Watch: Brad Pitt Explains Wearing a Skirt on Berlin Red Carpet

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Tuesday August 2, 2022

Brad Pitt at the "Bullet Train" premiere in Berlin, July 19.
Brad Pitt at the "Bullet Train" premiere in Berlin, July 19.  (Source:Markus Schreiber/AP)

Brad Pitt turned heads and made headlines when he wore a skirt on the red carpet for the Berlin premiere of his new action movie "Bullet Train" last month. He gave an explanation for the bold fashion statement during another red carpet premiere for the movie in Los Angeles.

Was it a statement on global warming and the heat wave that recently engulfed Europe? A gesture of support for drag performers, who have been under attack for Drag Storytime Hours in anti-LGBTQ+ states? A demonstration of what a man secure in his own sexuality and gender identity will wear just because he feels like it?

Pitt's explanation was none of those things. Instead, speaking to Variety's Marc Malkin, he declared, "I don't know! We're all going to die, so let's mess it up."

If Pitt's ensemble was a "mess," then it was a sizzling mess for a scorching day. UK news site the Daily Mail recounted that Pitt showed up for the Berlin premiere attired in "a salmon pink button-up" paired with "a light brown cardigan and accessorized with a cluster of layered pendant necklaces" as well as stylish sunglasses.

Pitt "finished the look off with some black combat boots showing off the tattoos on his sculpted calves," the Daily Mail added.

As previously reported at EDGE, Pitt's fashion choice for the July 19 event in Berlin was made with designer Haans Nicholas Mott, "who created Pitt's fit," and who emailed GQ magazine "that he loves 'working with mr pitt because he has a clear sense of how he wants to be in the world and we make work in that space, i.e. mr pitt proposing an espresso linen skirt to go with the linen jacket.'"

Whatever his attire, Pitt has inspired thirst in audiences for three decades, starting with his 1991 turn in "Thelma and Louise." At least one fan on social media found the look a sip of cool water on a hot summer day.

Malkin and Pitt discussed the stunt work in "Bullet Train," as well as whether Pitt might appear in the upcoming miniseries adaptation of "Interview with the Vampire." Pitt starred in the 1994 movie version.

"No, I didn't even know there was one," Pitt replied. "Great! Good for them," the 58-year-old actor added.

Watch a clip of the interview below.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.