Photo Credit: New York Times
Just when we'd officially declared Brad Pitt a hero, we find out that he's also a villain! The Moneyball actor shows his freaky side in a short video for the New York Times magazine feature Touch of Evil: Cinematic Villainy From the Year's Best Performers. Watch the bizarre video below!
Creepy, right? He's so handsome that we sometimes forget how well he plays crazy! In the video, Pitt is channeling the protagonist of David Lynch's 1977 surrealist thriller Eraserhead, played in black-and-white by the late Jack Nance. (You can see the original here.)
Pitt wasn't the only A-lister to go all-out for the Times gallery of villains. Among the 13 featured actors, many of whom chose their own characters, are George Clooney as Mutiny on the Bounty's crazed sea captain William Bligh; Ryan Gosling as the Invisible Man; Gary Oldman as a wicked ventriloquist dummy; and Kirsten Dunst as a deceptively innocent femme fatale.
A behind-the-scenes article reveals how deeply some of the actors got into their roles. The Help's Viola Davis, who chose to be Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, "never complained" about the dozens of ladybugs crawling all over her face and body. Gosling actually paid to take home the painting featured in his video. And the most committed performer of all, Glenn Close, spent five hours urging the crew to keep doing takes of her Norma Desmond-esque character.
You can see all 13 video portraits here. And if Brad Pitt appears in your nightmares tonight instead of your dreams, you can't say we didn't warn you!