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Brad Pitt Was Offered Neo In The Matrix But He "Took The Red Pill"

Brad Pitt could have been The One, but turned the role down, so it went to Keanu.
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Brad Pitt recently gave us a taste of his fighting skills when he came toe-to-toe with Bruce Lee (not the real one, obviously) in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. But if his career had gone a little differently, we could have seen him slapping around Hugo Weaving with some newly-learnt martial arts.

That's because before Keanu Reeves was offered the part of Neo in The Matrix, the role was first put to Pitt, but he turned it down.

This isn't actually a new revelation, as The Matrix producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura revealed last year that Pitt was one of several options they considered for the part—the list included Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio and even Sandra Bullock in a gender-flipped role, too—but this is the first time Pitt has commented on the casting.

During a talk at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, where he received the Maltin Modern Master Award, the actor said: "I'll give you one, only one, because I really believe it was never mine.


"It's not mine. It's someone else's and they go and make it. I really do believe in that. I really do. But I did pass on The Matrix. I took the red pill.

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All we can hope is that, at some point, the version of the Matrix that we live in glitches and we get to see the alternative reality in which Brad does don The One's leather jacket.

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