The actor, in Tokyo to promote his latest movie, Inglourious Basterds, said he
trashed his favourite bike recently while trying to escape overzealous
“I had a little mishap,” he said. “No injuries, except my ego. I was trying to
get away from some paparazzi and instead gave them a good story. It was my
favourite bike, so that is really sad.”
Pitt, a well-known motorcycle buff, was involved in a minor accident in Los
Angeles last month after a paparazzo reportedly cut him off in traffic. He
said that while he is in Tokyo he will be looking for a replacement.
“I will definitely be looking at motorcycles,” he said. “You’ve got some of
the best builders right here.”
Inglourious Basterds, directed by Quentin Tarantino, premiered in Tokyo on
Wednesday. As a promotion gimmick, Japanese movie viewers will be given a
money-back offer if they are bored after watching the first 60 minutes of
the revisionist World War II swashbuckler.
Pitt said he felt lucky to be chosen as the movie’s leading man – Tarantino
had initially planned to cast himself in that part.
“We had heard about this script for about eight years before it came my way,
so it had taken on a mythical dimension,” he said. “I was doubly flattered
because Quentin originally wrote the part for himself.”
Inglourious Basterds follows a band of Jewish American soldiers, led by
Tennessean Lt. Aldo Raine (Pitt), who hunt Nazis with the goal of not just
killing them but scalping them and sometimes carving swastikas into their
“What made me want to make the film is simply that I like war movies,” said
Tarantino, who joined Pitt and other cast members at a news conference. “The
initial idea sometimes is really as simple as wanting to make a war movie or
a car chase movie. The rest goes from there.”
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