Does anyone have anything bad to say about Brad Pitt?
Seriously, talk to anyone who has worked with the guy and it's always a big gushfest.
"You know, you meet Brad and you're like, OK, I get it," James Badge Dale, one of Pitt's costars in the upcoming zombie movie World War Z, told me the other night at the AFI presented by Audi premiere of Shame. "I get it—there's a reason why he's the biggest movie star in the world."
Dale, like so many we've chatted with, describes Pitt as "cool," saying, "I mean, everyone talks abut his looks, but the fact is the guy's a consummate actor. He has a genuineness to him that is not fake."
It was also bit of a surreal experience for Dale. "It's funny doing a zombie movie," he said. "I've never done a zombie movie before. Nobody in drama school prepares you to do a zombie movie. And then nobody prepares you to be standing on set with a zombie on one side of you and Brad Pitt on the other side."
Nobody prepares you to do an offcamera sex scene with Carey Mulligan either. In the NC-17-rated Shame, Dale sleeps with the unstable sister (Mulligan) of his most trusted employee (Michael Fassbender). Fassbender's character overhears the two having sex in his room.
"We were brought in that day and [director Steve McQueen] puts in a bedroom with a microphone," Dale said. "You just hear us so I looked at her and I was like, 'Have you ever done anything like this?" She says, 'No, I don't know what to do.' So we just played our little actor games and we got through it."