The crowd at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards were pleasantly stunned to see Brad Pitt make his way to the stage to present the award of best screenplay to his “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” director (and screenwriter) Quentin Tarantino on Tuesday.
Pitt, 56, charmed the audience with his speech in which he described the Oscar winner’s birthplace, “Quentin grew up in a sad and desolate part of Torrance known as Torrance.”
The “Moneyball” actor also described the hyperkinetic auteur as “very verbose. He’s the only guy I know who needs cocaine to stop talking” and said his house resembles a “Sanford and Son set” because Tarantino, 56, not only writes all his scripts by hand but he also concocts detailed backstories on all his characters long after the movie opens in theaters.
Pitt admitted that whenever he tries to be “actory” and add what he thinks is a witty comment to a Tarantino script it “always f–ks it up.”
He concluded his sweet speech by describing the “Pulp Fiction” director as having a “really good heart” and noted that he recently got married to Israeli native Daniella Pick, has a baby on the way and is spending time in Tel Aviv.
“Maybe his final film will bring us peace in the Middle East,” Pitt quipped.
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” marks the third time the pair have worked together. Pitt also starred in “Inglourious Basterds” (2009) and had a memorable role as a stoner in the Tarantino penned “True Romance” (1993).