Brad Pitt confirms he turned down The Matrix

Brad Pitt has confirmed he turned down an offer to star in The Matrix.The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor was asked about the roles he had passed on during a talk at the recent Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and he confirmed that he rej…

Brad Pitt has confirmed he turned down an offer to star in The Matrix.

The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor was asked about the roles he had passed on during a talk at the recent Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and he confirmed that he rejected an offer to portray Neo, who was ultimately played by Keanu Reeves, in the 1999 sci-fi movie.

“I did pass on The Matrix. I took the red pill. That’s the only one I’m naming,” he said. “I wasn’t offered two or three. Only the first one, just to clarify that.”

The red pill comment is a reference to the movie. In the film, choosing the red pill means being aware of the cruel truths of everyday life, while taking the blue pill is opting to remain living in blissful ignorance.

The Oscar-nominated actor, who received the Maltin Modern Master Award at the festival, also explained why he was reluctant to name any of the projects he’d rejected.

“I come from a place, maybe it’s my upbringing, if I didn’t get it, then it wasn’t mine,” the 56-year-old commented. “I really believe (the role) was never mine. It’s not mine. It was someone else’s and they go and make it. I really do believe in that… If we were doing a show on the great movies I’ve passed on, we would need two nights.”

Last year, The Matrix producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura said Pitt was considered for Neo, while Will Smith expressed his regret about passing on the part in a YouTube video last February.

“Keanu was perfect, Laurence Fishburne was perfect,” he insisted. “So, I probably would have messed The Matrix up. I would have ruined it, so I did y’all a favour.”

Other stars like Nicolas Cage, Val Kilmer, and Johnny Depp were also reportedly considered to play Neo, but it ultimately went to Reeves. The Matrix trilogy redefined his career and he is currently shooting the fourth instalment.

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Lily Aldridge splurges on sunglasses

Lily Aldridge has a large collection of Ray-Ban sunglasses.The California-born model is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion business and has landed coveted campaigns for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Ralph Lauren, Levi’s, and Bulgari.Wh…

Lily Aldridge has a large collection of Ray-Ban sunglasses.

The California-born model is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion business and has landed coveted campaigns for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Ralph Lauren, Levi’s, and Bulgari.

When it comes to accessories, Lily has now named sunglasses as her favourite item to spend money on.

“I feel like Jack Nicholson and Johnny Depp always wore them, and they just have that cool, classic rock-and-roll vibe,” she said in a chat for New York magazine’s The Strategist. “Sunglasses are the thing I like to splurge on most, and I have so many, but I always go back to the Ray-Bans. I have the Clubmaster, the Aviator, the Wayfarer – I rotate between them.”

Lily went on to explain that she has been wearing her tortoiseshell Wayfarers the most lately.

Meanwhile, when it comes to fashion trends, the brunette beauty is all about embracing a boho-chic vibe and likes to wear Zara body suits with pieces from the Doen label.

“I just love Doen, and the Jane Top and Joan Dress are my absolute favourites for fall. The Jane Top is the perfect easy blouse for fall, with a pair of high-waisted trousers. I have one in a pumpkin spice colour, and I wear it with these really nice cream trousers and some brown slip-ons and my tortoiseshell Ray-Bans and my Bottega clutch,” the 34-year-old shared.

Elsewhere, Lily explained other products she can’t get enough of include the fragrances from her own line, RMS Beauty’s Un Cover-Up concealer, and Windsor Edwards’ Lip Balm.

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Patrick Stewart to be honoured by Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild

Patrick Stewart is to receive a top honour at the 2020 Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild (MUAHS) Awards.The British actor, known for his roles in the Star Trek and X-Men franchises, will be bestowed with the Distinguished Artisan Award at the org…

Patrick Stewart is to receive a top honour at the 2020 Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild (MUAHS) Awards.

The British actor, known for his roles in the Star Trek and X-Men franchises, will be bestowed with the Distinguished Artisan Award at the organisation’s seventh annual prizegiving in Los Angeles on 11 January.

“Patrick Stewart is a legendary actor whose myriad of characters live in our hearts forever,” said MUAHS president Julie Socash. “He is so deserving of this special recognition spotlighting his award-winning stage and screen performances, and we celebrate his great collaboration with our talented artists.”

