Good morning reddit. I'm Josh Brolin and I have no idea what I'm doing here. I'm fully caffeinated, over caffeinated, and looking forward to talking to anybody who would like to talk at this hour in the morning. Right now I'm working on a movie called Sicario with Benicio Del Toro and Emily Blunt in Albuquerque (which is beautiful, and where people go to die). Hence the scruffy gray look, not gay look, gray look, which is not meant to be cool, but I'm told can be at times (to some people it just looks old - er). To talk about all the projects that I've done recently or that I have coming out feels a bit uncomfortable until I'm asked specific questions about what you guys are interested in. I'm here with my daughter (which doesn't mean you guys cannot be inappropriate, as she's 21 and can vote), and Victoria from reddit. AMA. I'm here to keep talking for an hour and a half, it's the longest monologue in reddit history.

EDIT: So appreciate the serious and absurd questions. Even though it was instigated by promoting a film, it's been a great way to start the morning. There's nothing like passionate involved saturated fans. Really appreciate it guys. Thank you.

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KevinKelsey1768 karma

Be honest, Christian Bale is your half brother isn’t he?

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Josh_Brolin2272 karma

The milkman's his dad.

richardwrinkle1758 karma

To prepare for your role as a young Tommy Lee Jones in MBIII how many hours a day did you practice making your face extra weathered and wrinkly?

Josh_Brolin2951 karma

I have been practicing my whole life.

r_antrobus1523 karma

Shit, it's one of my favorite actors and I'm already too late for this AMA. you like chocolate milk?

Josh_Brolin2370 karma

Used to guzzle it as a kid. Loved nestle Quik, too. But Hershey's is the best. You're fucking awesome. Best question yet.

GrandMasterT1112 karma

"The Goonies" is the all time best adventure kid's movie for my generation. Do you have a funny or interesting story from making that movie?

Josh_Brolin2693 karma

They didn't show us the - actually, I do! They didn't show us the ship that was being built, which would now be CGI I'm sure, so this was long enough ago that everything was practical (which made things much more fun & fantastical) - so it was on a stage, the stage was a massive pool with a practical 110 foot boat built in it. And they backed us up into the stage, into the water, had the camera set up so that we could have an "organic" reaction, put us underwater, I came up out of the water, turned around, we all came up out of the water, I turned around and said "Holy shit!" which ruined the whole take. And the surprise. So we had to resort to acting in the end.

trios13410 karma

Did you guys giggle everytime someone said "one eye Willy"? I never realized it was a euphemism until I went back and watched it in my teens! I've heard this story before...Why would "holy shit" ruin the take? Shit was said at other times in the movie.

Josh_Brolin623 karma

My first day at work, half the day was ruined because I giggled so much. My dad didn't often bring me to the set, being an actor himself, so my infancy as an actor was wracked with a lot of giggles and nervousness.

GrandMasterT964 karma

Josh, your remake of "True Grit" was, in my opinion, better than the original. If John Wayne was alive today, what is something you would ask him?

Josh_Brolin1202 karma

"Would you ever quit smoking?"

Josh_Brolin1251 karma

"At which point did you come up with the persona?" There's early John Wayne, and late John Wayne. It always seems that with success,t here's a cultivation of persona, which can make an actor's career, or ruin it.

Ooh, that's so deep.

baltikorean916 karma

When will you start hosting the web series "Trollin' with Josh Brolin," in which you scour internet articles and post outrageous comments in message boards?

Josh_Brolin1197 karma


Better than my old buddies' idea of "Brawlin' with Brolin"

seismicor853 karma

Did you enjoy playing Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy? What do you think of the final product?

Josh_Brolin1119 karma

I'm becoming enough of a fan now that it's Thanos, okay?

I was incredibly satisfied with the final product as a film. And really look forward to seeing what they'll do in the future.

