I felt really responsible, and also like I was the architect of my own misery. … I just made a big mess out of it… I was very upset for a long, long time.”

In a later dialog with Howard Stern on his SiriusXM present, Paltrow once more introduced up the connection and took the rap for its failure.

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“I was such a kid, I was 22 when we met. It’s taken me until 40 to get my head out of my a**,” Paltrow advised Stern, in keeping with Us Weekly. “You can’t make that decision when you’re 22 years old… I wasn’t ready, and he was too good for me. … I didn’t know what I was doing.”

Denzel Washington was provided the half earlier than Brad Pitt

Though Pitt was wonderful within the function, the character of David Mills was initially written for famous person Denzel Washington. Yahoo! Entertainment studies that the script for the movie was extra of a “kick a**, action cop movie” when the Training Day star was being courted for the half, however Fincher went in a little bit of a special path when Pitt signed on.

Washington revealed that after studying the unique script, he couldn’t envision himself within the function. “I was like, man, it’s just too much,” he mentioned in 2014 when selling his movie The Equalizer, in keeping with CTV News. Yet the actor had second ideas after viewing the completed product. “Then I saw it and I was like, ‘Oh God.”‘

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Still, the Academy Award winner felt Pitt was the suitable actor for the half. “Evidently it wasn’t for me, it was for Brad all the time,” he mentioned. “It was just too much when I read it, it was just different when I saw it.”

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