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Brad Pitt: 'Killing Them Softly is a message about the modern world'

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Brad Pitt has insisted that his new gangster film Killing Them Softly carries an important message about the world economy.

Pitt stars in director Andrew Dominik's film as a hitman tasked with investigating a heist at a high-stakes mafia poker game.

Brad Pitt in Killing them Softly


The actor has now explained that Killing Them Softly uses the gangster movie genre to reflect on real-life economic disparity taking place across the globe.

"We were certainly at the apex of the mortgage loans debacle, people were losing homes right and left [when I read the script]. It was at the forefront of the newspapers, as the economy still is," Pitt said, reports Flicks and Bits.

He went on to say: "This commentary and the way it's done in this film where you believe you're watching a gangster film, or I felt like I was reading a gangster film, and then it wasn't until the end when it coalesced for me as far as maybe what direction the film is pointing to overall.

"That this microcosm actually was saying something about the greater, the macro world."

'Killing Them Softly' poster


Pitt previously told Digital Spy that he sees parallels between the mob world of Killing Them Softly and the real-life US political scene.

"[My character's] trying to deal with the perception of what's wrong, and not necessarily what's wrong," he said.

"I find that very troublesome, actually, that this doesn't seem to be a problem [in our country], that we're not really getting to the heart of issues. We're so divided, and so much about 'winner take all'."

Killing Them Softly is now playing in the UK and opens in the US on November 30. Watch a clip below:

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