Brad Pitt Felt Miserable After Being Neglected To Boost Arch-Rival Tom Cruise In His $223M Vampire Movie

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No one can doubt Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise’s incredible success in Hollywood. However, the world’s biggest stars do not get along. It is no secret that these A-listers have maintained their decades-long rivalry, and the cause is far more straightforward than one might think.

According to reports, both stars are fiercely competitive, and as a result, they have constructed a barrier between them. Of course, Pitt and Cruise had their greatest years, with Cruise being the biggest star in the 1980s and Pitt dominating the 1990s. They still have their fair share of celebrity, but their rivalry is far from over.

Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise’s Rivalry

In an era dominated by Tom Cruise’s celebrity, Ridley Scott’s 1991 adventure movie Thelma & Louise presented Brad Pitt with the breakout role he craved. Pitt did, however, co-star with Cruise in the 1994 Neil Jordan horror romance Interview with the Vampire. Behind the scenes, however, the performers did not walk like friends; instead, they avoided simple greetings and warm gestures. “He bugged me,” Pitt admitted after the $223 million film (via YourTango).

“There came a point during filming when I started really resenting him. He’s North Pole, I’m South. He’s always coming at you with a handshake, whereas I may bump into you. There was this underlying competition that got in the way of any real conversation,” he said of Cruise.

The rivalry between the stars continued. Starting from Interview with the Vampire the cold war between the megastars is believed to be still intact as they have not appeared in any other movies or publicly seen together. In 2013, it was in the buzz that the duo was set to collaborate in Go Like Hell, but the film never happened.

Brad Pitt Nearly Walked Off Interview with the Vampire

Pitt described his time working on Interview with the Vampire as “miserable.” Adapted from Anne Rice’s immensely acclaimed novel of the same name, the author was forging her name as a screenwriter for the first time in the film’s credits. The screenplay, on the other hand, fell short of Pitt’s expectations. Pitt played Louis de Pointe du Lac, a Louisiana vampire in the film, and he saw a significant difference between the novel and cinematic versions of his character.

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“In the book, you have this guy asking, “Who am I?” Which was probably applicable to me at that time: “Am I good? Am I of the angels? Am I bad? Am I of the devil?” In the book, it is a guy going on this search of discovery. And in the meantime, he has this Lestat character that he’s entranced by and abhors… In the movie, they took the sensational aspects of Lestat and made that the pulse of the film, and those things are very enjoyable and very good, but for me, there was just nothing to do – you just sit and watch,” Pitt explained (via Ranker).

Pitt was so dissatisfied with the writing that he called producer David Geffen and asked to be let out of the production. “I’m depressed. Six months of f*cking darkness. I’m wearing contact lenses and makeup, and I’m playing the b*tch…” Pitt remembered. “It broke me one day… I called David Geffen, a producer… ‘David, I can’t do this anymore,’ I said. I’m not going to be able to accomplish it. ‘How much is it going to cost to get me out?’ “And he says calmly, ‘Forty million dollars,'” Pitt went on. “I say, ‘Okay, thank you.'” It genuinely relieved my anxiety. “I was like, ‘I’ve got to man up and ride this out, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do,'” he continued.

Certainly, Forty million dollars would be a whiplash on Pitt as he was just an up-and-coming actor at the time.

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