Brad Pitt says he and Angelina ‘enhance each other’

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The international press tour for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has been rather strange. First, Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett has been absent for a large part of promotional duties. Second, Brad Pitt has been promoting this thing non-stop for like three months. Third, many of Brad’s interviews border on the morose, perhaps because of the subject matter of the film, perhaps because Brad is in a more mature place now.

Benjamin Button is about to open in Britain, and Brad has a new interview in the Telegraph. Brad talks about death and dying again, but I’m really starting to feel him in this one. It’s one of his best interviews this whole press tour. First, Brad talks about Angelina and the kids, saying that he and Angie “enhance each other”. He also makes some news by saying they’ve “found no reason to stop” having kids, so they are definitely going to have another child.

Brad Pitt has a reputation for being cheery and affable when he is making a movie. But not this time: the dark shadow of death hung over the set of his latest film, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button.

Angelina Jolie’s mother died a month after they began filming, director David Fincher’s father died, as did writer Eric Roth’s mother. And, to top it all, the film’s controversial theme of ageing forced the actor to confront his own mortality.

“I walked away realising that time is short,” he says, talking on a sound stage at the Warner Bros studios in Burbank, California. “I don’t know if I have a day or 10 days or 10 years or 40 years. Am I halfway or am I close to the end? I don’t know, so I have to make sure I don’t waste those moments in any kind of pettiness or bitterness or laziness, and that I surround myself with the people who are most important to me.”

“Angelina and I are together because we can enhance each other. I don’t want to waste any time because I’m with company I really, really love.”

As well as Angelina Jolie, the company includes their adopted children Maddox, seven, Pax, five, Zahara, three, and their biological babies Shiloh, two, and twins Knox and Vivienne, who were born in last July.

To make the most of the time he has left, Pitt and Jolie are already planning to add more children to their family. “We haven’t found any reason to stop yet,” he laughs. “It’s chaos at times, but there’s such joy in the house. I look and there’s our boy from Vietnam and our daughter from Ethiopia, and our girl was born in Namibia, and our son is from Cambodia, and they’re brothers and sisters, man. They’re brothers and sisters and it’s a sight for elation.”

“We have the capability to give a child a home, and let me tell you it’s selfish, too, because the reward has been extraordinary.”

The twins, he says, mean double the pleasure. “One seemed simple, and it’s just double the fun. It’s surprising how soon their personalities have started emerging. But it’s really important that everyone gets their individual time as well as group time together.”

“We were four before, and we got into our rhythms and it worked. Then someone new comes in, and it discombobulates the movements for a moment, but then you settle in again and it just all works. Everyone’s pretty well integrated. It’s not the first time new kids have come in.”

[From The Telegraph]

Brad also talks about how much his life and perspective have changed in the past four years, and how playing Benjamin Button is a reflection of that change. Brad says that the kids haven’t started asking questions about death yet, but it’s coming. He also clarifies some issues about traveling with his children and their education, something many anxious parents fret over with this family.

Pitt is feeling a little jet-lagged, having flown in from Berlin, where he and the family are living temporarily while he films the Second World War story Inglorious Bastards for Quentin Tarantino.

He received a Golden Globe best-actor nomination for his role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, in which he plays a man born old and wrinkled and then ages backwards. Aged 50, he falls in love with a 30-year-old woman (Cate Blanchett) and they must come to terms with the relationship as they age in opposite directions. “It’s about looking back on your significant moments in life,” he says.

The film’s story and the deaths of relatives of people around him set him thinking about pain and loss. “I had a friend who worked at a hospice, and he said people in their final moments don’t discuss their successes, awards or what books they wrote or what they accomplished. They only talk about their loves and their regrets, and I think that’s very telling.”

He has not yet discussed matters of life and death with his children. “Our oldest is seven and at the point where he’s asking these questions, but the others are too young, but I wrestle with it now.”

“It’s hard to help them fully comprehend this, and I don’t know if they’re meant to comprehend it yet, in all fairness, but it’s a big issue.”

Their filming schedules and charity work take Pitt and Jolie around the world, and the children go to school in whichever country they happen to be at the time. “We’re a very nomadic family, and it works for us,” says Pitt.

“The value of it is that the family becomes the core, and the kids may not understand the places they see at this early age, but I know it’s seeping into their consciousness. We move quite well, and I don’t think it’s taking its toll. We have to think about schooling, though, and we’re in an international programme, so wherever we go it’s the same curriculum.”

