This summer, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio are sharing the silver screen for the first time in Quentin Tarantino’s new film Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. But apparently the handsome megastars have also started sharing something else: Brad’s sculpture studio.
According to London website the Sun, the actors have forged a budding bromance over ceramics and sandwiches since the movie wrapped.
“Brad’s got his own sculpting studio at his house and Leo loves coming over to use it,” a source recently told the Sun. “They sometimes hang out with Brad’s artist pals, but other times it’s just the two of them. Leo brings sandwiches over from their favorite place, Fat Sal’s, and they spend their boys’ nights creating art until the early hours.”
Pitt has been pouring himself into his burgeoning art practice since his high-profile divorce with Angelina Jolie (with whom he amassed an art collection, including works by Richard Serra, Marcel Dzama, and Bansky, among others). He camped out at Thomas Houseago’s LA studio for a couple of months in 2017, spending as much as 15 hours a day learning to work with “clay, plaster, rebar, wood.”
“I think it was Picasso who talked about the moment of looking at the subject, and paint hitting canvas, and that is where art happens,” Pitt told GQ Style at the time. “For me I’m having a moment of getting to feel emotion at my fingertips. But to get that emotion to clay—I just haven’t cracked the surface. And I don’t know what’s coming. Right now I know the manual labor is good for me, getting to know the expansiveness and limitations of the materials. I’ve got to start from the bottom, I’ve got to sweep my floor, I’ve got to wrap up my shit at night, you know?”
Soon thereafter, Pitt built a studio of his own in his Los Angeles home, and his relationship to art has only grown from there. The actor has been seen making the rounds at this year’s Venice Biennale (with Houseago) and Frieze LA, and in April he lobbied in favor of the contentious plans for a new LACMA building at the museum’s board meeting.
Leo, of course, has had a foot in the art world for years now, emerging as one of the country’s preeminent collectors. He’s also a reliable sighting on the fair circuit (though, unlike Pitt, he does not welcome selfies), and is known to shop around at many big-name galleries for new finds.
Yet, his “boys nights” with Brad are, as far as we know, his first foray into art making. (Unless, of course, you count this Titanic moment. Which we do.) While others are busy photoshopping the actors’ chiseled mugs atop Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze or wondering about their go-to sandwich order, the question we’re dying to know is, What does their art look like?!
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