You don’t have to be a movie buff to recognize the name Brad Pitt. Though he told GQ he’s in the last leg of his career, he’s recently appeared in Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood, The Lost City, and the upcoming Bullet Train.
As Insider summarizes, Pitt found his breakthrough role in Thelma and Louise, where he wowed audiences with his abs and cheekiness. Just four years later, in 1995, he was named People’s Sexiest Man Alive. A director on one of his earlier sets attributed his win to the fact that Pitt is “a man of a man who also appears to be a man of a woman.”
But despite his acclaimed global appeal, Pitt has recently been candid about his concerns that he may come off as aloof or rude. Despite having one of the most memorable faces in the world, a rare health condition leaves him unable to keep track of others.
Brad Pitt suspects that he suffers from prosopagnosia
Despite his status as an A-list celebrity, Brad Pitt does his best to stay down to earth and friendly with those he meets. He shared in an interview with Heat that he prefers not to be approached by fans while using the urinal, but that seems like a pretty reasonable request. However, despite his good intentions, the star has found that he often offends people due to a condition beyond his control.
Pitt first told Esquire in 2013 that he suspects he has prosopagnosia, also known as face blindness. Even if the actor had a long conversation with someone, his appearance does not remain in his memory. “I can’t capture a face and yet I come from such a design/aesthetic perspective,” he said, acknowledging the irony. “So many people hate me because they think I don’t respect them.”
In a June 2022 interview with GQ, Pitt shared that he still believes he has the disease. “No one believes me,” he lamented.
Brad Pitt nods to his condition in Bullet Train
While living with prosopagnosia is undoubtedly frustrating, Brad Pitt seems ready to shed some light on the situation — or at least the writers of the 2022 film Bullet Train.
Either a Hollywood fluke or a cheeky nod to Pitt superfans, the action film’s trailer seems to contain a hint as to the condition the actor says he has. In one scene, Sandra Bullock’s character hisses at Brad Pitt’s assassin Ladybug on the phone to refresh his memory of a target. “It’s the wolf. He was at the wedding you infiltrated in Mexico,” snaps Bullock. Cut to the realization that hits the actor: “The groom. I knew I recognized the guy! I’m really good with faces,” exclaims Pitt. On the other end of the line, Bullock barely gives the joke time to sink in and orders Pitt to “get off the train.”
If Pitt can’t find a real cure for his face blindness, at least his acting can convince us that he did for a while.