Brad Pitt, who will produce and star in an upcoming movie about Formula 1, is under fire for snubbing one of the sport’s most beloved commentators.
The “Bullet Train” actor, 58, gave Sky Sports pundit Martin Brundle the cold shoulder on the starting grid at the US Grand Prix on Sunday.
The British journalist, known for his star-studded, pre-race grid walks, attempted to speak with Pitt while live on-air.
Brundle, 63, inquired about his upcoming F1 project, which Lewis Hamilton is co-producing, before asking whether he had enjoyed the race weekend in Austin, Texas.
“Thank you, man,” Pitt simply replied, before brushing past Brundle.
“Obviously they’re known as Pitt stops, if they don’t want you to talk to Brad Pitt,” the longtime F1 reporter quipped.
Fans of the sport weren’t pleased that Pitt had spent three days conducting movie research with team bosses and drivers alike, but seemingly didn’t realize who Brundle was.
“Brad Pitt making a movie about F1 but not knowing who the voice of the sport Martin Brundle is,” journalist Omid Scobie tweeted about the incident.
“Brad Pitt.. the man starring in an F1 film won’t even stop for 30 seconds to speak to Martin Brundle… if you don’t wanna be interviewed, get off the grid and make way for people who do,” another person chimed in.
A third fan wrote, “Not sure I understand the logic of Brad Pitt not wanting to spend just a moment to talk to Martin Brundle during the grid walk. I mean, this is his moment to connect with those F1 fans that would see his F1 movie.”
This isn’t the first time an celebrity has snubbed the presenter. “Bridgerton” star Simone Ashley and “Euphoria” actor Jacob Elordi turned their backs on him in Monaco earlier this year, and he’s previously had awkward interactions with rapper Megan Thee Stallion, and tennis champ Venus Williams.
Earlier in the weekend, Pitt was seen schmoozing with F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali and Circuit of the Americas chairman Bobby Epstein as they discussed filming his upcoming movie during real race weekends in 2023.
Several sources told Page Six the actor was friendly and spoke to members of each team as he visited almost every garage on the grid.
On Friday, he had lunch with Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, Apple CEO Tim Cook and musician Pharrell Williams. The following day he sat down for a traditional Texas BBQ lunch with the Williams Racing boss, Jost Capito, and Wyclef Jean.
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