Brad Pitt Says Acting Is A ‘Younger Man’s Game,’ Talks Future Of Film

At age 55, Brad Pitt is happy to pass the acting torch to the younger generation.

“I’m behind the camera on the producing side and I enjoy that a lot, but I keep doing less and less,” the actor says in the new issue of GQ Australia

Pitt, whose big break came with a small role in 1991’s “Thelma & Louise”, says there’s a “natural selection” at play in Hollywood, especially with the streaming options and the sheer number of blockbuster franchises and sequels.

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“I really believe that overall it’s a younger man’s game — not that there aren’t substantial parts for older characters. I just feel, the game itself, it’ll move on naturally. There will be a natural selection to it all,” he says. “But I’m curious to see what the future of film is, what shape it takes. I really appreciate the streaming services because we’re seeing more and more quality projects being made. We’re seeing more writers and directors and actors getting a shot. It just tells you how many talented people are out there.”

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Art Streiber/GQ

For a movie star like Pitt, there’s room for films to be released in both a traditional theatrical setting and on streaming services.

“But I could be a dinosaur and not even know it, man. And the comet could be on the way,” he adds.

Starring in “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” and this fall’s anticipated space drama “Ad Astra”, Pitt is still very much an old-school movie star, at least according to “Once Upon A Time” director Tarantino.

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“I thought he would be terrific in this character because it needs a terrific actor but it also needs a movie star,” Tarantino says, describing Pitt’s casting as a stunt man in his ode to the Golden Age of Hollywood, “and particularly a movie star like Mr. Pitt, a movie star that I think audiences like watching. Like a Steve McQueen or someone – you like watching him. You like watching the way he moves, you like watching the way he drives. This cool, masculine quality that a movie star can have – he has it. And he’s had it for this whole last generation of actors.”

“Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” opens in theatres on July 26.

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