Brad Pitt: ‘I cling to religion,’ now I believe ‘that we’re all connected’

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Are you in the mood for a long-read profile of Brad Pitt where he talks endlessly about Hollywood (as a business) and fame and faith? I’m really asking, because I was not in the mood for it when I sat down to read Brad’s October GQ cover profile. I thought it would be a more standard profile of Brad, where he talked around the controversial issues of his life. But no – there’s only one reference to Angelina Jolie here (and it was made in passing by the GQ writer) and the conversation about fatherhood is mostly in relation to the themes of Ad Astra, the film Brad is shilling in the interview. Yes, Brad will spill his guts to a magazine, but not about anything that might make him look less like a cool, intellectual movie star. You can read the full piece here. Some highlights:

He always wonders if a different actor should play his parts: “It’s been my question the last 15 years: ‘If I’m gonna do the role, what can I bring to it that someone else can’t?’ Well, it’s about bringing my personal experience, my personal humor, my personal, um, embarrassments, and my personal pains. When I watch [Christian] Bale or [Tom] Hardy, I can’t do what they do. I love watching them. And I couldn’t step into that role.” But: “I want to do the same thing on my end.”

His changing attitude towards the acting life: “Maybe it’s just getting older too, man. It’s just getting f–king older! How you become more aware of time, and you’ve had more experience, good and bad, with people. And your own wins and losses—the older you get, they don’t seem like so much of a win or so much of a loss. Who you spend your time with, how you spend time—it has just become much more important to me… There was just too much emphasis on finding interesting characters. I went, ‘F–k me, man. Live an interesting life and the rest will take care of itself.’ Like, ‘You go out and you…live an interesting life. Get out and have real experiences.’ And that is what informs the work. Not going to find the interesting work and then trying to make it up. I just became more conscious of how I was living versus what I was living for.”

His characters never haunt him: He said he didn’t really recognize the actors who talked about being consumed or haunted by the roles they played, “like James Dean, he couldn’t let go of his character for three months after—I’m not that person. I don’t understand that.” Pitt leaves his characters behind the moment he finishes playing them. “I’m off. Gone.”

Just an actor: “Something that always bugs me is when they say, ‘Well, he’s an actor,’ or ‘She’s an actor, actress, actor.’ Meaning the connotation is that you go and fake something. And acting is the exact opposite. I just want to get that on the record. It bugs the s–t out of me.”

On faith & connection: “I’m optimistic about the possibility of connection. I’ve gone through everything. Like, I cling to religion. I grew up with Christianity. Always questioned it, but it worked at times. And then when I got on my own, I completely left it and I called myself agnostic. Tried a few spiritual things but didn’t feel right. Then I called myself an atheist for a while, just kind of being rebellious. I wasn’t really. But I kinda labeled myself that for a while. It felt punk rock enough. And then I found myself coming back around to just belief in—I hate to use the word spirituality, but just a belief in that we’re all connected.” He admits that he’s more attracted to the authentic unknown. “The people I’m really drawn to, they just have no filter. They have no protection. They have no filter on their thoughts. They sometimes get in trouble because of that, but I adore them. I adore that they’re just so open and raw about their feelings at any moment.”

On flaws & vulnerability: “Everything’s cyclical. It seems new to me, because coming from where I’m coming from and the movies I grew up on. But it seems to me that this idea of: There’s strength in vulnerability. It’s not a posing, strength of muscles, ‘I can do anything’ kind of blind confidence, but it’s a real confidence in really knowing yourself, your strengths, your weaknesses. And being really…vulnerable to and open with the people you encounter, the people you love. Being able to laugh at your foibles.”

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He also refers to himself as “a kid from the Ozarks” several times, like that’s his new brand or something. I’m half-expecting him to start a lifestyle blog called Dude From The Ozarks where he pushes faux-spirituality articles in between musings on whether he and Tom Hardy are up for the same roles (are they?). What really irritates me is the “elephant in the room” part of all of Brad’s interviews. It’s clear that writers can make references to the fact that Brad is a different person NOW, as opposed to who he was four years ago. But it feels like people are being required to write around what the big change was in 2016, you know?

