Brad Pitt: ‘I have very few friends & I just haven’t known life to be any happier’

Okay, as it turns out, Esquire has not released their full Brad Pitt cover story yet. They only released an excerpt plus Tom Junod’s post-interview thoughts on Brad and Angelina’s relationship after she announced her news about the mastectomy (which I covered earlier today). Esquire did release their full cover shoot by photographer Max Vadukul – you can see the slideshow here. It’s nice. It’s black-and-white and there are some lovely photos of Brad. Here are some highlights from the interview:

He forgets people’s faces and names all the time: “So many people hate me because they think I’m disrespecting them,” he says. “So I swear to God, I took one year where I just said, This year, I’m just going to cop to it and say to people, ‘Okay, where did we meet?’ But it just got worse. People were more offended. Every now and then, someone will give me context, and I’ll say, ‘Thank you for helping me.’ But I piss more people off. You get this thing, like, ‘You’re being egotistical. You’re being conceited.’ But it’s a mystery to me, man. I can’t grasp a face and yet I come from such a design/aesthetic point of view. I am going to get it tested.” It’s gotten to the point where he doesn’t even like going out — “that’s why I stay at home” — but he’s also a public person, the center of crowds. “You meet so many damned people,” he says. “And then you meet ‘em again.”

On his family making him happy: “I have very few friends. I have a handful of close friends and I have my family and I haven’t known life to be any happier. I’m making things. I just haven’t known life to be any happier.”

On changing the direction of his life: “I’d get so far and then want to do something else. I mean, I’m two credits short of graduating college. Two credits. All I had to do was write a paper. What kind of guy is that? That guy scares me – the guy who always leaves a little on his plate. For a long time I thought I did too much damage – drug damage. I was a bit of a drifter. A guy who felt he grew up in something of a vacuum and wanted to see things, wanted to be inspired. I followed that other thing. I spent years f–king off. But then I got burnt out and felt that I was wasting my opportunity. It was a conscious change. This was about a decade ago. It was an epiphany – a decision not to squander my opportunities. It was a feeling of get up. Because otherwise, what’s the point?”

On missing his kids when they’re not around: “I always thought that if I wanted to do a family, I wanted to do it big. I wanted there to be chaos in the house… there’s constant chatter in our house, whether it’s giggling or screaming or crying or banging. I love it. I love it. I love it. I hate it when they’re gone. I hate it. Maybe it’s nice to be in a hotel room for a day – ‘Oh, nice, I can finally read a paper.’ But then, by the next day, I miss that cacophony, all that life.”

[From Esquire & JJ]

“I just haven’t known life to be any happier.” I think that could be taken one of two ways. One, take it at face value and just think that this Brad’s backwards way of saying that this is the happiest he’s ever been. Two, chose to read more into it and think that in a life full of BS, pain and angst, Brad has carved out something that he likes and this is “the best” he thinks he’s ever going to get. I don’t know why Brad speaks in riddles about his family sometimes, but I suspect it’s just because his brain is a tangle of marijuana and wine and not because he’s so terribly unhappy. He is happy. I think.

Also, that condition where you can’t remember someone’s face/name…? That’s a real thing. I saw a talk show episode about it. Like, people with prosopagnosia don’t even recognize their children. They were shown a photo of President Obama and they asked, “Um, Tiger Woods?” Brad doesn’t have that condition. He just has a terrible memory.

Photos courtesy of Max Vadukul /Esquire.

 

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  1. marie says:

    “I just haven’t known life to be any happier” I think Brad’s happy, he’s just inarticulate.

    In that white button down shirt, he looks really old-no wonder he wears the sunglasses. And is that his hair on the outside of the turtleneck or did he really pull his necklace out of his shirt? ha, reminds me of my aunt.

  2. Tanguerita says:

    “I come from such a design/aesthetic point of view”, Oh Brad, you had me in fits, thanks for the laugh.
    The more he tries to be all deep and meaningful, the more simple-minded he comes across. It’s like “Chanel”-ad all over again.

  3. Tamra says:

    He loses all his charm when he starts to talk. LOL.

  4. mel says:

    Gorgeous….I forget faces all the time….and I feel really bad about it.

    • LadyMTL says:

      LOL…don’t feel bad, it happens to lots of people. I can remember faces but always forget names, and that’s not any better. :)

      • paola says:

        I never ever remember a name! As soon as someone tells me their name i forgot it already. Even when i force myself to pay attention to the name moment i never do it!! And i’m an architect, with a doctorate and a master, so i really do come from a ‘design/aesthetic point of view’. The truth is I suck!!!!

    • Trashaddict says:

      I’m pretty bad too. I usually warn people when I meet them that I might need to re-ask their name. A surprising number of people echo me right back! Sometimes if I can think of a cheat, it helps. Like if the person’s name is Gigi and she’s wearing green, I try to associate those two things. It helps, but only sometimes….

  5. The Wizz says:

    Brad is so not the smart one in that relationship, but they’re a great couple and obviously in love.

    • Becky1 says:

      I agree. I think Brad is somewhat intelligent but Angelina is smarter and more dominant. I always get the impression that he is truly in awe of her. She’s the alpha in that relationship. From his comments over the years it seems as though he was at a point in his life where he felt lost and adrift (marital problems, an early mid-life crisis) and then he met Angelina and sort of followed her lead.

  6. Jackson says:

    Wow. Those pics are fantastic.
    And I read those quotes and thought he meant he was super happy. I guess every comment can be interpreted different ways though.

  7. Loira says:

    Love him! I am terrible with faces and have been misjudged on that fact too.
    I imagine being a movie star and meeting so many people can look like an awkard situation. I would need a good assistant.
    I have many new students each year and it takes me very long to remember their names, I have to use seat charts and stuff, but If I find one of them out of the school, I will not remember her name.

  8. JenD says:

    He sounds like a jumbled mess, but he sounds like he’s happy with life. And the photos of him are nice.

  9. Hautie says:

    After that comment from Micheal K yesterday, about how Pitt also has Aniston’s hair cut…

    “That piece of trash ruined my will to love and now he’s stolen my hairstyle!!!”

    I can’t unsee it! He does have a long blonde shag cut…

    http://www.dlisted.com/2013/05/20/afternoon-crumbs

    • Jess says:

      Thank god I’m not the only one who see’s it.

    • Micki says:

      As long as Anjie doesn’t steal her hipster everything is OK.

      Great comment BTW, I’ve to go and read Michael K myself.

