Brad Pitt claims he’s in the kitchen for Thanksgiving: ‘I’m all over that turkey’


Can I just say? I really like the “hot professor” vibe Brad Pitt has in these photos. It’s a much better vibe than the “I’m wearing a ‘90s wiglet” energy from The Big Short premiere. These photos are just of Brad out and about in NYC on Tuesday, likely going back and forth to media outlets to promote The Big Short. He wore that newsboy cap so I have no idea if he’s still trying to work a wiglet, or if the real wiglet is the “grey hair” he’s rocking for War Machine. Anyway, there are some assorted quotes floating around from Brad, including his thoughts on the world of finance today, and whether he’s going to do any cooking for Thanksgiving.

Whether he’s in the kitchen for Thanksgiving: “Yeah, I’ll get in there, I’ll mess it up a little bit. We got Thanksgiving, man — I’m all over that turkey.”

His secret to staying young-looking: “Everything in moderation and a lot of love.”

Filming The Big Short in NOLA: “I like any excuse to get back to New Orleans.”

The best thing about getting older: “You just get more and more chill.”

Telling the story of the 2008 financial crisis: “It was a really important story to me, I’m still angry by it, that no one was held accountable, this financial crisis, this housing meltdown that so many people got hurt by. I’m angry. I’m angry that so many people lost their homes. Families were put on the street, they lost their life savings, and yet no one was held accountable. No senior official was held accountable. That’s amazing.”

He’s worried nothing has changed: “There’s something seriously wrong, you talk to the experts now and they say nothing’s changed. The entitlement to make money without responsibility still exists, it’s alive and well. And the same practices are still going on, only in different arenas. But nothing’s changed. That’s a problem.”

[From Extra & People]

Angelina Jolie has said over and over again that she can’t cook and she’s a disaster in the kitchen. So is Brad cooking Thanksgiving? Is he just in charge of the turkey and he makes the kids do the other stuff? The thing is, if you’re helpless in the kitchen, you can buy a lot of pre-made stuff. I wonder if that’s what they do. As for Brad’s thoughts on the financial crisis… yes, it is depressing. Ugh.


Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

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  1. kri says:

    Great. Thanks, Brad. The Turkey is in my fridge, I am cooking this year, and I am terrified. I think that turkey is silently mocking me. Maybe Brad can swing by and help out.Happy Thanksgiing to all of you CB people.

    • mimif says:

      I’m in the same boat. I don’t even like turkey, but we bought some groovy heritage pasture raised feng shui apple orchard chakra cleansed bird, and now I have to cook it. And like, brine it and stuff. I dunno. I’d be happy with Cheez-Its and mimosas, myself!

      • LadyMTL says:

        LOL, mimif…I think you’ve got all the bases covered there. All you need is to season the turkey with unicorn tears and it’ll be perfect. Thanksgiving here in Canadaland was over a month ago now, but I know my mom always stresses out about the state of the bird.

        I’m sure yours will be fine. :D

      • Lilacflowers says:

        We go out for dinner and movies. Which is lovely and relaxing because nobody has to wrestle a turkey and martinis help me ignore my obnoxious oldest brother. I will bring cheeze-its to the cinema

        Edit @ Mimif, you could stuff it with cheezr-its. crumble them up and use instead of bread crumbs.

        Happy Thanksgiving one and all!

      • mimif says:

        God that sounds so much better than what I’m about to embark on. CROQUEMTINIS ABOUND!

      • mia girl says:

        mimif – you crack me up.

      • Babalon says:

        I laughed so hard at this.

        Have a wonderful holiday, folks. Good luck with your turkey roasting.

      • AntiSocialButterfly says:

        LOL! Could this be a Bell & Evans? Got one this year instead of the standard feedlot garbage.

        A happy holiday to all!

      • mimif says:

        I purchased this lucky bird from a local farm where the turkeys are hatched and raised by momma, live a good life, then get finished on goat’s milk and fermented grain before their heads get chopped off. It’s only 11 pounds and looks pretty friendly. I wonder if it wants a CROQUEMTINI.

        ETA: Gross I sound like Goopdelupe (again)!

    • Anne tommy says:

      Brad does have some experience of turkeys to fall back on….frankly if I had their money I’d be hiring someone to cook while I sat back with a nice drink. I expect that makes me a bad person. Brad young, Brad older, meh…

    • Esmom says:

      Lol. Ours is on the grill right now, which is how my husband cooks it. We have to make it a day in advance since we will be busy tomorrow yet still have to host.

