For a number of years, he was cited as the world's most attractive man by various media outlets, and his personal life is the subject of wide publicity.Divorced from actress Jennifer Aniston after five years of marriage, he married actress Angelina Jolie in 2014.He spent six months sword training before the filming of Troy, based on the Iliad.In 2005, Pitt starred in the Doug Liman-directed action comedy Mr. Smith, in which a bored married couple discover that each is an assassin sent to kill the other.The film received a positive reception from critics, with The Guardian calling it "a tightly wound, slickly plotted spy comedy", He was later cast as Benjamin Button, the lead in David Fincher's 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, a loosely adapted version of a 1921 short story by F. The story follows a man who is born an octogenarian and ages in reverse, In a performance that attracted strong praise, he portrayed the Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane in the drama Moneyball, which is based on the 2003 book of the same name written by Michael Lewis.In 2015, Pitt starred opposite his wife, Jolie, in her third directorial effort, By the Sea, a romantic drama about a marriage in crisis, based on her screenplay. Pitt's next role came with the biographical comedy-drama The Big Short, which he also produced. It went on to gross over 2 million worldwide The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, earning Pitt his third Academy Award nomination as producer.
His first leading roles in big-budget productions came with the drama films A River Runs Through It (1992) and Legends of the Fall (1994), and horror film Interview with the Vampire (1994).
Following the success of Seven, Pitt took a supporting role as Jeffrey Goines in Terry Gilliam's 1995 science-fiction film 12 Monkeys.
The movie received predominantly positive reviews, with Pitt praised in particular.
He gave critically acclaimed performances in the crime thriller Seven and the science fiction film 12 Monkeys (both 1995), the latter earning him a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor and an Academy Award nomination.
Pitt starred in the cult film Fight Club (1999) and the heist film Ocean's Eleven (2001) and its sequels, Ocean's Twelve (2004) and Ocean's Thirteen (2007). Pitt received his second and third Academy Award nominations for his leading performances in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) and Moneyball (2011).