Becoming ... Brad Pitt

How did this midwestern boy top Hollywood's A-list? See the defining moments in Brad Pitt's path to super-stardom. By Lucy Maher


Pitt's role in the violent 1999 thriller Fight Club was a risky one. The film was released just five months after the Columbine shootings and amid Congressional calls for laws regulating violence in entertainment. Indeed, the public did not have the stomach for the film's gory fight scenes: It had a $63 million budget and grossed only $37 million.