Stewart, 79, will be presented with the prestigious prize by Brent Spiner, star of Star Trek: Picard and Star Trek: Next Generation; James MacKinnon, an Emmy Award-winning make-up and prosthetic artist, and Michael Westmore, the Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning make-up artist and designer of the Star Trek franchise.

Previous recipients of the honour include Melissa McCarthy, Gary Oldman, Johnny Depp, Ryan Murphy, and Guillermo del Toro.

Each year, members of the MUAHS fete the outstanding achievements of both make-up artists and hairstylists in motion pictures, television, commercials, and live theatre.

Previously, officials announced that Thomas R. Burman, Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated make-up artist, and Martin Samuel, Oscar and Emmy-nominated film and celebrity hairstylist, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Stewart will next be seen onscreen reprising his iconic role of Jean-Luc Picard in TV series Star Trek: Picard, which is set to be released in January.

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Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin to pen Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean reboot

Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin has signed on to pen the script for Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean reboot.The 48-year-old, who also co-wrote two of The Hangover movies, will be working alongside franchise veteran Ted Elliott, who previously worked on …

Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin has signed on to pen the script for Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean reboot.

The 48-year-old, who also co-wrote two of The Hangover movies, will be working alongside franchise veteran Ted Elliott, who previously worked on four Pirates films with screenwriter Terry Rossio.

Disney hired Deadpool writing duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick last year to revamp the tired film saga, but they have since left the project, while Jerry Bruckheimer is expected to return as producer for the sixth instalment, according to Variety.

Elliott co-wrote 2003’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Dead Man’s Chest in 2006, At World’s End in 2007, and 2011’s On Stranger Tides with Rossio.

He skipped writing duties on Dead Men Tell No Tales in 2017, leaving Jeff Nathanson to team up with Rossio and create an original story.

Mazin won an Emmy earlier this year for his work on the five-part HBO show which focused on the devastating Chernobyl nuclear disaster of April 1986, and starred Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgard, and Emily Watson.

The previous five Pirates of the Caribbean movies all featured Johnny Depp as leading man Captain Jack Sparrow and have grossed more than $4.5 billion (£3.5 billion) at the worldwide box office since the saga began 16 years ago.

Reports suggest that that 56-year-old actor will not be reprising his role for the sixth Pirates movie and the reboot will focus more on the original Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland theme parks.

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Lily-Rose Depp: ‘Karl Lagerfeld made my dreams come true’

Lily-Rose Depp has praised the late Karl Lagerfeld for making her modelling dreams come true.The creative director of Chanel passed away in February due to complications of pancreatic cancer at the age of 85, leaving the world of fashion in mourning. …

Lily-Rose Depp has praised the late Karl Lagerfeld for making her modelling dreams come true.

The creative director of Chanel passed away in February due to complications of pancreatic cancer at the age of 85, leaving the world of fashion in mourning.

But now, Lily-Rose – who is the daughter of Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp – has opened up about her relationship with the godfather of fashion in a new interview with Vogue.com, and recalled meeting Lagerfeld when she was a child.

“I was eight years old and with my mother. She was doing a fitting and brought me up to the atelier. I remember him being surrounded by fabrics and drawings,” the 20-year-old shared. “When we lost Karl this year, I was very sad. When I was little, I dreamed of doing what I do now, and he made my dreams come true. The time I was able to spend with him, on and off set, are memories I’ll always hold dearly.”

The model and actress, who can be seen in the new historical drama The King alongside boyfriend Timothee Chalamet, is working closely with Virginie Viard, Lagerfeld’s successor at Chanel.

“I love Virginie. I’ve known her since I started at Chanel. She’s so talented and I don’t think anyone is better suited to keeping his memory alive,” Lily-Rose gushed. “In every Chanel show, I feel like there are pieces of Karl. We still see his influence, his genius at work.”

And the rising star is still proud to be involved with the French fashion house.

“I’ve known the whole team since I was little and to be able to work with them now is a huge point of pride for me. The work is great, but the people behind it make it really special – like Karl,” she explained.

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Johnny Depp defends Dior campaign after Native American outrage

Johnny Depp has defended his new Dior perfume campaign following angry protests from Native Americans. The promotional film for the French luxury brand’s Sauvage perfume features Depp playing the guitar in the desert while his Native American co-star …

Johnny Depp has defended his new Dior perfume campaign following angry protests from Native Americans.