      I don’t think Brad will be cooking his, the way he phrased it was that he goes into the kitchen and makes a show of messing with it and someone else is doing the actual cooking. The “hot professor” look really does work for him.

      And yes happy thanksgiving to all here!

      • mimif says:

        On the grill?! How long does that take. What a brilliant idea. Like outside? Stuffed? Rotisserie? TELL ME I MUST KNOW. My oven thanks you.

        What about roasting it in the ground? I’ll do anything to get out of this.

      • Lucky Charm says:

        My former MIL would just buy a turkey roll at the grocery store to serve for Thanksgiving dinner :-/ And boxed mashed potatoes with gravy from a jar! SMH

      • Blabberwort says:

        That’s easy mimif, take a shovel, dig a hole, place turkey in, cover up, write treasure hunt clues on pieces of paper that leads to the direction of your parents house. Enjoy!

      • Esmom says:

        mimif, yes on the grill as if he was making burgers. Not stuffed, not rotisserie, the only prep is to tie the wings closer to the rest of the body. He puts it on indirect heat so that it cooks more slowly than smaller pieces of meat. He picked up the tradition from my dad, which started mostly because my mom wanted to free up the oven for other stuff. That aspect is great.

        I don’t think it’s ever taken more than three hours on the grill. We don’t get very big birds because our family is small. I don’t eat meat — Thanksgiving sides are the best part anyway, imo — but everyone raves about the grilling, apparently it’s smoky and delicious.

      • mia girl says:

        Esmom – see why “day before” questions to Scarlet Vixen down thread. I would welcome the advice.

      • mimif says:

        Oh, thanks Esmom, sounds so easy! Not much of a meat eater myself so not sure why I’m cooking this thing, but maybe I can pull it off on the grill. Or maybe I’ll just set it on fire. MUAH!

      • Jib says:

        Yes, I’m sure they have a cook. I cannot imagine Angie and Brad cooking three meals every day for 6 kids. That’s a ton of cooking!!

      • Emma - The JP Lover says:

        @Jib, who wrote: “Yes, I’m sure they have a cook. I cannot imagine Angie and Brad cooking three meals every day for 6 kids. That’s a ton of cooking!!”

        Why can’t you imagine it? Brad didn’t hack out of an egg an A+ list movie star. He was raised in the Mid-West in a church going home with parents, and siblings, who love family. I’m sure they had large and wonderful Thanksgiving meals when he was growing up and I ‘can’ imagine him wanting that for his kids. You know, a parent in the kitchen cooking the turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy. I’ll bet Mama Pitt has given Thanksgiving cooking tips to Brad (and perhaps the kids, too) over the years. The kids seem to like hanging out in the kitchen. One of them made the cake for their parents’ wedding, after all. :)

  2. Pandy says:

    In the last pic of Brad, you can see that he’s not filled and botoxed. His wrinkles are showing. Still looks damn hot.

  3. Desertrose says:

    “His secret to staying young-looking: “Everything in moderation and a lot of love.”


  4. BNA. FN says:

    I remember Brad saying he makes breakfast for the kids in the mornings and Knox liked pan cakes. In one of his interviews promoting TBS about a day ago he was asked if it’s his real hair and he said yes. He also told Tom Brokwa Angelina has no business in the kitchen. Angelina told Anderson Cooper they both made Thanksgiving turkey a few years ago and it came out fine.

  5. Triple Cardinal says:

    “I’m all over that turkey.”

    Actually, that I’d like to see.

  6. Liz says:

    Come on, of course they have hired help to cook their turkey and their daily meals.

    • lucy2 says:

      Agreed. I’m in the kitchen too Thanksgiving day too, but that doesn’t mean I’m doing all the cooking. Or really any of the cooking. They all know better than to trust me with any of it.

  7. Sam says:

    People forget that Brad is Midwestern. I have no doubt he knows his way around a Thanksgiving table.

    I allow my husband to cook the turkey breast we buy (just the breast) in truth because I am a vegetarian who has been one for so long I genuinely don’t trust myself to cook meat now. So I totally leave that up to him.

  8. lila fowler says:

    Whatever he did to his face… it does not look natural. Fail.

  9. Candice says:

    Brad and the wrinkle talk start in his earily 40s.Anyway may be there will be some photos from cambodia on her new set. He said I’m all over that turkey Isay so are millions of people Brad.

