William Bradley Pitt is an American actor and film producer. He has received multiple awards and nominations including an Academy Award as producer under his own company Plan B Entertainment. Pitt first gained recognition as a cowboy hitchhiker in the road movie Louise, his first leading roles in big-budget productions came with the drama films A River Runs Through It and Legends of the Fall, horror film Interview with the Vampire. He gave critically acclaimed performances in the crime thriller Seven and the science fiction film 12 Monkeys, the latter earning him a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor and an Academy Award nomination. Pitt starred in the cult film Fight Club and the heist film Ocean's Eleven and its sequels, Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen, his greatest commercial successes have been Troy, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, World War Z. Pitt received his second and third Academy Award nominations for his leading performances in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Moneyball, he produced The Departed and 12 Years a Slave, both of which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, The Tree of Life and The Big Short, all of which garnered Best Picture nominations.
As a public figure, Pitt has been cited as one of the most influential and powerful people in the American entertainment industry. For a number of years, he was cited as the world's most attractive man by various media outlets, his personal life is the subject of wide publicity. In 2000, he married actress Jennifer Aniston. In 2014, Pitt married actress Angelina Jolie, they have six children together. In 2016, Jolie filed for a divorce from Pitt, pending. Pitt was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, to William Alvin Pitt, the proprietor of a trucking company, Jane Etta, a school counsellor; the family soon moved to Springfield, where he lived together with his younger siblings, Douglas Mitchell and Julie Neal. Born into a conservative household, he was raised as Southern Baptist but has since stated that he does not "have a great relationship with religion" and that he "oscillate between agnosticism and atheism". Pitt has described Springfield as "Mark Twain country, Jesse James country", having grown up with "a lot of hills, a lot of lakes".
Pitt attended Kickapoo High School, where he was a member of the golf and tennis teams. He participated in the school's Key and Forensics clubs, in school debates, in musicals. Following his graduation from high school, Pitt enrolled in the University of Missouri in 1982, majoring in journalism with a focus on advertising; as graduation approached, Pitt did not feel ready to settle down. He loved films—"a portal into different worlds for me"—and, since films were not made in Missouri, he decided to go to where they were made. Two weeks short of completing the coursework for a degree, Pitt left the university and moved to Los Angeles, where he took acting lessons and worked odd jobs, he has named his early acting heroes as Sean Penn and Mickey Rourke. While struggling to establish himself in Los Angeles, Pitt took lessons from acting coach Roy London. Pitt's acting career began in 1987, with uncredited parts in the films No Way Out, No Man's Land and Less Than Zero. In May 1987, his television debut came with a two-episode role on the NBC soap opera Another World.
In November of the same year, Pitt had a guest appearance on the ABC sitcom Growing Pains. He appeared in four episodes of the CBS primetime series Dallas between December 1987 and February 1988 as Randy, the boyfriend of Charlie Wade. In 1988, Pitt made a guest appearance on the Fox police drama 21 Jump Street. In the same year, the Yugoslavian–U. S. Co-production The Dark Side of the Sun gave Pitt his first leading film role, as a young American taken by his family to the Adriatic to find a remedy for a skin condition; the film was shelved at the outbreak of the Croatian War of Independence, was not released until 1997. Pitt made two motion picture appearances in 1989: the first in a supporting role in the comedy Happy Together, he made guest appearances on television series Head of the Class, Freddy's Nightmares and Growing Pains. Pitt was cast as Billy Canton, a drug addict who takes advantage of a young runaway in the 1990 NBC television movie Too Young to Die?, the story of an abused teenager sentenced to death for a murder.