The promotional film for the French luxury brand’s Sauvage perfume features Depp playing the guitar in the desert while his Native American co-star Canku One Star of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe performs a warrior dance in a traditional headdress and clothing.

While the clip was pulled shortly after teasers debuted on 30 August after several leading Native American activists and actors responded angrily, Johnny remains adamant that the advert was meant to respect indigenous culture.

“A teaser obviously is a very concentrated version of images and there were objections to the teaser of the small film. The film has never been seen,” he told The Hollywood Reporter at the Deauville American Film Festival in France.

“There was never – and how could there be or how would there be – any dishonorable (intent). The film was made with a great respect for the indigenous people not just of North America but all over the world. It’s a pity that people jumped the gun and made these objections. However, their objections are their objections.”

Pledging to work with those raising objections to release a revised full version of the advert, he added: “I can assure you that no one has any reason to go out to try to exploit. It was a film made out of great respect and with great respect and love for the Native American peoples to bring light to them.

“They haven’t had the greatest amount of help out of the United States government. The idea is as pure as it ever was, so we will come to an agreement so that everyone is happy.”

The backlash against the film has even included one of its stars, Tanaya Beatty, a Canadian actress of Da’Naxda’xw Nation descent, who said she felt indigenous culture had been “disrespected” during filming and encouraged Johnny to donate to Native American charities.

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Johnny Depp devotees start petitions calling for his Pirates of the Caribbean return

Pirates of the Caribbean fans are trying to get Johnny Depp reinstated as Captain Jack Sparrow for the upcoming sixth instalment of the swashbuckling film series.Johnny has helmed the role since 2003’s The Curse of the Black Pearl, but was let go in De…

Pirates of the Caribbean fans are trying to get Johnny Depp reinstated as Captain Jack Sparrow for the upcoming sixth instalment of the swashbuckling film series.

Johnny has helmed the role since 2003’s The Curse of the Black Pearl, but was let go in December after executives at Disney decided to freshen up the franchise after the poor performance of 2017’s Dead Men Tell No Tales.

The news hasn’t gone down well with fans though, and numerous petitions have popped up calling for Johnny’s return.

One, started by user Femke on change.org, explains: “I want to keep Johnny Depp as jack sparrow because he made the films extra fun and I just can’t think about a pirates 6 without Johnny Depp.”

So far it has received close to 15,000 signatures.

A second on the change.org website, which fan Riza Siddiqui is behind, has garnered 5,000 signatures.

In her plea for the 55-year-old’s return to the role, which won him his first Oscar nomination in 2004, Riza said: “Can you imagine someone else portraying this instead of him? Or no Jack Sparrow at all? Disney is rebooting Dead Men Tell No Tales because of its box office but don’t they know that without Johnny Depp or Jack Sparrow they will sink, they will never be able to reach that horizon they are looking for. Even if it means nothing to you but please, sign this petition for the ones who REALLY want Johnny Depp as their Captain of the Black Pearl!

“They have to bring him back to rule the seas again or we will never watch any Pirates of the Caribbean movie without our Captain.”

She also flagged that his personal life was to blame for his sacking. Among his legal woes at the moment is a lawsuit from his former lawyers for allegedly failing to pay for their services and a nasty court battle with his ex-wife Amber Heard, who has claimed Johnny was physically and mentally abusive to her during their two-year union – accusations he denies.

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Jonathan Pryce spent years begging for Don Quixote role

Former Bond villain Jonathan Pryce spent years begging filmmaker Terry Gilliam to cast him as Don Quixote. The Tomorrow Never Dies star insisted he was the perfect person to play Miguel de Cervantes’ literary figure in The Man Who Killed Don Quixote a…

Former Bond villain Jonathan Pryce spent years begging filmmaker Terry Gilliam to cast him as Don Quixote.

The Tomorrow Never Dies star insisted he was the perfect person to play Miguel de Cervantes’ literary figure in The Man Who Killed Don Quixote after Gilliam’s original film, starring Jean Rochefort and Johnny Depp, fell apart – but the filmmaker insisted he was too young.