  10. maggie says:

    I like how his scarf is so casually thrown around his neck. He’s such a poser!

  11. PunkyMomma says:

    And here I thought he was talking about his latest movie. My bad.

  12. Scarlet Vixen says:

    I was terrified of cooking a Thanksgiving turkey the first time I hosted (it probably didn’t help that I was 9 1/2 months pregnant-I had my daughter 3 days later). My mother always made it sound like it was SO hard and she slaved away for days. I found an amazing turkey rub recipe from Ina Garten. It’s for a turkey breast but works for a whole bird. I actually prefer making it the day before. I love hosting Thanksgiving now.

    • mia girl says:

      I am not hosting Thanksgiving this year but still making the turkey to take over to my sisters. I am making it the day before for the first time. So I have some questions:

      -How long after you cook it to you store it in the fridge?
      -Do you carve it the next day cold and then reheat or do you reheat whole?
      -What temp to you reheat at?

      All advice welcomed!

      • mimif says:

        -Do you put the roller skates on before or after it’s cooked?
        -How many CROQUEMTINIS is too many?
        -Can one serve Bunchems as appetizers?

      • mia girl says:

        -Bunchems: YES but anyone with long hair should refrain

        -CROQUEMTINIS: as many as it takes to mentally drown out the tone-deaf political comments coming from your family (also see: Adele)

        Roller skates – AFTER OFCOURSE

      • mimif says:

        😂😂😂 thank you, my croquemia girl, I now have the strength to brine this fowl looking thing staring back at me.

      • Esmom says:

        Lol @ this thread.

        mia girl, We cooked ours a day earlier for the first time today, too since my kids are marching in a big parade tomorrow morning with their school band. My husband let it rest for a couple hours then carved it all up and put it in the fridge. I think we’ll just reheat the slices in the oven tomorrow just before the guests come, not sure about what temp we’ll heat it.

        We never made a big deal of the carving anyway, in our family people just want to eat and leave.

        I host Thanksgiving fairly often but I don’t love it. I am scarred from the first Thanksgiving my husband and I hosted in our first house after getting married, which was going pretty well until my grandma fell and broke both her arms. :(

      • Scarlet Vixen says:

        @Mia Girl: I don’t have my recipe handy atm, so I’ll try to remember…I roast the turkey the day before, and let it rest about 45min-1hr before carving. If you carve too soon after taking it out the meat can get too dry. I then lay the slices in a large casserole dish no more than a couple inches deep (this helps it to reheat evenly). Here’s my trick: I pour a cup or so of white wine into the bottom of my roaster (the bird sits up on a grate), so after I’ve carved my bird I strain all the icky bits out of the roaster and then pour that liquid over my carved meat. Cover with tin foil & refigerate. Reheat the next day at 325/350 for 30min or so. Reheating it in all the juices helps it stay nice and moist. I don’t even use gravy, because with my herb rub & the white wine the juices are gravy enough (I happen to think gravy is kinda gross anyway). Hope that helps!

      • mia girl says:

        Thanks so much Esmom and Vixen!

        Happy Thanksgiving to all!!!

  13. dippit says:

    I hope this doesn’t offend, asking as a Brit. I have a couple of American friends who claim Thanksgiving Dinner is far more stressful (big family meal terms in the US) than Christmas Lunch, but I’ve never understood quite why? Brit terms (not sure we have a near collective Big Meal 2nd equivalent in our annual calendar) Christmas is the fevered kitchen/table day here. Is it because of generally wider spread by way of denominations (not to say the UK isn’t also increasingly mixed – and significantly rather secular) but Thanksgiving is a point of common celebration for all identifying as American citizens? Perhaps it’s felt as a more generally uniting celebration than anything I can think of as a Brit equivalent (even including Scottish Burns Suppers, various Saints’ Days, or occasional Jubilees)?

    Again, hope you don’t mind my curiosity.

    I don’t mind Brad’s look here (except hat and the face work a bit off). My fave ‘actor guy does professor’ THIS: but he does have less years on the clock, so…

    PS, I’ve been looking at US Thanksgiving sites for recipes this year to try and pep up Christmas a bit this end. Some interesting variety which might work, I hope.

