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Brad Pitt talks about the Tree of Life

04.14.2010

If you've been wondering what Brad Pitt's been up to post-Basterds, he's a part of TREE OF LIFE, a drama by Terrence Malick premiering at Cannes this year. Empire recently caught up with Pitt and got a few brief words out of him regarding the project, which he calls “a bit ambitious.”

"Well, in a way. It's this little tiny story of a kid growing up in the 50s with a mother who's grace incarnate and a father who's oppressive in nature. So he is negotiating his way through it, defining who he's gonna be when he grows up. And that is juxtaposed with a little, tiny micro-story of the cosmos, from the beginning of the cosmos to the death of the cosmos. So that's where the sci-fi – or the sci-fact – comes in."

Oh so it’s the life and death of the entire cosmos? What’s ambitious about that? Child’s play!

Pitt elaborates on how he got involved with the project:

Pitt also confirmed that Heath Ledger was originally set for a role in the film. "He was gonna do it at one point, and then he was puling out for one reason or another, and we were involved ["we" meaning Pitt's production company Plan B], so I just stepped in."

Aside from those two bits, there’s not much to know about the project, as director Malick is notoriously secretive about his work. But once the thing hits Cannes, we’ll see how the buzz breaks down.

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Extra Tidbit: Malick was so secretive about THE NEW WORLD, I didn't even know it came out.
Source: Empire

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3:10AM on 04/15/2010

Can't believe people are saying...."i ACTUALLY liked The New World". All I have to say is you damn well should've cause that film is a cinematic masterpiece.

Can't believe people are saying...."i ACTUALLY liked The New World". All I have to say is you damn well should've cause that film is a cinematic masterpiece.
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11:53PM on 04/14/2010
I actually really liked "A New World," but I certainly wouldn't call it a terribly narrative movie, more of a meditation in history. Also, I've been to Jamestown, and it was exciting to see how (of course) detailed the movie was with portraying it.

I'm a little embarrassed to say I've never seen "Days of Heaven," but I loved "Badlands" and "The Thin Red Line."
I actually really liked "A New World," but I certainly wouldn't call it a terribly narrative movie, more of a meditation in history. Also, I've been to Jamestown, and it was exciting to see how (of course) detailed the movie was with portraying it.

I'm a little embarrassed to say I've never seen "Days of Heaven," but I loved "Badlands" and "The Thin Red Line."
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3:12AM on 04/15/2010
Don't be embarrased, you've seen enough....but I reccomend seing Days. Although New World is my fav.
Don't be embarrased, you've seen enough....but I reccomend seing Days. Although New World is my fav.
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5:20PM on 04/14/2010
im down for anything Malick wants to put out. New World wasnt my favorite, but i think its tough to find something new in a story so overtold as the 'discovery of america/john smith/etc.'
im down for anything Malick wants to put out. New World wasnt my favorite, but i think its tough to find something new in a story so overtold as the 'discovery of america/john smith/etc.'
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4:55PM on 04/14/2010

Have a feeling

This will be the best movie of the year. The great film that the movie nerds will trash
This will be the best movie of the year. The great film that the movie nerds will trash
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3:51PM on 04/14/2010
Brad Pitt is a great actor and he always puts his best into everything he does. Can't wait to see this movie. Sounds great.
Brad Pitt is a great actor and he always puts his best into everything he does. Can't wait to see this movie. Sounds great.
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3:22PM on 04/14/2010
Well you have to admire that he's looking for other things than pretty boy roles these days. I'm not a fan but at least he's flexing that title of "actor."
Well you have to admire that he's looking for other things than pretty boy roles these days. I'm not a fan but at least he's flexing that title of "actor."
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3:52PM on 04/14/2010
I bet you would admire him more if he were in the Spider Man reboot along with zac efron.
I bet you would admire him more if he were in the Spider Man reboot along with zac efron.
4:14PM on 04/14/2010
YES!! WOOOOOO!!!
YES!! WOOOOOO!!!
4:38PM on 04/14/2010
OH MY GOD!!!!WOOOOOOooo!!!WEEEEEE!!!!
OH MY GOD!!!!WOOOOOOooo!!!WEEEEEE!!!!
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