[From The Telegraph]

And finally, Brad talks about the charity work he’s involved in, specifically the Make It Right NOLA stuff. He says that 100 homes will be up by this time next year.

While filming demands keep him busy, his charity work takes up even more of his time. Like Jolie, he has learned to make good use of his celebrity status to promote the causes close to his heart, such as fighting poverty and hunger in third-world nations. A keen student of architecture and a close friend of leading architect Frank Gehry, he has also been using his money and knowledge to help rebuild areas of New Orleans devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

He says the project is going well: “We wanted to help people to be able to return to the city because they were in limbo and wanted to come back, but whole neighbourhoods had been wiped out. We saw this as an opportunity to be a proving ground for high-performance buildings and a greener approach.

“Now, for an area like this that suffered such injustice to suddenly become the greenest, most advance neighbourhood in the US is an incredible achievement. This time next year we’ll have more than 100 homes up, and there’s no reason this shouldn’t work outside New Orleans. There’s something at play here that is bigger than just a starting point.”

Pitt sees his duties as being a companion and father, making movies and helping charitable causes. “What’s valuable to me has become clearer as I’ve got older,” he says.

“To me, it’s about the value of your time and your day and the value of the people you spend it with. It’s about me being a strong father and guide and a good match for my significant other. Then, if I’m going to go to work, it must be something of value to me.
“I’m much more experienced now, so I can find films that are interesting quicker and cut out the films that don’t really matter. It means more to me now because my kids are going to see them, and I want them to be proud.”

[From The Telegraph]

Look at that, a whole interview without mention she-who-shall-not-be-named. Good for Brad! Maybe I’ve just given in to the depressing subject matter being discussed in this never-ending Button junket, but this really was a good interview.

Here’s Brad and Angie at the SAG awards on Sunday. Images thanks to WENN.

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  1. there is really nothing left for these two to say- we get it: your life is wonderful!
    also, hate angie’s backward dress
    she’s only early 30s but looks like she’s in her 40s

  2. duchess says:

    he actually sounds well prepared but quite okay.

    just wondering how enhanced he’s going to feel if the tell-all book should hit the shelves? im a bit amazed of the affection flow these days from him

  3. Baholicious says:

    “Then, if I’m going to go to work, it must be something of value to me.” Well lad-dee-da William Bradley that you have that luxury of deciding whether to work or not.

    Do these people not listen to themselves? They go on about saving the world and yet stick their privileged lifestyle in people’s faces at virtually every turn. They spend half their time flying around in airliners and talk about ‘being green’ to people who are picking up the fragments of their lives?

    What a sanctimonious piece of dreck.

    There’s no rest for the Champagne Socialists of the world that’s for sure…

  4. reasonstobecheerfulpart2 says:

    For years I have had a crush on Brad Pitt, but it has started to wear off. Kept wondering why, until a colleague told me she thinks he has become kind of an Earth Mother. Spot on! Earth mothers are wonderful too, don’t get me wrong, I still like him, but the crush is gone. For good. What a pity. I’ll have to go back to Robert Redford then. Or find a new star crush ;-)

  5. NotBlonde says:

    Baho you are so right.

    And that dress is hideous. Turning it backward does nothing for her, just makes her look like she has a thicker waist than she actually does. It’s a muumuu cinched at the waist.

    Maybe she looks old or feels old because of all those rug rats?

  6. Chiara says:

    I’m underimpressed and underwhelmed. The purpose of his publicity machine is simply to sell himself and sell films, using his companion and children as the vehicle. There are so many people who volunteer and contribute to the world without using this to build an image.

  7. Annie says:

    I love the dress, I think it was a really good move on her part. Gorgeous.

    A lot of people argue that like what they’re doing to the kids is unfair and bla bla bla, but think of how much love they must have. And I mean, there are kids who go to boarding school and never see their parents and there are those who stay in one place and end up in gangs. I say, if they’re getting the education, and! They’re getting a consistent education as Brad points out. Good. For. Them.

    I liked this interview with brad. :)

  8. Susan says:

    She is breathtakingly gorgeous — he is not aging well – but ofcourse he’s hot as fire. He looks SO SMUG in these pics.

