Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis Talk Brad Pitt: “He Was Really Something Special”

Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis and Brad Pitt
Thelma & Louise stars Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis talked about their costar Brad Pitt on the 23rd anniversary of the film. David Livingston/Getty; Jason Merritt/Getty (inset)

How time flies! It’s been 23 years since Brad Pitt’s J.D. stole the heart of Geena Davis’ Thelma (and viewers everywhere) in the 1991 classic film Thelma & Louise. In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Davis and her partner in crime Susan Sarandon opened up about their hunky costar and the making of one of the biggest girl power films of all time. 

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“He’s told stories about how professional I was and how I made him a professional,” Sarandon said of Angelina Jolie’s fiancé. “I don’t remember any of that! It seemed like it was absolutely, absolutely easy for him. When I saw the movie and I saw him in the scene in the police station, that’s when I knew that he really was something special. There was really something there. He’s a very smart guy.”

Davis, who got intimate with the shirtless thief in the film, joked that her love scene was “very challenging,” and admitted that she might have messed up Pitt’s audition. 

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Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis played Louise and Thelma in the 1991 flick. MGM/Courtesy Everett Collection

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“I actually read with him first—there were five candidates for the role,” she said. “And then he came in—this is so embarrassing—but I got a little distracted during the scene, you know? I was forgetting my lines. I was like, ‘I’m totally screwing up this kid’s audition.’”

The Tammy star was more concerned with the film’s controversial ending, thinking director Ridley Scott wouldn’t let the women speed to their deaths. 

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“I said to Ridley, ‘I hope we’re not gonna shoot this and then you test it and then we end in Club Med. If I’m gonna play that part, I want to make sure that I know where it’s going,’” she said. “And he said, ‘I can tell you that you will definitely die. But I’m not sure about Thelma. You may push her out of the car at the last minute.’” 

“But I earned the right to die!” Davis chimed in.

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