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  1. Lala11_7 says:

    Seriously….

    I can NO LONGER WITH HIM….

    Act…

    Direct…

    Produce…

    Shut up!

    • Claire Ryce says:

      He’s all over the place, I can’t stand this POS any more too! Just shut up and pay the damn child support (loaning money doesn’t count!)

    • Erinn says:

      Yeah, honestly. He’s pretty much just playing the game in the worst possible way. You’d think someone who’s been in the industry as long as he has would have a better PR game. Clearly he left all that work up to the women he’s dated. I was always ‘eh’ on BP (plane incident aside because that was garbage) I never loved him, never cared enough to hate him. But thought he was ‘okay’ or whatever. But it’s kind of getting embarrassing at this point. Though I do find kind of scruffy Pitt to be one of the more attractive iterations. He’s just such a dickish bore.

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    • Sidewithkids says:

      LOL.

  2. Sierra says:

    Man I never realised how boring Brad is or how intellectual he tries to sound.

    He is hanging out with Kanye so that explains his religion comments. And please, we are all not connected. I am especially not connected with evil people, Trump & co and other racists & sexiest pigs out there.

    But as Kaiser said, how about mentioning the reason for his epiphany? He was bat crazy drunk and made his wife & children miserable and scared.

    This guy with his PR agent always manages to blame everyone else for his mistakes.

    What it is to be a white handsome man… sign…

  3. Lightpurple says:

    If he is going to have a relationship with his children, he can’t talk about them in interviews. He owes that to them.

  4. Jem says:

    Man, he’s annoying.

  5. LadyLaw says:

    Isn’t belief in a higher power part of AA?

  6. Pixie says:

    I mean, from the looks of it he is experiencing somewhat of a mid-life crisis but he makes it look SO GOOD. All of the pictures in the spread are gorgeous, and I will happily take all of his middling ‘I sold all of my belongings and moved to a van in the desert for ART’ monologues for as long as he keeps looking like this.

    • Bettyrose says:

      He’s never appealed to me, too fair-haired, too vanilla…(except for some scenes in Interview..) but I know he’s meant to be the pinnacle of male beauty…and he knows it.

      • Pixie says:

        @Bettyrose he is not my usual type either, but for some reason his new weathered, sad yet still handsome look is appealing to me. I am not proud of it lol

      • Bettyrose says:

        Weird thing is, I crushed sooo hard on Johnny Depp from the age of 12…he was my forever bf, now wouldn’t touch that. Brad has definitely held onto his looks longer.

  7. Talie says:

    So, I’ve been one of the people who have given Brad the benefit of the doubt, but I do find it very odd that he never talks about his kids and I’m sure interviewers are told not to go there either.

    Also, yeah, he may be trying to protect their privacy, but why hasn’t he been photographed with them? It just doesn’t make sense. I would love for someone to write an article about what’s really going on there. But celebrity journalism died out a long time ago. It’s a shame Janice Min isn’t still running that show.

    • Lightpurple says:

      Actually, it makes a lot of sense and may even be part of the terms of whatever the court has directed or the monitors for the kids have recommended. He owes those kids, not us.

    • Kebbie says:

      He spends a lot of time talking about vulnerability and showing weakness, but he doesn’t really ever confront any of that stuff about himself head on. At least not publicly.

      I don’t know what’s going on with his kids, but it’s been over 3 years now since he has been seen with them. Not even a blurry photo from a toy store. That’s bizarre to me. I think he must see the younger ones, but there must be stipulations about taking them out or something. Nothing else makes sense.

  8. Jax says:

    Physically, BP is still an attractive man. I’d probably even swoon if I saw him in person. However I have no interests in his projects or persona anymore.

    I would be interested in an Angelina Jolie/Jennifer Aniston buddy cop action comedy type movie. Where they can be enemies or besties (I don’t care either one would be amusing for the gossip rags to dissect) and they have fully fleshed out character arcs that don’t depend on a man paying attention to them.

