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“If I like the film, then I know at least one person likes that film,” said Brad Pitt quoting a famous line from Katherine Hepburn to underline why he has a responsibility to push smaller, more complex films.
Pitt landed in Seoul on Wednesday to promote Fury, which opens here on Nov. 13, and he sees David Ayer‘s WWII tank actioner in a similar vein to the Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave in that both are small but challenging films that often get overlooked in Hollywood.
“In Hollywood, big, more commercial films are being made and the smaller, more complex difficult subject matters where directors are reaching out for something more… Our mandate is to help these directors give these storytellers a little extra push over the hill,” the star told South Korean media at a press conference.
Pitt not only plays the role of a battle-hardened commander in Fury, but also produced the film. He hopes that the World War II story will resonate with Korean audiences. Korea was liberated from Japanese colonial rule following the war in 1945, since which it has grown fast to become a rare aid-receiving country to an aid-giving country today.
“It’s great to witness a country that has enjoyed such a development and with a pride in its own culture. It’s inspiring for us,” said Pitt.
Pitt’s co-star Logan Lerman said he was excited to visit Korea as he is a fan of Korean cinema and was greatly impressed by films by Park Chan-wook and Bong Joon-Ho. He also expressed interest in the recent box-office smash The Admiral: Roaring Currents.
Later, when asked about the secret behind is longevity as an actor, Pitt simply said it was all about tapping into his inner child and appreciating even the difficult moments.
“I’m a guy that loves films. Films spoke to me growing up as a kid. It showed me the world, and it showed me different points of view, and I try to emulate that into everything I act,” he said.
Though the 50-year-old has been in the limelight for over 20 years since his 1991 breakthrough in Thelma & Louise, he says that there have been bumps on the road.
“In any career and any endeavor, you’re going to go through slumps. The point is where you go from there. It’s important not to cut the rope and bail. That slump can be very important and can inform the next decision and makes it meaningful,” he said. “There is no success without failure, and [sometimes] no failure without success. They’re bound together, and you have to honor each moment, and each one will find the next step you make.”
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