Without a doubt, Brad Pitt is one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood. An actor with undeniable qualities, who has proven his capacity to take on different characters. Therefore, his always perfect physical shape also helps him.
Even at 58, he could still easily pass for a professional athlete.
It is no coincidence that he performs almost all the stunts himself in his latest film “Murder Train” – the high-speed action-comedy of director David Leitch.
Leach himself is a former stuntman who is well versed in the magic of the action genre. Over the years, he has voiced Pitt several times – in Fight Club, Troy and Ocean’s Gang, and in the last decade he also gained experience as a director with Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2 and John Wick in partnership with Chad Stahelski.
In Kill Train, Leitch tells the story of mercenary Ladybug (Brad Pitt), one of a number of deadly assassins who board the same bullet train and have more or less the same task. Their meeting culminates in a dynamic action with many fight scenes and a funny script.
On the film, stunt work was entrusted to experienced coordinator Greg Rementer, who was impressed by Pete’s skills.
“The sky’s the limit when you’re working with Brad, and he really did a great job with his character,” Rementer told Vulture. “He wanted to do most of his stunts himself. It was possible for him because not only is he a great actor, but he’s also a physically gifted athlete. So we started by getting him into our program.”
According to the stunt coordinator, she doesn’t focus as much on strength training and weights as on specific training for the film’s many hand-to-hand combat scenes.
“As for the traditional strength training, Brad handled it himself. But for everything else, he kindly let us come over to his house so we could do a makeshift stunt studio there where we trained together. Other cast members were also coming and joining us,” says Rementer.
This happens several times a week, with Pete going through varied and dynamic workouts. In them, the actor spends hours doing dozens of different combinations of bodyweight exercises and movements involving “every possible stroke” with a leg or arm, so that he is prepared for any scenario.
Special attention is paid to strengthening the muscles of the abdomen and neck, which are the most stressed in this work.
“The thing that people underestimate is the neck. It was important to have it fixed because we spend all day doing head reactions when no one is actually hitting us,” explains stunt coordinator Rementer.
The same goes for the abs and “core.” They “take a lot of twisting while delivering or absorbing blows,” and are the first area of the body to get bruised and injured.
From there, intense cardio exercises are added in the form of short combinations of paw strikes with a time partner to tire out the actor and increase his endurance.
All of this takes place over the course of several months before filming begins. A time in which Brad Pitt demonstrates his professional attitude and dedication to work.
Regarding his diet, the star has categorically excluded any fried foods, as well as those containing refined flour.
They are replaced by healthy proteins, carbohydrates and fats. That’s why Pete’s diet includes mostly fish, chicken, brown rice, green vegetables and whole grain bread, supplemented by nutritional supplements in the form of whey protein, protein wafers, creatine and multivitamins.
In this way, the action star manages to keep his perfect shape and a single-digit percentage of body fat, even close to 60 years old.