Brad Pitt sat down with the venerable Anthony Hopkins for Interview magazine, and the two discussed everything from Hopkins’s dreams about elephants to how they both cry more with age to how Hopkins read that Pitt “had a struggle with booze. ” Both have been on press tours: Pitt’s in two films with Oscar buzz—this summer’s Quentin Tarantino hit Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and auteur James Gray’s experimental space film, Ad Astra—while Hopkins is promoting his new movie The Two Popes.
Hopkins told Pitt that his wife, Stella Arroyave, pushed him to start painting before their wedding. “She said, ‘I want you to do some pictures for the wedding, a party gift,’” Hopkins recounted. “I said, ‘I can’t. ’ She said, ‘Well, what are these? Just do them. ’ She had them framed and given out.
Hopkins spoke about his art and sharing it on his widely beloved Instagram account in a 2017 interview with W. “My wife will say, 'Let’s do something in the studio, let’s put this on Instagram and Facebook and Twitter,' and I actually sit there and say, ‘Oh, hi,’” he said. “I’m very pleased, because I’ve never done Facebook before.
And they had a surprising amount to discuss—the actors worked together twice back in the ’90s, on 1994’s Legends of the Fall and the truly insane 1998 rom-com Meet Joe Black, in which Pitt plays Death on an earthly vacation (a particularly deranged clip from the film, in which Pitt is hit by multiple cars, went viral on Twitter earlier this year).
Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins sat down for a freewheeling conversation about art, cats, and the meaning of life. https://t.co/aVUxbNuCQp— W Magazine (@wmag) December 2, 2019