Ken Tucker, television reviewer for Entertainment Weekly wrote: "Pitt is a magnificent slimeball as her hoody boyfriend. The same year, Pitt co-starred in six episodes of the short-lived Fox drama Glory Days and took a supporting role in the HBO television film The Image, his next appearance came in the 1991 film Across the Tracks. After years of supporting roles in film and frequent television guest appearances, Pitt attracted wider recognition in his supporting role in Ridley Scott's 1991 road film Thelma & Louise, he played J. D. a small-time criminal. His love scene with Davis has been cited as the event. After Thelma & Louise, Pitt starred in the 1991 film Johnny Suede, a low-budget picture about an aspiring rock star, the 1992 live-action/animated fantasy film Cool Wor
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013 film)
The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 American biographical black comedy crime film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Terence Winter, based on the memoir of the same name by Jordan Belfort. It recounts Belfort's perspective on his career as a stockbroker in New York City and how his firm, Stratton Oakmont, engaged in rampant corruption and fraud on Wall Street, which led to his downfall. Leonardo DiCaprio, a producer on the film, stars as Belfort, with Jonah Hill as his business partner and friend, Donnie Azoff. Matthew McConaughey, Rob Reiner, Jon Bernthal, Jon Favreau, Joanna Lumley, Jean Dujardin star; the film marks the director's fifth collaboration with DiCaprio, after Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed and Shutter Island, as well as his second collaboration with Winter, since the television series Boardwalk Empire. The Wolf of Wall Street premiered in New York City on December 17, 2013, was released in the United States on December 25, 2013, distributed by Paramount Pictures.
The film was the first to be released through digital distribution. It was a major commercial success, grossing more than $392 million worldwide during its original theatrical run to become Scorsese's highest-grossing film and the 17th-highest-grossing film of 2013; the film was controversial for its morally ambiguous depiction of events, explicit sexual content, extreme profanity, depiction of hard drug use, its use of animals during production. The film met controversy in 2016 when it was named in a series of civil complaints filed by the DOJ "for having provided a trust account through which hundreds of millions of dollars belonging to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad fund were illicitly siphoned," which had included the funds to finance the film; the film received positive reviews from critics, with praise for Scorsese's direction, the comedic performance of DiCaprio and the fast-paced and consistent humor. The film was nominated for several awards including five nominations at the 86th Academy Awards ceremony: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor nominations for DiCaprio and Hill, respectively.
The film did not win in any category, although DiCaprio did win Best Actor – Musical or Comedy at the 71st Golden Globe Awards, where the film was nominated for Best Picture – Musical or Comedy. It was recognized by numerous other awards ceremonies, as well as guilds and critics' associations. In 1987, Jordan Belfort procures a job as a Wall Street stockbroker for L. F. Rothschild, employed under Mark Hanna, who entices him with the careless sex and drugs fueled stockbroker culture and passes on his idea that a stockbroker's only goal is to make money for himself. Jordan soon finds his career terminated following Black Monday and takes a job at a boiler room brokerage firm on Long Island that specializes in penny stocks. Thanks to his aggressive pitching style and the high commissions, Jordan makes a small fortune. Jordan befriends his neighbor, Donnie Azoff, the two found their own company, they recruit several of Jordan's friends, whom Jordan trains in the art of the "hard sell". The basic method of the firm is a dump scam.
To cloak this, Jordan gives the firm the respectable-sounding name of Stratton Oakmont. After an exposé in Forbes, hundreds of ambitious young financiers flock to his company. Jordan slides into a decadent lifestyle of prostitutes and drugs, he has an affair with a woman named Naomi Lapaglia. When his wife finds out, Jordan marries Naomi. Meanwhile, the SEC and the FBI begin investigating Stratton Oakmont. Jordan illegally makes $22 million in three hours upon securing the IPO of Steve Madden; this brings him and his firm further to the attention of the FBI. To hide his money, Jordan opens a Swiss bank account with corrupt banker Jean-Jacques Saurel in the name of Naomi's Aunt Emma, a British national and thus outside the reach of American authorities, he uses the wife and in-laws of his friend Brad Bodnick, who have European passports, to smuggle the cash into Switzerland. Donnie gets into a public brawl with Brad, while Donnie escapes, Brad is arrested. Brad does not say a word about Jordan to the police.