    • Over 20 Years Ago says:

      uh, that’s also Angelina’s hairdo, who had had BEFORE Aniston, despite being almost a decade younger than Jennifer. Truth is, Brad had hair that long over 2O YEARS AGO (Aniston was still a nutrisystem spokesperson with dark, short hair) and kept his hair long until he had to cut it for work- for Seven and/or Seven Years in Tibet. Brad & Angie let their kids wear their hair however they want- long, short (recall Miss Shiloh caused SCORN and EARTHQUAKES with her cute pixie cut)

      • Cherry says:

        Yeah, ok, I’m not trying to be a smartass or anything, but
        1. Angelina will be 38 next month and Jennifer Aniston is 44, so Angie’s not exactly ‘almost a decade younger than Jennifer’ and
        2. Wait, what? When did Angelina Jolie have long, straight blonde hair? You mean when she did Girl, interrupted?

      • bluhare says:

        Cherry, disagree with your statement that you aren’t trying to be a smartass. Because if you weren’t trying, you wouldn’t have thrown in “blonde”. The commenter said Angelina’s hairdo, not hair color. And it’s true Angelina’s had long layered hair for years.

      • Cherry says:

        Huh. I thought the whole point about Brad and Jen’s similar hairstyles was that they are both blondes. But ok, fine.

  10. Jess says:

    So Brad’s just getting a pass on the super weird ‘take a photo of me taking a photo of you’ photoshoot? And the sunglasses? And the wind machine? Because that’s some Franco level silliness right there, but I’m not even getting any sense of irony from this.

    It’s really obvious Brad still loves his pot. He has that same ‘trying to be deep, not quite pulling it off’ vibe all my long-term smoker friends have. It’s amusing in person but does not come off well in print. He’s one of those celebrities who get’s less interesting to me every time I read an interview of his. I always forget how inarticulate he is, and it’s always disappointing.

  11. Nicolette says:

    Yummy. The close up is giving me a Jax vibe (always good) and I’m loving the long hair.

  12. Suze says:

    LOL on Pitt having Aniston’s Rachel haircut – he does.

    He pulls it off somewhat here. These are great shots. But the dude is almost fifty so he should probably rethink the hairdo in the next few years.

    I think he is inarticulate, too. He tries to make something sound “fancier” but really mangles the language.

  13. Toot says:

    Brad looks great in this shoot. I’ve read the full piece and I love it.

  14. Rosalie says:

    I also have very few friends ( by my own choosing, I tend to create distance) , and yet I find myself to be happier than I have in many years. Sometimes I feel that I have somehow failed, to be having less and less friends as I get older. And yet it is the absence of drama that makes me happy. Its nice to hear I’m not the only one, Brad! Anyone else find that less friends is actually OK?

    • Micki says:

      It’s perfectly OK not to have an army of friends.
      I tend to need a long time before calling s.o. a friend. But on the other hand I keep my friends forever.
      They are the ones with whom I not only have a pleasant coffee gossip but the ones not afraid to have different opinion and tell me so, the ones who always have a minute to listen to me and so on.

      I’m always amused when an army of people BE-friend you on Facebook and at some point some DE-friend you and the whole drama of it. I mean you hardly know these people, right?

    • jess says:

      I was just thinking the exact same thing yesterday, while relishing the peace and tranquility I have now in my life, and no drama. The fact that I have very few friends now as opposed to when I lived with so many in my life, and always drama, drama. My life is much richer now, I spend time now working on me, instead of talking this friend or that one down from a ledge.

    • Esmom says:

      I think everyone’s different. I find myself distancing myself more and more from people other than the very closest friends and sometimes feel guiltily anti-social. I know others my age (mid 40s) who seem to have a strong need to be surrounded by people 24/7.

      In any case, I’d guess Brad’s celeb status makes it extra hard to know who his “real” friends are. I’m sure everyone wants a piece of him and it makes sense to me that he’d keep a small, tight, circle.

      • Micki says:

        You’ve made a very good point.I just wonder if that “distancing” comes with age? I’ll be 40 this year and I’ve cut abruptly and completely 3 friendships so far. It was indeed too much drama, intrigue, envy and assorted problems. I thought I was protecting my family and never felt the remorse. But when I write it it comes like being anti-social, doesn’t it?

      • Jaye says:

        I have exactly 4 very close friends. Everyone else is an acquaintance. I used to lament/blame my shyness for the reason I didn’t have that many friends in my life, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that more “friends” tends to equal more drama. I’m too old for drama.

      • Esmom says:

        For me it’s less about avoiding drama and more that I feel like I have less in common with some people than I did 10 years ago, which makes some friendships feel like too much “work.” We’ve just sort of evolved into different places, it’s kind of bittersweet.

        The one thing I do worry about is neglecting too many friendships and being left with nothing once my kids do fly the coop. My parents have done that (my dad more so than my mom) and now my sister and I feel pressure because we and our families are their main social outlet. I often wish they had more in their lives than just us and it makes me feel sad and guilty.

      • Becky1 says:

        For me, it’s all about quality over quantity when it comes to friendships. Friends are very important to me but I don’t feel the need to have a ton of friends-I like having a smaller number of good friends that I can talk to and connect with on a deeper level. I’m 40 and don’t have kids and I admittedly invest more time in friendships than I would if I had children. I miss my friends with kids because I don’t spend as much time with them as I’d like but I definitely understand it from their perspective-children and family obviously come first. I still see them and we’re still friends but we don’t see each other as much as when they didn’t have children for understandable reasons. I’m hoping that as their kids get older they’ll have more time for friendship again. My Mom is in her 60′s and her social life is great-she does much more with her friends now than she did when my sister and I were children. I hope if/when I make it to that point in life that my social life is as active as hers is.

      • Tano says:

        Same here! I had a close friend who died a few years ago. I am in my 40s now and do not care anymore that I don’t have tons of friends. Many of the friends I used to have, I had to cut loose. They just wanted to use me, and some of them thought I was a walking wallet for extra money when they needed it, help, favors, and bailing them out of problems. I am not a fairy godmother! I am only human. My best friends now are my daughter and my cat. It will stay that way.

    • Itsa Reallyme says:

      I’m the same way. I’ve wondered if there’s something wrong with me that I am completely content with my husband and family.lol I rarely feel the need to go out with friends anymore. I think you nailed it when you talked about not wanting the drama in your life anymore.

