Brad Pitt blends politics and crime in ‘Killing Them Softly’

Brad Pitt has made his Cannes debut with his new movie Killing Them Softly — and he’s already making waves with both the right and the left. He produced the movie and is also its star as an enforcer named Jackie Cogan. The film is set during the 2008 presidential election and features clips from President Barack Obama talking about reforms that he promised, but never came about.

In the movie, Brad’s character says, “America’s not a country. It’s a business.”

At a press conference for the film, Pitt commented that the movie wasn’t a criticism for Obama, but said that he wasn’t happy that the president didn’t punish those responsible for the collapse in the mortgage industry. Pitt said, “It was criminal, by the way, and there still haven’t been any criminal repercussions for that.”

The movie’s director Peter Dominick said, “I always feel that crime films are about capitalism because it is a genre where it is perfectly acceptable for all the characters to be motivated by the desire for money. In some ways, the crime film is the most honest American film because it portrays Americans as I experience a lot of them, in Hollywood, as being very concerned with money.”

Update: in a rare sort-of-cross-posting coincidence, we have more on this story at earsucker. Stephen VanDyke has a fun hypothetical exercise to copy Pitt’s marriage “answer” and see how that works out for ya.

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