GodsNavel359 karma

Follow up question: do you enjoy paying a villain, hero or the anti-hero ala Llewellyn? I don't know you in real life so I'm curious as to what represents you best.

Josh_Brolin766 karma

I would say most of the people who know me would not parallel me with the roles I've become most known for. I'm an absurdist who embraces the absurd.

johnnynoname12768 karma

Would you agree that the coolest thing anyone with the last name "Brolin" has ever done was that cameo your dad did in "Pee Wee's Big Adventure"?

Josh_Brolin1053 karma

Yes, first of all. And the guest episode he did for the Batman series.

Josh_Brolin1239 karma

That's where he met my mom, who was an assistant casting director. He played a cop on Batman.

ProtoJMan550 karma

This has to be the best story of parents meeting ever. It involves Batman!

PorcupineTheory1866 karma

Yeah, most parents/Batman stories don't end well.

Josh_Brolin1113 karma

They were married 12 days later.

lmanders32762 karma

Tell me which is grittier: Tommy Lee Jones' glare, or a literal bucket of grits?

Josh_Brolin919 karma

Glare. Hands down.

Frajer703 karma

is Barbra Streisand a cool stepmother ?

Josh_Brolin1936 karma

(hashtag: yentl)

dynamoJaff641 karma

Would you consider playing Joel in the adaptation of 'The Last of Us?'

I think you would be perfect casting!

Josh_Brolin743 karma

Thank you very much. I'm stuck on Robotron and Asteroids and Galaga. But that sounds interesting...

GrandMasterT602 karma

What did George W think of your impersonation of him?

Josh_Brolin1251 karma

Oliver Stone saw Clinton at a art exhibit in China, where Oliver was selling some of his art. They started talking about W, Clinton (who's very close friends with W) loaned him his DVD, Oliver found out, and when Oliver asked Clinton how W liked it, his response was "Funny, but kind of sad."

seismicor591 karma

What's your daughter's favourite movie: A. including you B. not including you?

Josh_Brolin1244 karma

My daughter, who is standing right here?

Oh god, my favorite movie with you... is probably...there's two. It's probably No Country and Thrashin' because it makes me laugh all the time, because your hair changes in every scene, I'll never forget that. And then not including him? God, I don't know, there's too many....I don't know... Dude, I have no idea.

What's a movie that we watched a lot as a kid? Like the Godfather or something?

Dog Day Afternoon!

GrandMasterT483 karma

Is there a possibility of a sequel to "The Goonies"?

Josh_Brolin986 karma

We just wrapped!

axcairns483 karma

Please don't tease us like that!

Josh_Brolin866 karma

There's always a possibility. Seriously, no teasing. About every 5 years it comes up. I've never read a script. It seems that recently in the last year, there's been more talk of it than usual from the likes of Corey Feldman and Richard Donner. But that's as far as it's gone for me. I don't know how I feel about a sequel, given that I love the original movie so much.

I_am_solipsism471 karma

What's your craziest on-set story?

Josh_Brolin1872 karma

My craziest on-set story comes from during the Goonies, when I came up to Spielberg and said that I wanted to climb the walls of the tunnels and that it represented my mother's womb, for some odd reason. I was reading Stanislawski at the time and Spielberg's response was "Why don't you just act."

CanuckintheMuck456 karma

You've spoken recently about your troubled youth and how some of your childhood friends were unable to move beyond their troubles, often resulting in their unfortunate demise. Your turn around in life can be quite inspiring. What advice would you have for troubled and at risk youth looking to overcome and succeed in life?

Josh_Brolin837 karma

Erase labels.

We were proud to label ourselves as "teen-agers" and got stuck on those labels as adults, to the demise of many of my friends. I'm just one of the lucky ones.

ckk524450 karma

Hi Josh, Thanks for doing an AMA!

Loved American Gangster. What was it like working on set with Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington? Did any thing wild happen on set.