Jordan learns from his private investigator. Fearing for his son, Jordan's father advises him to leave Stratton Oakmont and lie low while Jordan's lawyer negotiates a deal to keep him out of prison. Jordan, cannot bear to quit and talks himself into staying in the middle of his farewell speech. Jordan and their wives are on a yacht trip to Italy when they learn that Aunt Emma has died of a heart attack. Jordan decides to travel to Switzerland to settle the bank account. To bypass border controls, he orders his yacht captain to sail to Monaco, but the ship is capsized in a storm. After their rescue, the plane sent to take them to Geneva is destroyed when a seagull flies into the engine. Jordan decides to sober up. Two years the FBI arrests Jordan because Saurel, arrested in Florida on an unrelated charge, has informed the FBI on Jordan. Since the evidence against him is overwhelming, Jordan agrees to gather evidence on his colleagues in exchange for leniency. Naomi wants full custody of their children.
They get into a full-fledged argument and he tries to get into his car with his daughter but crashes into a brick pillar while pulling out of the garage. The next morning, Jordan wears a wire to work but slips a note to Donnie warning him
The Master (2012 film)
The Master is a 2012 American drama film written, co-produced by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams. It tells the story of Freddie Quell, a World War II veteran struggling to adjust to a post-war society, who meets Lancaster Dodd, a leader of a religious movement known as "The Cause". Dodd sees something in Quell, accepts him into the movement. Freddie takes a liking to "The Cause", begins traveling with Dodd along the East Coast to spread the teachings, it was produced by Annapurna Pictures and Ghoulardi Film Company and distributed by The Weinstein Company. With a budget of $30 million, filming began in June 2011, with cinematography provided by Mihai Mălaimare Jr. Jonny Greenwood was the music composer and Peter McNulty film editor; the film's inspirations were varied: it was inspired by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, as well as early drafts of Anderson's There Will Be Blood, drunk Navy stories that Jason Robards had told to Anderson as he was terminally ill while filming Magnolia, the life story of author John Steinbeck.
The Master was shot entirely on 65mm film stock, making it the first fiction feature to be shot and released in 70 mm since Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet in 1996. The film was set up with Universal, but fell through due to script and budget problems, it was first publicly shown on August 3, 2012, at the American Cinematheque in 70 mm and screened variously in the same way, premiered at the Venice Film Festival on September 1. Where it won the FIPRESCI Award for Best Film, it was released on September 14, 2012, in the United States to critical acclaim, with its acting, direction and realistic resemblance to post-World War II Americans praised. It further received three Academy Award nominations: Best Actor for Phoenix, Best Supporting Actor for Hoffman, Best Supporting Actress for Adams. In 2016, The Master was voted the 24th greatest film of the 21st century by 177 critics from around the world. Anderson has claimed that The Master is his favorite film that he has made to date. Freddie Quell is a traumatized World War II veteran, struggling to adjust to post-war society and prone to erratic behavior.
While working on a farm in California, an elderly colleague collapses after drinking a batch of Freddie's homemade moonshine. Freddie flees. One night, Freddie finds himself in San Francisco, stows away on the yacht of a follower of Lancaster Dodd, the leader of a nascent philosophical movement known as "The Cause"; when he is discovered, Dodd describes Freddie as "aberrated", invites him to stay and attend the marriage of his daughter, Elizabeth, as long as he will make more moonshine, which Dodd has developed a taste for. Dodd begins an exercise with Freddie called "Processing", a flurry of disturbing psychological questions. During the exercise, Freddie reveals details of his past, including his fathers's death, his mother's incarceration in a mental asylum, his incestuous sexual encounters with his aunt, he has a flashback to a past relationship with Doris, a young woman from his hometown who Freddie promised he would one day return to. Freddie travels with Dodd's family. At a dinner party in New York, a man questions statements.
