Has Brad Pitt spent his career trying to impress Shania Twain?

Roisin O'Connor
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Shania Twain has responded after a fan pointed out that Brad Pitt appears to have spent his career trying to impress her.

Pitt is mentioned in the country-pop singer’s hit song “That Don’t Impress Me Much”, from her 1997 album Come On Over.

In the lyrics, Twain addresses a man vying for her attention by telling him that attributes such as being a rocket scientist, having a car or being Elvis Presley do not impress her.

At one point in the song she sings: “Okay, so you’re Brad Pitt/ That don’t impress me much/ So you got the looks but have you got the touch.”

Twitter user Andrew Hunt, an actor and TV writer, tweeted on 10 January: “Did no one realise that BRAD PITT played a ROCKET SCIENTIST, who had a CAR? THOSE ARE THE THREE THINGS THAT DON’T IMPRESS SHANIA TWAIN MUCH!!!”

The film referenced was Ad Astra, in which Pitt stars as an astronaut leading a team into space in search of his lost father.

It was also pointed out that, in accordance with Twain’s Elvis lyric, Pitt also voiced superhero Metro Man in the animation Megamind – a character who was strongly based on the rock singer. At one point, Metro Man is actually soundtracked by Elvis’s song “A Little Less Conversation”.

Twain reacted to the thread with three cry-laughing emojis.

In 2017, she revealed she decided to use Pitt’s name in her song after discussing with a friend how Pitt had successfully sued over naked photos of him being published in Playgirl magazine.

“I just thought, ‘I don’t know what all the fuss is about,’” she said in an interview with Spotify HQ. “We see people naked every day. That’s really what I thought. I wasn’t picking on Brad Pitt. But that was just the association in that moment and things we make fusses about and whatever, of course, it could have been any gorgeous guy.”

Pitt is up for a Best Supporting Actor gong at this year’s Oscars for his performance in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – perhaps that will be enough to impress Shania.