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I first watched this movie with my mom right after her dad died, and we sobbed the entire way through, both of us finding our own connections to the story of a beloved father Hopkins leaving his daughter Claire Forlani behind as she, uh … well, as she falls in love with the Grim Reaper. Much like The OA , this movie is embarrassing to describe out loud. To this day, even the first few notes of the sweeping score bring me to tears. But Meet Joe Black is not for everyone. It requires a suspension of cynicism to let yourself get caught up in a three-hour film about Anthony Hopkins coming to terms with his mortality while his mortality sits next to him at dinner.

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‘Meet Joe Black’ Goes Viral After 21 Years Thanks to Brad Pitt’s Insane Car Accident Scene

I first watched this movie with my mom right after her dad died, and we sobbed the entire way through, both of us finding our own connections to the story of a beloved father Hopkins leaving his daughter Claire Forlani behind as she, uh … well, as she falls in love with the Grim Reaper. Much like The OA , this movie is embarrassing to describe out loud. To this day, even the first few notes of the sweeping score bring me to tears. But Meet Joe Black is not for everyone. It requires a suspension of cynicism to let yourself get caught up in a three-hour film about Anthony Hopkins coming to terms with his mortality while his mortality sits next to him at dinner.

It also requires a real suspension of disbelief to watch Brad Pitt pretend to be a virgin. However, if you do fall for its weird charms, you will be rewarded with several scenes of Brad Pitt eating peanut butter in a way that can only be described as pornographic, and a sex scene wherein Brad Pitt — remember, a virgin! The movie popped back into public discussion on Twitter last week, via an out-of-context clip of Brad flirting with Claire before abruptly being hit by two cars at once and dying a horrible, violent death.

This scene is something of a litmus test: If you cannot accept Brad Pitt at his being hit by two cars at once, you do not deserve him at his oral sex with peanut butter. If you can acknowledge its shortcomings but accept its general premise, you will emerge three hours later extremely sad and horny. Are you familiar with the fact that this scene is going viral online again? Hooker : No. I was part of the team that created it. A lot of people were important to it.

Do you remember the call? It might have come from Brad Pitt. I was doing another film at the time called Red Corner with Richard Gere, so there was so much going on. Devine : It was a little dramatic. We got the call [from the team], and they told us what they needed, and because of the deadline, we were on the red-eye that night to New York after giving our bid that same day. Do you remember the first time the car scene was described to you?

What did you think? Hooker : After a conversation with Martin Brest and the DP and everybody, it was clear they actually wanted to do the car-accident scene with a real stunt man. I definitely knew we could do it. We just needed the time. So Scott Wilder and I had to come up with a plan. So what happened? Devine : Body casting involves using plaster bandages and different rubbers and materials.

We made a plaster-bandage mold of his body and shipped it back here and cast three bodies of Brad, using that. How did you make the plaster mold? Was he naked? Devine : No. We did it in a hotel. We laid down plastic. Devine : Yes, but he was wearing a unitard.

We had a stand so he could hold his arms out to help support himself. When we did the front, he did his, uh, personal area, and [my colleagues] were laughing, because I had to do the backside. How do we re-create his body? I looked again. I opened it up, and sure enough, somebody had shot him from a building into another building; you could see him through a window with the curtains drawn enough.

A couple of front and back shots, but nothing … it was a little hidden. I bought the magazine and brought it back, and it was our backup. Though the mold got here fine. Okay, so walk me through shooting the effect itself. Hooker : The problem was that Marty wanted to shoot this, the hit on Brad Pitt, in one angle — with the camera never moving, never panning, no edits, no anything.

The car comes in, hits him, he flies through the air, hits another car, goes off the back — and this all has to happen without the camera moving. So we created an endless cable rig. The van that hits Brad Pitt has a cable attached to the front of it. It goes down to 25, 30 yards, through a pulley. The cable goes through that pulley, over the other lane, through another pulley, then hooks on the back of the taxi cab.