Dodd loses his temper, calling the man "pig fuck", asks him to leave. Freddie assaults him that night. Other members of "The Cause" begin to worry about Freddie's behavior. Freddie criticizes Dodd's son Val for disregarding his father's teachings, but Val tells Freddie that Dodd is making things up as he goes along. Dodd is arrested for practicing medicine without proper qualifications after one of his former hostesses has a change of heart. Freddie erupts in a tirade, questioning everything that Dodd has taught him, accuses him of being a fake. Dodd claims nobody likes him except for Dodd, they reconcile upon their release, but members of "The Cause" have become more suspicious and fearful of Freddie, believing him to be deranged or an undercover agent. Freddie accompanies Dodd to Phoenix, for the release of Dodd's latest book; when Dodd's publisher criticizes the quality of the book and its teachings, Freddie assaults him. Helen Sullivan, a acquiescent acolyte, causes Dodd to lose his temper after she questions some details of the book.
Dodd takes Freddie to a salt flat with his motorcycle, telling him to pick a point in the distance and drive towards it as fast as he can. Freddie disappears. Freddie returns home to Lynn, Massachusetts, to rekindle his relationship with Doris, a young woman he loved during the war. Freddie started a family since he last saw her, he tells her mother. While sleeping in a movie theater, Freddie believes he receives a phone call from Dodd, now residing in England and begging Freddie to visit. Upon arriving, Freddie finds "The Cause" to have grown larger, to find Dodd bent to the will of his wife. Not expecting Freddie to stay with him, Dodd requests that if Freddie can find a way to live without a master, any master, to "let the rest of us know" because he'll be the first person in history to do so. Still seeking closure, Freddie refers to the Dodd from his dream, who had claimed to remember where they'd met. Dodd recounts that, in a past life, they had worked in Paris to send balloons across a blockade created by Prussian forces.
Dodd gives him an ultimatum: stay with "The Cause" and devote himself to it for the rest of his
Matthew David McConaughey is an American actor and producer. He first gained notice for his breakout role in the coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused, before going on to appear in the film Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, A Time to Kill, the comedy film Larger than Life, Steven Spielberg's historical drama Amistad, the science fiction drama Contact, the comedy EDtv, the war film U-571. In the 2000s, McConaughey became best known for starring in romantic comedies, including The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Failure to Launch, Fool's Gold, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. Since 2011, he has preferred dramatic roles, including The Lincoln Lawyer, Killer Joe, The Paperboy, Magic Mike, The Wolf of Wall Street, Dallas Buyers Club, The Sea of Trees, Free State of Jones. McConaughey achieved critical success in 2013 and 2014. In 2013, McConaughey portrayed Ron Woodroof, a cowboy diagnosed with AIDS in the biographical film Dallas Buyers Club, which earned him the Academy Award, Critics' Choice Movie Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, all for Best Actor, among other awards and nominations.
In 2014, he starred as Rust Cohle in the first season of HBO's crime drama anthology series True Detective, for which he won the Critics' Choice Television Award and TCA Award, was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award. Matthew David McConaughey was born on November 1969, in Uvalde, Texas, his mother, Mary Kathleen "Kay"/"KMac", is a former kindergarten teacher and published author who taught McConaughey. She was from Trenton, New Jersey, his father, James Donald "Jim" McConaughey, was born in Mississippi in 1922 and raised in Louisiana, where he ran an oil pipe supply business. In 1953, Jim was drafted in the 27th round by the NFL's Green Bay Packers, he was released before the season began and never played an official league game in the NFL. McConaughey's mother and late father married each other three times, having divorced each other twice, he has two older brothers and Patrick. Michael, nicknamed "Rooster", is a self-made millionaire who stars in the CNBC docu-series West Texas Investors Club, as of 2018 stars in the A&E reality show Rooster & Butch with Wayne Gilliam.
