The star wasn't funny enough

Brad Pitt Auditioned For ‘Cheers’ But Lost Role Due To Not Being Funny

Brad Pitt is known for his starring roles in some the most well-known films of all time but like many Hollywood A-listers, he started out small and worked his way up to becoming the respected and versatile actor we all know him as today.

Although Pitt has no difficulty impressing on the big screen, he was not always able to win over his audience. Back in the ’80s, the up-and-coming star auditioned to have a guest part on the hugely successful sitcom Cheers. The Daily Mail relays details about this phase in Pitt’s life and as to why he didn’t nab the part.

“Brad Pitt, 53, struggled at the beginning of his career like many actors. Casting director Jeff Greenberg revealed that the War Machine actor didn’t get a guest role on the comedy Cheers in the ’80s. Greenberg is responsible for the chemistry on Modern Family and cast many other successful comedies, including Cheers, Fraiser[sic], Wings, and Ugly Betty.”

At this point in his career, as noted, Brad Pitt was not known, but stepped out of his comfort zone and gave it a try. When Greenberg chatted with Entertainment Weekly about the audition, he admitted that his only note about Pitt was “not funny.”

The casting director did insist that he has since seen a very funny Brad Pitt over the years, and it’s clear that this rejection did not hinder the superstar’s career in any way.

Although Brad has not starred in regular comedic roles, he has demonstrated his versatility, landing the role that catapulted his career shortly after when he starred in Thelma and Louise and taking a permanent stance in films with A River Runs Through It. The star was praised for Legends of the Fall and his roles in Troy as well as the steamy flick with his now-estranged wife, Angelina Jolie, in Mr. & Mrs. Smith.

Recently, Pitt has been in the press for his love life as opposed to his talent as an actor, seeing as he and Jolie have endured a rather shocking and dramatic split as well as a custody battle. The star was even made the subject of an FBI investigation due to alleged abuse against his 15-year-old son Maddox, yet Pitt was quickly cleared. The incident that was in question involved an intoxicated Pitt on a private jet with his family and Jolie during which he reportedly lunged at the teen.

Since the divorce drama has settled, both Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have taken an opportunity to speak out about the challenging time. Jolie was first to discuss the painful process during a sit-down interview on BBC. The Cut reminds of the UN special envoy’s words during the chat.

“We are a family and we will always be a family, and we will get through this time and hopefully be a stronger family for it…Everything I do, I hope, is that I represent something and I represent the right things to my children and give the right sense of what they’re capable of and … the world as it should be seen. Not through the prism of Hollywood or through a certain kind of life, but really take them into the world where they have a really good sense and become grounded people.”

Pitt has also spoken out in a recent interview with GQ and admitted to his part in the split, also noting that Jolie is only “human” after being questioned about her tactics during the early stages of the divorce proceedings.

The honest interview shed light on struggles that Pitt has had, but help to remind that he, too, is merely human.

“…this last year, you know—things I wasn’t dealing with. I was boozing too much. It’s just become a problem. And I’m really happy it’s been half a year now, which is bittersweet, but I’ve got my feelings in my fingertips again. I think that’s part of the human challenge: You either deny them all of your life or you answer them and evolve.”

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