Josh_Brolin1306 karma

Yeah. With Russell, I told him before when I was doing "No Country" that I was going to lose weight for the role, so they had the measurements of what I was supposed to be. When I showed up, apparently, I had forgotten to lose the weight, so I put on my wardrobe and went to rehearse my first scene with Russell. I was nervous (obviously) and excited, I asked Ridley if it was ok if we just ran through the scene once, I grabbed a chair and sat next to Russell. Halfway through the scene, and the seat of my pants ripped wide open. I missed the mark in making it a joke to break the ice between Russell and I. Once the scene was over, nobody was very impressed, and I went back to my trailer waiting to be fired. So while I was in my trailer, pantsless, there was a knock at the door, waiting there was Ridley, who said "I love the vulnerability you've brought to the role. Let's go more with that."

SensesAndSadness448 karma


trios13234 karma

BLASPHEMY, she's gotta go. Does she refuse to see it? It actually holds up to the test of time surprisingly well.

SensesAndSadness402 karma


Josh_Brolin1344 karma

I'm concerned for her well-being.

urahonky353 karma

We are all now concerned.

Josh_Brolin1461 karma

PM me an address, and I will send her a personalized DVD. Would she watch it then?

krispykrackers435 karma

Hey Josh! I absolutely LOVED Grindhouse. What was it like working with Quentin Tarantino? He seems like he'd be... an interesting dude.

Josh_Brolin892 karma

More than interesting was going to screenings at Quentin's house, and having him break down the movies for a half-hour or more of what we were about to see. I think he's the only filmmaker out there that is as knowledgeable or more than Scorsese.

shivan21383 karma

What happened in 2007? Were you given superpowers?

Josh_Brolin707 karma

What happened in 2007? Was I given superpowers? That's awesome.

It seems that way, doesn't it? I was fortunate enough to finally do movies that people saw.

seismicor279 karma

Do you, or your daughter, watch Game of Thrones? Do you have a favourite character?

Josh_Brolin715 karma

YESS!!!! Absolutely. My favorite character is Tyrion. All the way.

Josh_Brolin613 karma

And I haven't seen TV since Happy Days. Or Laverne & Shirley. To be continued...

I do love Breaking Bad. That's the only TV show I ever watched.

That's all I ever think about when you're in Albuquerque.

judomonkeykyle263 karma

Hi Josh, are you a comic book fan? Who is your favorite superhero/supervillan?

Josh_Brolin555 karma

Thor and Hulk.

Richie Rich, which I am ashamed to admit. Richie Rich, Hulk, and Thor (I had a thing for blonds?)

And then got into the graphic novels of Frank Miler & all that, which isn't just to promote this film, it's the truth.

8_Wolf253 karma

Hi Josh! Thanks for this AMA! Two questions: A. Being “The Goonies” your first movie, does it have a special place in your heart? If yes, more because of being the first or for the “adventure type of film and success it had? B. When you made MIBIII, how many times you cracked up in laughter portraying a young Agent K that had to be serious but not too serious, working with Will Smith?

Josh_Brolin512 karma

I've never had more fun on a movie than I did on the Goonies. I thought that was how it was going to be for the rest of my career. And even though there have been massive fluctuations in the past 30 years, I still hold that as my greatest experience.

Watch the gag reel for MIBIII on YouTube. Very hard to keep a straight face the entire film.

SullivansTravels250 karma

When are you going to record a cover of Chamillionaire's Ridin'?

They see me Brolin, they hatin..

Josh_Brolin343 karma

It's been a joke my kids' entire lives.

Should we set it up now?


Hey Josh Brolin! Thank you for giving us this opportunity, I can't wait to see you more as Thanos!

  • What was it like working with the cast and crew of No Country for Old Men?

  • Do you have any off camera memories from Sin City: A Dame to Kill For?

