Renowned thriller director David Fincher, known for his hits like Seven, Fight Club, and Zodiac, recently disclosed in an interview that Brad Pitt declined a role in his latest Netflix film, The Killer. Adapted from the 1998 French graphic novel, the action-packed thriller revolves around an unnamed contract killer navigating a world devoid of moral direction.
While the lead role was portrayed by Michael Fassbender, Fincher revealed that Pitt was initially approached for the character but expressed discomfort with the film's dark tone. "Back in 2008, I had envisioned Brad Pitt for the role," Fincher shared.
"However, his reaction to the offer was, 'Eh, this is too nihilistic for me.' " Recognizing the need for an actor who could fully embody the character's darker aspects, Fincher revisited the project a decade later and envisioned Michael Fassbender as the ideal fit.
During a brief hiatus from acting to focus on family and auto racing, Fassbender received the script and a succinct message from Fincher. Within hours, the actor accepted the role. The Killer made its debut in select theaters last month and swiftly rose to the top of Netflix's ratings shortly after its release on the platform.
Brad Pitt and his decision
Brad Pitt's take on turning down the role in "The Killer" would definitely add an interesting layer to the story. It'd be intriguing to hear if he regrets passing on it or if he has any reflections about the role.
It's clear he could have gained a lot from it, but Pitt's an experienced actor who likely knew whether that kind of role suited him at the time. Pitt's known for being selective about his roles, often choosing projects that align with his artistic direction.
His decision might have been a conscious move based on where he saw himself creatively. Even though "The Killer" could have been a profitable venture, Pitt's likely focused on projects that truly inspire him.