Brad Pitt jokes that Angelina Jolie makes him “miserable”


Much like the Bild interview with Brad Pitt that was recently published, this Times Online interview seems to have taken place while Brad was at the Cannes Film festival, and is only being published now as part of the early promotion for Inglourious Basterds, out later this month. Getting his “lush” cred out of the way early in the interview, Brad admits that he’s hungover, and that he had a “late night… now, I need coffee.” The interview is really long, so if you’d like to read the whole thing, go to the Times Online site. The person who wrote the piece is obsessed with rehashing all of the tabloid rumors surrounding Brad and Angelina, although Brad doesn’t veer off-message even once during the interview. His message? “Meh” to whatever the tabloids writing. Here are some excerpts:

On the split rumors: “Yeah, we’re really miserable,” Pitt deadpans but conveniently doesn’t answer the question directly. Later, he insists the red carpet appearance wasn’t simply a PR exercise. “No, no. It’s fun up there and I love it. We’re not even really aware of what is going on.” He’s clearly weary of discussing the one area that lurks, like the proverbial elephant in the room, around any journalistic encounter with him. “We just don’t really participate,” he says of the phenomenon that surrounds them. “It kind of goes on without us. It’s self-generating. When I was younger I would take it personally; it was such an injustice to me. As a man or as a woman I don’t know how they could sit there and do it. I mean, [the stories] are consciously fabricated and I don’t know how you could do that.”

On moving around so much: Pitt insists that they love it. “Everywhere is interesting in its own way, each place has its own feel and something to offer: you pick up something, the kids are picking up something. They have this world view which we are very proud and happy that we are able to provide.”

On how the kids deal with their parents’ fame: “We’re still trying to negotiate how we explain to them what we do. It’s not strange to them that their parents will come on television. And it’s not strange for them to walk outside and for there to be a photographer. They just think if there is printed material [as he disdainfully refers to the gossip mags] hanging around, their parents might be on the cover.” Surely they must be tempted to take a peek? “No, there’s no point.”

On family time: “Oh, we get peace in our lives. We got out here a couple of days early with the family and we get to hang out in a place in Provence. We’re pretty good at it. You carve out that time for the family. Do we get a little silence with the kids? No, not that kind of silence – silence is over at home, but we like that chaos…”

On German beer (again): “Berlin is not a stranger to us. I like the beer, as you can see from this morning. The beer is good.”

On working with Quentin Tarantino: “When you get into a Tarantino film he has all the back story lined up for you. It’s all teed off and it’s really well thought out. Other films? Let me think. That requires memory and I’m struggling with that right now… Listen, I like a bit of extreme and I’m always looking for other areas and pushing in different directions, but it’s kind of incumbent on what comes your way to pick from.”

On Make It Right NOLA, Brad’s affordable housing project in for the lower 9th Ward in New Orleans: “It’s going really well… By the end of the year we will have 100 homes and it will be the greenest, most intelligently designed neighbourhood in the United States. We have families coming in and their electric bills are $8, $12. It’s a big deal for anyone, but for a low-income family, it’s life-changing. It’s also a big deal because it’s proving [green] technology at all strata. It’s amazing and I thank everyone who’s been involved.”

On his future as an actor: “I think [acting] is a younger man’s game; there are fewer interesting parts for older people and we all get older. But I feel like I’ve done it. I’ve kind of had my time and that’s quite freeing.”

Any acting dreams left?
“Yes, of course there are,” he smiles. “But I’ll do them first and then we’ll talk about them.”

[From Times Online]

Yeah, Brad really sticks with his talking points for the most part. I feel like I’ve read parts of this interview before, but I’d imagine if you’re doing 40 interviews a day for a week, every question and every answer sounds the same. I did find Brad’s answers on his future as an actor very interesting. Could Brad be joining Angelina in her refrain of “maybe I’ll quit sometime soon”? Oh, right. Brad has nineteen projects in various stages of development. He’s not quitting Hollywood for a while.

Here’s Brad Pitt at the German premiere of ‘Inglourious Basterds’ on Tuesday. Images thanks to .

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  1. Marlene says:

    He always tries to sound intelligent only to come off as a buffoon…Truth is, he’s not that bright! Am I the only one who’s tired of hearing about him and Olive Oly Jolie?

  2. Glorified says:

    They are just a glorified version of the Gosselins….

  3. Rose says:

    I don’t know Marlene, are you? Seems odd that you might comment on a Brad interview if you were ‘tired’ of hearing about them.

  4. Orangejulius says:

    OK. He’s no rocket scientist, but I still love him!

  5. Beth says:

    Why do people say they are sick of Brad and Angelina but still feel the need to read or watch every interview they do? You wouldn’t be sick of them if you didn’t pay so much attention to them. Nowhere in this excerpt does Brad say he’s retiring or quitting soon. He’s just saying what a lot of older actors say: not enough good roles and his best acting years are past. He has a successful production company so he won’t be leaving Hollywood. Also Angelina never said she’s quitting. She just said that she sees herself working less in a few years and just going away in 10 or 15 years.

  6. cee says:

    I love him and I think he and Angie have found a rythmn that works for them. They are able to be apart and not feel threatened. They are still their owm people even though they are a tight family.

  7. rop says:

    Aren’t they like the car crash that you just can’t look away no matter how horrific the scene? Plus, we all have opinions…..

  8. MSat says:

    The goatee is growing on me. I dig it.

  9. hmm says:

    Glorified, that’s a new one. I fail to see how two successful movie stars whose children are barely photographed can compare to two reality stars whose livelihood depends on cameras being in their homes on a daily basis to film their children.

