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Brad Pitt Opens Up About Turning Down Role Of Neo In The Matrix

Brad Pitt Opens Up About Turning Down Role Of Neo In The Matrix

Brad Pitt has opened up passing on the iconic role of Neo in The Matrix.

Speaking to OK! Magazine on jobs he lost out on, he said: "If we were doing a show on the great movies I've passed on, we'd need two nights.

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"I did pass on The Matrix. I took the red pill!"

Matrix producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura told TheWrap last year that Pitt almost took on the lead role of Neo in the sci-fi masterpiece, which of course ended up going to Keanu Reeves.

Credit: Warner Bros
Credit: Warner Bros

He said: "The first movie star who says yes is Brad Pitt, he's doing Seven Years in Tibet and then he's coming out of it and he's like 'I'm way too exhausted to take this on,' so he's gone.

"Then we go to Leonardo [DiCaprio]. He says yes, we have meetings with him and then he goes, 'You know, I can't go do another visual effects movie having just finished Titanic' and he drops out. Then Will Smith joins it and he drops out."

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Pitt now seems to look at the missed opportunity rather philosophically. When asked at Santa Barbara International Film Festival about iconic roles he'd passed up on, he said: "I'll give you one, only one, because I really believe it was never mine. It's not mine. It's someone else's and they go and make it. I really do believe in that. I really do. But I did pass on The Matrix."

Pitt is currently enjoying a pretty spectacular awards season, winning all sorts of gongs for his role in Tarantino's Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood, as well as being tipped for an Oscar next week.

Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood. Credit: Sony
Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood. Credit: Sony

He added: "It's really fun when your number comes up. I look at it this way, it's a kind of a wheel of fortune, and there's so much good work every year. It's so nice to see your friends go through this and then it's nice to be here myself. So I have a lot to be grateful for."

The 56-year-old actor also won a BAFTA at this year's show. He couldn't be there to accept it, so this presumably gave him licence to be a bit cheeky with his acceptance speech.

When Margot Robbie accepted his award for Best Supporting Actor, she read out his speech for him, which made references to two of the UK's most contentious topics right now: Brexit... and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepping down from their roles as senior members of the Royal Family.

Speaking on his behalf, Margot said: "Hey Britain! Heard you just became single. Welcome to the club!

"Wishing you the best with the divorce settlement."

Robbie collecting Pitt's award. Credit: PA
Robbie collecting Pitt's award. Credit: PA

That one was met with laughter throughout the auditorium, but Pitt didn't stop there.

Lifting the award up, Robbie continued: "He says that he is going to name this Harry - because he is really excited about bringing it back to the States with him."

A bit awkward, seeing as Prince William and Kate were in the audience.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: The Matrix, TV and Film, Brad Pitt

Amelia Ward

Amelia is a journalist at LADbible. After studying journalism at Liverpool John Moores and Salford Uni (don't ask), she went into PR and then the world of music. After a few years working on festivals and events, she went back to her roots. In her spare time, Amelia likes music, Liverpool FC, and spending good, quality time with her cat, Paul. You can contact Amelia at [email protected]

 

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