Brad Pitt says the Harvey Weinstein scandal has transformed Hollywood for the better. The 55-year-old actor compared allegations of sexual misconduct against Weinstein to the shocking murder of pregnant actress Sharon Tate in 1969.
Pitt stars alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in Quentin Tarantino's much-hyped new movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which depicts the shocking murders of Tate and four house guests by followers of crazed cult leader Charles Manson.
Pitt is currently on a promotional tour for the movie, according to WENN.com.
When asked by Britain's Sunday Times newspaper about similar incidents that rocked the Hollywood film industry, he replied simply: "Harvey Weinstein."
The actor's ex-fiancee, Gwyneth Paltrow, was one of multiple women who accused the former movie mogul of sexual misconduct. Weinstein faces rape and sexual assault charges in New York - accusations he vigorously denies.
Paltrow claimed that, when they were dating, she told Pitt about Weinstein's alleged harassment and Pitt threatened to "kill" the disgraced former Miramax boss if he made sexual advances toward her again.
Now Pitt regrets his toxic masculinity reaction and he went on to confess he's noticed a shift in recent years in the way Hollywood portrays male masculinity in films.
"I think we're getting recalibrated, but in a good way," he explained. "When I started, I loved Mickey Rourke and Sean Penn. I loved them because there was a toughness to them, which was how the male I'd grown up being taught about was meant to be."
He added he likes what he sees in Hollywood's new males who are softer and display ladylike emotions.
"What I see now, is a new masculinity, especially with people who have gone through Hollywood and its recalibration, a new male who is more vulnerable."
Toxic masculinity is described as a man's fear of being seen as soft, tender, weak, emotional or somehow less than manly.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is in theaters now.
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