Toronto 2011: Brad Pitt on Winning in an Unfair Game

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The Hollywood actor told a Toronto International Film Festival presser for Moneyball that renegade digital filmmakers will increasingly figure in a movie business long dominated by the studio system.

TORONTO -- Can the art of winning an unfair game be applied to Hollywood?

Moneyball star Brad Pitt thinks so.

“Because we’ve been doing something the same way, for so long, does that mean it’s alright for today. We can’t stop questioning the context of how decisions are made at the time,” the star of Bennet Miller’s baseball movie told a Toronto International Film Festival press conference Friday.

“Why, if we're inventing the automobile today, would it run on a finite resource that we need to go to war for… It’s this type of questioning I feel inspired by,” Pitt, who plays Oakland Athletics’ general manager Billy Beane in the Sony Pictures Entertainment pic, added.

Moneyball, which also stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jonah Hill, is based on the 2003 book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, by Michael Lewis, which portrays a true-life Beane trying to compete against richer teams by ignoring baseball’s conventional wisdom when analyzing players.

Pitt told the Toronto presser that digital technology will help emerging filmmakers get round the traditional studio system.

“Now as we see the digital camera on the rise and people being able to make films on their own in a renegade style, we will see more talent that may not have got a chance before,” he said.