BRAD Pitt’s body double in the legendary film Se7en has revealed for the first time how tensions boiled over on the set of his chilling ‘what’s in the box’ final scene.
The neo-noir classic was released nearly three decades ago in 1995 and helped transform pittnow 58, into one of the biggest movie stars in the world.
The Oscar-winning actor played a rookie detective who, with the help of a veteran partner brought to life by Morgan Freeman, tracks down a serial killer in a killing spree inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins.
Se7en’s star-studded cast also included Gwyneth Paltrow, who became Pitt’s girlfriend at the time and played his wife in the film, and now scandal Kevin Spacey.
The film culminates with a cliffhanger ending in the desert where Pitt’s character, Detective David Mills, is hit by a box containing the decapitated head of his murdered wife.
Speaking publicly for the first time ever, Pitt’s body double Richie Varga gave a behind-the-scenes look at the harsh conditions that helped create this unforgettable movie moment.
The 51-year-old also shared never-before-seen photos he took on set in Palmdale, a desert community north of Los Angeles.
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In an exclusive interview with The Sun, Richie said: “It took three months to shoot but I only brought my camera on the last day of the reshoots, for the last desert scene.
“It was shot from sunrise to sunset in extreme heat. I still have the roll call sheet for the day and it was 110 degrees.
“We were doing reshoots for the desert scene because the director, David Fincher, wasn’t happy with the scene.
“He was able to get more money to do reshoots and helicopter shots.
“He was really adamant about doing it and they finally got a budget, so they brought everyone back.
“Kevin Spacey couldn’t come, so they had to settle for his double, but Brad and Morgan Freeman were there.”
HAS LOST HIS COOL
Richie, who now works in real estate, revealed that in the sweltering heat Fincher – who went on to front other classics such as Fight Club and The Social Network – lost his temper.
He said: “The photo of David Fincher talking to Brad near the power lines was a very memorable moment as David fell for the crew.
“He was trying to talk to Brad to give him direction for a scene and everyone on set kept making noise.
“He was like ‘Please shut up’.
“No one listened so he said ‘Shut up, please’.
“Eventually people started making noise again, and he shouted ‘SHUT UP THE F*** UP!’ at the top of his lungs.
“I don’t blame him, he was trying to talk to his lead actor and finish the movie.
“He’s such a perfectionist that the reshoot took nine days.
“You can see in this photo of him with Brad how serious his mood is.”
After completing Se7en, Richie went on to voice for Brad once more – on a commercial that only aired in Japan – before eventually quitting the movie business.
Talking about their time working together on Se7en, Richie explained a prank the team played on Pitt when he was named the “sexiest man alive.”
He said: “Hanging out with Brad was really cool, he was totally friendly.
“We used to smoke cigarettes together, at the time he smoked and so did I.
“Brad didn’t come out as some kind of superstar, even though he was already huge.
“I saw people with much bigger egos than him when I worked on Beverly Hills 90210.
“I won’t name any names, but they were acting like they were the hottest thing and then there’s Brad, who really is the hottest thing, and he’s just so humble.
THE SEXIEST MAN ALIVE
“He was voted the sexiest man alive by People magazine while we were shooting the movie and the crew covered his name on his chair and instead of Brad Pitt they put the sexiest man of the world.
“When he saw it he blushed and said ‘Go ahead’.”
Recalling the last day of reshoots, Richie admitted he had been scared to take pictures earlier because people had been fired for trying to snap Brad and his new girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow.
The actress, now 49, rose to fame playing Brad’s wife in the film and cemented her stardom when she became his true love.
The couple dated for three years and even got engaged before splitting in 1997.
Richie said: “Brad and Gwyneth started their little romance, so everyone who took pictures on set got kicked out.
“But I thought it was the last day, what were they going to do, fire me?”