Now, on the front of the taxi cab, that cable is hooked again, and goes to another pulley, which goes around the pulley. Then there goes another pulley, attaches to the back of the van. We had to find out how far Brad Pitt could fly, how high he could go without leaving the frame, how far he could travel before he hit the cab without going out of frame. We rigged the body with bungee cord, so instead of looking like a click-clack robot, it reacts like bodies react.

And they had to put a new windshield on the taxi every time. Pretty close call. Hooker : I had a brilliant idea. Nobody wanted to use CGI.

In the first storyboard I sent you, the top of the page, you see where the blue van hits Brad Pitt? I took a huge piece of foam, and they carved out the front of this van exactly to scale, and we painted it blue, and then we put it on a dolly grip, brought it back, and they laid down some dolly track.

Brad Pitt, the real one, is standing there, and we run this big piece of foam that looks like the front of the van and hit Brad Pitt. In real life. We ran as fast as the grips could go and hit him as hard as we could. We get a print of the shot, and when we go to shoot it, and we take the dummy, and we place this dummy in the exact position Brad Pitt was in when this thing smacked him. Devine : Well, they did use computer graphics. But the effect was almost entirely practical. ILM got the credit because they charged more money to fix the suitcases.

Did Brad enjoy getting hit by the fake van foam? How did he react? Hooker : He was loving it. He was doing his acting thing. He took one more look back to see if the girl was there, he turned, you hear the honk. And that was it! Hooker : It blew everybody out. People freaked out. What if one of those old people had a heart attack or something? What was it like to work with Brad? Was he fun? And it looked exactly like Brad Pitt. It was bizarre.

It was too real. It looked like a dead Brad Pitt. And have them come over to the dressing room. Devine : He was great to work with. Real professional, aside from the joke about his butt.

How attractive is he in person? He was just a regular dude. I really appreciated that. He was willing to do whatever we asked him to do. Do you remember any other fun stories from the set, perhaps involving Brad Pitt? Devine : On the dummies, there were these durable silicone heads with wigs and hair and eyebrows and fake eyeballs. After maybe 20 takes, one eyeball popped out. When I saw it later on video, I noticed that something followed him after he went off, followed the arc of his bounce.

And I zoomed in and slowed it — and it was that eyeball. And that was the actual take they used. If you look at the film, you can see his eyeball rolling offscreen. Already a subscriber?

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Nevertheless, in the year , Meet Joe Black is, improbably, having a moment again. Specifically, a minute-and-a-half-long clip from the movie has been making the rounds on Twitter since it was posted Thursday. Pitt steps into the street against the light—reckless!

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How Brad Pitt’s death scene went viral

In the years since, she has also found her voice, speaking out about her brush with Harvey Weinstein, how the gender pay gap affects her — and just how many mints she and Pitt went through to film their big love scene. The actor, then 26, played the lead in the romantic drama Meet Joe Black opposite a very charming, very blond Brad Pitt, who was arguably at the height of his fame. Yet things have come full circle for Forlani, as the year-old finds herself starring in Five Feet Apart , a film about a girl who cannot be with the boy she loves. This time though, she plays the mother of one of the star-crossed lovers. You were born and raised in England and your husband was born and raised in Scotland [the couple has homes in London and LA]. Yet both of you imitate the American accent really well in your films. Do either of you need to practice or is it second nature now? In your new film Five Feet Apart, the lead characters are required to stay that distance from each other at all times. If you had to stay five feet away from your loved ones, what would you miss most? There are lots of hugs and kisses and snuggling.

What happened to Claire Forlani?

Each turns around periodically to look back longingly, but neither does so when the other is similarly paused. Claire turns the corner. Brad pauses in the middle of the street. He avoids one car, another hits him and a third bashes him about like a big, blonde ragdoll.

Claire Antonia Forlani born 17 December [1] is an English actress. She became known in the mids for her leading role in the film Mallrats , and in the Jean-Michel Basquiat biopic Basquiat.

It was the second pairing of Hopkins and Pitt after their film Legends of the Fall. The film received mixed reviews from critics. Billionaire media mogul Bill Parrish is considering a merger between his company and another media giant and is about to celebrate his 65th birthday with an elaborate party planned by his eldest daughter, Allison.

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