    • Rumorhasit says:

      I’m in the early 40s, and totally relate. I have lots of co workers, and when I got my job 10 years ago, it was the accepted thing to hang out after work. Well it didn’t take a rocket scientist to see the fallout from those parties. Someone spoke to someone else putting a third persons nose out of joint. someone’s SO liked your shirt, and that means he wants to sleep with you now. Someone was told you drank shots with another person, you didn’t even know was there, and you slept together. Back at work, the oral reprimands would start, BS piled on, rumors started. So many people left as opposed to dealing with it. They quit. I just stayed home. I’m still employed. There is the occasional comment that I’m too good hang, no I’m not, I NEED this high paying govt job and its benefits. I’m not trying to lose it over some boozy misinterpretation at someone’s house, or a bar after work….and I’ve never been happier.

  15. MAC says:

    The memory recall maybe from years of abusing pot. I had hoped he had stopped and now maybe is just stuck with the damage that sadly goes on with prolonged use. I am glad he is happy.

    • Emma - the JP Lover says:

      @MAC …

      I can’t remember names and faces of people I grew up with and/or went to school with, which is sadder when everyone one of them seems to remember me.

      It ‘is’ extremely embarrassing, and people ‘do’ get offended when you say you don’t remember them. Most of the time I just pretend to remember them (and if they’re suspicious of the fact that I never say their name, they never let on).

      I really don’t think this is ‘pot’ related. Some of the people who always remember me were stone-cold ‘stoners’ when I knew them. I would say my condition was age related, but it’s been that way my entire life. I couldn’t recall/match names to faces of people I went to high school with in my twenties, yet I can give you every detail of a “Star Trek” episode I watched when I was 11. It’s just one of those ‘memory’ things.

      • Loira says:

        Same here! Even from age ten I tend to forget some simple things I did, not just faces. some people told me that I was probably so lost in my own thoughts that I did not pay attention to what I was doing, so I forgot, instead of just forgetting.
        I used to think something was very wrong with me! Probably is.
        Sad fact. Alzheimer runs in my family, I am thinking lately if visiting a neurologist.

    • Eli says:

      Absolutely, Mac! He is still using pot and I am sure, still smoking. And to all those who have problems remembering names that don’t use pot, you really might want to start execercising the brain… May I suggest crossword or jigsaw puzzles.

  16. epiphany says:

    While he’s not the most articulate person, I don’t think he’s by any means stupid. I think actors get used to having their words fed to them – when they have to speak on their own, they stumble.
    What I took away from this interview was that his first marriage seems to have occurred during a period when he was drifting, and looking for meaning in his life. I admit I don’t care for Aniston, but I think she went into the marriage thinking it would last, while Brad was still searching for something deeper, which he found with Angie. It wasn’t Jen’s fault that she couldn’t provide him with what he needed emotionally – she may not even have known. Since the Aniston-Pitt breakup, it’s obvious from their respective lifestyles that Angie and Jen are very different women – that’s not a judgement, just an observation – so Brad a clear choice between the two, and the lifestyle he wanted.

    • Camille (TheOriginal) says:

      @epiphany: I agree with you.

      And as for these photos- love them.

    • Nina W says:

      He really shouldn’t bring up Aniston and throw shade her way for his need to wander. He had his crisis, his epiphany, whatever and Aniston was swept away in the tide of it. That has nothing to do with her and everything to do with him. It’s tacky for him to imply she was holding him back especially when he ended their marriage so shabbily.

      • Jessi says:

        Ok see this is a perfect example of why people hate Aniston. Just stop this bs. Please. People making her out to be a victim and Brad a jerk. Brad did nothing wrong. He did not act a jerk. On the contary, Brad has maintained his dignity and silence bar that one interview while Aniston was spewing her venom and passive-aggressiveness every chance she get and still gets. She was NOT left. In fact she chose her career over Brad. Aniston was the jerk, not Brad. Get it right. If people didn’t sympathize with the wrong person and pain the victim out to be the villain and the villain out to be the victim, I doubt Aniston would get half the hate she does. Time to wake up and put the blame on Aniston who has maliciously manipulated people into feeling sorry for her through her false sob story when all along she was the biggest jerk of all. As I said above Brad is too much of a gentleman that is his flaw. Aniston is an evil manipulative bitch and seeing people defend the WRONG person makes me hate her even more!! Brad was wronged, and his children and the mother of his children was and is wronged to this day. he has the RIGHT to his narrative considering that bitch Aniston hasn’t shut up even though she was the one who caused all the trouble. You have a cheek to say Brad should shut up when thats all he has done he let that malicious bitch lie about him and con fools like you into believing a lie and a major smear and character assassination of an innocent woman Angelina who did nothing wrong. Every time I see some gullible fool fall for Aniston’s slimy evil manipulations I HATE her even more.

        To answer another one of your posts, I find it funny how ridiculously over-invested people are to be shocked at the rare venom Aniston gets when Aniston was the one who encouraged the ‘Team’ business and does to this day with Handler. She was NOT dumped, as the evidence shows and she was NOT treated shabbily. BRAD and ANGELINA were by Huvane, Aniston and the gullible brainwashed sheeple who bought Aniston’s heartless manipulative lies and insinuations. Yet the only one who truly did nothing, Angelina, they ignore the venom she gets. Such double standards. The more people like Nina W lie and misrepresent the facts and blame the VICTIMS, the MORE they only FUEL the hate Aniston gets. Why don’t they ever consider that?

  17. TOPgirl says:

    LOVE Brad! He doesn’t speak eloquently but he’s still a man full of heart and love!

  18. Madpoe says:

    All i can remember are the “Interview with the Vampire” days long hair. long beautiful hair in “Legends of the Fall”. *heavy sigh*

  19. Dibba says:

    I hope hes more down to earth in person and he doesn’t take his fame too seriously.

  20. Mar says:

    I love him. He is the biggest movie star in the world – he’s consistently hot- good acting- behaves and loves his kids.

  21. Dawn says:

    I hear what he’s saying. Life gets so busy with work and family and friends just sort of drop off except for a few close friends. I can remember when my son would leave for a few weeks each summer how I would so forward to that time and in just a few days miss the heck out of him. I am happy for him that he is happy with who he turned out to be.

  22. Rhea says:

    It’is the first time I see him looking good in a cover shoot with a long hair!
    Don’t like it when he’s wearing all white though.

    As for the interview…there’s nothing really new or interesting to find out about him here. With that said,I can relate with him forgetting people’s faces and names especially if it’s not really someone that you see frequently.

  23. Dap says:

    “I can’t grasp a face and yet I come from such a design/aesthetic point of view”. Bwahahahaha!!!

    • Ellen says:

      Exactly! What the hell does that even mean! He sounds exactly like Goopy to be honest, yet he seems to get a pass for being a pretentious twat.