Over the last 20 years, Gilliam cast the late John Hurt and his old Monty Python pal Michael Palin as Quixote in his labour of love production, but Pryce refused to go away.

“I avoided working with him for many years because he kept pestering me wanting to play the part of Quixote, but he was too young – something that I didn’t want at the time,” the director tells WENN. “It was only after the penultimate collapse, when Michael Palin, had enough of this Portuguese producer and his ways of working and he p**sed off; and there’s Jonathan still banging at the door.

“It was perfect when I realised the film is just making itself and I’m getting in the way of it.”

Gilliam had previously worked with Pryce on Brazil and The Brothers Grimm, but his leading man, Adam Driver, was someone completely new to the director: “I’d never seen Girls and I knew very little about him… Amy, my daughter, said I should meet him. I immediately liked him and he was nothing like what I’d been thinking about and that’s what got me excited. There’s nothing actor-y about him. He doesn’t look like a leading man in any ordinary sense and the fact that he had joined the Marines after 9/11, I thought was incredibly naive and strangely innocent and almost knightly. I just think he’s extraordinary and he’s wonderful in this film.”

The film will finally be released in the U.S. later this month (Apr19).

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Johnny Depp disappears from The Invisible Man reboot – report

Johnny Depp is reportedly no longer attached to appear in the planned reboot of The Invisible Man. The Pirates of the Caribbean star initially boarded the Universal Studios project in 2016, signing on to revamp H.G. Wells’ classic tale of a chemist wh…

Johnny Depp is reportedly no longer attached to appear in the planned reboot of The Invisible Man.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star initially boarded the Universal Studios project in 2016, signing on to revamp H.G. Wells’ classic tale of a chemist who embarks on a killing spree after using a dangerous drug that renders him invisible, but it appears Depp has since stepped down from the role of the crazed leading man, according to Variety.

The news emerges as studio officials reveal they have tapped Insidious: Chapter 3 director Leigh Whannell to take charge of the monster remake, reuniting him with Blumhouse Productions boss Jason Blum, who also produced the filmmaker’s 2015 supernatural hit and 2018 thriller Upgrade.

“Throughout cinematic history, Universal’s classic monsters have been reinvented through the prism of each new filmmaker who brought these characters to life,” said Peter Cramer, Universal’s president of production. “We are excited to take a more individualised approach for their return to screen, shepherded by creators who have stories they are passionate to tell with them.”

Wells’ novel has been adapted for the screen numerous times since it was published in 1897, with the most famous film version released in 1933, starring Claude Rains as The Invisible Man.

The reboot is intended to be part of the studio’s monster movies revamp series, which began with the 2017 release of The Mummy, featuring Tom Cruise as Nick Morton and Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll.

However, the big-budget blockbuster fell flat with critics and was considered a box office bomb after projected losses were reported to be up to $95 million (£72 million), despite grossing $410 million (£312 million) worldwide.

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Johnny Depp’s absence from Pirates of the Caribbean reboot confirmed

Johnny Depp will not star in the forthcoming Pirates of the Caribbean reboot, Disney’s film production chief has confirmed.The actor has played Captain Jack Sparrow all five movies of the franchise, and was even nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award…

Johnny Depp will not star in the forthcoming Pirates of the Caribbean reboot, Disney’s film production chief has confirmed.

The actor has played Captain Jack Sparrow all five movies of the franchise, and was even nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award for his performance in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl in 2004. Though the series initially attracted both critical and commercial success, popularity dwindled with each passing film and culminated with the poorly-received Dead Men Tell No Tales last year (17). As a result, Disney executives are hoping to inject the franchise with a new lease of life and in October (18) the organisation announced that it was planning to restart the series with the help of Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

And in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Disney live-action film chief Sean Bailey confirmed that Depp would not be involved in the project.

“We want to bring in a new energy and vitality,” he explained. “I love the (Pirates) movies, but part of the reason Paul and Rhett are so interesting is that we want to give it a kick in the pants. And that’s what I’ve tasked them with.”

As it stands, it is unknown whether the film will be a complete or soft reboot of the franchise as Disney has yet to make any official announcements. However, it has been confirmed that producer Jerry Bruckheimer – who worked on all five films – will be returning to the rejuvenated series.

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