McConaughey's ancestry includes English, Irish and Swedish, with some of his Irish roots being from the Cavan/Monaghan area. He is a relative of Confederate brigadier general Dandridge McRae, he had a Methodist upbringing. McConaughey moved to Texas, in 1980, where he attended Longview High School, he lived in Australia for a year, in Warnervale, New South Wales, as a Rotary exchange student in 1988. He attended the University of Texas at Austin, he began in the fall of 1989 and graduated in the spring of 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film. His original plan had changed as he wanted to attend Southern Methodist University until one of his brothers told him that private school tuition would have been a burden on the family's finances, he had planned to attend law school after graduation from college, but he realized he was not interested in becoming a lawyer. McConaughey began working in television commercials, including one for the Austin, Texas daily newspaper, the Austin American-Statesman, credited as his first speaking role.
The line, "How else am I gonna keep up with my'Horns?" – a reference to his beloved Texas Longhorns sports teams – gave the local community a look at the young actor before he was cast in Richard Linklater's film Dazed and Confused. In 1992, he was cast as "Joe" in Trisha Yearwood's music video "Walkaway Joe". After some smaller roles in Angels in the Outfield, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, Boys on the Side, the television series Unsolved Mysteries, McConaughey's big break came as the lawyer Jake Brigance in the film A Time to Kill, based on the John Grisham novel of the same name. In the late 1990s, McConaughey was cast in leading roles in more movies, including Contact, The Newton Boys, EDtv and U-571. By the early 2000s, he was cast in romantic comedies, including The Wedding Planner and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, both of which were successful at the box office. During this period, he appeared as a firefighter in the low-budget film Tiptoes, with Kate Beckinsale, in Two for the Money as a protégé to Al Pacino's gambling mogul, in Frailty with Bill Paxton, who directed.
McConaughey starred in the 2005 feature film Sahara, along with Penélope Cruz. Prior to the release of the film, he promoted it by sailing down the Amazon River and trekking to Mali; that same year, McConaughey was named People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" for 2005. In 2006, he co-starred with Sarah Jessica Parker in the romantic comedy Failure to Launch and as Marshall head football coach Jack Lengyel in We Are Marshall. McConaughey provided voice work in an ad campaign for the Peace Corps in late 2006, he replaced Owen Wilson in Ben Stiller's Tropic Thunder after Wilson's suicide attempt. On January 21, 2008, McConaughey became the new spokesman for the national radio campaign, "Beef: It's What's for Dinner", replacing Sam Elliott. McConaughey recognized that his "lifestyle, living on the beach, running with my shirt off, doing romantic comedies" had caused him to be typecast for certain roles, he sought dramatic work with other themes, he said: In 2012, McConaughey starr
William James Murray is an American actor and writer. He first gained exposure on Saturday Night Live, a series of performances that earned him his first Emmy Award, starred in comedy films—including Meatballs, Stripes, Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, What About Bob?, Groundhog Day. He co-directed Quick Change. Murray garnered additional critical acclaim in his career, starring in Lost in Translation, which earned him a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for Best Actor, as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Actor, for collaborating with director Wes Anderson, he received Golden Globe nominations for his roles in Ghostbusters, Hyde Park on Hudson, St. Vincent, the HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge, for which he won his second Primetime Emmy Award. Murray received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2016, his comedy is known for its deadpan delivery. Murray was born on September 21, 1950, in Evanston, Illinois, to Lucille, a mail-room clerk, Edward Joseph Murray II, a lumber salesman, he was raised in a northern suburb of Chicago.
Murray and his eight siblings were raised in a Roman Catholic Irish-American family. Three of his siblings, John Murray, Joel Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray, are actors. A sister, Nancy, is an Adrian Dominican nun in Michigan, who has traveled the United States in a one-woman program, portraying St. Catherine of Siena, their father died in 1967 at the age of 46 from complications of diabetes when Bill was 17 years old. As a youth, Murray read children's biographies of American heroes like Kit Carson, Wild Bill Hickok, Davy Crockett, he attended Loyola Academy. During his teen years, he worked as a golf caddy to fund his education at the Jesuit high school. One of his sisters had polio and his mother suffered several miscarriages. During his teen years he was the lead singer of a rock band called the Dutch Masters and took part in high school and community theater. After graduating, Murray attended Regis University in Denver, taking pre-medical courses, he dropped out, returning to Illinois. Decades in 2007, Regis awarded him an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree.
