Originally Posted by Gordon
Ebert likes to point out the best acting jobs are almost always the unrecognized ones because the only reason a role would be recognized is if the actor is doing a HEY LOOK AT ME performance. It may be an excellent job in a role which demands that (think: There Will Be Blood) but it is nevertheless somewhat counter to what is at the true heart of acting. All of this is to say that in my view the work Pitt did in Tree of Life, Killing Them Softly, etc. was thankless, really aimed more at allowing those actors around him to flourish, but nonetheless absolutely excellent.
Agree 100%, sorry i realise my post sounded like he just chose good roles so I added performance to it, as I do rate him quite high.