      • Esmom says:

        I think he means he has a strong visual appreciation of the world and that it’s ironic that he has trouble with people’s faces, which are or should be strong visuals.

        Whatever it is, it does come off a bit pretentious and as I mentioned above if he spoke more simply and in a less affected way he’d be less likely to be targeted for saying silly things.

  24. Miffy says:

    He’s such a typical Sagittarius (probably not helped by the pot but I’m not judging). The photos look great, I love a shoot that’s more a behind-the-scenes vibe than someone standing in front of backdrop.

  25. Lucrezia says:

    Prosopagnosia has a broad range.

    Oliver Sacks, a famous neurologist who’d even written a case study on a patient with prosopagnosia, only realised he himself suffered from it when he was in his 50′s.

    I would’ve doubted Brad had it (sufferers tend to be extremely shy), but the way he says “I can’t grasp a face, even though I come from such a design/aesthetic point of view” makes me wonder. It does seem to fit … normal facial recognition is qualitatively different to how we recognise other stuff. You’re supposed to “get” the whole face, perceive the entire thing holistically, not as a nose + eyes + a mouth. If there’s something wrong with your facial-recognition, and you’re reduced to relying on separate features, “not able to grasp a face” would be a good way to describe it.

  26. mccora96 says:

    Yes, he wore that “hairdo” WAY before Jennifer ever did- it’s so silly to keep trying attach that old tv has-been to Brad or Angie. I suppose it’s the only way for her old cougar self to get the attention she is SO DESPERATE to get. I actually like a lot of Brad’s interviews, especially the ones on video. His Inside the Actors’ Studio was fantastic and he is always great on Charlie Rose. He did well in a short form interview with Jon Stewart during Moneyball promo, too. Jon’s celeb interviews can be pretty dull (& I LOVE Jon, but he def likes interviewing political types more than celebs), but Brad did a great job being funny & interesting- I think even Jon was surprised.

    • his voice says:

      I LOVE Brad’s voice, so he could say anything in an interview and I would love it! I liked his ITAS a lot, too. He looks great all kinds of hair- long, short- but REALLY, the only person that needs to like his hair is Angie. Angie has said that she likes Brad “in all states” (when some reporter was bugging her about Brad’s beard), so I’m sure she is just fine with his “look”. Both he & Angie are so pretty on the outside, but they seem a lot less shallow than 99% of Hollywood, even before they shared the news of their struggle with the BRCA gene mutation.

    • Lulu.T.O. says:

      Why do you insinuate that Jennifer somehow uses his haircut to promote herself? You either didn’t read the comments correctly, or you are really reaching for any opportunity to slam her.

    • xoxokaligrl says:

      mccora96- They all want attention that’s why they are actors…

  27. Loira says:

    I think he has said he is agnostic, as in he does not know, not fully atheist as in negating all probability.
    He most probably rejects labels due to his upbringing, but he respects them.
    Probably his latter experiences with health scares have subtly brought him back closer to believing.
    Either way, atheist, agnostic or believer, I o think that Brad is a good egg, and Angelina too.
    They are probablynbetter persons that other people who consider themselves religious. I have known some of those.

  28. don't kill me i'm french says:

    KID ROCK!!!! (he needs to cut his hair)

  29. evyn says:

    Most people are inarticulate when they are speaking from their heart. They get all caught up in the emotions they are feeling.
    I remember introducing my parents to my English teacher at my HS graduation, also their 25th wedding anniv. Anyway, the conversation about their longevity ended with my Dad saying, “I done good.” I wanted to die. Then I saw him rub my mommy’s back & give her that smile…well, I just ignored the bad grammar!

  30. Kim1 says:

    Love the long hair but I hate beards

  31. mercy says:

    He seems like a simple guy and more sincere than most. He probably doesn’t remember names for the same reason he keeps his friendships to a few: he meets so many people, and he has so much going on in his life that that part of his brain is occupied with other thoughts. He also doesn’t have to. He’s Brad Pitt. And I suppose the pot years didn’t help.

    I used to think his slow, rambling way of speaking bordered on inarticulate and was more than a tad pretentious, but I’ve come to appreciate it over the years. It seems like he’s just being himself, and he’s got a nice voice.

  32. Shelly says:

    God he is so hot when his hair is long like this and he’s all scruffy. *swoon*

  33. Maria says:

    i wouldnt blame him for forgetting peoples names, considering how many people he meets. its just so much easier to remember that you met brad pitt than for him to remember he met you. it just comes down to how he sounds when he asks you those questions.

  34. buell says:

    If he was any happier, he’d be jumping up and down on Oprah’s couch cushions.

  35. mordor says:

    He loves the “full celebrity cacophony.” He loves the private plane traveling. He struts around everywhere with his aviator “ain’t I cool” shades. He can’t do without the pandering restaurants offer him. Then there are all the endorsement deals to add to his bank. Life would be nothing without that vast entourage to do everything for him so he could smoke his brains out. And the day he’s not stopped for an autograph is the day he wishes he was still an A-list star.

    Does he seriously believe he could hack it as a lowly “architect” or Ikea furniture designer by comparison?

  36. Asiyah says:

    I relate to his comments about having few friends and feeling happier. I feel the exact same way. When I turned a certain age I did a lot of reflecting and decided that some people just weren’t going to cut it in the long run. It gets lonely, of course, but it feels so liberating and you really do feel a whole lot better. Quality over quantity any day!

  37. Liz says:

    He looks so much better when he cleans up. Like, cut the hair and shave already.

  38. M says:

    Wow. I really hated him back in, like, 2011-early 2012 when he did that interview with Parade and dragged Jennifer Aniston into it.

    But I gueeeess? he’s been on this path where he’s been dealing with his personal crap that I think he used to hand off to other people.

    Now, he sounds good. He sounds happy and sincere.

    I like that he admitted that he just can’t remember people’s faces — instead of giving a lame excuse, or trying to play it like he’s a big star so he doesn’t have to remember the peasants. Some people are just bad at remembering faces. That’s fine.

