Summary of “Brad Pitt on ‘Ad Astra,’ Faith, and Being a Gazelle”

Pitt made the movie with an old friend of his, the director James Gray, and both men will tell you that-though Ad Astra takes the form of an action film, complete with moon-set buggy chases and space-capsule shoot-outs-it’s really about the ideas and thoughts and fears that seize you as you roll into late middle age.
In the film, Pitt’s McBride is isolated and almost pathologically repressed.
The parallels with Pitt himself were not lost on either man.
In the poolhouse, I asked Pitt if he found it difficult to play a character as alone as McBride is in Ad Astra.
“I’m going down,” Pitt said, trying to regain his balance.
Perhaps because of how infrequently Pitt stars in a movie these days, it’s tempting to try to figure out what in Once Upon a Time or Ad Astra drew him off the sidelines and back to acting.
Pitt will acknowledge that these choices have become increasingly personal as his career has gone on.
It’s when he goes from the Pitt who was a ’90s cinema icon-chiseled, heartthrob-y, gravely standing at the center of whatever movie he was in-to the Pitt we know now, the one who is completely without hang-ups about being looked at, who is confident enough in his absurd beauty and charisma to do weird and character-actor-ish things with it.

The orginal article.