Michael Pitt


Michael Pitt is another slow-burner. He’s been a familiar face on screen for over a decade, and seemingly every time he comes close to serious stardom, he ends up pulling back. For the most part, his bona-fides are from the indie world, beginning with an impressive performance in “Hedwig & the Angry Inch,” followed soon enough by Larry Clark‘s “Bully.” He tipped his toe into studio waters alongside Ryan Gosling in the “Rope“-indebted “Murder By Numbers,” and M. Night Shyamalan‘s “The Village,” but it was a pair of indies around the same time that really suggested he had the potential for DiCaprio-esque stardom: Bernardo Bertolucci‘s “The Dreamers” and Gus Van Sant‘s “Last Days,” the latter seeing him giving an astonishing performance as a Kurt Cobain-ish rock star. His next few films — “Delirious,” “Silk,” the remake of “Funny Games” — never quite went anywhere, but he seemed to get a second lease of life as one of the leads in the stacked cast of “Boardwalk Empire.” It served as a serious reminder of his talents, and *spoiler* with the show-runners choosing to kill his character, Jimmy Darmody, off at the end of the second season *end spoiler*, Pitt’s been a free agent for the last year or so. But it doesn’t quite seem to have converted into more roles. The actor had a tiny cameo in “Seven Psychopaths,” and was nearly cast as Tetsuo in the aborted “Akira” remake, but he doesn’t seem to have taken a serious role in the meantime. Fingers crossed, that’s about to change. He co-wrote, produces and stars in the 1920s drama “You Can’t Win,” which is one to watch on the festival circuit in the next year, and with any luck that’ll see him get more attention. And he’s returning to gangland territory for “Rob the Mob” alongside Nina Arianda soon. Pitt’s talent certainly isn’t in question, but it’d be nice to see him cropping up more on screen in the next few years.

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