Brad Pitt: ‘Ad Astra was the most difficult thing I have ever been a part of’

Ad Astra was “the most difficult thing” Brad Pitt has ever worked on.In the sci-fi drama, the 55-year-old plays astronaut Roy McBride, who goes on a life-threatening mission to find his long-lost father Clifford, played by Tommy Lee Jones, who went mis…

Ad Astra was “the most difficult thing” Brad Pitt has ever worked on.

In the sci-fi drama, the 55-year-old plays astronaut Roy McBride, who goes on a life-threatening mission to find his long-lost father Clifford, played by Tommy Lee Jones, who went missing during an expedition searching for signs of alien life.

Director James Gray had his leading man suspended from zero-gravity rigs for hours at a time during the lengthy shoot, and Pitt confessed that it was hard work.

“Cracking this was the most difficult thing I have ever been a part of,” he told British newspaper The Telegraph.

“Actors require each other, or at least some kind of environmental stimuli, to do their best work,” Gray said. “And when you’re hanging upside down on trapezes for 12 hours, there’s very little of that.”

The Oscar-nominated actor also revealed that the slightest false note while recording his voiceover for scenes set in space would “tip over the whole cart”.

“The minute you think you know everything about film-making, you’re done,” he added.

Elsewhere in the joint interview with filmmaker Gray, the Moneyball star discussed his frustration at playing Heinrich Harrer in Jean-Jacques Annaud’s 1997 biopic, Seven Years in Tibet.

The movie was adapted from Harrer’s memoir, which described his seemingly inspirational life after escaping from a British prisoner-of-war camp in India in 1944.

However, it missed out one of the most important details of Harrer’s story, which was the fact he had also been a sergeant in Adolf Hitler’s SS.

“It was only halfway through the film that I found out that my guy had been a f**kin’ Nazi. I think ignoring that was a mistake in the film,” Pitt fired. “I mean, to have come from that – it’s even more incredible for him to have made this spiritual flip. So why hide it?”

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Brad Pitt drew from relationship with father for Ad Astra role

Brad Pitt was inspired by his impoverished father’s fight to give him a “better life” when preparing for his role in Ad Astra.The actor plays astronaut Roy McBride who goes in search of his presumed-dead father, played by Tommy Lee Jones, and he reveal…

Brad Pitt was inspired by his impoverished father’s fight to give him a “better life” when preparing for his role in Ad Astra.

The actor plays astronaut Roy McBride who goes in search of his presumed-dead father, played by Tommy Lee Jones, and he reveals his own experiences growing up helped him prepare for the emotional production.

“My individual experience is somewhat universal, in the fact that you know our parents, our universe, our gods, our first imprint on how to behave, react, feel in the world,” he tells CNN. “And with that, to different degrees, some of us more than others, carry pain and confusion from that. I think it almost takes a lifetime to understand what was yours, and what was theirs.”

Pitt’s relationship with his own dad not only impacted his take on the role in director James Gray’s film, but has shaped his approach to parenting his own six children, who he shares with ex-wife Angelina Jolie.

“My dad always said he wanted to give me a better life than he had coming from extreme poverty, and he did it. And it makes me think, as a dad, what do I have to offer that’s better than I had, to my kids?” he added.

The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star was also eager to address the film’s various themes, including loneliness and grief.

“We’ve all experienced loss, we’ve all experienced great loneliness at times,” he shares. “And we’re good at packing that away and not dealing with it. Some of us are really good at it, at getting through it and coming out the other side as a more well rounded, I think more confident, more loving human being.”

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