  9. Valiantly Varnished says:

    I used to love Brad. Like LOVE. Wanted to marry him when i was a kid kind of love. And now I can’t stand the sight of him. Crowing about change and spirituality while you publicly smear your ex-wife and the mother of your children?? Sure, Jan.

    In the end, Brad turned out to be just another rich toxic white dude in Hollywood.

    Edit: It’s interesting to me how he talks about vulnerability and masculinity and being open to the people you love. And just the other day Angelina made a comment basically inferring how her own vulnerability was used against her in relationships. So he wants his own vulnerability to be recognized- but will weaponize his partner’s vulnerability against them. Interesting.

  10. skeptical says:

    You can like him or not, but I’m glad he’s NOT talking about family stuff.

  11. DS9 says:

    Is this his version of Timberdouche’s man of the woods era?

    I can only imagine how far Angie and Jen’s eyes roll when they hear this trash.

    • Dulce says:

      BEST COMMENT OF THE DAY!! 😜👍😁😅😂

    • lucy2 says:

      Yes!
      It’s kind of funny when you sit back and watch certain celebrities try and rebrand themselves. People do change, sure, but some of them are so obvious. Now that BP doesn’t have the “doting father” image to use anymore, he’s trying all this spiritual Ozark boy stuff. I suppose when he eventually finds a girlfriend (actual, not rumored for attention) there will be lots of interviews about how he’s finally his authentic self again, subtly hinting that he couldn’t be that with Angelina. Just like he couldn’t be that with Jen before her.
      It’s never his fault, of course.

  12. Lady D says:

    This man really is rudderless without a mate. Very scattered thinking.(imo)

  13. Toniko says:

    Where is your kids ,”father”?

  14. Adrien says:

    Whatever helps you become sober, mate.

  15. Seraphina says:

    Massive eye roll 🙄.

  16. Lizzie says:

    still sounds like the same old sex idiot he’s always been.

  17. Dali says:

    Brad is a different person NOW because he’s now single and living without his children. Brangelina was a decade long relationship for all of us and of course for him. Male journalists are more interested in the new life of the man who has been dumped by his wife. Poor thing. Its boring really, how many times do we need to hear about the guys new life, better life of course….

    • Kebbie says:

      I think that’s why he does these profiles with magazines like GQ. He knows the readership isn’t interested in his personal life and kids, and he won’t be asked about it. A woman would never get a profile like this if she’d been accused of child abuse. Also, a woman would write a much better profile because this one is garbage.

      The Eternal cool of Brad Pitt? Really? These male journalists slobber over him more than women do.

  18. Zut alors says:

    The Guardian’s Marina Hyde needs to write another article about this nonsense like the last when he spoke to GQ and did his back to nature photoshoot.

  19. Leah says:

    He needs to stop talking.

    We didn’t need to find out he is boring as well as of questionable intellect! We all know he assumes the persona of whomever is married/dating/engaged to at any given time. Turns out that has been a necessity. He has zero personality and less to say for himself than imagined.

    This is all very disheartening.

    • Lady D says:

      “Turns out that has been a necessity” LMAO

    • OriginalCarol says:

      It’s like peeling back the layers of an onion and realize that at its core, it’s rotten and worse than you first thought. He’s ugly on the inside and no matter how much he tries to dress it up, his true self will come out eventually.

  20. SaraR. says:

    Oh, he is drawn to blunt people, those who “have no filter on their thoughts”? Except for, when those blunt people are in danger of disclosing something that is not flattering to him – like what the hack happened on that plane. In that case, his lawyer issues a statement to court that certain blunt person has no internal boundaries or self control in speaking.

    He always gave me an impression of someone who is not happy with who he is and really wants to be an intellectual artist, someone who would like to be sculptor, or architect or a musician, but actually never had enough talent or knowledge to be one, so he hangs out with people who are more creative than him. Just my impression.

  21. Dulce says:

    I can’t with this old guy anymore!! He is disgusting and according to an blind item… He is having sex with an Kardashian!! Yeah, apparently he is f%ucking Kourtney Kardashian!! Don’t be surprise, after all… He attended Kanye West church!!