On September 21, 1970, his 20th birthday, the police arrested Murray at Chicago's O'Hare Airport for trying to smuggle 10 lb of cannabis, which he had intended to sell. The drugs were discovered after Murray joked to the passenger next to him that he had packed a bomb in his luggage. Murray was sentenced to probation. With an invitation from his older brother, Murray got his start at The Second City in Chicago, an improvisational comedy troupe, studying under Del Close. In 1974, he moved to New York City and was recruited by John Belushi as a featured player on The National Lampoon Radio Hour. In 1975, an Off-Broadway version of a Lampoon show led to his first television role as a cast member of the ABC variety show Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell; that same season, another variety show titled. Cosell's show lasted just one season, canceled in early 1976. After working in Los Angeles with the "guerrilla video" commune TVTV on several projects, Murray rose to prominence in 1976, he joined the cast of NBC's Saturday Night Live for the show's second season, following the departure of Chevy Chase.
Murray was with SNL for three seasons from 1977 to 1980. A Rutland Weekend Television sketch Eric Idle brought for his appearance on SNL developed into the 1978 mockumentary All You Need Is Cash with Murray appearing as "Bill Murray the K", a send-up of New York radio host Murray the K, in a segment of the film, a parody of the Maysles Brothers's documentary The Beatles: The First U. S. Visit. During the first few seasons of SNL, Murray engaged in a romantic relationship with fellow cast member Gilda Radner. Murray landed his first starring role with the film Meatballs in 1979, he followed. In the early 1980s, he starred in a string of box-office hits, including Caddyshack and Tootsie. Murray was the first guest on NBC's Late Night with David Letterman on February 1, 1982, he appeared on the first episode of the Late Show with David Letterman on August 30, 1993, when the show moved to CBS. On January 31, 2012 – 30 years after his first appearance with Letterman – Murray appeared again on his talk show.
He appeared as Letterman's final guest when the host retired on May 20, 2015. Murray began work on a film adaptation of the novel The Razor's Edge; the film, which Murray co-wrote, was his first starring role in a dramatic film. He agreed with Columbia Pictures to star in Ghostbusters—in a role written for John Belushi—to get financing for The Razor's Edge. Ghostbusters became the highest-grossing comedy of all-time; the Razor's Edge, filmed before Ghostbusters but not released until after, was a box-office flop. Frustrated over the failure of The Razor's Edge, Murray retired from acting for four years to study philosophy and history at Sorbonne University, frequent the Cinémathèque in Paris, spend time with his family in their Hudson River Valley home. During that time, his second son, was born. With the exception of a cameo appearance in the 1986 movie Little Shop of Horrors, he did not make any appearances in films, though he did participate in several public readings in Manhattan organized by playwright/director Timothy Mayer and in a stage production of Bertolt Brecht's A Man's a
Josh James Brolin is an American actor. Brolin is known for his wide range of films such as The Goonies, Flirting with Disaster, Grindhouse, No Country for Old Men, American Gangster, W. Milk, True Grit, Men in Black 3, Inherent Vice, Hail, Caesar!, Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2. Brolin began portraying the role of Marvel Comics super villain Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Although the character made a cameo appearance in the mid-credits scene in The Avengers, his first appearance was in Guardians of the Galaxy, he appears in another mid-credits scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron. He went on to become the primary antagonist in Avengers: Infinity War, where his performance was critically acclaimed, he is set to reprise his role in Avengers: Endgame. Throughout his career, Brolin has been nominated for the Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Critics' Choice Movie Awards, Independent Spirit Awards, MTV Movie & TV Awards. Brolin was born in Santa Monica, the son of Jane Cameron, a wildlife activist, a native of Corpus Christi and actor James Brolin.
