Brad Pitt is one of the greatest actors of the modern era, one who has a versatility that very few can compete with who has won acclaim for performances in the Oceans franchise, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Moneyball to name a handful. However, the film he’s most proud of is one that catastrophically flopped in theatres.
The Oscar-winning actor’s pick comes straight out of left-field and surprisingly out of his vast repertoire of filmography that the piece that he is most proud of is The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
The 2007 revisionist Western was based on Ron Hansen’s 1983 novel, the film dramatises the relationship between Jesse James (Brad Pitt) and Robert Ford (Casey Affleck), it focuses on the events that lead up to the assassination. Nick Cave and Warren Ellis also produced the glorious soundtrack for the film which added greatly to the masterpiece.
Upon its release, the film was practically universally adored by critics far and wide, with The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford later going on to receive two Academy Award nominations — Best Cinematography and Best Supporting Actor for Affleck.
Despite the incredible critical response to the Andrew Dominik directed piece, for some reason, it was far from a commercial success at the box office. The Western had a budget of $30 million and with Brad Pitt as lead that would usually be recouped instantly but somehow it slipped through the net, only achieving $15 million globally. The commercial failure of the film didn’t affect Pitt who still looks back at his role with all the fondness in the world and still remains adamant that it was the right choice for him.
“I would say more in comedic stuff, where you’re taking gambles. I can turn out the hits over and over,” he told GQ Style in 2017, “My favourite movie is the worst-performing film of anything I’ve done, The Assassination of Jesse James. If I believe something is worthy, then I know it will be worthy in time to come.”
If you’ve never seen the film and need some viewing material why not feast your eyes upon The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford to see if you agree with Pitt’s high praise.