Like I said yesterday, Brad Pitt is doing the most right now with his wardrobe on the press tour for Bullet Train…which, to be fair, is his job. It is his job to promote a movie, it is his job to make sure people know about the movie and then go see the movie so that the movie can make money. This is what is expected of him – so the studio is definitely happy. And, on top of the service he is supposed to perform for the movie, there’s the other priority: protecting the Brad Pitt brand, so that the culture will still buy into the belief, after all these decades, that he’s the coolest motherf-cker in the room (for the straight men) and that he’s the dude you still want to f-ck (for the women and the queer men).
Here he is in Berlin at the premiere last night in what’s seemingly his favourite fabric these days – linen, in the form of a jacket and skirt. That’s been the big headline: Brad Pitt wears a skirt, this most-masculine of men on a red carpet exposed below the knee. I don’t hate this; it's in his wheelhouse in that he still looks like he rolled out of bed, so he can keep playing that he doesn’t try too hard, and it’s a silhouette that totally works…but it’s not as radical as he wants you to think it is. It’s not Oscar Isaac, whose fits while promoting Moon Knight were unironically polished and high fashion.
Brad continued his streak of casual fabrics today at the photo call in London – this time in a green leisure suit, basically a sweatsuit that’s been made into a blazer and trousers. And it looks like he turned it up all the way for the media, jumping into the arms of Brian Tyree Henry and Aaron Taylor Johnson…
…and whatever antics this is supposed to be:
Big energy from chill BP these days. So I’m thinking that in addition to trying to get us not to talk about all his dramas and his personal Harvey Weinstein conflicts, he’s pushing for a big Bullet Train win at the box office. Which makes me wonder just how much of a challenge Tom Cruise threw down with Top Gun: Maverick in the Action Movie Star chat room.