"We do naturally have a lot of the same tastes and interests," says Brad Pitt

By Jodi Guglielmi
November 30, 2015 05:30 PM
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Brad Pitt and George Clooney may be close friends, but when it comes to square off.

Both Pitt, 51, and Clooney, 54, own film production companies and often find themselves bidding against each other for the rights to books they want to adapt for the big screen. In fact, Pitt recently beat out Clooney to produce his latest film The Big Short and for the rights to make Law of the Jungle.

“In all fairness, he outbid me on Argo,” Pitt, 51, said to defend his recent winning streak while talking to Vulture.

And Pitt said he understands why they find themselves going up against each other so often.

“It can get competitive,” he said. “We do naturally have a lot of the same tastes and interests.”

But the Fury actor does admit that he had a bit of an advantage when it came time to bid for The Big Short – he had worked with the author of the book before.

“I think maybe we got the upper hand at auction because Michael Lewis and I got tight on Moneyball,” he said.

Michael Lewis is the author of both The Big Short and Moneyball, which starred Pitt in 2011.

But despite having Pitt’s production company leading The Big Short, the actor said he still struggled to get studios interested in making the film due to the “complicated material” that the film focuses on, as it tackles the 2008 stock-market collapse. He revealed that in order to make sure that the film received funding, he had to take a supporting role.

“They need some guarantee with marquee,” he explained. “So often I jump in and take a part first because I love the project, and I gotta get in to make sure it gets made.”

The project quickly proved to be well worth the money as an all-star list of actors started signing on to the project.

“When Steve Carell and Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling all jump in, I think it is a testament to the subject matter, and the story,” said Pitt.

The Big Short (out Dec. 25) tells the true story of a group of outsiders who see the 2008 real-estate crash coming, and when they bet against it, they win big.