Thank you again for this chance, on behalf of this AMA I'd like to commend you on your talents and wish you luck on your current and future projects

Josh_Brolin287 karma

Nobody gets that title right, ever! Phenomenal. Very distinctive personalities. All amazing actors. Garret Dillahunt and Kelly MacDonald gave phenomenal performances, you would never know she is from Scotland on that film. It was a special time, in that nobody had the idea that the film would be seen by anyone. Again - so deep! And heartfelt!

All my memories are off camera, even when I was on-camera, it felt like I was off camera. A lot of painting with Robert Rodriguez and George Yepes (who is a painter, our teacher when Robert & I worked together - Robert has a studio out back, and we did about 8 paintings during that time).

mjspring111196 karma

Thank you sir for doing this AMA. You have worked with the Coen Brothers more than once and made some fantastic films. What is it about them that makes their movies so special?

Josh_Brolin565 karma

One body, two heads.

Or maybe one head, two bodies?

I'm not sure which. I love mystery. I still haven't been able to figure them out. When I went out to After No Country for Old Men, I got to know Ethan fairly well, went out to dinner with him at one point, and I caught him looking down a little too often and then realized that he had brought a book to dinner. So the reason I keep working with them is less about the art, and more a personal quest in trying to solve the mystery that is Ethan & Joel Coen.

judomonkeykyle193 karma

How much training did you have to do for Thrashin’? Did you already know how to skateboard?

Josh_Brolin470 karma

I did. On the audition, part of the audition process was me having to skateboard outside while they watched me from across the street, second floor window. I hit a pebble, my skateboard went out into the street, and an 18 wheeler ran over it. The only reason I got the part was because the Goonies poster was up at the time. But yes I got the part.

GrandMasterT192 karma

How was the kiss with Kerri Green in the "The Goonies"?

Josh_Brolin449 karma


masterdebator88182 karma

Have you ever said Die? Does saying Die, immediately get you booted from being a Goonie?

Josh_Brolin811 karma

Goonies Never Say Die. And I am a Goonie. Invalid question.

richardwrinkle174 karma

What did Patricia Arquette's armpit taste like?

Josh_Brolin422 karma

A better question: what did Patricia's armpit taste like...with hair?

Like Roll-On.

SnowflakeRene169 karma

If no ones asked you today... How ya doin?

Josh_Brolin328 karma

What a nice question.

I'm a bit tired. There's a few sand granules in the eyes. But I'm hanging with my daughter today. Life is good. I like that.

seismicor168 karma

Would you consider starring in the Expendables 4? If so what would be your nickname?

Josh_Brolin989 karma

No, too much working out. I like my in-n-out burgers.

YeezusChristSupersta166 karma

Love your work. What can we expect from Inherent Vice? Do you know when a trailer is coming out? I'm dying to see it.

Josh_Brolin407 karma

Me too!

I don't know when a trailer is coming out, I hope soon. I'm very proud of that movie. And I think Joaquin Phoenix has reached an alien level of talent.

Empty_Wine_Box155 karma

If you could star in any television series, from any time, who would you like to play and why?

Josh_Brolin343 karma

Any television series of all time?

I want to go back and be the Fonz. And never have "to be continued" on the screen. I hated waiting the week.

wallowls139 karma

Hi Josh! Thanks for taking questions with us!

Honestly, what was your first reaction when you saw Javier's haircut on the set of No Country for Old Men?

Josh_Brolin283 karma

His haircut? Hilarious. I laughed, I did. It was a Coen idea. And any idea that the Coens ever have is always absurdly hilarious.

pimbvlo133 karma

What was it like to play Thanos? How long did it take to put on all that makeup? And do you know of any plans you can tell us about your character? THANK YOU!!

Josh_Brolin307 karma

Thanos was a one-day process: it was a digital process that I was personally involved in.

Once I was at Comic-Con I realized what it meant to everybody. The critics' impact is minimal here, it's all about the fans. And when I was at Comic-Con, I realized the great rivalry between Robert & myself, and so did Marvel, so I think they have big plans for Thanos in the future.

