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Brad Pitt's EW Covers
Fifteen years ago this month, Brad Pitt first appeared on the cover of Entertainment Weekly, gracing the issue alongside James Gandolfini and Julia Roberts for the March 2, 2001 release of The Mexican. Pitt has returned as a cover star multiple times in the years since. In honor of the 15th anniversary of The Mexican Wednesday, take a look at all of Pitt's EW covers, ahead.
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March 9, 2001
Featured in: The Mexican, Spy Game, and Ocean's Eleven.
Best quote from the interview: "The studio system's going to blow wide open at some point because they've had one of the greatest scams going on forever... I'm not going to break it wide open here, but the money they pay us is almost shut-up money... They really make their money on this catalog of movies. I mean, if they have so many bombs, why aren't studios going out of business? I don't want any confusion here, because we get paid beautifully..."
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May 14, 2004
Featured in: Troy and Ocean's Twelve.
Best quote from the interview: Troy director Wolfgang Petersen on Pitt: "Brad is a very smart actor," Petersen says. "He'd never be able to exactly say the lines that even a great writer like [screenwriter] David [Benioff] writes for him — Brad needs to shape it a bit for his vision. He likes to be all sparse with the dialogue, and I totally support him because I like that too... He looks like a god. But he has some really dark, edgy things about him. The tortured soul that Achilles is, that's Brad."
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June 3, 2005
Featured in: Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Best quote from the interview: Director Doug Liman on Pitt and Mr. & Mrs. Smith costar Angelina Jolie in the early days of "Brangelina": "They followed Brad the first day. Somebody said, 'That's Brad arriving.' We heard the helicopter before we heard him — a helicopter that had been following him since he left the Beverly Hills Hotel. That was taking it up to a new level. We were told that a photo of the two of them together would be worth $300,000. So we were all like, 'Hmmmm!' I tell ya, I had to think twice about that one. [Then they] were using a scanner to listen to our walkie-talkies. And one of the PAs got yelled at because he said something that could have been misinterpreted. We were shooting in the supermarket-shelf section of an IKEA-type store, and [Pitt and Jolie] were like, you know, fiddling around with the paddle balls or something. What actors do between takes. And a PA said, 'Brad is screwing around with Angie.' They're like, 'Look, you've got to be careful how you speak if you're going to say something over the radio about them.' On this movie, saying someone was 'screwing around' would have a different context."
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November 3, 2006
Featured in: Babel
Best quote from the interview: "This idea that wherever you're born decides your opportunity and the life you're going to have... I just feel this need to even out the playing field if I can help in any way... I see it as the main global issue: How do we create the will to understand each other?"
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June 15, 2007
Featured in: Ocean's Thirteen and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Best quote from the interview: On navigating stardom: "Just keep moving. That's the key... You adjust. You keep your sanity. You find your moments alone."
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September 23, 2011
Featured in: The Tree of Life, Moneyball, and Happy Feet 2
Best quote from the interview: "Where I grew up — we started out in Oklahoma and then moved to Missouri — it was considered hubris to talk about yourself. And the downside of that was that ideas rarely got exchanged, or true feelings. That's why I was cagey at the time. When I was starting out, it took me 10 years to get semi-comfortable with this whole exchange."
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April 5, 2013
Featured in: World War Z, The Counselor, and 12 Years a Slave
Best quote from the interview: "I need a chili dog... Do you like chili dogs?... [This is the] greatest chili dog ever... those hot dogs were good, man."