Brad Pitt

  • Aired:  02/01/12
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Brad Pitt discusses the making of "Moneyball" and considers a new way to compete at the Oscars. (7:12)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: MY GUEST TONIGHT,

AN ACTOR NOMINATED FOR AN

ACADEMY AWARD FOR HIS WORK IN

"MONIED BALL."

>> IF WE DON'T WIN THE LAST GAME

OF THE SERIES, THEY'LL DISMISS

US.

>> I KNOW THESE GUYS.

I KNOW THE WAY THEY THINK.

AND THEY WILL ERASE US.

AND EVERYTHING WE'VE DONE HERE,

NONE OF IT WILL MATTER.

ANY OTHER TEAM WINS THE WORLD

SERIES, GOOD FOR THEM.

THEY'RE DRINKING CHAMPAGNE.

THEY GET A RING.

BUT IF WE WIN, ON OUR BUDGET

WITH THIS TEAM, WE'LL CHANGE THE

GAME.

>> Jon: YOU KNOW WHAT'S

AMAZING?

JONAH HILL DOESN'T TALK IN THAT

ENTIRE MOVIE.

JUST SITS THERE BLINKING.

PLEASE WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM,

BRAD PITT N!

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

( CHEERS )

>> Jon: CAN I TELL YOU

SOMETHING FUNNY?

THEY NEVER GET TIRED OF SEEING

ME.

IT'S WEIRD.

THEY NEVER GET-- IT'S THE--

EVERY TIME WE COME BACK FROM

COMMERCIAL, IT'S THAT.

>> I'M HAVING THE SAME REACTION.

>> Jon: ISN'T IT HARD

SOMETIMES?

>> VERY.

>> Jon: HOW ARE YOU DOING?

NICE TO SEE YOU.

>> DOING ALL RIGHT, DOING ALL

RIGHT, THANKS.

>> Jon: THIS "MONEYBALL."

YOU HAVE TWO FILMS NOMINATED FOR

BEST PICTURE, YES.

>> YES, THIS AND "TREE OF LIFE."

>> Jon: BUT YOU ARE

NOMINATED AS AN ACTOR IN

"MONEYBALL."

>> THAT'S CORRECT.

>> Jon: SO WE CAN TALK

ABOUT "MONEYBALL" AND NOT "TREE

OF LIFE" BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW

WHAT IT WAS ABOUT.

I'VE SEEN IT FIVE TIMES AND I'M

HONING IN ON WHAT IT IS ABOUT.

>> LET'S DO "MONEYBALL."

>> Jon: THIS MOVIE WAS NOT

GOING TO BE MADE.

WHAT MADE YOU STAY WITH US?

>> WE DEVELOPED-- TO DEVELOP A

STORY THAT HAS ECONOMICS AND

SCIENCE, SABER METRICS AT THE

FRONT, IS A DIFFICULT ENDEAVOR,

SO IT TOOK US A LONG TIME, I

THINK, TO GET IT RIGHT.

BUT IT WAS THE STORY OF THIS

SMALL-MARKET TEAM THAT FOUND THE

GAME UNFAIR.

THEY COULD NOT COMPETE.

THEY COULDN'T BUY THE TALENT.

>> Jon: THEY DIDN'T HAVE

THE MONEY.

>> AND IF THEY DEVELOPED THE

TALENT IT WAS POACHED BY THE

RICH TEAMS SO WHAT WERE THEY

GOING TO DO TO CHALLENGE THEM.

THEY BEGAN QUESTIONING 150 YEARS

OF BASEBALL KNOWLEDGE AND

STARTED WITH THE QUESTION, JUST

BECAUSE WE'VE BEEN DOING IT THIS

WAY FOR SO LONG, DOES THAT MEAN

IT'S RIGHT? -- I-- EQUATE IT

TO THE AUTOMOBILE.

IF WE INVENTED THE AUTOMOBILE

TODAY WOULD WE INVENT A CAR--

WOULD WE SAY, "I KNOW, WE'LL RUN

IT ON A FINITE FOSSIL FUEL,

EXPORT HAL A TRILLION DOLLARS OF

G.D.P., SPEND HUNDREDS OF

MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON THE

MILITARY TO PROTECT OUR

INVESTMENT AND IT POLLUTES OF

ENVIRONMENT.

IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE.

>> Jon: JUST DO JET PACKS.

>> THAT WOULD BE SERIOUSLY COOL.

>> Jon: I'M WAITING FOR

THAT THIS SABER METRICS,

THOUGH-- DO YOU THINK THEY'LL

EVER MAKE A MOVIE ABOUT A

BIG-MARKET TEAM THAT HAS THE

MONEY TO SPEND BUT STILL SUCKS?

( LAUGHTER )

LET'S SAY, WE COULD CALL IT

SOMETHING FICTITIOUS, LIKE "THE

METS."

( LAUGHTER )

( APPLAUSE )

ARE YOU-- DID YOU HAVE TO

UNDERSTAND THE ALGORITHMS THAT

THEY USED IN THE SABER METRICS?

>> NO, I ONLY PLAY A GUY WHO

UNDERSTANDS BASEBALL.

( LAUGHTER ).

>> Jon: BECAUSE IT IS--

IT'S COMPLICATED.

>> IT IS COMPLICATED WHAT THESE

GUYS ARE BREAKING DOWN.

