British tabloid gossip just hits differently. Sometimes in the out-and-out “Is this even legal print?” way, but other times it’s just delightful bizarre. Take for example, The Sun‘s recent report that Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, two of Hollywood’s most legendary leading men and co-stars in this weekend’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, have struck up a friendship that goes beyond their time and set directly to the pottery wheel. According to the item, Pitt and DiCaprio have had a string of “boys’ nights” that apparently center on arts and crafts.
“Brad’s got his own sculpting studio at his house and Leo loves coming over to use it,” says their source. “They sometimes hang out with Brad’s artist pals, but other times it’s just the two of them.”
“Leo brings sandwiches over from their favorite place, Fat Sal’s, and they spend their boys’ nights creating art until the early hours.”
Move over cracking open a cold one with the boys, because apparently sculpting a sleek one with the boys is in now.
The news (or fantasy situation, whichever it may be) is not entirely out of nowhere. It’s well known now that Pitt has taken up a hobby of sculpting and pottery ever since his divorce (we even know that he likes to listen to Frank Ocean while doing so). Pitt himself first revealed that he got into sculpture through his friend, the artist Thomas Houseago, in a particularly candid GQ Style interview. Houseago, in turn, also confirmed the story in an interview with W.
“Brad is really interested in art, architecture, sculpture, and design,” the artist said. “So it didn’t seem odd that he wanted to spend time around the studio. Any human who talks to you when you are working on a pile of clay will eventually ask to try it. And you say, ‘Feel free!’ It really is something Freudian.”
So the “Brad Pitt likes to sculpt and make pottery” portion of the item makes total sense, but how did DiCaprio get involved in all of this? He’s been spotted on the Art Basel Miami Beach circuit before and maintains an art collection, but he’s never struck us a hands-on artsy kind of guy. Then again, apparently no one is excluded from wanting to try out working on a pile of clay when the opportunity presents it self. It really is something Freudian, after all.
Pottery, in particular, does however mesh with one of DiCaprio’s well-known passions: the environment. Clay comes directly from the earth, after all. It’s completely natural. Pottery is made from a renewable resource, and is designed for more longterm use than other materials. While there’s some sustainability concerns about the amount of energy it takes to heat a kiln, it’s still less than the amount to create glass. Just as long as you’re using non-toxic glazes, you’re pretty green.
Though, Pitt and (allegedly) DiCaprio aren’t the only celebrities to have recently discovered the joys of pottery. Spider-Man: Homecoming star Laura Harrier took us on a tour of pottery studio. Model Lindsey Wixon has retired from the runway with plans to focus on her pottery instead. Even Seth Rogen has taking an interest into firing up some pots in the kiln. Big Little Lies star Shailene Woodley is also a longterm fan of working with clay.
Though, while Harrier, Wixon and Rogen have shown off their wares publicly, we’re not sure if we’ll ever see DiCaprio and Pitt’s pinch pots. The Sun‘s source says that “Some of the pieces could even get on the market,” Houseago’s partner Muna El Fituri wasn’t so sure if Pitt, himself, would ever rush to display his works .“What really started to bother me was the paparazzi’s insistence to sneak in and discover Brad’s work,” she said. “An artist gets to show his work when he’s ready.”