The Scottish Mail on Sunday
...and who’s writing Brad’s speeches?
HE WAS the toast of last weekend’s Baftas with an hilarious acceptance speech that brought the house down – even though he wasn’t there to deliver it.
But there is now speculation that Brad Pitt, not normally known for his quick wit, has hired a professional writer to craft his words.
At the Baftas, co-star Margot Robbie read out his speech, saying he was naming his best supporting actor prize Harry ‘because it is coming back to America with me’. The speech also included a joke that made reference to both Brexit and his love life, when he said:
‘Hey Britain, heard you just became single, welcome to the club.’
It is not the first witticism he has made on the podium this awards season. At the Golden Globes, he quipped that he would have ‘shared the raft’ with his Once Upon A Time In Hollywood co-star Leonardo DiCaprio – a dig at the star’s fate at the end of Titanic.
He also made a self-deprecating joke at the Screen Actors Guild Awards that he would put the statuette ‘on my Tinder profile’.
While Pitt’s representatives declined to comment, a source who has worked with the star told
The Mail on Sunday: ‘Brad’s a nice guy but not the sharpest tool in the woodshed.
‘When he started coming out with these slick acceptance speeches and great one-liners it was obvious to me someone else was probably writing the words. Good for him.
‘Who wouldn’t want to look and sound their best when they are up there getting an award? Brad can handle the looking good part so kudos to him if he has hired someone to help him sound witty and intelligent.’
Hopefully he has something prepared for tonight, when he is the clear favourite to win yet another best supporting actor gong at the Oscars.