The internet is buzzing about the latest GQ magazine cover featuring Brad Pitt – or at least a figure that bears some resemblance to him.
Wednesday GQ posted your profile the veteran movie star who appears to be floating in the dark puddle of flowers on the cover, his face set in a blank stare. The actor spoke to the publication to promote his upcoming action movie Bullet Train, which will premiere in August.
The social media reaction to the cover photo was, to put it mildly, unkind. Some have compared the actor’s pale face to that of a corpse. Several people have described the experience of encountering the photo on their Twitter timeline as “intimidating.” Another likened the image to a “wax figure”.
Overall, people seemed to be of the opinion that GQ had accomplished a mind-boggling feat of being able to make Pitt – a man known for his good looks – look anything but.
“Very upset that GQ killed Brad Pitt and featured his corpse on their cover,” wrote Scott Russell, Paste Magazine’s music editor.
“Whoever chooses this cover for Brad Pitt’s GQ issue will be fired,” wrote @nicholasdante_.
“Everyone is asking who made the body on the cover of Brad Pitt GQ,” @SoloChills tweeted.
On the InstagramPhotographer Elizaveta Porodina, who shot the cover, said it was “a truly surreal feeling to see the face you’ve known so well all your life reflected in the images you’ve created yourself.”
“It’s an even more surreal feeling when Brad Pitt collaborates with your vision, approaches any issue with charm and humor, understands the images so quickly to the core – and adds something of his own, something special – that further enriches the story. “
In his extensive fashion magazine interview, Pitt discusses everything from his production company and film career to his dreams and hobbies around the COVID-19 pandemic. One particularly wild passage from the conversation concerns a French vineyard. in the middle of a legal battle between Pitt and his ex-wife Angelina Jolie.
Earlier this year Pitt sued accusing Jolie of illegally selling to a Russian vodka billionaire his stake in the estate where the former celebrity couple got married in 2014. gold was buried somewhere on the site.
“I became obsessed,” Pitt said. “For a year, it was all I could think about, just the excitement of it all. … Maybe it has something to do with the place where I grew up, because in the mountains of the Ozarks there were always stories about caches of gold.”
Having failed to find any buried treasure, Pitt admitted that the search was “pretty silly after all” but “exciting” nonetheless.
“A lot of people talk about how Brad Pitt looks messed up on the cover of GQ, but my favorite part is in the article where he says that a con man convinced him to spend a year digging up his French mansion looking for millions of dollars in gold stolen from the Levant during crusades,” @aniceburrito tweeted.
Of course, Pitt also spoke about his latest acting project, Bullet Train, which was directed by his former stunt double David Leitch. The transport thriller’s supporting cast includes Sandra Bullock, Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Zazie Beetz, Karen Fukuhara, Michael Shannon, Brian Tyree Henry and Bad Bunny.
Pitt told GQ that despite a new star-studded movie coming to theaters soon, he at the “last step” his acting career.
“This [is the] last semester or trimester,” he said. What will this section be like? And how do I want to design it?
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This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.