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Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr and Keanu Reeves all auditioned for the role in Backdraft that eventually went to William Baldwin, 1991

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That's not some of Brad Pitt's best acting

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They’re having a fire!!?? Sale?

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But that’s 100% his acting mannerism through and through

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Man, Brad Pitt flunked that one bad :-)

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I bet if he was snacking on an apple or chips between lines, he woulda got it.

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Brad sucked and got by on his looks but grew in to a much better actor as the years went by.

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Bad enough that they went with Billy Baldwin. So yeah.

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This brings back some of my auditions over the years where I was ALMOST but not quite good enough. And I was WAY too tall for every role.

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He really dragged his S’s a lot. He kinda still does but this one was prevalent.

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I heard him on Marc Maron talking about how when he first came out he still needed some acting lessons to really “get it together” and uh… yep. Can see it. 😂.

Of course it sounded super cool when he said it.

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Gotta hand it to whoever his acting coach was over the years as he certainly improved a lot.

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He was hot AF here though!

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Why are these two idiots talking over the god damn footage? Fucking clown shit.

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Yea this footage just frustrates me

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"Who's your brother, Brian?"

"You are, Steven"

Still makes me tear up to this day, Baldwin and Russell owned those roles.

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You go. We go.

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Also they didn’t want anyone to outshine Kurt Russell. He had that dominant personality in the movie.

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Did people forget that young William Baldwin was very good looking and quite good at acting?

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