The director of the obscure Serbian film shared the moment she “discovered” award-winning actor Brad Pitt as a young man looking for his silver screen debut, and how she almost passed out giving him a start.
Before the glory of blockbusters like ocean’s eleven as well as Mr. and Mrs. Smiththe pimply but “electrifying” 21-year-old Pitt responded to a casting call from Lauren Lloyd, a former executive vice president of Hollywood Pictures and the Sony Pictures Trust.
Lloyd described her first encounter with the young wannabe who would become a megastar back in the 80s for an Australian podcast. What was it like.
“So this guy comes in and I think he’s done maybe one or two episodes of a soap opera… and I thought, who is this kid? But it was like God walking in,” Lloyd said on the podcast.
“So I said ‘sit down and talk to me’ and he had bad skin… but he seemed very calm for being so young and inexperienced.”
At 21, Pitt had minimal acting experience and wanted to get into the film industry.
Lloyd’s Talent Agency agreed to find the male lead for a joint Yugoslav-American production. dark side of the sun.
And by the time young Pitt read them the script, Lloyd and her co-worker were “giggled with delight” at the sight of the actor they’d found.
“We thought, who is he? This guy is great,” she said.
But despite the fact that Pitt successfully charmed two talent scouts, Lloyd revealed that she almost never cast him due to his lack of film experience.
“I said, ‘But he’s just on TV’ because we were at a stage where people in the movie business looked down on TV… they were making money and we were making movies,” she said.
After her partner assured her, “You’ve got a movie star!” the couple hired Pitt for his first film performance with Yugoslav directors.
“And Brad was so excited, he was like a kid,” Lloyd added.
They call it “The X Factor”.
This is the quality that distinguishes ordinary people from “stars” who become internationally recognized artists.
And that’s exactly what Lloyd saw in Pitt the day he walked in and read the script for his first movie.
Much of the film success she acknowledged was due to her genes – she was born with a face for the camera.
“Well, Pitt had shaggy hair and bad skin, but you’re still… fascinated by it,” she said.
“He was almost too handsome, he had very delicate features – he grew into a much more masculine man – but he was just a very beautiful being.”
But looks alone don’t drive the “X Factor,” she said, and when it came to Pitt, what made him “electrified” was his “calmness” and “holistic” presence.
“(He was) so united inside – and when I say this, I mean someone so young to be so comfortable in his body, to be there intellectually.” she said.
“So it’s a spiritual, intellectual and physical fusion… and here he is – great looking.
“So when someone like this walks into a room, you see him – but you feel him. It’s like every cell in your body is electrified.”
Lloyd said Pitt was “blessed” with an “incredible combination of genes” that gave him that “movie star quality” that talent agencies are looking for.
But beautiful faces come and go, she admitted, and to have a long career in the Hollywood film industry, actors must be persistent.
“When you go to Hollywood, you have to have that (belief in yourself), no matter what you do,” she said.
“(Because) if you don’t have that drive, it’s so hard… you will perish… you have to be so single-minded that no matter how many times you get no, you will find a way.
And he had it.