Ridley Scott’s Thelma & Louise may have helped Brad Pitt’s career in a lot of ways, courtesy of his role as an attractive young drifter, J.D., but a lot happened behind the scenes. For a long time, fans continued to wonder who was the A-list actor who hated the multiple Academy Award-winning actor for getting this iconic role. The mystery was solved in 2022, when Geena Davis, who starred as Thelma Dickinson, finally revealed the actor’s name. It was none other than George Clooney! And why not, Pitt himself revealed that they stumbled over the decision multiple times as Hollywood’s best men auditioned for this iconic role.

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George Clooney hated Brad Pitt for getting the iconic role in Thelma & Louise

A Fight For The Iconic Role In Thelma & Louise

Ridley Scott’s 1991 movie, Thelma & Louise was such a perfection that became a critical and commercial success. The movie received six Academy Award nominations. While Scott was nominated for the Best Director category, the 1991 classic went on to win an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. But again, what happened in the making of this movie surely deserves attention.

During those days, Brad Pitt wasn’t where he is today. You may be aware that the audition for this particular role didn’t come easy. Brad Pitt himself revealed that he lost this role three times! While several Hollywood A-listers auditioned for the iconic role of J.D., it was the Inglourious Basterds star who actually made the iconic role happen, and the bumpy ride was worth it!

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Brad Pitt in the iconic role of J.D. in Thelma & Louise

The road, although came with several bumps, and getting there wasn’t easy, and one A-list actor particularly hated him for getting this role. Last year, Geena Davis, Brad Pitt’s co-star in the 1991 classic, revealed that she was somewhere responsible for messing things up for Pitt’s career-enhancing role in the movie.

She said in a previous interview, “They all had brown hair and were very talented. I didn’t care who it was going to be. Then the fourth one comes in, and it’s Brad Pitt. He’s so charismatic and so incredibly talented that I was screwing up his audition.” But somewhere deep down, she knew he was the right actor to pull off this role, and Pitt just did that.

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Why Did George Clooney Hate Pitt For Securing J.D.’s Role?

Geena Davis may have sung praises about Brad Pitt winning the audition for J.D.’s role, but she also revealed that it was George Clooney who hated him for getting this role whilst facing competition from so many A-listers. She recalled Clooney’s statement from the past: “You know what, I hate that Brad Pitt. “‘No, you don’t. Isn’t he, like, your best friend?’ ‘No, no, I hate him,’” George Clooney said. ‘He got the part in Thelma & Louise,’” Davis added.

Well, the answer to his hate is simple. It had more to do with jealousy than hate! Pitt made a real name with this career-turning role and the rest is history. It’s worth mentioning here that Clooney may have said it back then, but the two stars ended up forming an everlasting connection, thanks to Ocean’s Eleven.

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Brad Pitt thinks George Clooney is the diva of pranks

The two have remained a sport since then when it comes to playing pranks on each other throughout their careers. In one instance, the Out of Sight actor sent Meryl Streep tapes of accent and jokingly mentioned that they were from Pitt. It was so hilarious that Streep avoided Pitt for a long time.  As for Pitt, Clooney has remained a “diva at pranks”.

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Clooney said, “I sent that thing of voices to her, the greatest actress of all time … and I sent it from Brad with a card that said ‘Dear Meryl, I hear you’re going to play the Iron Lady. This guy helped me with my accent in Troy.” Thelma & Louise gained “cultural, historic or aesthetical significance” after it was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2016.

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