Brolin was raised on a ranch in Templeton, with little exposure to his father's acting career. His parents divorced in 1984. Brolin explained in a 2014 interview that during his teenage years, he was a member of a surfing friendship group who called themselves the "Cito Rats". In his description of the group, he stated: "It was Santa Barbara, it was the'80s. It was punk rock. You either had the children of rich, neglectful parents or children of poor, neglectful parents, so it was a mix, but we grew up the same way. I've never seen a group like that before or since." He admitted to stealing cars to pay for his drug use, which included heroin, a drug that he explained he did not like: "I mean, I never got into it and I never died from it, a good thing. I've had 19 friends. Most of those guys I grew up with, they're all dead now." Brolin started his career in TV films and guest roles on TV shows before getting a more notable role as Brand Walsh in the Richard Donner-directed film The Goonies. He was considered for the role of Tom Hanson in the series 21 Jump Street.
The role was awarded to Depp. Brolin guest-starred in an episode of the show in its first season. Brolin implied that he turned away from film acting for years after the premiere of his second film, Thrashin', where he witnessed what he called "horrendous" acting on his part. For several years, he appeared in stage roles in Rochester, New York alongside mentor and friend Anthony Zerbe. One of Brolin's more prominent roles early in his career was that of "Wild Bill" Hickok in the ABC western TV series The Young Riders, which lasted three seasons. Two other TV series he was involved in include the Aaron Spelling production Winnetka Road and Mister Sterling, both of which were cancelled after a few episodes. Brolin's extensive film work consists of many villainous roles in late-2000s/early-2010s films, including Planet Terror, Gus Van Sant's Milk, American Gangster, Oliver Stone's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, he played the lead role in the Coen brothers' Academy Award-winning film No Country for Old Men.
Brolin starred in another Oliver Stone film in 2008 called W. a biopic about key events in the life of President George W. Bush. Stone pursued an hesitant Brolin for the role, he said of his decision to cast Brolin in the leading role: Brolin received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Gus Van Sant's biopic Milk as city supervisor Dan White, who assassinated San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone. He made news by wearing a White Knot to the Academy Awards ceremony to demonstrate solidarity with the marriage equality movement. Brolin told an interviewer that co-star Sean Penn, who portrayed Milk, decided to dispel any nerves the actors had about playing gay men by grabbing the bull by the horns. At the first cast dinner, which included castmates James Franco, Emile Hirsch and Diego Luna, Brolin said, " walked right up and grabbed me and planted a huge one right on my lips." Brolin has received critical acclaim for his performance and, in addition to his Oscar nomination, received NYFCC and NBR Awards for Best Supporting Actor and a nomination for a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role.
In 2010, Brolin was cast to portray the titular character in Jonah Hex, based on the DC Comics' character with the same name. Brolin was cast the younger version of Tommy Lee Jones's character, Kevin Brown / Agent K, in Men in Black 3. A year he starred in the film Gangster Squad, portraying fictional WWII Veteran named John O'Mara. Brolin was one of the actors, considered for the role of Bruce Wayne / Batman in the DC Extended Universe, a deal which would have begun with Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but Ben Affleck was chosen for the role instead; the following year, it was announced that Brolin would play Thanos within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He portrays the character through motion capture performance, as well as voice acting, he cameoed as the character in Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron, reprised Thanos in a starring role in Avengers: Infinity War and 2019's Avengers: Endgame, which were filmed back-to-back. In Apr
Moon is a 2009 science fiction film directed by Duncan Jones and written by Nathan Parker from a story by Jones. The film follows Sam Bell, a man who experiences a personal crisis as he nears the end of a three-year solitary stint mining helium-3 on the far side of the Moon, it was the feature debut of director Duncan Jones. Kevin Spacey voices Sam's robot companion, GERTY. Moon premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and was released in selected cinemas in New York and Los Angeles on 12 June 2009; the release was expanded to additional theatres in the United States on 10 July and to the United Kingdom on 17 July. Moon was modestly budgeted and grossed just under $10 million worldwide but was well-received by critics. Rockwell's performance found praise as did plausibility, it won numerous film critic and film festival awards and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best British Film. In the near future, Lunar Industries has made a fortune after an oil crisis by building Sarang Station, a facility on the far side of the Moon to mine the alternative fuel helium-3 from lunar soil, rich in the material.
