50 years have passed since actress Sharon Tate was murdered by Charles Manson's followers, and the experience of starring in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which documents the murder and the events that surrounded it, has led Brad Pitt to draw parallels between that era and ours.
After news of the murder in 1969 spread, Pitt said: "People started locking doors again. We were coming off a tumultuous decade of assassinations and the free-love and civil rights movements, and, as I understand it, there was still hope. But when this hit? And even rich white celebrities were in danger? No one was safe. Even people living the dream."
When asked if anything has "rattled Hollywood" in a similar way, Pitt was quick to respond.
"Harvey Weinstein," he replied, later asking: "Can I say that?"
More than 80 women, including Pitt's ex Gwyneth Paltrow, accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, including rape. When the scandal erupted, Paltrow said that Pitt and she were dating at the time, and that Pitt took Weinstein aside and told him to leave her alone.
Leonardo DiCaprio also reflected on the loss of innocence.
"When my parents described it, it was as the end of this idealized revolution," he told The Sunday Times. "My parents are still hippies, but it was the loss of this dream. As Quentin describes, you sort of portray this utopia, but there is a mildew around the canvas that brought the darkness of humanity into play and ended a lot of my parents' hopes for how they could infuse that ‘love and peace' ideology into the rest of the world. It all sort of crashed and ended so much that some talk of it as a conspiracy. It was the total end of an era—immediately."
This is Tarantino's ninth film, but the first made without Weinstein, who is facing criminal charges of sexual assault, as producer.