Award-winning author Marlon James was given the opportunity to interview Brad Pitt recently. Or, alternatively, Brad Pitt was given the opportunity to be interviewed by award-winning author Marlon James.
The Twin Cities novelist, who is a professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, met with the Hollywood megastar to talk about age, money, politics and movies in an article for the New York Times Style Magazine entitled "Five or Six Things I Didn't Know About Brad Pitt."
The 52-year-old actor is described in the piece as one of the "biggest – and nicest – stars on the planet," and did James the honor by reading an excerpt from his book, "A Brief History of Seven Killings." The novel won James the Man Booker Prize for fiction last year.
Here's a couple of highlights from James' interview with Pitt:"
– James notices two dying plants in the corner of Pitt's Hollywood office, which is enough evidence he needs to call him a "plant murderer."
– Pitt is no fan of Donald Trump, but doesn't pin any blame on his supporters: "Most Americans don’t have time to watch CNN and Fox and Al Jazeera. They’re trying to make the rent, get the kids fed, they’re tired when they get home and they want to forget about everything. And so suddenly when this voice comes in — and it doesn’t have to be a voice of substance — saying he’s fed up with all of this, that’s the part that hooks into the DNA."
– Pitt said Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ" is like "watching an L. Ron Hubbard propaganda film," but says Gibson's a great director of violence, saying "'Apocalypto' is a great film."
– Logan Lerman, who was 21 years old when he co-stared in "Fury" with Pitt, had no idea at the time how to wind up a watch.
– James doesn't know how to finish the interview, but eventually realizes he'll be late for his flight, and concludes: "I’m confronted with the absurdity of standing next to Brad Pitt, on the side of the road, waiting for an Uber."
James critical of U.S. police
The Jamaican-born writer has hit the headlines for another reason this weekend, criticizing America's "Third World police" that he says has led to "almost state-sanctioned" killings of minority groups.
"The whole idea that you are beyond the law you are serving and protecting, and that killing people will not have consequences, is something that we who migrated to America thought we had got away from," he told an audience at Festival America in Paris, according to the Agence France-Presse.
"This sort of unquestioned authority, straight up killing people is why Black Lives Matter happened."
James' parents were both police officers in Jamaica, the report notes.