In Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Brad Pitt plays a boozy Hollywood stuntman with a very checkered past.
And it sounds as though the role wasn't much of a stretch for Hollywood's favorite leading man.
In fact, with the exceptions of their time periods, professions, and tax brackets, the lives of Cliff Booth and William Bradley Pitt really aren't all that different.
Back in 2017, Pitt revealed that he had gotten sober after decades of struggling with alcoholism.
The move came after his split from Angelina Jolie, a development that led the 55-year-old to reflect on past mistakes and consider ways in which he might be a better father fo his six children going forward.
Pitt recently sat down with Anthony Hopkins for a candid conversation, the transcript of which is published in the new issue of Interview magazine.
The discussion might constitute the most candid interview of either actor's career, as both speak bluntly about their past battles with substance abuse.
"I look at it, and I think, 'What a great blessing that was, because it was painful,'" Hopkins said.
"I did some bad things. But it was all for a reason, in a way. And it's strange to look back and think, 'God, I did all those things?' But it's like there's an inner voice that says, 'It's over. Done. Move on.'"
"Well, I just saw it as a disservice to myself, as an escape," Brad remarked, seemingly referring to his own alcoholism.
Pitt went on to confess that he's still "wrestling" with self-blame for his past mistakes, but feels that there are lessons to be learned from the mayhem he created.
"I'm realizing, as a real act of forgiveness for myself for all the choices that I've made that I'm not proud of, that I value those missteps," he told Hopkins.
"Because they led to some wisdom, which led to something else. You can't have one without the other," he added.
"I see it as something I'm just now getting my arms around at this time in my life. But I certainly don't feel like I can take credit for any of it."
Interviews such as this one notwithstanding, Brad is usually a pretty private person.
So unless he decides to publish a confessional memoir later in life, we'll probably never find out about the worst behavior of his drinking days.
And that's okay.
Fortunately, Pitt realizes that by sharing parts of his story, he might be able to offer an example to another struggling addict -- or at least help one feel a little less alone.