The facility is automated, requiring only a single human to maintain operations, oversee the harvesters, launch canisters bound for Earth containing the extracted helium-3. Sam Bell nears the end of his three-year work contract at Sarang Station. Chronic communication problems have disabled his live feed from Earth and limit him to occasional recorded messages from his wife Tess, pregnant with their daughter Eve when he left, his only companion is an artificial intelligence named GERTY, who assists with the base's automation and provides comfort for him. Two weeks before his return to Earth, Sam begins to suffer from hallucinations of a teenage girl & a bearded, dishevelled man. One such image distracts him while out recovering a helium-3 canister from a harvester, causing him to crash his lunar rover into the harvester. Losing cabin air from the crash, Sam falls unconscious. Sam awakes in the base infirmary with no memory of the accident, he overhears GERTY having what appears to be a live chat with Lunar Industries management.
Lunar Industries orders Sam to remain on base and informs him that a rescue team will arrive to repair the harvester. Suspicious, Sam manufactures a fake problem to persuade GERTY to let him outside, he travels to the crashed rover. He tends to his injuries; the two Sams start to wonder. After a heated argument and physical altercation, GERTY reveals that they are both clones of the original Sam Bell. GERTY activated the newest clone after the rover crash, convinced him that he was at the beginning of his three-year contract. GERTY confirms his memories of daughter are implanted; the two Sams search the area finding a communications substation beyond the facility's perimeter, interfering with the live feed from Earth. The older Sam discovers a secret vault containing hundreds of hibernating clones, they determine that Lunar Industries is unethically using clones of the original Sam Bell to avoid the cost of training and transporting new astronauts, as well as deliberately jamming the live feed in order to prevent the clones from contacting Earth.
The older Sam clone drives past the interference radius in a second rover and tries to call Tess on Earth. He instead makes contact with Eve, now 15 years old, who says Tess died "some years ago", he hangs up. At the same time, GERTY helps the older Sam access the recorded logs of past Sam clones, showing them all falling ill as their contract expires and revealing that the clones are designed to "break down". At the same time, the older Sam has begun displaying the same symptoms as the clones as they began to break down; the two Sams realise if they are found together. The newer Sam convinces GERTY to wake another clone, planning to leave the awakened clone in the crashed rover and send the older Sam to Earth in one of the helium-3 transports, but the older Sam, having learned that the clones are designed to "break down" at the end of the 3-year contract, knows that he will not live much longer. With his health declining, the older Sam suggests that he be placed back into the crashed rover to die so Lunar Industries will not suspect anything, while the newer Sam escapes instead.
Following GERTY's advice, the newer Sam reboots GERTY to wipe its records of the events. Before leaving, the newer clone reprograms a harvester to crash and wreck the jamming antenna, thereby enabling live communications with Earth; the older Sam, back in the crippled rover, remains conscious long enough to watch the launch of the transport carrying the newer Sam to Earth. The rescue team is fooled after finding both a newly awakened clone in the medical bay and the corpse of the older Sam inside the crashed rover; the helium transport arrives at Earth, over the film's credits, news reports describe how Sam's testimony on Lunar Industries' activities has stirred up an enormous controversy, the company's unethical practices have plummeted the company's stock. Sam Rockwell as Sam Bell Kevin Spacey as GERTY Dominique McElligott as Tess Bell Kaya Scodelario as Eve Bell Benedict Wong as Thompson Matt Berry as Overmeyers Malcolm Stewart as'the technician'