Ron_Tam128 karma

Hi Josh. Thanks for doing this AMA!

Two questions.

1.) I read that you used to be an active trader and successfully managed your own money. Do you still keep up with the markets and trade frequently?

2.) You have been sentenced to death for a crime you did not commit. What would you choose as your final meal?

Josh_Brolin444 karma

1) Mmm... I do. It's long-term trading now. Which is not my forte. Even though I've done well. It was the everyday buzz that I loved, and seemed to jive with well.

2) Hoover's Beef Palace in Templeton, California, with extra sausage. What would I have? I would have the ranch breakfast, two pancakes, two eggs over easy, a slab of sausage, and biscuits & gravy. Fuck yeah!

neoriply379121 karma

Josh! Now that you're in the Marvel Universe, have you received any kick ass perks you couldn't get as just a bad ass actor?

Josh_Brolin279 karma

The fact that I get to play Thanos is enough.

thisonehereone119 karma

Can you tell us about a time you got star struck?

Josh_Brolin234 karma

John Malkovich! Who I asked to do Jonah Hex after I got to know him through the Coen brothers. And we went out for Ethan's 50th Birthday party to a german restaurant in New York, and it was the most star-struck I've ever been. I saw him in Burn This onstage, which was a turning point in my love of acting. Realizing how far you could go with a character.

AGiantButtPotato112 karma

Hey Josh, huge fan.

  1. What was it like working with Spike Lee on Oldboy? Did you watch the original?

  2. If you could work with anyone you haven't already worked with, who would it be and why ?

  3. What's your favourite type of sandwich?

Thanks for doing this AMA :)

Josh_Brolin267 karma

1) Saw the original many, many, many times. One of my favorite films. Loved Spike. Continue to love him. Great filmmaker.

2) I never think in those terms. I don't have a favorite character or a favorite filmmaker that I like to work with. But I've been extremely fortunate to work with some of the best.

3) I made my kids eat avocado, honey and what was it? Tuna? once

And cayenne pepper!

It was an experiment that didn't work, but I liked it, because i was hungry at the time.

AlexanderBirchson109 karma

We all are looking forward to see "Inherent Vice". How would you describe working with Paul Thomas Anderson?

Josh_Brolin228 karma

After Goonies and the Coens, one of the greatest experiences of my life. He creates an ambience of creative insanity. It felt like swimming in a Ralph Steadman drawing. Whoa, deep. Heavy.

foolofsheet104 karma

Hello, Josh. What has become of the red bandana?

Do you have anything funny or interesting to tell about Javier Bardem?

Also, I loved your part in American gangster. You were so vicious in this movie. And I want that leather jacket.

Thank you, cheers from Paris.

Josh_Brolin169 karma

It'll be on Jimmy Fallon tonight, possibly.

No, but has a much better looking haircut now.

GrandMasterT88 karma

Sin City has an All star cast. How was it working with such great talent?

Josh_Brolin153 karma

Great. With that type of movie, you think it would be a phone-in job. But the truth of the matter is, it has a depth (if you want it to) or it's just a great cosmetic ride (if you just want to be entertained).

o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o81 karma

Dude. You were awesome in No Country and True Grit. I just watched Old Boy last week, and again I was blown away by how awesome you were. How do you think the American Old Boy stacked up against the classic Korean version? It seems like there would have been a lot of pressure to get it right.

Josh_Brolin163 karma

Don't ever really think about the pressure of getting it right. I think we were more into doing our own version. But I am still a massive fan of the original version. It's one of the best. That series, that trilogy, is one of the best in all Asian filmmaking.

BaconBlasting76 karma

Do you think shorts above the sweatpants will make a comeback?

Josh_Brolin153 karma

I've asked to wear that wardrobe in every movie since. Thank god the sequel's coming out soon.

peachfuzztesties75 karma

Hey Josh Brolin. You're such a cool dude. What is you're secret to being so cool? And also why do you have such great hair? The world needs to know.

