Once upon a time in Hollywood, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio were headlining studio-financed films every other month. But as time moves on, the future looks bleak for the legendary actors and the studios that made them famous.
At least it does to Brad and Leo!
The 55-year-old told the outlet:
“I’m behind the camera on the producing side and I enjoy that a lot. But I keep doing less and less. I really believe that overall it’s a younger man’s game – not that there aren’t substantial parts for older characters – I just feel, the game itself, it’ll move on naturally. There will be a natural selection to it all.”
And you thought women and minority actors had it bad…
Leo wasn’t so much concerned with his own career in his interview with Esquire magazine, but rather the state of movie making in general.
Opening up about how he thinks the “dark ages” are coming for the industry thanks to streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Studios, the 44-year-old Oscar-winner mused:
“I don’t want to act as if I’ve been around since f**king silent cinema, but I see this as a huge shift in the way movies are going to get done, what gets financing. The studio system has tons of content, libraries of things that they can make movies of, but in a lot of ways they are hemorrhaging.”
While Leo argued this big shift is causing films like Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to become an “endangered species,” he admitted that some good has come out of the streaming era:
“Now I do see a lot of chances being taken for story lines, certainly documentaries, certainly giving some artists opportunities to make out-of-the-box story lines that I don’t think 10 years ago would have been possible. But these types of films that Quentin is doing are also becoming endangered species…There are some dark ages coming up.”
Pitt, meanwhile, had a less apocalyptic view of the streaming era. He told GQ:
“I really appreciate the streaming services because we’re seeing more and more quality projects being made. We’re seeing more writers and directors and actors getting a shot. It just tells you how many talented people are out there.”
The father-of-six added that he’s “curious” to see how streaming services will impact the future of film and “what shape” it all takes, noting:
“I like to think there’s room for both. But I could be a dinosaur and not even know it, man. And the comet could be on the way.”
Anddd now we’re back to apocalyptic.
Leo, for his part, believes the shorter attention span of today’s youth (which he knows very intimately) could also be affecting the future of film. He explained:
“I see something else happening with the younger generations. I was dismayed at how many 20 year olds have never seen The Godfather, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, All the President’s Men, these films are the Bible to me. And they may not even get to see them.”
Well… that’s what streaming services are for!
Do U see a Hollywood without Brad and Leo?
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