Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Roar Power
Jurassic World unleashed on iTunes
Halo 5 Guardians
The Master Chief returns
Brad Pitt: A Viewer's Guide
From legends to the fall to a softly killer

submit to reddit

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Back 4 of 7 Next
Brad Pitt: A Viewer's Guide |

RECOMMENDED: True Romance (1993)

Like an extended smoke break, Pitt’s lovably loopy turn as Floyd the pothead offered moviegoers a first glimpse at his comic skills. A man almost surgically attached to his sofa, Floyd’s chilled demeanour disguises a temper he’s far too stoned to express (“Don’t con-din-sen me, man!”). In fact, every time we meet him he’s shrouded in clouds of smoke, his face emerging like the Cheshire cat to deliver Quentin Tarantino dialogue at about 12RPM. It’s one of Pitt’s transitional roles from heartthrob to serious talent, showing along with Twelve Monkeys that he was capable of pushing the boat out, and it’s still a doozy.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
4 of 7

Have Your Say
Register or login now to let us know what you think.

Your Comments

1 Brad Pitt movies
Would have liked to see a wider choice of movies-Babel, Burn after reading, Se7en, Inglorious Basterds... you missed some great movies More

Posted by lkclayton on Wednesday September 26, 2012, 10:39

2 A River Runs Through It
Missed off Brad's great turn in this film. Certainly should replace Legends of the Fall- it's all that film, and so much more (handsome, and tragic). More

Posted by stevos on Tuesday September 25, 2012, 20:23

3 One to avoid!
Quite simply, Meet Joe Black. The Mexican might not be great, but I would watch it any day over Meet Joe Black. More

Posted by spikeyheid on Tuesday September 25, 2012, 18:55

4 Polar opposite comedy genius
Burn After Reading and Inglourious Basterds he's hilarious in but in totally different ways. More

Posted by alf2010 on Monday September 24, 2012, 19:42

5 Ocean 11................... really!?
Quite shocked not to see Se7en, Snatch and Moneyball in Essential. Good shout on The Mexican though, that film sucked! I know everyone seems to love it but I thought Oceans 11 was very average. Give me Interview with the Vampire, Inglorious or 12 Monkeys over that any day. Well done for including True Romance. Normally I would expect this to be in Essential but i guess it is only a small part. Finally - Jesse James is one of the worst films I have ever seen. More

Posted by guysalisbury on Monday September 24, 2012, 14:19

Good job keeping Benjamin Button out, aka. 'The Curious Case of the Otherwise Completely Mundane Benjamin Button'. More

Posted by harlequin21 on Monday September 24, 2012, 14:12

7 eh what!?
Where is Moneyball and Se7en?? Why the hell was Tree of Life in there too!? That film was one dull flick only enjoyed by the self pompous! I also agree with previous comments of the omission of "Vampire" and Snatch! More

Posted by J_BUltimatum on Sunday September 23, 2012, 12:33

8 Ooh Ooh Ooh!!!
Seven and Twelve Monkeys as Essential. Meet Joe Black as one to avoid !!!! Don't agree with oceans eleven in there. I like the film but like said below, it's more of an ensemble piece and not really showing of Pitt's acting chops... More

Posted by mwrizzle on Sunday September 23, 2012, 00:21

9 'Kalifornia' - of course... sorry
forgive me... More

Posted by redgrant70 on Sunday September 23, 2012, 00:05

10 California!!
Can argue about the movie - but not about Pitt's performance. More

Posted by redgrant70 on Sunday September 23, 2012, 00:04

11 Interview with a vampire
I liked his performance in iwav, am I alone? Also think snatch should have been on there. More

Posted by pablo233 on Saturday September 22, 2012, 23:24

12 Ahem...
Quite enjoyed The Mexican actually.... More

Posted by DarthMaxxx on Saturday September 22, 2012, 13:58

13 You think "The Mexican" is that bad?
No where near as bad as "Seven Years in Tibet". Also loved "Ocean's Eleven", but Mickey from "Snatch" is a much more iconic role and Pitt gives a greater physical performance. Also: "Moneyball" or "The Curious Case...."over "The Tree of Life". Pitt's performance is excellent in "The Tree of Life"....but then to see it, you have to watch "The Tree of Life". More

Posted by drico on Saturday September 22, 2012, 13:47

14 Proper star/actor
Clearly prefers projects with an edge/challenge, and I like that he's never been interested in doing rom-com shit for the beeyatchez (The Mexican must have put him off for good, lord that really was shit). He's also fine with playing dislikeable/asshole now and then. This keeps his stardom nice and real. PS 1: despite being great in TAOJJBTCRF, Casey Afleck was the stand-out. PS 2: I seem to remember Cool World being ace, prolly a Kim Basinger thing. More

Posted by BatSpider on Saturday September 22, 2012, 12:39

15 Missing films...
Where is Se7en, Burn After Reading for Essential viewing and Sleepers as Recommended? More

Posted by CambiMan on Saturday September 22, 2012, 11:26

16 Poor choices...
Snatch, like Ocean's Eleven, is an ensemble piece. Unlike Ocean's Eleven smug autopilot list, Pitt is excellent as Pikey boxer Mickey Ward. It makes up for his previous shambolic Irish accent in (One to avoid) Devil's Own.As previously mentioned, 12 monkeys, Se7en,Inglorious...all deserve mention over Ocean's,Tree of life etc etc More

Posted by cadz on Saturday September 22, 2012, 04:38

17 lazy feature
Brad Pitt film guide without 12 Monkeys, Se7en, Moneyball, Inglorious Basterds, Thelma and Louise and Meet Joe Black (as one to avoid)...this is a very very lazy feature empire. Is Oceans 11 really essential viewing over any of the above? At least pretend to love films! More

Posted by snowmonster on Saturday September 22, 2012, 00:59

18 SEVEN??
Where is seven for essential viewing More

Posted by reeceh46 on Friday September 21, 2012, 18:31

19 There's only one choice for one to avoid......
Two words: Cool World. More

Posted by Goverch on Friday September 21, 2012, 17:37

20 Whats In The box
Id have Moneyball instead of Tree Of Life, Mr. & Mrs. Smith as the one to avoid and Interview with the Vampire and Johnny Suede for the fan. Troy is also very good, dont know why that gets a bad rap. More

Posted by burtbondy on Friday September 21, 2012, 17:32

The 666 Greatest Horror Movie Characters
Be afraid, be very afraid...

14 Things You Didn't Know About Mad Max: Fury Road
George Miller unveils the secrets of his apocalyptic wasteland

A-List Directors, interviewed by Sam Mendes
Nolan, Spielberg, Fincher, Whedon and more…

Stephen Frears On The Program
'To me, this was a crime story'

Empire's Best Horror Films For Halloween
An unlucky thirteen triple-bills

Emily Blunt Talks Sicario
On the five-star thriller, puke acting and taking Tom Cruise to The Box

Denis Villeneuve Talks Sicario
On his cartel thriller and the upcoming Blade Runner sequel

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 63%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)