  9. Susan says:

    Baho – love your comments! Very true. They’re part of the “shiny happy pretty people” of society. Oh, and FILTHY RICH TOO.

  10. geronimo says:

    Yawn. Major Brad-fatigue setting in. Yes, I know I don’t have to read this but the more he talks, the more draining I’m finding him. I know he’s Queen Z’s dad and all but…he really needs to stop yabbering on about himself and his deep ‘meaning of life’ insights. They’re not deep and they’re not made any more meaningful by endless repetition. Enough.

  11. Baholicious says:

    LOL Anni, it’s a daily struggle!

  12. Angy has no good physique..i wonder what the noise abt her is…Brat,smallish in stature and behaves like a puppy.

  13. Mairead says:

    Nice enough interview except for the “enhance each other” business *gag*

    But listen, he can say what he likes about the charities. I actually managed to reference in a meeting today the Make it Right project today because we were discussing domestic water and energy-saving measures.

    There are so many similar projects around that while they’re equally worthy, I might not have known about it or wouldn’t be able to remember the title or give them a reference to research if it wasn’t something easy to remember, like “Brad Pitt”, if it wasn’t for Brad Pitt.

    Celebrity endorsements are cynical and tacky, but they work.

  14. NJMDPS says:

    Enough of these two already! Who cares! She is a sicko. He is odd to say the least. If I were so lucky to be JA, I would be glad to get rid of this sick puppy. He really has gone in the wrong direction. I guess living with AJ puts you under some kind of spell. Good luck to the entire group!

  15. Wonder Woman says:

    WOW, I guess the only way to like a celebrity now a’ days if they are a train wreck to make you feel better about yourself. Just sad

  16. aleach says:

    how did i know kaiser would be the author of this post?
    everytime the brange sneeze or fart, kaiser is on it!! *wink*

  17. BluePlanet says:

    Wait a minute, a few days ago he was whining about not wanting his personal life to be public fodder. Now he’s rambling on about what? Oh yes – his family! It seems these two talk to the press quite a bit about their personal lives for people who want privacy. Such hypocrites.

  18. jUDY says:

    So ladies, when was the last time your husbands said anything as nice as that about you? When have any of you looked as good as Angie does at 30? You all need new scratching posts lol you have worn your old ones out whining about Angie, and the green eyed jealousy gets soooo broing. Go make some dinner for your own brood and see if yhou hubby has anything really as nice as what Brad says about his partner to you?

  19. terissa says:

    Good for you Brad, I’m happy you found someone who respects you and makes you a better person.

  20. Baholicious says:

    My fella says plenty nice about me and I don’t need a scratching post. That’s what his back is for…

  21. boomchakaboom says:

    GAAAAAH. Why must my eyeballs continue to be assualted by these two? Can they not find their way to the airport and OUT OF MY EYESIGHT? Ahem.

  22. DD says:

    at the age of 45 it took a movie to make him realize life is short. That thought has dawned on me since I was an adolescent.
    Oh and here we go again with naming the nationalities and places of birth for each of their children heheh, well except those born in priviledged France.

    Amazing feat Brad having your white child born in Namibia, thus making her a Namibian somehow!

    Please please tell me that quote was taken from an older interview… don’t tell me he recycled that line again.

  23. o says:

    they’re away, but not far enough.

  24. katyalia says:

    DD: That’s what I thought, too. Semi- or fully recycled.

  25. Annie says:

    So what, it’s the color of my skin then, that indicates who I am?

    Because that’s very typical, ignorant thoughts.

    I mean….I was born in America, but let me tell ya, no “American” would consider me an American. So then what makes you….you? Hmm? If she is not Namibian by being born in Namibia then pray tell, what is she?

    I hate that notion. That you are what others perceive you to be. YOU don’t consider her Namibian despite that being her birthplace. Well then, YOU must be correct.

  26. Zoe says:

    @Wonder Woman: “WOW, I guess the only way to like a celebrity now a’ days if they are a train wreck to make you feel better about yourself. Just sad”

    That’s how I’m seeing some of these comments too.

    It’s def. a Brangie overload these days, but what the hell else can they talk about being asked the same damn questions over and over… it does get boring, but geeez, cut a little slack.

    Also, Angie sure as hell doesn’t look like an old fart in that dress from behind. Wish she could’ve walked around backward all night, the front is hiddie.

