Brad Pitt vs. Vince Vaughn
by Steve Ryfle
In "Ocean's Eleven," Brad Pitt never stopped eating. In "Wedding Crashers," Vince Vaughn never stopped talking. Pitt is a tanned and sculpted Hollywood idol, long on screen presence but short on acting chops. Vaughn is a pasty and flabby everyman, adept at playing quick-witted types but not exactly pin-up material. Pitt visits poor children in Africa and talks about ecology. Vaughn coined the phrase, "You're so money."
One of them has been called the sexiest man alive. The other is described by adoring fans as "evil sexy," and like "a fresh loaf of pumpernickel rye straight from the oven and ready to be spread with full fat butter." One is hot; the other is smarmy and alluring. One is "Fight Club," the other is "Dodgeball." Enough said.
Other than fame, these two guys have only one apparent thing in common: they've both reached first base with Jennifer Aniston. They'll probably never compete with one another for roles, and you'll never mistake them for each other, but just for the record here's a side-by-side rundown of the current and former man of Aniston.
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Real name: William Bradley Pitt
Birthdate: December 18, 1963
Birthplace: Shawnee, OK
| ||Vince Vaughn|
Real name: Vince Anthony Vaughn
Birthdate: March 28, 1970
Birthplace: Minneapolis, MN
Origins: Before he was an actor, he studied advertising at the University of Missouri at Columbia's prestigious school of journalism. His ambition was to become an art director, but then he dropped out, just a few credits short of graduation, and drove to California in his Datsun, with $325 in his pocket.
Origins: Raised in the Chicago suburbs, he was an athletic kid until a back injury in high school derailed his sports career. He auditioned for a school play and won a leading role, and by age 18, he was appearing in a national ad campaign for Chevrolet.
| Breakthrough: Paid his dues, studying acting for six years and landing various small parts before he was cast as the thieving hitch-hiker in "Thelma and Louise" (1991). He wasn't director Ridley Scott's first choice for the part, but William Baldwin opted out to star in "Backdraft" instead. || |
Breakthrough: Steven Spielberg was so impressed with Vaughn's acting in "Swingers," he brought him out of the indie world and into big-budget wonderland, running from dinosaurs in "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" (1997).
|Past lives: In the early years, he slept on the floor in an apartment he shared with eight other guys, and supported himself through very unglamorous jobs like driving strippers to bachelor parties, selling cigarettes, delivering refrigerators, and dressing up in a chicken costume to promote a fast-food restaurant.|| ||Past lives: Moved to L.A. in 1989 and got parts on shows like "China Beach" and "21 Jump Street." He became buddies with fellow actor Jon Favreau, who was working on a script about a group of struggling actors trying to make time with the ladies, which became the indie phenom, "Swingers" (1996). |
|Loves: Has paired off offscreen with quite a few of his leading ladies: Gwyneth Paltrow, Juliette Lewis, Geena Davis, and of course, Angelina Jolie. || ||Loves: Best known among his former paramours are Joey Lauren Adams, Cameron Diaz, Anne Heche and Ashley Judd. |
|In good company: Doesn't seem to hang with a Hollywood posse, but he was twice a member of George Clooney's crew in the "Ocean" movies, and made a cameo in Clooney's directorial debut, "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind." || ||In good company: He's the ringleader of a celebrity clique, dubbed the "frat pack" by the press types, that includes Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Luke Wilson, Jack Black, and most anyone who was in "Old School."|| |
|Paycheck: Earned $20 million for "Mr. & Mrs. Smith."|| ||Paycheck: Was paid $12 million for forthcoming flick, "The Breakup."|
|Tab gab: The gay rumors used to be plentiful. A Vanity Fair writer once described Pitt as "exactly the kind of guy a girl could...discuss fabric swatches with." And those aren't the only rumors he's had to contend with. Fellow actor Aidan Quinn once described Pitt as "the king of flatulence."|| ||Tab gab: After a 2001 brawl in a Wilmington, North Carolina bar, Vaughn was arrested and a judge banned him from all taverns in the town. |
|Get serious: Just finished narrating a PBS miniseries on global health issues. In early 2005, he visited AIDS orphans in Ethiopia. He's turned in his gas-powered automobiles for hybrids. A few months ago, he and Bono founded the ONE, a global fundraising campaign against hunger and disease. || ||Get the joke: A perennial prankster, he's been known to kill time by calling psychic hotlines and posing as a chronic bed wetter looking for answers. He does Elvis impersonations and sings during interviews. On the set, he's the life of the party. |
|Jen says: In better days, the erstwhile Mrs. Pitt described the couple's connubial bliss thusly: "He can't get away with that shit (acting like the sexiest man alive) at home. He's not Brad Pitt. He's Brad, pick up your stuff. He's Brad, shut the door. He's my Brad." || ||Jen in the sack: When a shameless Brit reporter asked him, "What's it like to have sex with Jennifer Aniston?" Vaughn stumbled and fumbled for an answer. "There's nothing that can come out of talking about that stuff."|
|Quote: "You shouldn't speak until you know what you're talking about. That's why I get uncomfortable with interviews. Reporters ask me what I feel China should do about Tibet. Who cares what I think China should do? I'm a f---ing actor! They hand me a script. I act. I'm here for entertainment, basically, when you whittle everything away. I'm a grown man who puts on makeup."|| ||Quote: "I always thought the success of ("Swingers") came from an innocence that those guys weren't really that cool. And sadly it was based on me and Jon [Favreau]. We were surprised that the characters were seen as cool ... I think if there's any cool in it, it's the geekiness and awkwardness that people can relate to."|Syndicated Columnists
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