Source claims Brad Pitt wasn't volatile on Legends of the Fall set, accuses director of seeking attention
A according to People an industry insider counters director Edward Zwick's account of collaborating with Brad Pitt on Legends of the Fall.
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An industry insider is disputing director Edward Zwick’s recollection of collaborating with Brad Pitt. A source acquainted with the production of the 1994 Western classic Legends of the Fall asserts that Pitt, the film's star, wasn't the volatile individual on set, contrary to Zwick's assertions in his forthcoming memoir, "Hits, Flops, and Other Illusions: My Fortysomething Years in Hollywood.
Director's Memoir Sparks Controversy
"They had disagreements," a source involved with the film tells People. "But Brad was not volatile". In his book, Zwick, describes the star as "volatile when riled," per an exclusive excerpt published in Vanity Fair.
Zwick's recollection of Legends of the Fall, which costarred Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn, and Julia Ormond, includes one afternoon in which the filmmaker "started giving [Pitt] direction out loud in front of the crew," something Zwick writes was "a stupid, shaming provocation—and Brad came back at me, also out loud, telling me to back off."
Zwick notes that this confrontation wasn't a singular event. Eventually, the crew became accustomed to their disagreements and would step back, allowing them to resolve their issues. The director adds that despite their conflicts, Pitt and he would reconcile after each fight. He notes that their issues with each other were never personal. Brad is forthright and straightforward, enjoyable to be around, and capable of great joy. He was always fully committed to doing his best.
An industry insider describes Zwick's portrayal as somewhat disheartening. It's disheartening that the director would resort to speaking negatively about individuals like Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt, among others, in a bid for attention, especially considering his behavior—such as kicking over chairs and throwing objects—reached a point that it disturbed the cast and crew, the source remarks.
Representatives for both Zwick and Pitt did not provide a response regarding the issue. "Hits, Flops, and Other Illusions" is set to be released on Feb. 12.