The first time I saw Michael Pitt onscreen was in Dawsonís Creek as the shy and sweet Henry, boyfriend to sexually promiscuous Jen (Michelle Williams). Now, not being one who likes to watch shows, I donít usually feel compelled to keep on watching, but I couldnít help but feel captivated by his presence. He wasnít particularly attractive and his character was far from interesting, but his innocent aura seemed to hide a raw sensuality that we only got to see a few years later in The Dreamers. Simply put, I was hooked, and found myself following the cinematic career of this enigmatic actor.
We saw him as a faux Kurt Cobain in Last Days, a forlorn lover in Silk, and a clean-cut soft spoken psychopath in Funny Games. His roles, like himself, are always complex, but that seem to flaunt a disarming innocence combined with the strangest deviances. Lately, you may have seen not only onscreen, but even onstage with his band Pagoda.
Although right now, heís currently in Rome promoting Silk with Keira Knightley. This is Pittís first film as the leading man. Critics sustain that his performance is too weak, although having seen the film, the only weak parts I noticed were the scenes with Knightley. Thereís no chemistry between the two actors, rendering their roles as lovers not as believable.
The first time I call Pitt, his mobile is off, leaving me with a strange remix before reaching his voicemail. After the third attempt, he responds. Pitt is someone who speaks in monosyllables, some claim itís a characteristic of his very apparent shyness.
Your character in Silk, Herve, travels to the other side of the globe for the most precious item. For what reason would you travel so far for?
For truth. (pause) For love. (a longer pause) Isnít that enough?
Is it true that you decided to become an actor at nine years old while lying on the couch during therapy?
What were you doing in therapy at such a young age?
Itís too personal. I donít want to answer.
Youíre both a musician and an actor, but if you had to choose between the two which would you choose?
Iíd become a writer. (pause) Iíve shocked you, right?
Not really. So, what exactly do you write?
Poems, short stories, diary entries.
Are you ever going to publish any of your works?
Iím finishing up a novel that Iím hoping to publish very soon.
Initially, because your surname, everyone linked you to Brad Pitt. Did you ever think of changing it to distinguish yourself?
I thought about it when I first started out in this business. I wanted to use my motherís maiden name, Di Maio, Iím half Italian.
What part of Italy?
Iím not sure because my grandpa wasnít really eloquent. He didnít like to talk about his past. But Iíve been thinking about doing some research on him. I love Italy and the fact that Iím half Italian, thatís why I come to Italy so often.