Yesterday, Brad Pitt spoke to NPR about his character in the Oscar nominated film Moneyball as well as his role as a producer in the film.
His character is Billy Beane, the manager of a cash-strapped baseball team with dreams of turning it into a powerhouse squad. The film is based on a true story.
We can’t say we’re surprised that the film has garnered such critical acclaim, it’s adapted from a book by Michael Lewis, author of Liar’s Poker and The Big Short, and the film was written by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin.
Here are a few excellent quotes from the interview, and you can listen to it in full here.
- Pitt on his character: “I like him for his idiosyncrasies — that he can’t watch the games without getting too emotional, that he often has food down his shirt, that he tends to break a few chairs now and then,” Pitt says. “These things make him human.”
- Pitt on making the film authentic: “We had a work session where about 30 scouts came in and out,” Pitt says. “We’re all riffing, and after it, [director] Bennett Miller said, ‘Look at these faces: This is what we have to do — we gotta get these guys in the scene.’
- Pitt on the challenges of making the film: “We came up to the last minute,” Pitt says. “We were supposed to be filming days before, [but] the studio didn’t like the price. They had no problem with the story, but at that price, they could not justify it. And we could not bring it down to a price that both sides would be happy with, so we had to start over.”