Josh_Brolin190 karma

Thanks. YOU'RE cool.

My hair is the product of my buddy's hair care product that he started after turning his life around. It's called original sprout.

I_am_solipsism72 karma

If you weren't an actor, what job do you think you'd be doing?

Josh_Brolin196 karma

I wanted to be a lawyer, I was studying to a lawyer, which I realized was the same thing as acting. And there was one point where I wanted to be a chef.

Axel92771 karma

Good morning Mr. Brolin!

I was wondering what draws you to a particular role?

Also, what is your favorite book, and why?

Thanks so much!

Josh_Brolin160 karma

My favorite book? Wow... let's see. My favorite-favorite-favorite-book is probably...A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. And there's a great book I've been reading lately called Awareness by Anthony DeNello.

But 100 Years of Solitude I love too. I go back and read that every 5 years. And Shantaram, by my buddy Gregory David Roberts, whom I was with in India last year riding motorcycles through Mumbai.

RogerSmith12345654 karma

What is your favorite food?

Josh_Brolin134 karma

My favorite food? A dessert called Banoffee pie.

montani48 karma

Since you're in Albuquerque, do you prefer the red or the green?

Josh_Brolin92 karma

Christmas! Always.

quigbert47 karma

Mr. Brolin,

Thank you for your contributions to film and art. What inspired you to write and direct your short film "X"?

Thank you!

Josh_Brolin102 karma

I was getting ready to do a short that I wrote called "Poker Face" that Robert Rodriguez loved that involved a lot of prosthetics and green screen, and I realized it was too ambitious for me at that moment, so I pulled my truck over and wrote a father/daughter story on the side of the road. It took about 2 hours. I liked the story. I asked my daughter if she wanted to be involved, she did, and we filmed it in about 3 and a half days.



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ROCKLOBSTER15444 karma

What do you put on your sandwich?

Josh_Brolin97 karma

Chunky peanut butter & jelly. And bananas sometimes.

shivan2133 karma

How did you meet Robert Rodriguez?

Josh_Brolin73 karma

He did second unit on Mimic, Guillermo del Toro's first American film. And I was in the movie. And we spent a lot of time talking about the films that we wanted to make, the types of careers that we wanted to have, and the types of stories we wanted to tell. And we've remained fast friends ever since.

Sheriffnickgrimes31 karma

Mr. Brolin, what went through your mind as you read the script for "Jonah Hex"?

Josh_Brolin150 karma

A great opportunity to do something like High Plains Drifter. Which was one of my favorite films. Didn't turn out that way. Sorry.

slapded31 karma

Do you keep any movie props from the films you've been in?

Josh_Brolin90 karma

Movie props? A lot of shirts that I make for the wrap of the films that are extremely inappropriate. I have boxes of them in storage.

Sheriffnickgrimes30 karma

Mr. Brolin, you’ve been in 2 feature films with the legendary Thomas Lee Jones. I have heard stories of his master abilities in the kitchen. Please tell us, were you privileged enough to taste any of his prepared cuisine while on set of either film?

Josh_Brolin82 karma

Who, Thomas Lee Jones' prepared cuisine?

I did not know Thomas Lee Jones cooked.

LouisArmstrong325 karma

HEY JOSH! when will you be making Thrashin' 2?

Josh_Brolin99 karma

Right after Goonies 2. Back to back.

avonie13 karma

What's the scariest and creepiest thing that has ever happened to you, dear good sir?

Josh_Brolin56 karma


After seeing the first Friday the 13th, my buddy Matt Mondragon next to me couldn't shut his eyes because they were shaking so bad. The date on the screen that comes up in the beginning of the movie is the same date we are watching it on. So by the time we got home, I was convinced somebody was under my bed.

That's my Six Degrees moment with Kevin Bacon.