You had one job: Brad Pitt says he’s forgotten the first rule of ‘Fight Club’

He also turned down a role in 'The Matrix'.

Brad Pitt has forgotten the first rule of Fight Club, he jokingly revealed at an awards ceremony.

Pitt was picking up the Maltin Modern Master Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented to him by acclaimed director David Fincher.

During his acceptance speech, Pitt spoke of how ageing has changed his attitude to many things in the film industry, and even led him to forget the most important rule of all.


“It’s things like this and nights like these that tell me that I’m old,” the actor said while accepting the award. “I’ve been around a while and I’ve been doing this for a bit. I can’t stand night shoots anymore, and I’ll gladly hand a stunt over to a stunt man. I no longer remember the first rule of Fight Club.

“But it’s also nights like this where I get to look back and I feel really, really blessed. I feel so fortunate to all the amazing people I’ve been able to work with who have taught me so much and who’ve touched my life. I just feel really blessed to be here and I feel grateful for this.”

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Edward Norton and Brad Pitt in ‘Fight Club’. Credit: 20th Century Fox

During an interview at the event, Pitt also revealed that he passed up the opportunity to appear in sci-fi classic The Matrix.

“I did pass on The Matrix,” he revealed. I took the red pill. That’s the only one I’m naming. I wasn’t offered two or three. Only the first one, just to clarify that.”


In other news, Shania Twain recently humorously responded after a Twitter user pointed out that, just maybe, Brad Pitt has spent his whole career trying to impress the singer.

Radiohead singer Thom Yorke also revealed in 2018 that he nearly wrote the score for the soundtrack to Fight Club, but turned it down after the exhaustion of making his band’s seminal 1997 LP ‘OK Computer’.