His status as a celebrity and paparazzi magnet aside, Brad Pitt doesn’t get enough credit for picking great directors to work with. We know he’s homeboys with David Fincher, and the man likes working with Soderbergh, but his work with “Killing Them Softly” director Andrew Dominik should be filed alongside those other two.
Speaking with MTV News’ Josh Horowitz, Pitt shared what he looks for in a director.
“Certainly one, great skills with the camera, with the frame,” Pitt said. “More importantly, all having a distinct point of view with a specific voice and what they’re telling me. They know exactly what they’re after. You need that at the helm. You need for the film to have some kind of impact, needs to have that weight behind it.”
In the case of “Killing Them Softly,” the weight behind the film is a deep and angry allegory about the 2008 financial collapse. Dominik makes parallels throughout the crime drama, and it’s that aspect that drew Pitt in.
“It’s absolutely that in that it’s an undercurrent to the film. We think we’re watching a crime drama, and it is a crime drama on the surface and entertaining on those levels,” he said. “It’s being sold that way, but there is this undercurrent to the film that I think speaks to our time specifically, as one view point of what we just come through and not completely through and a warning for the future in some way, and it doesn’t crystalize until the very last line in the film.”
“Killing Them Softly” opens in theaters on Friday.