Back then, Ridley Scott personally splashed water on Brad Pitt on the set of Thelma and Louise
Brad Pitt has played a number of iconic roles throughout his illustrious career, from the interview with Louis de Pointe du Lac des Vampire to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s Cliff Booth, another of Pitt’s many roles that are likely to stand out is his performance as charming drifter JD from Ridley Scott’s Thelma & Louise. Fans probably remember the actor’s cool and seedy demeanor, as well as his flawless body. Well, it turns out that Scott went to great lengths to make sure the actor’s body was glowing, as the director actually splashed water on Pitt himself on the set.
Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis recently reunited for the 30th anniversary of Thelma & Louise. During a recent conversation, the iconic actresses discussed numerous aspects of the film, including Brad Pitt’s performance. The two stars are more than aware that it is considered the film’s “eye candy”, and both stated that Ridley Scott went out of his way to get every ounce of “heat” out of his star:
Susan Sarandon: I remember Geena when you came back after the scene the next day and said, ‘Honey, they might not be looking at our lights, but Ridley was there and sprayed him down and the lights were on him. They made sure that he could be every single ounce of sharpness or whatever Brad Pitt had.
Geena Davis: That’s right, that’s right. Ridley personally sprayed Evian on his abs.
Ridley Scott is one of the greatest directors of our time, mainly because of his intense dedication to his craft. Sometimes that can mean taking actors to workshops to help them understand their characters better, or doing tons of takes on a scene to get them just right. And in other situations, dedication to your work can also mean spraying one of your actors with water so that their body shines right in front of the camera.
Brad Pitt may have given viewers some thrills with his handsome looks, but his body is nowhere near the only reason his role in Thelma & Louise works so well. Susan Sarandon went on to tell ET that once she saw him in the finished film, she could say that the young actor would be around for a while:
When I first saw the movie, he did so much more with this part than with the side that I thought, “This guy is special.” And he’s a character actor – just because he looks gorgeous – and what he added was really clever. That was the first time I thought, ‘Well, this guy is really special.’ Because he brought a lot of stuff that wasn’t in the script.
Given the work Brad Pitt has done over the past few decades, you can’t help but agree with Susan Sarandon’s views. Like Sarandon and Geena Davis, Pitt just “got it,” and it’s no wonder the young (and splattered) Thelma & Louise actor became an Oscar-winning actor and producer.