Brad Pitt has said he will be forever grateful to director Ridley Scott and Geena Davis for taking a chance on him in Thelma & Louise but he also says he cringes every time he sees himself in the movie. 

The actor played cowboy drifter JD in the 1991 movie about two women (played by Davis and Susan Sarandon) whose fishing trip becomes a cat and mouse game with the law. 

Pitt's brief appearance in the movie helped launch his Hollywood career and he has been fulsome in his praise for the director and co-star. 

"I’m really grateful to Ridley Scott and Geena, who gave me that shot, because that was the big league," the 56-year-old told The Sun on Sunday. "I had nothing to show for myself, except for my work as an extra, and they took a chance on me.

"I think they were desperate, to tell you the truth. They were already shooting because a week later I was on set, working."

However, Pitt says he cringed whenever he watches himself in the film. "I’m more aware of how high my voice is in it. My a*s must have been clenched so tight, being the first one," he laughed.

He also revealed that he was competing with five other actors to land the part of J.D., one of whom was George Clooney, and it was Davis who picked him out personally.

"The blond one... hello!" she is said to have quipped.