    • Jessi says:

      I don’t understand that. For the last 9 years Aniston has been making passive-aggressive digs at Brad and Angelina, yet the ONE time Brad references his marriage, he was slammed? Wtf? Such BULLSHIT. Such double standards. Bar that interview, Brad was silent for 9 years while Aniston got in her digs at him and the mother of his children virtually every time she did an interview until recently. She threw Brad under the bus in her Vanity Fair interview, then in subsequent interviews mocked Angelina, then called her uncool, then mocked the kids. Why the FUCK shouldn’t he have said ONE comment? The bitch Aniston has been doing it for so effing long. Brad has taken her digs, her false and snide insinuations and her insults and character smear of Angelina. Yet for many years, he took it ALL. In silence. Most men would not be as nice or a pushover or doormat and would quickly put the ex in their place. How come it was ok for her (and still is), but Brad says ONE thing and he never hears the end of it? That is such bullshit. Brad saying something was long overdue. He needs to learn to stand up for himself more, and stand up for the mother of his children. I was cheering, god knows it was long overdue. Aniston needs to taste some of her own toxic, manipulative and exploitative medicine. It was LONG OVERDUE and still, he was far too nice. He is too much of a gentleman, thats his problem.

      • M says:

        I see you have some strong feelings about this love triangle. I’m more of a casual observer, so I don’t really want to get into a flame war about my feelings on Brad Pitt back in 2011.

        It’s just that at THAT time, two years ago now, he struck me as kind of a Nowhere Man. He seemed like he kind of missed what he had with Jen Aniston, the wholesomeness of it, and he wasn’t completely supportive Angelina Jolie, which I think fed into her getting so skinny during that time. But then, he didn’t come out and say that his marriage with Jen Aniston was horrible either. Which is why his Parade interview was so annoying.

        My point is that it seemed to me he was unfair to both women with his fence-sitting. I’m glad that it’s finally moved to the point now where every one in the triangle seems to be comfortable with their own thing, and Brad Pitt seems more self-aware, happier, more sincere.

        You might have seen it differently BACK THEN, in 2011. Can we just agree that everyone in the demented triangle seems happier now? :)

      • Maggie says:

        Jeesi you and the rags need to move on. Brad and Jennifer have. This triangle crap is boring.

      • Josephina says:

        M-

        “Love triangle?” Angie and Brad are still in love and going strong after 8-9 years. Brad loves Angie. Two people in love make a family of six children. They have been together for 8-9 years. Both Angie and Brad are very family-oriented individuals, and they came together and spend MOST of their time with their family.

        Such as in family life, you deal with birth, death, sickness and joy. These two have a very strong bond that is undeniable and apparently, virtually unbreakable.

        Aniston is not relevant in the PITT clan, nor is she relevant in the JOLIE-PITT clan. ALL of you already know this.

        There is not a single photo Pitt and Aniston together since 2005. AND since 2005 we have NEVER SEEN Aniston with Pitt in the same room with the exception of the Academy Awards show when she was dating the pathetic John Mayer. Even then you couldn’t find a single photo, nor did he even speak to her at the event. John Aniston also confirmed that they don’t speak.

        When Brad left he never looked back. Talking about a man who has left you, that describes his time with you as a “dead end” that he was bored with life and that he was high most of the time…..Well, he just told the world repeatedly, that he was never really into her in the first place.

        Unfortunately for Aniston and her friends, they still need to talk about it even in 2103. Aniston, Justin Bateman, and Chelsea Handler can say whatever they want to say AFTER THE FACT, but the man is gone because he DID NOT WANT TO STAY with her as his wife.

        Leave it be. He certainly has.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        @Josephina

        Exactly! I just don’t understand Aniston at all. I mean, I think that most of the tabloid stories about her are complete crap, with a grain of truth to them. Meaning that someone coughcoughstevenhuvanecough, linked the triangle together and now its gotten out of control. I mean, out of all the tabloid rumors to deny, why would you deny one about being on a baby food diet.

        I never really thought about the whole why Jennifer threw a pity party/triangle business until last year. But Chelsea Handler throws up a huge red flag. EVEN if Brad cheated on her, even if he was an absolute asshole to her (which she says he was not;did not) why in the world would she remain friends with someone who trashes his partner and kids!! Not only trashes them, but makes racist “jokes”. Notice how it’s only the woman and kids, never Brad.

        That tells you something.

        I think what really happened here is that Aniston was aware enough to know that she needed the media, that she was angry at not being part of the golden couple anymore, so she/Huvane started all this crap. I can’t wait until she and Justin get married. Maybe then they’ll stop comparing every guy she’s with to Brad.

      • Sal says:

        M I just want to know how you could have got the impression Brad missed Jennifer Aniston given that he said repeatedly in interviews how much he loved Angelina, how he was so thankful she was the mother of his children etc ad nauseam. On the contrary, he seemed way way over Aniston even back then. Also I don’t understand the ‘wholesomeness’ part. What was ‘wholesome’ about their partying, drinking and smoking pot lifestyle. I know some people seem to think Brad and Jen were the golden couple all so ‘wholesome’ and sweet and apple pie, but, seriously, give me a bucket! I didn’t see anything remotely ‘wholesome’ about their marriage and back in that interview, it couldn’t be more obvious that Brad was saying he doesn’t look back, he doesn’t regret his family with Angelina one bit, and far from being wholesome his marriage was a pot-hazed mess and waste. It seems to me he was shouting boldly that he has a wholesome relationship now with Angelina and his children, and he seemed to be boasting that he didn’t miss anything for the world.

        Maggie, M brought up the triangle and Aniston and the tabloid interview first. Not Jessie. Didn’t you notice that?

    • E says:

      When he did that interview and talked about how he was so bored and miserable those years, I don’t actually think he thought of Aniston, I don’t think he was really thinking about her when he did the interview until he realized “Oh shit”. I don’t think he really thinks about Jennifer all that much. Even though he was bored with her, I don’t think he spends time thinking about her when he talks about his life those years. he never seemed truly into her, she was always more into him than he was with her. Wasn’t he in therapy within 3 months of being married to her.
      I think he is truly happy now.

    • Nina W says:

      Some people seem seriously overly invested in hating Aniston over Pitt’s shabby behavior. Whatever, you can idolize him if you want but he wasn’t perfect and he acted like a jerk. Were you dumped by your husband in similar fashion I’m sure you would have a hard time moving on too or liking the woman he left you for. It’s between the two of them though and it’s silly for people who don’t even know them to be spewing venom at Aniston over it.

      • Jessi says:

        I find it funny how ridiculously over-invested people are to be shocked at the rare venom Aniston gets when Aniston was the one who encouraged the ‘Team’ business and does to this day with Handler. Aniston was NOT dumped. we know that now. She also was NOT treated shabbily. On the contrary Aniston treated Brad shabbily and really did a number on him. Yet the only one who truly did nothing, Angelina, they ignore the venom she gets. Such double standards. Its silly for people who don’t even know them to be spewing their venom at Brad especially as we now know the truth about Aniston and what she did. Vindication for Brad.

