Brad Is the Hero for Our Time. Flawed
Smith, Joan, The Independent on Sunday (London, England)
Hollywood has a new hero, his torso rock-hard and rippling with muscle. He, or rather the film he stars in, cost $175m (pounds 104m) and required the presence of 1,000 Mexican extras, as well as 250 Bulgarians from a sports academy in Sofia. The movie is based on the Illiad, with bits of the Odyssey thrown in, and is a departure for Hollywood studios, which have traditionally located their epics - Spartacus, Quo Vadis, Antony and Cleopatra, Gladiator - in ancient Rome rather than Greece. Its key figure is Brad Pitt as Achilles, greatest warrior among the Greek army besieging Troy. Pitt offers American audiences a model of valour and sacrifice at this most difficult moment in …
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Publication information: Article title: Brad Is the Hero for Our Time. Flawed. Contributors: Smith, Joan - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent on Sunday (London, England). Publication date: May 16, 2004. Page number: 23. © 2009 The Independent on Sunday. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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