  27. DD says:

    Annie, my point was that Brad makes it sound that its so rare that his kids from all different nationalities, including his kid born in Namibia specifically can get along.

    Just because she spent 2 minutes(yes I’m exaggerating) being born in Namibia, she does not exactly share their culture or heritage or much experiences there that she can actually remember. And I very much doubt she will be able to indentify herself as a Namibian. So him also pointing out that she was born in Namibia to keep re-inforcing to the media how culturally diverse their family is sounds very lame.

  28. vdantev says:

    It seems these two talk to the press quite a bit about their personal lives for people who want privacy. Such hypocrites.

    and I’m sure you can account for every idle time-filling comment you’ve ever made during the course of a day and not a single one of them will contradict the other.

  29. Roxy says:

    Angie is a gorgeous, hot young woman. Why is she wearing the dress and hairstyle of a woman 20 years older??

  30. Keekee says:

    I keep confusing these two with Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna. Maybe Brad and AJ should do Dancing With The Stars as their next joint project?

  31. xiaoecho says:

    don’t worry, as soon as the award season is over they’ll disappear until it’s time to either have another baby/adoption or promote another movie

  32. Julia says:

    Is it wrong that I find these two people a little dull? They even look dull now,there is no sparkle. I don’t dislike them or anything, and I’m glad that they seem to be happy, but gosh, if they didn’t have the names that they do, would anyone really care?!

  33. so what says:

    The only thing enhancing Angie, is botox and lyposuction. He is still squinting, wonder why??I can’t stand these two, he should STFU, every time he or she opens thier mouth, they sound like a moron. She does not look like shes 33 yrs old..more like 40..

  34. Ursula says:

    They are so last week. I wish they would just go away. I noticed too that Brad Pitt is perfecting that red carpet/ interview squint. The only people I know who squint all the time are those ashamed of themshelves.

  35. Baholicious says:

    Something else too: The oldest child is seven, they/she encourage(s) his interest in knives, guns and other weapons and nobody’s talked to this kid about death yet?

    Wow. Just…WOW.

  36. BluePlanet says:

    vdantev:

    It’s not about contradicting an odd comment. If one was truly that protective of their own and their family’s privacy, they would answer very little or nothing about them to the press. That’s not the odd slip up, it’s either stupidity or hypocrisy.

    this is a celebrity gossip board. I don’t take it seriously, neither should you

  37. BluePlanet says:

    vdantev:

    It’s not about contradicting an odd comment. If one was truly that protective of their own and their family’s privacy, they would answer very little or nothing about them to the press. That’s not the odd slip up, it’s either stupidity or hypocrisy.

    this is a celebrity gossip board. I don’t take it seriously, neither should you

  38. Annie says:

    Right.

    But then what signifies nationality?

    Because again, let me tell you, I’ve been told to my FACE “You’re not American, what are you?”

    And my English is immaculate, hell, I graduated with honors in both high school AND UC. Oh. And I was born and raised here.

    But I’m not American to a lot of people.

    So someone please tell me then what makes a person “American” or “French” or “Namibian” if it isn’t being born there?

    I’m not saying Brad’s right or he’s wrong, but just this whole thing seems so flawed to me.

  39. Raven says:

    Typically, a good interview takes a good interviewers. Seems like the interviewers esp. on the red carpet all ask such stupid questions.

    I see he’s said they are going to have more. I wish they would stop. They are clearly exhausted a lot of the time and, beyond a certain number of kids, each child really gets very little parent’s time. They have said in interviews they are already scheduling time for each child. Why deprive the ones you already have by having more?

  40. DD says:

    Hi Annie, you’re absolutely right Shiloh is Namibian. She may have not been raised there for any period of time, have any cultural ties or heritage whatsoever, except for being born there.

    I still think Brad is lame by pointing out his child was born in Namibia to reinforce how multicultural their family is. It’s obvious they chose to birth her there so they could have bragging rights for their biological child as well.

    I’m not sure I follow you on your not being perceived as an American. I take it you were born and raised there and probably still live there but somehow someone doesn’t like your accent which is a strange way to try to contradict the point I was trying to make.

  41. Jackie says:

    DD, I always feel that way when Brad brags about his daughter born in Namibia also. Like you say, they chose that country and went there specifically to give birth – and then got out pretty smartly afterwards. It’s not like she’s got any particular ties to the culture there.