  39. bettyrose says:

    I think a lot of us find after a drama filled youth that the quiet homelife makes us happier than we’d thought it would.

  40. Leslie says:

    He used to be so good looking. Now he looks old, dirty, worn out and not in good health. You would think with his money and where he lives, he would have the best, most healthful food in the world and be in good shape. He looks like he’s in his 70s, and he’s only approaching 50. And in that interview, he sounds stoned out of his mind. Guess he’s reached the point in his life where he doesn’t care what people think of him. Probably a good place to be.

    • Esmom says:

      Sorry but you clearly haven’t seen many 70 year old men. I’m near his age and I’ve said this before but even at his scruffiest he is WAY hotter than most men his age, or at least the ones in my neck of the woods. The soccer moms in my ‘hood would faint dead away if a parent with his looks showed up in one of our circles.

  41. Maritza says:

    He looks yummy. I forget faces and names all the time too.

  42. mandygirl says:

    OMG he’s so hot. He looks “Legends of the Fall” hot again. And, yeah, my 7 year old son’s name is Tristan. :)

  43. Emily says:

    Meh, he looks like a typical 50-year old — a little thinner, I guess, but that’s all. He sounds like a typical 20-year old… who’s stoned and not very intelligent to begin with. He’s never been my type at all. He’s incredibly boring, both in looks and personality.

  44. Tano says:

    Finally.

    Where is it written that someone must have a lot of friends in order for their life to be worthwhile?

    Brad Pitt has his wife and kids and that is probably enough for him.

    While I’ve had some good friends, most were not worth my time. Most of them were narcissists or moochers.

  45. molly says:

    Pity he had to cheat on Jennifer with that slapper who has been round the block a few times, low life that’s what he is !!!

    • Janet says:

      Oh for heaven’s sake, get over it, will you? He traded in a stupid inane fluffball who was too selfish to give him even one child for a dynamic, intelligent, generous woman who gave him the family he always wanted. Jennifer isn’t worth a bucket of warm piss. She’s stuck on herself and will never be a good partner for any man. And it looks like that gigolo who is sponging off her is having some serious second thoughts.

      • Rena says:

        BRAVO Janet!!! The truth is what it is. There was no cheating according to CCox and she would know, she was JA’s BFF in 2004/2005.

      • jamee draper says:

        I don’t think either JA or BP are terrible people I think they just wanted to lead different lives.He wanted to be a family man and build homes for charity and raise millions helping people, and Jennifer wanted to sunbathe in Cancun with her drunk catty friends like Chelsea Handler and do a bunch of God awful rom-coms.He did the right thing by leaving.He knows that.

      • Janet says:

        Was there cheating or wasn’t there? It’s useless to speculate. If there was, none of the three is going to admit it, and lets face it, when two adults fall deeply in love anything can happen. I don’t know if there was cheating or not and frankly I don’t care either way. It’s their business. The bottom line is Angie certainly didn’t break up a happy marriage. The marriage was on life support before Brad even met her. If he hadn’t left Aniston for Angie, sooner or later he would have left her for somebody else. JMO.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        Right on, Janet! The only reason I can even see him getting with her, marrying her is because he was with Goop before her. I guess she wasn’t as bad as she is now, but man! Aniston probably felt like a breath of fresh air.

        Has anyone heard Justin Theroux speak? I finally did a few days ago…my God is his voice annoying. How does she put up with it? He sounds all nasally and whiny. I don’t get how a supposed A list star, with tons of money, beautiful body, *snort* hot career, can’t do any better than a dude who’s only known for Charlie’s Angels-ten years ago.

        And it’s not like he’s talented enough on his own..she got him signed up to her talent agency. When did a script writer and two bit actor ever get interviews on the red carpet? I wanted to kill him for Ironman 2…I only watch it now because of RDJ…he turned the villain so idiotic and clichéd. I could’ve written something better than that in a week.

      • mandygirl says:

        Yes!!! I’ve always thought the same thing. If she wanted kids, she’d have them. Pitt and Jolie are kindred spirits and now have a happy life filled with children and love. People need to get over the whole “cheating” thing and realize that if they were a solid couple to begin with, they never would have divorced.

      • Sal says:

        Cheering. Janet, you nailed it. I love your posts! You’re right, Aniston isn’t worth a bucket of piss. Or poop either. I’ll never understand the hold this woman has over people and how easily lead people are over her. I will never get the mind-numbing fawning over her and I will especially never get how she gets away with homewrecking and all the horrible things she has done and instigated. How does she do it? How does she get away with everything she does? Its so maddening. Its a world gone mad. This Jen Loon Anistontownian brainwashing phenonema should be a university study. I’m serious. What is it? Witchcraft? Water? Whatever it is, I’ve never seen so much idolatry and brainwashing. Its unbelievable how such a manipulative person can con so many people and worse, use them to villify a family. As far as I’m concerned her brainwashed Anistontowned apologists are worth as less as she is.

    • lisa2 says:

      damm did he leave you. 8 years and you are still mad. Strange when you don’t know any of these people

      oh..and jennifer is not your friend. She seems to doing just fine. And you know squat about Angie.. do you think jennifer was a virgin during her single life. OH sorry to bring it to reality like that. But really get over it. It is not your life nor your break up.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        I find it funny that some people talk trash about Angelina and Brad being photographed, platonically playing on a beach with Maddox a month after the divorce was final, while Jennifer was in a bikini, sitting in Vince Vaughn’s lap, posing for the paparazzi.

        I also find it funny that her fans never mention when she went into the Ivy without a bra, during the lunch hour with a ton of paparazzi’s, flashing a huge ring on her engagement finger-smiling the whole time.

      • Nina W says:

        I find it funny how ridiculously over-invested people are in this ancient story. The level of venom for Aniston is impressive considering she has never actually did anything. I didn’t care about this affair when it happened and still don’t yet every time any article about Brad, Angie or Aniston comes up these comments crop up.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        @ Nina W

        I’m sure Chelsea Handler’s actions would dispute that…that’s the only reason it’s being brought up now.

