Brad Pitt Lost Out On 'Cheers' Role Because He "Wasn't Funny"

The actor has been "funny since"

Brad Pitt proved his comedic credentials in Burn After Reading, but a casting director has just revealed that the actor missed out on a role in Cheers because he "wasn't funny".

Emmy-winning casting director Jeff Greenberg - who's casting credits include Modern Family and Ugly Betty - has recalled Pitt's audition for a guest role on the classic NBC sitcom back in the '80s.

"My only note was, 'Not funny.' For the part he wasn't funny - he's been funny since," Greenberg told Entertainment Weekly.

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Greenberg - who gave an early guest role to Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown in Modern Family - also admitted he turned down The Americans actress Keri Russell for the role of Model No. 1 in '90s cult TV series My So-Called Life.

"But in my casting notes, I wrote, 'Star to be,'" he added. "I tracked her career and observed what was inevitable. It was that apparent."

Meanwhile, Pitt has been busy promoting Animal Kingdom director David Michôd's dark comedy War Machine.

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Pitt plays clueless General Glen McMahon [loosely based on real US general, Stanley McChrystal] who has been appointed to Afghanistan to oversee the war in Netflix's biggest-budget movie to date.

The film blends satire with real-life events, and is adapted from the nonfiction book The Operators by American journalist Michael Hastings.

"I would say our film is funny until it's not; until the dial is turned to a more serious tone, till we get to the real repercussions for the troops, who are actually having to follow these orders," Pitt told NPR.

Pitt stars opposite Ben Kingsley, Topher Grace and British actor Will Poulter.

The movie will be released exclusively on Netflix on 26 May, 2017.