Why Brad Pitt Is Always Eating In His Movies

If you're a Brad Pitt fan, you probably have taken notice of what he eats when he is on the big screen. If it seems like he is always nibbling on something, it's not too far from the truth. Per IMDb, his "Ocean's 11" character Rusty is always putting food in his mouth. From the cheeseburger he is chowing down on when George Clooney's character Danny is released from prison to the ice cream he licks from the spoon, the sucker, the nachos he noshes on, and the shrimp cocktail, this dude is always eating.

And of course, it isn't just the "Ocean's" movies where the Oscar-winning actor can be seen eating. Pitt shovels beef stew into his mouth in "The Assassination of Jessie James." He puts pot roast into his pie hole in "Mr. & Mrs. Smith." He enjoys french fries in "Money Ball," and we could go on and on. It's such a thing that Next Movie made a mashup of all the actor's eating scenes, and Ranker even has a list of Pitt's best eating moments from all of his films. We think it's the potstickers he precariously holds with chopsticks as he takes a bite and talks on a cell phone in "Ocean's 13" or maybe when he eats the peanut butter off the spoon in "Meet Joe Black," but talk amongst yourselves. So, why is Pitt always eating?

Brad Pitt's eating skills are lauded

Brad Pitt's eating skills in movies are so exceptional, casting director and professor Caroline Liem from Pace Performing Arts told The Washington Post that Pitt is so good, "He's the Laurence Olivier of eating!" Oh, to be lauded for your eating skills. Pitt really is an acting god. 

But why does it seem like Pitt's characters are always eating? There has been much theorizing about his eating habits on screen, as well as the psychological and voyeuristic pleasure we get when watching someone eat. Maybe there is something there, but when asked about it point-blank in an interview with Joe.ie, Pitt provided the answer we've been looking for.

In the interview, Pitt revealed that he likes to nibble here and there. "I like to busy myself, I'm a grazer by nature," he said. He went on to explain that there was actually some thought put into why he is always eating in the "Ocean's" movies. "There was actually method to that, because [his character] was always on the run, always on the move, I figured he could never sit down and have a proper meal. So he always had to grab something on the run," Pitt revealed. So while we may enjoy watching Pitt eat, it really just comes to the fact that he is just like us and likes to eat. Pitt just does it better than the rest of us.