      • Sal says:

        Unfortunately Virgilia Coriolanus the facts don’t matter to those like Nina W. Aniston is crass and uses every publicity whore trick in the book as well as exchanging haterade with Handler. Yet two people who keep to themselves, stay classy and silent and mind you, never say a bad word about anyone, is villified. I don’t get it. I don’t get what makes people like Nina think like they do. How can they be so oblivious to the truth? Its obvious they have very skewed upside-down moral standards. Its also interesting they say they “don’t care” about the triangle, but in an Anistonesque way go around making passive-aggressive comments about Brad and how he ‘dumped’ (yeah right, she took up with Vaughn when still married BEFORE Brad and Angelina got together so that means she cheated on Brad so shes a cheater and now a homewrecker) poor JenJen. So delusional. Make up your mind. I smh so much, the amount of bs on here is unbelievable. Facts be damned, never let em get in the way of their looniston koolaid. No matter how warped and wrong the facts are. When is this Anistontown (Jonestown) koolaid idolisation of this fake lying skank going to end? She is a good actress. I’ll give her that….. So many sheeple.

    • Jessi says:

      Brad DIDN’T cheat on the town slapper Aniston who bragged about f*cking her way to the top and about f*cking Brad on the first date. Aniston is the town slut. Pity Justin had to cheat on Heidi with that slapper Aniston who has been round the block a few times, low life that’s what he (and Aniston) is !!!

      Oh, since I’m having problems with my posts I’ll say it here. As Janet said;
      Quote: Jennifer isn’t worth a bucket of warm piss.
      To that I stands up, cheers and whoops. Very well done. And very true too.

      I find it funny and indicative of such hypocrisy, double-standards and moral gymnastics how ridiculously over-invested people are to be shocked at the *rare* but oh so over-due and well-deserved venom Aniston gets when Aniston was the one who encouraged the ‘Team’ business and does to this day with Handler. Aniston was NOT dumped. we know that now. She also was NOT treated shabbily. On the contrary Aniston treated Brad shabbily and really did a number on him. Yet the only one who truly did nothing, Angelina, they ignore the venom she gets. Such double standards. Its silly for people who don’t even know them to be spewing their venom at Brad especially as we now know the truth about Aniston and what she did. Vindication for Brad. You bought a tabloid conjob Molly and Nina W. You were had. Wake up and see Aniston for who and what she truly is. Brad has the patience of Job with all that Aniston has did to him and put him through. Aniston is just a piece of shit who is good at manipulation and duplicity, and you fell for it. Too bad you also can’t defend Heidi Bivens who had her life torn apart and her 14 year relationship destroyed because of Theroux and Aniston’s shabby treatment of her. Justin’s wandering dong and Aniston’s cheating homewrecking ways. How ironic it is when you attack an innocent man and can’t see straight through the slimy, manipulative homewrecking bitch Aniston is. Save your sympathy for Heidi Bivens. SHE deserves it. Not Aniston the vow-destroying, man-stealing town slutbag. When Theroux cheats ON Aniston just as he did WITH her, I will be cheering. What goes around comes around and I can’t wait for the homewrecking whore Aniston to finally know what its like to be cheated on like poor Heidi did. And to get her just desserts. And it couldn’t happen to a more immoral, slutty, loose, heartless, duplicious spiteful manipulative deserving piece of shit. her time will come.

      • Sal says:

        Lol, and I thought I used to be passionate. But I agree with everything you said. Does it never occur to people that when they come on here and continue with the Aniston-the-victim bullshit, it only fires up the JP defenders even more? I mean, hello! The more they make Aniston the victim and continue to smear Angelina and Brad, the more passionately I hate Aniston, too. Combined with the passive-aggressive “Oh why does Jen get the hate” bs of those like Esmom but I’ve had a keen eye and haven’t seen her say a word to the likes of Molly. Thats what truly pees me off. Excuse me, but if people stopped lying and villifying Angelina and Brad and stopped defending all the horrible things Aniston has done, we wouldn’t have a reason to post. Duh. Its simple. Stop lying about Angelina and Brad, and stop making excuses for Aniston’s horrible actions and complaining about the hate she gets but not Jolie. Then Aniston hate would stop. duh. Honestly, just read the threads. Tell the truth about Aniston. Stop victimizing Brad and Angelina. Stop defending Aniston. These people who continue the vendetta and lies against a good man and woman are the very REASON Aniston is hated. Its basic math. Its not that hard to understand. Surely.

    • Sal says:

      Delusion. You are so totally delusional and have the facts the wrong way around. Molly, wake up. Brad did not cheat on Aniston. Aniston is a homewrecker and slapper and shes broken up two relationships (Bullock-Donovan and Bivens-Theroux. She bragged that she screwed Brad on their first date and yep, she did an interview saying that to make it in Hollywood “a woman needs to be f**kable”. Aniston is a homewrecker and a skank who has been around the block at least 60 or 70 times more than Angelina has and ever will.

  46. hannah says:

    He really isn’t the sharpest tool in the box, clearly.

  47. GOBIG says:

    Pitt is a pompous ASSHOLE, end of story.

  48. Melissa says:

    Unless I missed it, I can’t believe that nobody commented on this quote: “…I got burnt out and felt that I was wasting my opportunity. It was a conscious change. This was about a decade ago. It was an epiphany – a decision not to squander my opportunities. It was a feeling of get up. Because otherwise, what’s the point?”

    Um, wasn’t it about a decade ago that he and JA broke up? He was wasting his life and woke up and got out of the relationship and got with Angie. Hilarious! If I were JA, though, I’d be fuming at this comment!

    • Rena says:

      Why would JA be fuming? She was as ready to move on from him as he was to move on from her. They were both unhappy.

      I do not understand why JA elicits an endless pity party from some, year after year after year after year.

      • Maggie says:

        I totally agree! But he still comes off as a jackass with no class.

      • Sal says:

        So Maggie considering Brad made one comment (and it was pretty benign considering what Aniston has said about him and about the mother of his children) and Aniston has not shut up, that makes her even worse and much more classless and a much bigger jackass? Personally like others I think Brad has been very classy and very very dignified. If I had a psycho ex-wife who made a living stalking and coat-tailing me and smearing me and the mother of my children, I’d rip her apart, limb by limb. Most men are protective of their family. Aniston is a psycho who hasn’t left Brad alone in peace since their divorce. Shes lucky she isn’t slapped with a cease and desist the way she continually slanders his family. It can’t be easy having a vindictive psychopath determined to make your partner’s life hell and smear their reputation. I feel sorry for Pitt. I wouldn’t wish a bunny boiler vindictive psycho like Aniston on my worst victim. Brad earns major kudos for his patience and the great class, dignity and grace that he has endured the last 9 years for. He is far too good a man.

    • Josephina says:

      You did not miss it, and unfortuantely, the Jenhens did not miss it either.

      Every time Pitt talks he gushes about the love of his life— Angie, and that burns the hens up.

