Who'll have the last laugh?
Everyone knows that Brad Pitt and George Clooney are not only colleagues, (they’ve starred in together in such great films as Oceans 11, 12, 13), but also they’re great friends. Paparazzi pictures of them sunning on yachts in the Mediterranean are evidence of that. But when I heard they were in yet another film together, this month’s Burn After Reading, it started me thinking: Of these two fine looking gents, which makes the better movie star? In order to get a well-rounded answer to this very critical issue, I’ve challenged an expert in the field of good looking male movie stars to a debate. My competitor is… myself. Welcome to She Said/She Said.
Team Clooney: Mr. George Clooney is without a doubt a classic movie star and light years ahead of Mr. Brad Pitt in all areas. George is handsome, debonair and behaves in a professional manner both on and off the screen. On top of those qualities, he’s also extraordinarily talented, which he proves in films from Michael Clayton to Good Night, and Good Luck. Whether his role is comedy or drama he is equally gifted in either arena. The answer is obvious: Clooney is the better movie star.
Team Pitt: What?! Brad Pitt has been in some of the most amazing, thought provoking films of our generation including Fight Club, Se7en and 12 Monkeys, for which his performance got him nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Oscar. Brad Pitt is the clear winner. Debate over, where’s the after party?
Team Clooney: Au contraire, but in those films, Brad was a supporting actor. George has the acting chops that enable him to be both a supporting actor, like in Syriana, a role that nabbed him the Oscar, and the lead as in Michael Clayton, a role in which he was Oscar nominated for his outstanding turn as a lawyer struggling to untangle corporate corruption. Brad Pitt is simply not good enough to carry a whole movie on his shoulders. I’m not saying Brad can’t act, quite the opposite; he can be brilliant in smaller roles when properly used, such as in Thelma & Louise. He’s got the pretty, but he needs to leave the real acting to the men.
Team Pitt: I knew you were going to say that, but your argument is flawed for one reason: In The Assassination of Jesse James, Brad was Jesse James, meaning he was the star of the movie. His performance was nothing short of brilliant.
Team Clooney: Casey Affleck stole the show in that film, despite the fact that he wasn’t the title character; he ultimately became the most compelling part of the movie. Casey brought the gravitas Brad doesn’t have.
Team Pitt: You’re clearly not willing to listen to reason, so I’m going to submit hard-core facts. Pitt has won two awards that are like the Nobel Peace prize in the celebrity community: He’s been voted People’s Sexiest Man Alive on two separate occasions and won the MTV award for Best On-Screen Kiss for his lip-lock with Angelina Jolie in Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
Team Clooney: Clooney has also been voted People’s Sexiest Man Alive twice and won the Best On-Screen Kiss award for his smooch with Jennifer Lopez in Out of Sight seven years before Mr. Pitt!
Besides which, offscreen George truly lives the movie star life. He’s a confirmed bachelor who jets off to Milan or St. Bart’s with his model du jour. Brad jets off to some exotic locale to pick up a new family member. Admirable, but does it say “sexy movie star”?
Team Pitt: Clooney may have his mannequins, but hey, Brad counts A-listers like Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow among his exes, and he’s shacked up with arguably the sexiest woman alive. Family-men movie stars have their own sex appeal.
Team Clooney: True. But George nabs hot chicks 20 years younger than he is.
Team Pitt: Fine, let’s talk facts and figures: Brad Pitt’s lifetime box office gross total for all his movies is $1,578,193,572, while Clooney is bringing up the rear at a mere $1,204,841,754.
Team Clooney: Lest we not forget, Brad’s movie career started years before George’s did because George was busy playing a doctor on a little show called “ER,” which is one of the most successful and longest running network shows in the history of television. Which just further proves my point that he’s a well-rounded thespian. George’s total is even more impressive as he has made more money in a shorter period of time.
Team Pitt: George directed and starred in Leatherheads.
Team Clooney: I did not see that coming! You got me there.
Moderator: And the winner is…Mr. Brad Pitt.
Sarah McLaughlin has been writing for various television sitcoms for the past six years, including the hit Fox TV show "That '70s Show," where she was executive story editor. She is currently writing for and co-producing the new ABC sitcom "Single With Parents," starring Alyssa Milano, as well as working as a freelance entertainment reporter/columnist for iVillage and various movie sites.
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