Grown Ups 2, a comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan and featuring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Rob Schneider, was released in 2013. Serving as a sequel to the original Grown Ups, the movie revolves around a group of childhood friends who reunite in their hometown. Interestingly, Sandler had a desire to have Brad Pitt join the cast.
The film showcases their amusing and at times absurd escapades as they navigate the trials of adulthood. Although Grown Ups 2 received mixed reviews from critics, it achieved box office success, appealing to audiences with its lighthearted humor, ensemble cast, and nostalgic exploration of friendship and family dynamics.
Why Did Brad Pitt Decline the Opportunity to Star in Grown Ups 2?
In 2013, Brad Pitt was considered for a role in the comedy film Grown Ups 2. Reports suggested that Pitt had shown interest in portraying a character who forms a close bond with the main cast. While the role didn't materialize, Pitt's enthusiasm for it was evident. Initially, Adam Sandler had envisioned Brad Pitt as the school teacher in Grown Ups 2. However, Pitt declined the offer, citing "scheduling conflicts" as the reason for his inability to take on the role.
Following Brad Pitt's rejection of the school teacher role in Grown Ups 2, the part was ultimately given to Nick Swardson, known for his appearances in films like Grandma's Boy and The Hangover. Swardson's portrayal received positive reviews, earning praise from both critics and audiences for his comedic performance in the movie.
Despite not being a part of Grown Ups 2, Brad Pitt continues to express his admiration for the franchise. In a 2016 interview, Pitt revealed his interest in potentially joining a third installment of the series if the opportunity were to arise. This statement indicated his willingness to participate in the comedic ensemble should the chance ever present itself.
Brad Pitt's Enduring Affection for Comedies
Brad Pitt, a highly esteemed and versatile actor in Hollywood, has demonstrated his range by starring in various film genres, including comedy. With his innate comedic timing and charm, he has delivered remarkable performances in humorous roles.
In the star-studded heist film Ocean's Eleven, Brad Pitt's performance as Rusty Ryan, a skilled and witty con artist, added a delightful and humorous dynamic to the story. Additionally, in the dark comedy Burn After Reading by the Coen brothers, Pitt portrays Chad Feldheimer, a quirky and clueless gym employee who becomes entangled in a convoluted blackmail scheme, bringing eccentricity and comedic flair to the character.
Although primarily recognized as a war drama, Pitt's portrayal of Lt. Aldo Raine in Inglourious Basterds infused the film with his trademark wit and charm, skillfully balancing intense moments with comedic interludes. Furthermore, in the action-comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith, the actor displayed great chemistry with Angelina Jolie as they played a married couple who discover each other's secret identities as assassins, resulting in hilarious and explosive situations.