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A Killer Promotion for Michael Pitt

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Actor Michael Pitt has made a career out of playing introverted supporting characters. You may not recognize his name, but his look is unforgettable — shy, downtrodden, with just enough creepiness to suggest the perfect killer. At least, that’s what Warner Independent Pictures is hoping next month when they unleash Funny Games nationwide. In this remake of a decade-old Austrian film, Pitt plays Paul, an intelligent, amoral sociopath who essentially manipulates his friend Peter into helping him kidnap a family who they then force to play sadistic games.

Funnily enough, this won’t be Pitt’s first time in a Peter/Paul scenario. It will, however, be his first time in the Paul role. In the 2002 film Murder by Numbers, Pitt plays the “Peter” part: a quiet, unassuming, extremely intelligent, and of course imminently creepy high schooler teaming up with an Alpha-male cohort (Ryan Gosling) to carry out the perfect murder. If this sounds familiar, it’s because the film was loosely based on the 1924 Leopold and Loeb murder that inspired Hitchcock’s Rope .

Murder by Numbers plays tonight, Thursday February 28 at 8 PM | 7C on AMC.

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