The Big Short has been nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director (Adam McKay), and In this HitFix-exclusive featurette from the upcoming Digital HD release of the acclaimed drama, the filmmakers discuss what mega-star Brad Pitt brought to the role of Ben Rickert, a former trader who becomes convinced that the U.S. economy is headed for disaster.

"He has this dry humor about him that he's bringing to this extremely neurotic character that's very subtle and just a lot of fun," says Pitt's co-star John Magaro in the clip.

The Big Short is out now on Digital HD.