Grecian Formula; Brad Pitt Tackles Homer in the Blood-and-Biceps Epic 'Troy.' and You Thought Helen Was Hot
Giles, Jeff, Newsweek
Byline: Jeff Giles, NEWSWEEK'S film critic David Ansen is on sabbatical.
Brad Pitt's quest for credibility has been only a qualified success, so his first scene in Wolfgang Petersen's epic "Troy" is not just the movie's most titillating--he is revealed butt-naked, sleeping off a threesome in a tent--but its most nervous-making as well: he opens his mouth and starts acting. Given Pitt's fascination with subverting expectations, it's easy to imagine why he was drawn to Achilles. Here's a warrior, taken from Homer's Iliad, of course, who's supremely arrogant yet roiling in self-loathing. Still, it took guts for Pitt to sign on for the role. With his flowing locks, helmet and …
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