Brad Pitt turned heads by ditching the conventional suit and tie for a gender-neutral look while appearing at the premiere of his new action film, Bullet Train.
His explanation for his manner of dress, so to speak, at Berlin’s Zoo Palast theater on Tuesday was pure Brad.
With the intense summer heat wave battering across Europe and other parts of the world, the 58-year-old Academy Award winner opted for coolness in a brown linen outfit comprised of a knee-length kilt, matching jacket, and a salmon shirt left open just below the neckline to reveal a pair of low-hanging pendants.
Intrigued by Pitt's decision to reveal his tattooed man legs–extensions of which were cut off by the tops of his boots–a reporter on the scene had one question for the actor.
"What is the reason for you to choose a kilt tonight?" asked the reporter, to which Pitt said without hesitation:
Social media users had plenty to say about the Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood star going for the Scottish attire.
\u201cAt the Berlin premiere of "Bullet Train," Brad Pitt beats the heat by wearing a kilt.\u201d— AP Entertainment (@AP Entertainment) 1658268240
\u201c@APEntertainment Let the wind blow! \ud83e\udd29\u201d— AP Entertainment (@AP Entertainment) 1658268240
\u201c@Independent Women have full access to all male clothes, and it's totally accepted, It's about time men had same choice without being labelled a transvestite. Equality is a wonderful thing.\u201d— The Independent (@The Independent) 1658389089
\u201c@trashfitpics He looks like he's in the Irish matrix\u201d— trash fit pics (@trash fit pics) 1658411534
Cynics begged to differ about all the kilt hubbub.
\u201c@APEntertainment I couldn\u2019t see any pleats! No pleats it\u2019s just a skirt!\u201d— AP Entertainment (@AP Entertainment) 1658268240
\u201c@etalkCTV For those that don't know: This is a kilt, and that is a skirt.\u201d— Etalk (@Etalk) 1658335948
\u201c@etalkCTV DAMN....\nSorry not so fashionable to me...\nI say bring back parachute pants before Skirts that now identify as Kilts!!!!!\n\ud83d\ude43\ud83d\ude43\ud83d\ude43\ud83d\ude43\ud83d\ude43\ud83d\ude43\ud83d\ude43\ud83d\ude43\ud83d\ude43\ud83d\ude43\ud83d\ude43\ud83d\ude43\ud83d\ude43\ud83d\ude43\ud83d\ude43\u201d— Etalk (@Etalk) 1658335948
Regardless of the bitterness targeting his fashion statement, a strong majority approved.
\u201c@etalkCTV Brad can wear whatever he wants when he comes over to my house! LOL!\u201d— Etalk (@Etalk) 1658335948
\u201c@etalkCTV He can wear a burlap potato sack & make it awesome. Hot friggin legs too! (BTW I love you Brad)\u201d— Etalk (@Etalk) 1658335948
\u201c@etalkCTV He looks amazing in whatever he's wearing. That's the point, the man is almost 60, looks 40 and is still steaming hot.\u201d— Etalk (@Etalk) 1658335948
\u201c@etalkCTV I think he looks so freakin\u2019 hot bc he has the cajones to go there\u2026am I surprised at my reaction to this? perhaps, yet daaaaaaaa-yum, he looks fanTAStic. Brad Pitt has found himself and is loving his life and I am SO glad for him!\n\n#BradIsRockingHisSkirt\u201d— Etalk (@Etalk) 1658335948
Pitt addressed his fashion sense before in a 2021 interview with Esquire in which he called his preferred style the “no-style style.”
“I like monochrome, without it being a uniform,” he told his interviewer Jonathan Evans.
“I like simplicity. I like the details in the stitching, the way it feels. If anything, that’s the only divining rod I have.”
Regarding his personal look ruled by his lifestyle dictating the aesthetic, he said, “It’s led by comfort.”
“I like the feel of a Lecia camera or the way a watch feels. I don’t want to look ostentatious, but if you come close, you notice."
"I like how the lining feels. It’s those details that are important to me. It’s too exhausting to follow trends."
"And I despise billboards; I just don’t want to be billboard.”
Bullet Train is about a retired assassin who gets called back into action to retrieve a suitcase from onboard Japan's titular Shinkansen train, only to find out other assassins have been tasked for the same covert mission.
The action comedy also stars Sandra Bullock, Bad Bunny, Joey King, Hiroyuki Sanada, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Logan Lerman, Brian Tyree Henry, Zazie Beetz, and Michael Shannon.
You can watch the trailer here.
BULLET TRAIN - Official Trailer 2 (HD) youtu.be
The film, based on the 2010 Japanese novel Maria Beetle (published in English as Bullet Train) by Kōtarō Isakae, is set to open domestically in theaters on August 5.