  22. Snowslow says:

    In the pictures he looks like a greasy, pervert character of a seventies film. Not eternally cool at all. Also he was always baby-faced and he now looks like an old baby which is super creepy. So basically “creepy” is the word that fits him better. Don’t see cool or handsome anywhere in those photos and even less in the interview. Worse than his word soup & salad only Zellweger’s on the other post. They should be dating and writing lyric diaries together.

  23. Lowrider says:

    He is stilling crapping on his 90′s-00′s personal life. It was boring and uninteresting.

    I said it before, Brad needs to do some counseling with his father. There is some unresolved deep issues there. Whatever happened in his childhood turned him into a bumbling fake intellectual adult trying to find the meaning of life.

  24. Dbee says:

    I need a translator for this..
    What is he saying !?
    Why does he sound like a teenager trying to find himself?!
    Is this what happens when you hide behind ppl your entire life?!
    I can’t believe this man is in his 50s.

    I hope his doing a Kardashian that will be the icing on the cake.

  25. Hmmm says:

    Why are you guys just realizing that this is who the guy is? A big phony who wishes he was someone more interesting? LoL he says nothing new ever! It’s the same b.s in almost every interview I’ve read from him. If he wants to be interesting he needs to be real.

    The interesting points come from his director who accidentally called him angry and dark

    🤣🤣🤣🤭🤭🤭

    When he describes the type of people he is drawn to he basically described Angelina and it’s weird. He also took some quotes from her older interviews but will leave it there.

    He needs to try to be who he is. A midwestern boring dude. He will never be like the people who were raised different.

    At least he didn’t completely throw his daddy under the bus this time.

    • Lowrider says:

      “The interesting points come from his director who accidentally called him angry and dark”

      I caught that too. David Fincher said something similar. Brad is more like his Tyler Durden character the the golden boy he presents to the public.

      • Hmmm says:

        He’s angry and dark -and probably worse when he’s drunk- is what I get from it.

        His fans were pissed that Maddox didn’t kiss his ass but hello! That kid knows him better than even the hollyweird people he calls friends 🤷🏽‍♀️. He Knows the angry drunk.

        Db is not the down to earth nice guy his fans and media want him to be.

  26. Hmmm says:

    Also, can’t wait to get a real Angelina sit down interview so that he can copy some new quotes. 🤷🏽‍♀️🤷🏽‍♀️

  27. OriginalCarol says:

    So many holes to pick through this garbage, lol. He’s the gift that keeps on giving for sure. Now that he doesn’t have a true partner to hang on, you can clearly see he’s sinking fast with his PR’s games and how to dress accordingly for that matter. What’s with his color coordinating during these press tours anyway? Either it’s mauve/ivory or blue jean or whatever, just one color like he’s promoting a uniform of some sort.

    1). Never a mention about his kids in any of the interviews for his latest movies? To protect their privacy? Yeah I have a bridge to sell y’all if that’s the case. He doesn’t want to talk about the ‘big elephant’ in the room cause he knows those questions of what the hack happened on that plane and why you are not seen with any of your kids for 3 years will be coming for his ass. Nope, not going to go there. Being openly honest and vulnerable to the people you love? Are you kidding! It’s a new thing to say for his PR games. Just copycat whatever his ex-Jolie was saying in her interviews and call it a day. Dude can’t even come up with his own stuff at all.

    2). And what’s with the ‘Eternal” term for him and his ex-Aniston? Eternal babe and now Eternal cool? LMAO. Coat tailing his ex-Jolie for her role in the Eternals or what, lol.

    3). As for the blind item about him f*cking Kourtney Kardashian? C’mon, if it’s true, it’s called his casual dating per sec. Nothing to fuss about. She’s a casual f*ck to fill the void until he can find a good young pliable woman to be worthy of being his arm candy. Just remember though that when one goes to bed with the Kardashians, you’d be eaten alive or at least your sex tapes will be online for pay per view, lol.

