Motorbikes can be movie scene-stealers… unless the hero astride the iconic machine is a superstar like Brad Pitt!
Brad Pitt is a self-confessed motorbike fanatic. He loves owning them, riding them and watching them race.
“I guess I just fell in love with the noise and the feel of a bike,” he said. “Bikes make no apologies for being there – they gleam, they roar and they flex such great power. What’s not to love?”
Brad has ridden bikes in a number of films, including a 650cc Triumph in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
“That was an outstanding bike,” Brad recalled. “It was a bit of a classic, and bikers loved to see it. It didn’t bother me at all if shooting took several takes.
“Ladies seem to like bikes in movies too – and the guys who ride them. I don’t really know what that is all about.
“Perhaps it is the engine power or maybe it is like being a modern-day knight. Instead of a horse you have a bike, and instead of wearing armour you wear some great leathers.
“I have a collection of motorbikes myself including Ducati, Harley and BMW. I take them out regularly and really love the feel of the wind rushing round you as you open up on a motor way.
“I am also big into MotoGP and go to the races all over the world as often as possible. If I can’t get there, I tr y to make sure I can see it on TV no matter where we are filming. If we were shooting scenes on top of Everest, I would still do my best to watch whatever race is on TV.
“It comes from my love of the bike and gradually it took on board the great riders too. I picked it up when the great
“I love the feel of the wind rushing around you on a motorway”
Australian racer Mick Doohan was leading ever yone – then Valentino Rossi, right through to today’s great racers. I became totally hooked on it.
“Those are the real heroes, the guys that put their life on the line and risk ever ything to get their bike past the flag first no matter what.”
Hitting The Apex was a film all about MotoGP racing and guess who did the narration? – yes, Brad Pitt.
“I could easily eat, sleep and talk bikes and especially racing. I am always keen to make a movie in which I get to ride a bike. If the ladies like their heroes on bikes too then I am happy to oblige – I don’t mind playing suppor t to a great motorbike.
“Anyone want the pillion?”
Brad, Cate Blanchett – and that Triumph