We are truly living through unprecedented days. Normally in 2020 we say that because another terrible thing has happened. But this is one case where our strange world led to something pretty incredible: Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt virtually reunited for a truly star-studded table read of the classic 1982 film Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
Some of Hollywood’s biggest names gathered for the online, socially distanced Fast Times at Ridgemont High performance (which we first learned about at Variety). Dane Cook hosted the event and played the character Rat. Morgan Freeman, who got to read some totally absurd lines, served as narrator for the loaded lineup.
The cast featured Julia Roberts, Jimmy Kimmel, John Legend, Ray Liotta, Henry Golding, Matthew McConaughey, Sean Penn, and Shia LaBeouf. Penn did not reprise his famous role, though. It was a smoking, shirtless, highly committed LaBeouf who played the iconic stoner Jeff Spicoli. The Fast Times at Ridgemont High table read also featured appearances from Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti, director Amy Heckerling, and screenwriter Cameron Crowe.
But the highlight of the nearly hour-long show was the digital reunion of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, 15 years after they got divorced. He played Judge Reinhold’s character Brad Hamilton and she took on Phoebe Cates’ part as Linda Barrett. Which meant the two got to read the very awkward swimsuit scene together.
As you can guess, the event made some of their fans very happy.
I could write 10,000 words on this video. Jennifer Aniston is playing it so fucking cool but Brad Pitt is clearly embarrassed. I LOVE MY DIVORCED PARENTS.pic.twitter.com/C6RP8D68Xr— Jamie Jirak (@JamieCinematics) September 18, 2020
All these actors reacting to Brad Pitt’s character jerking off to Jennifer aniston’s character pic.twitter.com/XIeAslrvql— liz (@imitationliz) September 18, 2020
For some, though, the best moment wasn’t even part of the table read. It was their quick, friendly hello to each other.
The unrehearsed reading was organized to help raise funds for CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort), a nonprofit charity co-founded by Penn. It raised $50,000 for COVID-19 relief efforts in vulnerable communities, and for the Reform Alliance.
So as incredible as it was to see Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston perform together, it was only the second best part of the show. And in 2020, that makes it one of the best days yet.
Featured Image: CORE