Brad Pitt, you owe Geena Davis a lot — and not just because you stole all the money from his ‘Thelma & Louise’ getaway.
On Thursday’s episode of BBC America’s ‘The Graham Norton Show’, the Oscar-winning actress revealed she auditioned with three other actors to play rogue cowboy JD opposite her Thelma in Ridley Scott’s classic from 1991. And it was Davis who gave Pitt the green light for the breakout role that sent him on his way to becoming one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
After Norton said that “Brad Pitt owes his entire career” to Davis, she shared how she was overwhelmed by Pitt’s talent – and no doubt, his blond hunk – when she auditioned with him after the first reading with the other three finalists, who all had brown hair.
“The fourth one coming up is Brad Pitt, and he’s so charismatic and so incredibly talented that I, like, screwed up his audition,” Davis said of being mesmerized by Pitt. “I would forget to say my lines.”
Then, when Davis was asked her opinion on the finalists, she gave “the blonde” as her pick. And the rest is Hollywood history.
Although Davis didn’t know who the other finalists were at the time, she did reveal that they included “Avengers” star Mark Ruffalo and Grant Show of “Melrose Place” and “Dynasty.” And Davis ended up having a chance meeting with the fourth finalist when she sat next to him on a plane a few years after his audition.
“This gentleman was very nice,” she recalls. “And finally he said, ‘You know, I hate Brad Pitt. I said, ‘No, you don’t – he’s, like, a really good friend of yours.’ He said, ‘No, I hate him, because he got the part.’ ”
But Davis did not remember her seatmate during the audition. “I said, ‘Oh, did you want the part? And he said, ‘You couldn’t tell when I auditioned with you?’ And it was George Clooney.
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