    • Sam says:

      Here’s what I think:

      Thanksgiving is all about the food. Christmas, you can argue, is mostly about gifts, or religious observance, or just whatever you want it to be. But Thanksgiving is almost uniformly, without fail, about the food. And for most Americans, Thanksgiving has a limited menu – turkey, stuffing, pie, cranberry relish/sauce, etc. And there is a lot of pressure on to get all that right. What do you see when you see Thanksgiving depicted on TV or anyplace else? You see a group of people having a meal. That’s it. Christmas has multiple different representations in the media, but Thanksgiving just has one. So I think it’s a more intense pressure to get it “right.” But in most homes in America, cooking duties aren’t shared equally. The woman of the house is expected to handle most of it (if not all). So you have a bunch of people who run themselves ragged each year. In addition, it’s supposed to be a holiday about celebrating family, but we don’t like to acknowledge that not all families get along or are pleasant to be around. So I think that contributes to a lot of the stress too.

      • dippit says:

        Thank you. Yeah, I can see that. I suppose it is the feast element, so the feast has to be a right guid proper feast. A lot of pressure, as you say, more often than not for women in a family. And I suppose with gifts, and the festive (religious or secular) elements of Christmas, there’s just that little less pressure on the meal itself. If you fluff something, throw more brandy at it (maybe set it on fire – call it flambee) and everyone will laugh, pull a cracker and eat chocolates off the tree instead.

        I guess that distracts moreso too from any family tensions, maybe. Also, wider friend group more likely as guests at your Thanksgiving, opposed to Christmas being more just family?

        Thanks, again – have always been curious. Not sure I could handle two in the space of a month, tbh.

    • Esmom says:

      Sam, well said, I would agree.

      dippit, yes I think Thanksgiving celebrations often include a wider friend group than Christmas, maybe since there isn’t a religious aspect so the day can feel more inclusive. Although I know some families that make a bigger deal out of Thanksgiving than Christmas, food-wise, since they aren’t particularly religious but do partake in the gift giving part of it. I also know groups of friends who have their own Thanksgiving meal in advance of celebrating with family on the actual day. I did that myself when I was young and single.

      One other thing that seems to have become big on Thanksgiving among some people: watching football. Nothing like eating a big dinner then crashing on the couch in front of the TV. I like that it helps minimize the tension that could come from political or other sensitive discussions.

      • dippit says:

        Thank you too. I’m exhausted just thinking about it. I’ve been taking the chance of being a bit unwell to sort out my Christmas gifts and cooking ideas, tiring enough before the pre-Christmas parties and lunches start. Plus I have a family Boxing Day birthday, so the meal on Christmas is large so that left-overs are plenty.

        Haha, I guess your Thanksgiving crashing in front of the football is Brit Christmas equivalent to the crash in front of the Queen’s Speech, Eastenders (guaranteed doom, gloom, and often murder), then Strictly Come Dancing, Dr Who, and Downton Christmas Specials. Just discovered there’s a new Agatha Christie at some point too :) . Football (soccer) and horse racing is Boxing Day.

    • Peggy says:

      Watching AMERICAN FOOTBALL and eating.

  14. mrsrockstar says:

    When we went to my brother in law’s house every year he deep fried the turkey. It seemed unusual but the whole dinner is creepy and my husband and I discussed several days before how to leave as soon as possible Now we live elsewhere and someone else gets dibs on the grown kids and we live far away. For the last 2 years the 2 of us have been going to a bar restaurant that serves a good traditional turkey dinner. We can drink and relax and take home leftovers and not clean up and I was afraid the first time we went that I would feel lonely without family . Hah. It’s great great and great . Has anyone else out there deep fried a turkey?

    • Carmen says:

      No, but I’ve heard it is absolutely delicious. A friend of mine down South does deep-fried turkey every Thanksgiving. You have to do it out of doors in a deep fryer. Every single year there are stories in the newspapers about people who burned the house down trying to fry a turkey indoors. Usually the grease slops out over the top of the pot, hits the flame on the stove, and the whole kitchen is ablaze in a split second.

    • Jib says:

      Yes, my neighbors did. It’s really fast, and the turkey stays incredibly juicy. Much better than the over way, but we do the oven way anyway. :)

  15. Hannah says:

    He looks so much like Redford these days.

  16. Carmen says:

    I read somewhere that Pax loves to cook. Maybe Brad is doing the turkey and Pax is doing the sides.

    • Peggy says:

      Since they’re in Cambodia, chances are they’ll be crickets along with the turkey, Angie said the boys loves them.
      Pax is so lucky, he had pizza making lessons with Brad, the pizza restaurant put out the video, and he is allowed to visit kitchens at the hotels where they stay.