As you may have heard, there was a bit of backstage drama between Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt during the production of the 1997 movie. The Devil’s Own. The two actors had big egos and different visions of the film, which ended up causing a disagreement. conflict clash.
During a recent interview with Esquire, Ford discussed the conflicts between him and Pitt, beginning by saying:
“First of all, I admire Brad. I think he is a wonderful actor. He is a very decent guy. But we could not agree on a director until we got to Alan Pakula, who I had worked with before but Brad hadn’t.”
Ford went on to say that he wanted his character had a more complex plot in the film, and that this is a point in the development where the tension may have started. He explained:
“Brad had a complicated character, and I wanted a complication on my part so that It wasn’t just a battle between good and evil. And that’s when it occurred to me to shoot the bad guys.”
Ford is referring to the part of the story where his character witnesses his partner’s bad shots in the field, and working that subplot into the film was apparently difficult because it led to a script on which Pitt and Ford could not agree. The actor continued:
“I worked with a screenwriter, but suddenly we were shooting and we didn’t have a script that Brad and I agreed on. Each of us had different ideas about it.“.
After all these years, Ford now blames himself for the run-ins with Pitt, saying:
“I understand why he wanted to stick with his point of view, and I wanted to stick with mine…or I was imposing my point of view, and it’s fair to say that’s what Brad felt. It was complicated. I really like the movie. A lot”.