    4). Originally the tittle was supposed to be “Brad Pitt is still searching”…but he decided it probably make him look lost and immature so they went with the Eternal Cool of Brad Pitt, lol. What a douche.

    • Sidewithkids says:

      Wassup w/ this eternal stuff? JA has it on the cover of her mag. Is CAA just that consumed w/ Angie and angry she’s still working? They so stuck on everything she does. Or they love the rumors of JA and BP getting together and know their fans and people are gullible, they still play off of it? They are all still stuck in the 90s-00s and haven’t grown a bit. Sad really.

      • Hmmm says:

        I think it’s pretty obvious that CAA wants to keep some form of the god awful triangle going because attention and money. Meanwhile angie is minding her business actually filming as an eternal in London. 🤷🏽‍♀️

  28. Honor says:

    Ya’ll are really mean. You know that don’t you? You visit this url to look for butterflies do de-wing.

  29. DaisySharp says:

    Whatever. I can’t take a man who finds himself so interesting because I never met one who was yet.

    Who’s his little MIT faux gf again? Forget her name. Anyway, he dodged one there because missy got herself all up in the Epstein thing.

  30. JanetFerber says:

    He’ll cling to whatever or whomever makes him relevant. Put on your big boy panties and go home, Brad. Do some charity work, maybe.

    • SaraR. says:

      He tried when he was with Angelina (or to be with Angelina), but he lost interest, or something… and no one asks about Make It Right anymore. Maybe that is also forbiden question, like his family, and these journalists have no problem with it.

  31. DuquesadeAlba says:

    I feel sorry for this rich man. What shallow seems to be. Man, you were after child surpervisition OF YOUR OWN KIDS at least 2 years (o still…) and stil living and acting like a super dad. And a cool man. And again with this teanager garbage. So sad. Sorry for my horrendous english

  32. DuquesadeAlba says:

    I feel sorry for this rich man. What shallow seems to be. Man, you were after child surpervisition OF YOUR OWN KIDS at least 2 years (or still, perhaps, who knows…) and still living and acting like a super dad. And a cool man. And again with this teenager garbage. With the media protection. So sad. Sorry for my horrendous english

  33. Loulalou says:

    Is it really that hard to believe that a man can turn himself around by getting help and getting sober? I have know a few family members who are completely different people when sober compared to their personality as active alcoholics. They have done and said things that they are deeply ashamed and sorry for, even though they have hurt some people so much that they no longer want any contact with them. I find the comments here to be so judgemental and insensitive. There but for the grace of God go I…and many others on here..

    • OriginalCarol says:

      Is it really that hard to believe that a man can never change? That he’s just sprouting off this garbage for certain fans to gobble up? That he would never ever take responsibilities for his mistakes? That he perceived any slight against him as a crime to his person and he would find ways to avenge it in some ways? That some of his former fans have wised up and wowed never to be fooled again by this idiot? That the comments here are to be subjective and personally owned by different individuals. That we are not all connected in some shape of form? LOL.

    • Sidewithkids says:

      @loulalou, he wouldn’t continuing or have CAA continue to smear the mother of his kids and his kids if he has changed. He would try to get a relationship w/ the two older boys, Maddox and Pax if he has changed. He would come out w/ a statement chastising the tabloids and his stans for their balant and obvious lies against Angie, if he has changed.

      I believe in change. But he has not changed. Not at all.

      • OriginalCarol says:

        But his stans will say why would he beat his head against the wall (the media) knowing that it’s a lost cause, that anything he says will not deter the tabs from printing these lies. It’s their business to sensationalize the stories anyway they can. Well, it’s the stand he took when he’s with them and that the same tactic he’s doing now. Dead silence. Not a cricket to be heard. He would only speak up if it’s against him or put his image in a negative way. And the worse thing yet is now he would even add more fire to the stories if there is any hint that can potentially tarnish his reputation as a sad & lonely dad. He already lost the title of a beloved Dad of the brady bunch so you betcha he will not stand still and have the lonely dad title be taken away too. Hence the story in Page Six about his ex-putting up his son for hinting all is not well in their relationship. See there, he doesn’t want to be portrayed as not trying hard for the last 3 years to heal the relationship. It’s not his fault at all. It’s the son’s fault for being a stubborn teenager or being too close to his mom from the beginning. Or that it’s Jolie’s fault for putting the son up against his own dad blah blah. Never his fault. Always someone else’s.