      They are having a meltdown AND screaming at the ocean! I mean he is making it hard to stay delusional about Jen being “The One” that he truly loves, that he “misses” or “wants” to go back to such a hot babe with an “easy going lifestyle.” Not!

      Pitt was stoned to death much of his waking hours with Jen… And ANISTON knew all along. She was foolish enough to accept a man that virtually offered her nothing but the image of a trophy husband and the fake “golden couple,” which Pitt has already put an axe to that image years ago in interviews.

      You would think she has had enough of the guy. Aniston had him at his lowest point in his life. The guy who was in a drunk stupor, wasting his life away. I am glad he woke up, got himself together and became invested in life and in his career.

      Angie inspires Brad to be the best man that he can be. That’s what real love can do for you. Take notes, Jenhens!

      • The Original G says:

        It’s Aniston’s choice if she wants to fume, but I doubt she is. Isn’t she head over heels, engaged?

        Brad owns his own experiences and feelings too. He’s entitled to his own narrative. That may be inconvenient to the Jenhens, but there it is. BTW, he didn’t mention her.

        Why anyone feels the need to be angry at Brad on Jen’s behalf is a mystery. She’s moved on hasn’t she?

      • lisa2 says:

        exactly.. and she has said in interview after interview that she is the happiest she has ever been. That the 90′s were not good for her..

        so where are the headlines that she is throwing Brad under the bus. He never talked about her in that interview. and considering what Angie was and is going through I imagine he is reflection on life in general.

        again it was his life too. People act like he is not allowed to say what it was. But she can talk about how Justin is the best man she has ever known. Yet no one put it that she is claiming that Brad is not. Seriously let this go.
        nobody cares about a divorce couple that have not been seen in contact with each other after they ended;

        There were more meaningful parts to that interview. Ms Black talked about Brad and what he was and how different he is not. She would know. so move on. But God forbid Brad not cry and moan the marriage. He knows what the marriage was or was not. And so does Jennifer. I mean if he was depressed and doing drugs; what was Jennifer doing. What was she saying. hmmm I wonder more about that then anything.

        anyway it was a nice profile. Nothing negative about Jennifer Anitson. Why are her fans so sensitive to him talking about it. John Mayer basically said the same thing too.

      • Lulu.T.O. says:

        Why anyone in this thread is angry is beyond me. But it’s made for some enjoyable reading on the slow ride home from work.

  49. marc says:

    He looks like Annie Leibvoitz in these pics.

  50. Ally8 says:

    He never struck me as particularly bright – in real life or onscreen. It’s why the comparisons to Redford always drove me crazy – Redford never looked vacuous.

    And Pitt’s too rich for anyone to diss his design/architecture eye.

  51. jes_sayin says:

    Why does he always look so UNHAPPY?

  52. Tara says:

    Man, Brad Pitt is not my type, physically. But, every time I read an interview with him, I wish I could buy him a pint in a neighborhood bar. He might not be a rocket scientist, but he was smart enough to make the life that he wants for himself. And I would never expect him to remember me; I don’t recognize anyone either.

    • Mel says:

      I love your comment, Tara! :)
      Especially the part about him being smart enough to make for himself the life he wanted.
      Indeed, that’s the kind of smarts that many, many people lack – myself included, to a greater degree than I would have wanted.

      Next time you have a pint, consider it bought by me. :-)

  53. ??? says:

    These are the same things he’s talked to interviewers about for nearly the last decade. It’s not like this interview is opening up a whole new window into the mystical, magical, intriguing, fascinating world that is Brad Pitt.

    His pseudo-intellectualism bores me to no end. And I’m in the camp that believes he’s not only inarticulate, but not the sharpest tool in the shed to begin with, either. However, I do believe he’s well meaning overall.

    His inability to remember faces and names also isn’t uncommon. I imagine in his case that it’s a simple matter of him not paying as much attention as he may have in the past to the masses of people he likely encounters on a constant basis, because his career no longer requires him to. He’s not exactly hustling to get a break, and his priorities have shifted. Why he needs to go and try to put a deeper spin on this baffles me.

  54. Nina W says:

    I am agnostic and frequently use the expression God damn it. It’s merely an exclamation, devoid of any implication of faith.

  55. Mel says:

    Well, it always warms my heart when I read or hear about someone’s happiness. The world becomes a little better.
    And it sounds genuine in this case.

    BTW, not having a good memory for faces does not necessarily mean a bad, let alone “terrible” memory in general. It just means a bad memory for faces and/or names.
    I know because I have the same. Yet my memory for all other things (verbal memory, dates, etc.) is excellent and reaches as far back as my second year of life, I am always being told I have a “prodigious” memory.

    So, no – it’s just bad memory for faces/names, and it is directly related to how many people you meet – and are *expecting* to meet.

  56. Angie says:

    I don’t find him inarticulate at all. He merely has a unique turn of phrase (and by unique, I mean uniquely his). We’re too used to everyone speaking in cliches and adages, etc.; when someone mixes it up, we’re perplexed. “I’ve just never known life to be any happier” = “I’ve never been happier with my life than I am right now.” And so what? So he said the same thing, a bit differently than usual. I’ve found, being a writer, that many other writers speak this way in conversation. I think he likes to play with ideas, and thoughts, and words. Which is fine, and not difficult to understand if you aren’t expecting everything to be said a ”certain’ way’. This is all off topic, but, I’ve often noticed this conversation before, re: how he expresses himself.

    • ucla24 says:

      Wow- I’m glad I saw this comment! I totally agree with you re: Brad’s speaking style. Brad’s speaking style has never bothered me- he’s just one of those people that you need to let finish their thought. Yes, we are a society of interrupters and, to your point, have been trained to listen for “expected” soundbites/platitudes. It’s similar to thinking that anybody with a foreign accent is “dumb”- you need to really listen or, better yet, learn to speak their language to understand what they are saying. I find his interviews, especially long form on video, to be way above average for star interviews. He clearly has a lot of interests and is interested in life and is quite thoughtful. For example, they way he explained why the book Moneyball was important to him was beautiful- about the way we value people as a society, etc. I loved the book and the movie. Also, look what he did in NOLA, a project that is still thriving. I thought his goal of bringing “dignified” housing to poor people a little pie in the sky, but he has made it happen all while proving that green building doesn’t have to be too cost prohibitive to pursue- MIR now has other projects in NJ, MO & IL. Ironically, many stars considered “smart” like Clooney, Damon, Affleck, RDJ, Gosling co-opt his thoughts re: the world, acting, philanthropy, family, fatherhood etc. and get praise for their every uttering. Double standard indeed.