What Ad Astra reveals about Brad Pitt's relationship with his dad

There may be more to this film than meets the eye

Brad Pitt.
(Image credit: Francois Duhamel. Copyright Twentieth Century Fox)

Movies rarely get to choose their moments. Brad Pitt's new film, Ad Astra, is no different. But the timing of the space-borne sci-fi picture, out Friday, is auspiciously close to the publication of a recent New York Times interview in which Pitt reflects on his upbringing and makes a profound, revealing statement about the driving influence that's shaped his entire filmography:

"I grew up with that be-capable, be-strong, don't-show-weakness thing," Pitt told me. He was raised in Springfield, Mo., the eldest of three children, his father the owner of a trucking company. Now, at 55, he's reached a point where he sees his dad in every performance he gives. "In some ways, I'm copying him," Pitt said. "He had grown up in extreme hardship and poverty, always dead set on giving me a better life than he had — and he did it. But he came from that stoic ilk." [The New York Times]

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