        I have dealt with alcoholics before and know its disease that’s very hard to overcome. They can change and be good people again, but we are talking about Pitt here. Haven’t seen any changes as to his current behavior to indicate he’s a change man who will put his family’s welfare above his career, his image and his reputation. Nope, not at all. Same ole man going through mid life crisis who tries to pretend to be something he’s not.

    • dromedary says:

      Thank you for saying that, Loulalou, I agree and I was surprised there weren’t more posts saying the same. My ex is an alcoholic. Alcoholism is a helluva disease, they say you don’t mature emotionally while you’re in active addiction. The thing he said about everyone being connected, and (paraphrasing) making sense of a higher power after being an atheist for a long time because you’re cynical or think you’re too cool for that is a step toward becoming more mature. It sounds like me that he’s trying, I’m sure he has a long way to go, but it sounds like he’s sober and on the right path to growing up a bit. That said, I’m sure his exes are rolling their eyes or just thinking “there goes Brad doing what he does”.

  34. Sidewithkids says:

    He looks like a old man trying too hard to still be young. That’s why he mentions those actors in their forties. He wants to be still and wants people to think that he is. Lame. Grow up dude.

  35. Kiks says:

    Lol I disagree. What do you want a man to talk about? Drama you would like? noway. He is not crazy. I thought pretty standard interview. He talked about himself his views and whats is the problem? He is getting good reviews happy for him hope movie do decent.

    • OriginalCarol says:

      What’s the problem? I guess the problem is that this man who had gone through the last decade or so declaring himself as a family man; that he hit the jackpot by creating this family; that the best decision he’d ever made was to have Jolie be the mother of his children and the kids were his world.

      And now 3 years later, a reference to the family and their kids is brief, as an afterthought: “He sculpts now. Listens to a lot of music. Does dad stuff. And he seems to watch a lot of movies, according to people who know him”

      Sad, indeed. A toy, no longer needed, is locked up, never to be seen or heard again.

      • Linda says:

        @Originalcarol
        You seem really invested in the life of this man going by your endless dissertations on this post. Newsflash, as much as we think we know these people, we really don’t.

  36. Sarah says:

    I hope he has found his way back to God. I think that’s awesome!

  37. Fallon says:

    I can’t with him ever since the plane incident. He’s destroyed any goodwill he had from me. That being said… the man has held onto his looks.

    • OriginalCarol says:

      That’s because he had help, lol. Makeup and photoshop will do it for anyone. In candid pictures or live interviews, he looked his age and a younger version of Jolie’s second husband, BBT: skinny and old.

      Check out this video then and see for yourself.

      https://youtu.be/qF_gmNGFQYw

      • OriginalCarol says:

        Also has anyone here checked out his appearance on the Ellen show? My Gawd, I was shocked by how far he went to make himself one of them. Like fawning over Ellen with touchy-feely, leaning over her very attentively and cheering for the audience when Ellen announced they were all coming back for a second show for free gifts. Like he’s a good guy here, y’all. Nothing to worry about him at all. It’s all some misunderstanding about the plane incident. Like he’s completely rebranding himself. A down to earth type of man just trudging along after falling into some hard time. Not the famous Brad Pitt where he would grace you with some interviews when he deigned to do so or let you peek into his world for a few seconds then off he’s gone, back to his palace to live happily with his precious family. Such a facade of smoke and mirrors. Like the great tennis player Andre Agassi used to sell: Imagine is everything.

  38. sara8 says:

    He’s sober and found religion. Good for him. And he’s made two great films in a row. And he produces inclusive films with his production company Plan B. We are all mad at him for something happening on a plane that we don’t know? Or that he has a substance abuse disorder? The cruelty of these comments is probably why people never get help.