It’s always funny to think of people who got big before they were big — like Leo in a Lassie movie, for example. Above is Brad Pitt from the TV show 21 Jump Street, which is one of his earlier “moderately-well-known”roles. Apparently, as he was trying to get his big break, he lived with Jason Priestley (of Beverly Hills 90210) for a time. Priestley just wrote a memoir — because a Jason Priestley memoir is 100 percent what the publishing industry was clamoring for in May 2014 — and he name-dropped a few people, including Pitt:
“Just for fun, we used to have competitions over who could go the longest without showering and shaving. Brad always won. Having to go on an audition meant cleaning up, which is what usually put an end to the streak.”
After a Christmas visit with his family in the Midwest in 1990, Pitt threw a small holiday party. All the guys exchanged bottles of booze — “except for our host,” writes Priestley.
“Brad had returned from Missouri with a box of Bibles,” he writes. “There was one for each of us . . . Brad was so pleased with himself he could not stop smiling.”
Pitt, who had recently wrapped his role in “Thelma & Louise,” was carrying on a secret affair with co-star Geena Davis, Priestly writes.
OK. Interesting. This is a little bit closer to “Stars: Just Like Us!” (minus the showering thing) than most attempts in pop culture to actually do that conceit. I’m not sure why Jason Priestley is writing a book, per se, but at least these nuggets are moderately interesting.