BUT IN THE OUTCOME, THEY

IDENTIFIED AN ENTIRE POOL OF

TALENT OF PEOPLE WHO HAD BEEN

DEVALED, DECOMMISSIONED, AND PUT

TOGETHER A FORMIDABLE TEAM AND

THESE GUYS GOT A SECOND CHANCE

OUT OF IT.

AND IT'S A REALLY INTERESTING

STORY THAT MICHAEL LEWIS SAW IN

'02, SAW THIS HAPPENING AND GOT

IN THERE AND CAPTURED IT.

>> Jon: ONE OF MY FAVORITE

SCENES IS THE SCOUT, THIS GUY IS

NOT HANDSOME.

SHE DOESN'T HAVE CONFIDENCE.

LOOK AT HIS GIRLFRIEND.

THAT'S THE WAY THEY'RE MAKING

THEIR DECISIONS.

>> THAT CAME-- 30 SCOUTS CAME

AND WE HAD A WOK SHOP AND THEY

GAVE UP THEIR DAY TO KIND OF

SCHOOL US ON IT.

WHAT THE GUY ACTUALLY SAID IS,

"UGLY GIRLFRIEND."

AND A GUY SAID, "WHAT DOES THAT

MEAN?"

AND HE SAID, "BAD EYESIGHT."

>> Jon: WAS THAT THE BEST

DAY HAVING THE SCOUTS AROUND?

>> OH, IT WAS A GREAT DAY, AND

IN FACT, A LOT OF THEM ENDED UP

IN THE SCENES.

THOSE ARE REAL BASEBALL

INSIDERS.

THEY WERE REALLY GRACIOUS TO

COME IN AND PLAY BALL WITH US.

>> Jon: GRACIOUS TO COME

IN?

THAT'S THE GREATEST DAY OF THEIR

LIVES.

THOSE GUYS SPEND THEIR DAY LIKE

TROLLING FIELDS IN THE MIDWEST.

TO BE ABLE TO COME IN AND DO

THAT MUST HAVE BEEN A LOT OF FUN

FOR THEM.

SOME OF THE GUYS LIKE BART HOW,

IT'S TOUGH BECAUSE THOSE GUYS

AREN'T SO HAPPY ABOUT THE WAY

IT'S PORTRAYED.

>> FAIR ENOUGH.

>> Jon: BULL BUTT ALSO THE

As DIDN'T WIN.

THEY DIDN'T WIN THE WORLD

SERIES.

HERE YOU HAVE THIS MOVIE AND

TYPICALLY WITH THE MOVIE IT END

WITH WORLD SERIES, GAME SEVEN,

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH, AND ONE OF

THE GUYS THAT, YOU KNOW,

EVERYBODY OVERLOOKS KNOCKS ONE--

AND THEY SCORE.

DID THAT EVER COME INTO PLAY

WHERE YOU FELT LIKE ( BLEEP )

LET'S JUST MAKE THE As WORLD

CHAMPIONS?

DID THAT EVER?

>> PUT THE YANKEES IN THERE AND

BEAT THE YANKEES.

>> I THINK THERE WAS SOME

VERSION OF THAT IN THE FIRST

ATTEMPT.

THIS STORY WAS MORE INTERESTING

BECAUSE IT WAS A QUEST FOR VALUE

AND OUR MAIN CHARACTER DOESN'T

WIN-- DOESN'T WIN THE TROPHY BUT

HE DOES FIND A VALUE, HIS OWN

VALUE IN THE PROCESS.

>> Jon: WHY DON'T OSCAR

MOVIES-- YOU KNOW, WE SEE IT SO

MUCH NOW LIKE WITH THE RACE IN

FLORIDA, WHY DON'T THEY GO

NEGATIVE ON OTHER MOVIES?

THE OSCAR RACE IS ALWAYS, "FOR

YOUR CONSIDERATION,

'MONEYBALL'."

WHY NOT THE ARTISTS LIKE GO

( BLEEP ) YOURSELF?

WHY NOT GO NEGATIVE ON THESE

GUYS.

>> I THOUGHT ABOUT IT.

CLOONEY TOOK IOWA, NEW HAMPSHIRE

HAMPSHIRE.

JON TOOK-- HE TOOK SOUTH

CAROLINA.

>> Jon: RIGHT.

>> FLORIDA WOULD PROBABLY GO

TOOLEMAN.

I'M GOING TO BE HANGING OUT WITH

RON PAUL SO I HAVE TO GET IN

THERE AND MIX IT UP A BIT, I

THINK.

>> Jon: SEE, IT'S GOOD THAT

YOU AND I TALK.

BECAUSE IS IT NOT--

>> YOU KNOW WHAT I THINK WE

SHOULD DO?

I THINK WE SHOULD JUST PUT A

TROVE OAT TABLE AND LIKE ONE OF

THOSE CARD CONTESTS WE SHOULD

ALL PUT OUR HAND ON IT AND SEE

WHO CAN HOLD IT THE LONGEST.

>> Jon: THAT IS THE MOST

AWESOME IDEA I HAVE EVER HEARD.

>> LAST MAN STANDING TAKES THE

TROPHY.

>> Jon: THAT'S A TREMENDOUS

IDEA.

>> HANDS ON THE OSCAR.

>> Jon: WHY ISN'T THAT A

MOVIE RIGHT NOW?

DO YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES BECAUSE

I WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT NEW

ORLEANS.

WE'LL TALK A LITTLE ABOUT NEW

ORLEANS.

ALL RIGHT BRAD FIT, EVERYBODY.

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