Ellen’s Longtime Friendship With Brad Pitt
Ellen was ecstatic to have Brad Pitt on the show.
“I haven’t seen you in a long time!” she said.
Apparently, the two of them go way back.
“Twenty years we’ve known each other,” Brad explained to the audience.
It’s too bad they didn’t explain any more than that. Finding out the backstory to their friendship is a little more tricky than a Google search, but it seems like that would be a really interesting story to tell.
Ellen: Brad Pitt Moneyball Review
Ellen praised Brad for his work in his new film Moneyball.
“I didn’t know anything about baseball but I loved the movie,” she said.
“It’s pretty impressive they let me do it because I also know very little about baseball,” Brad said. “It’s shameful. I really know very little about baseball.”
Brad said that the film was based on the novel Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, by Michael Lewis. It tells the story of Oakland Athletics baseball team and Billy Beane, the manager who turned the team around.
“It’s a story about underdogs and people getting a chance who were overlooked and undervalued,” Brad said.
Brad said that the team was tremendously underfunded compared to its competitors, yet it figured out ways to be competitive.
“These guys started dismantling everything they knew about baseball and questioning it and in the process, they found areas that they could exploit,” Brad said.
Ellen: Moneyball Sneak Peak
Ellen shared a brief video clip from Moneyball. The clip featured a conversation between Brad’s character, Billy, and his daughter, Casey, played by Kerris Dorsey.
“Dad, there’s no way you’re going to lose your job, right?” Casey asked.
“Where’d you here that?” Billy asked.
“Well I go on the Internet sometimes,” she explained.
“We don’t do that,” he said with a subtly joking undertone of affection. “Don’t go on the internet or watch TV or read newspapers or talk to the people.”
Ellen: Brad Pitt’s Baseball Scar
Ellen asked Brad if he had ever played baseball before.
He pointed to his cheek and said, “I have a small scar right here from the last time I met a baseball, 18 stitches.”
Brad said he got that scar when he was in elementary school, so apparently it’s been a long time.