As Seen In: Killing Them Softly (2012)
There are just two scenes in Killing Them Softly that Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini share, reuniting the men two decades after they first worked together on True Romance. The weariness undercutting their banter speaks volumes about the actors, how they've grown, and how crime movies have changed since the caffeinated '90s. Killing Them Softly is a bitter, sad film, and nothing gets at this quite like the second scene between Pitt's Jackie and Gandolfini's Mickey.
Jackie's flown Mickey down to New Orleans to take care of something. In other words, to kill someone. Mickey's tired. He holes up in his hotel room, drinking and fucking prostitutes, and when Jackie shows up to see what's what, all Mickey wants to do is reminisce. He's become the kind of aging gangster Tony Soprano would've grown impatient with. "Leave me alone," he says to Jackie. Jackie explain that he's got a guy who will take Mickey to do the job. "No, I can't go out," Mickey says, defeated, but with a sliver of a smile, the closest he can come to asking for sympathy. It breaks your fucking heart. —RS