  10. wow says:

    Perhaps he’s not “joking”. ;-)

  11. Umm... says:

    Dear Rose-I’m not trying to attack you at all, but I have to say I agree with Marlene. Whether I’m walking down the street or at a restaurant or ANYWHERE, I have to hear some tid-bit about this controversial, yet un-substantial couple. I’m as tired of it as anybody. It’s like having your nose rubbed in vomit. It’s just not surprising at all that some people would voice their irritation. That being said, you can think what you like about them. Just don’t blame others for doing the same.

  12. ho hum says:

    Well, he may joke about it, but his face is the proof. He LOOKS miserable. Poor man.

  13. Charity is Chic says:

    I can see the Gosselin resemblance, but I think they are actually a more liberal version of the Palins.

    Sarah Palin/Angelina Jolie: Self-righteous woman who thinks only she can save the world. Exploits her children for PR and the more children she has the more saintly she feels she should be treated. Thinks people care about her because she is so interesting and has so much to offer intellectually but actually got to where she is because men want to have sex with her.

    Todd Palin/Brad Pitt: Still thinks he is part of the family decision-making process because he had is own job but is in fact hanging onto his manhood for dear life by cruising around on a motorcycle/snowmobile sporting a goatee.

  14. Liv says:

    Brad Pitt on how his kids deal with their parent’s fame: “We’ve told our children that we’re all very special human beings, very different from other humans, and when we take a dump, there will always be someone ready to collect it for a lump sum of several million. Do they want to look at gossip magazines of us? No, there would be no point…that is to say, why would we want them asking questions about our affair? Our fights? There’s no point in that…”

  15. lea says:

    @Beth I was thinking the same thing. Not only are they always on here but they sit and wait for their blogs to come up so they can rush and post. Why stalk them then complain about being tired of them? Seems such an odd thing to do.

  16. ck says:

    It’s called aging, ho hum. It will happen to you too. He’s what? 47? That’s ALMOST 50! I don’t think you can look young forever unless you sell your soul to the devil or a plastic surgeon.

  17. Cowbell says:

    I can’t get past that shiny ring on his lady hands.

  18. Bodhi says:

    I’ve heard WAY more about the Gosselins in the past month than I have about the Jolie-Pitt family. Sorry, but the tabloid-courting BS has been proven false…

    As for Brad, I think he looks great!

  19. alex says:

    I see poster #2 been reading The Awful Truth cause that is what Ted the Terd cause Brad and Angie. I guess he/she can’t come up with something on his/her own.

  20. lea says:

    Seems to me if you have no care for some one you don’t follow them around and hang on to every word they speak. Look at John Lennon stalker that ended up killing him. How about the person that killed Serena Perez. I’m sure these people didn’t know why they did what they did. Stalking someone is just weird especially when you claim not to like them.

  21. Cheyenne says:

    When he was asked last year at a film premiere what the kids were doing, he deadpanned that they were back at the hotel throwing spaghetti on the walls. This was after Grazia or some other Brit slag rag printed a story that the hotel complained that the kids were out of control and were trashing the place. The hotel denied the report.

    Angie said in the Vogue interview that Brad has a wicked sense of humor. I’d be extremely surprised if either of them cares what the tabloids print about them.

  22. eternalcanadian says:

    tacky. whatever happened to “oh i love her so much, she’s the best, i’m totally happy with her and our lives with our kids” yadda, yadda, yadda. Pffft, “Yeah, we’re really miserable.” tacky, joke or not.

  23. anonymous says:

    I agree with Marlene! Brad is such a dbag!

  24. CJ says:

    It’s funny that people ripping on Brad, saying that he’s stupid, sound mildly retarded themselves. That’s really rich! You may be tired of Pitt, but I get tired of people ready to pounce with claws sheathed, for no good reason. Makes you look really petty.

  25. la chica says:

    he’s right — it is self-generating.

  26. rop says:

    How about everyone who loves Brad/Angelina give lavish praises and attack the people who don’t like them, then in another post of a celebrity they don’t particulary care for they can voice their opinion oh so freely? Are the people that like them their personal cheerleaders or what? Talk about the claws coming out and sounding stupid….at least I can accept that you like them. Nothing self-generating about that.

  27. Heidi says:

    I’m No jolie or pitt fan..but i don’t think they are breaking up!! she is a lovely,nice,beautiful mom..brad is a very lucky man to have a partner like her!! i mean just look at the effect she made on the people of Iraq!! when was the last time anyone of YOU haters did such a thing???????????she is always going to have her fans on her side!!i wonder what do all of you haters have???

  28. love brad and Angie says:

    CJ great post. I adore this couple and their chemistry is just so perfect together.

  29. DD says:

    Give it a rest folks, brangelina is now a religion, it is no longer alright to express any negative / indifferent opinion lest you want to be exposed as an infidel.

  30. PJ says:

    How can a 1, 2, or 4-year-old have a “world view?” Maybe this is possible for the 8-year-old, but the other 5 kids are just too young.

    Interesting that both Brad & Ange try to justify their constant traveling by claiming that it’s “good for the kids.”

  31. Anastasia says:

    All you have to do is look at a comments thread around here to see it’s truly self-generating, that people just make stuff up about this couple, for reasons I can’t figure.

    I mean, one person above says they just walk down the street and people come up to them telling them stuff about this couple? Come ON. No one does that. If you’re sick of them, don’t click on or read any stories about them, there you go, done. I don’t read or comment on anything Paris Hilton related because I think she’s a waste of oxygen and extremely unattractive to boot, so I ignore her! Easy!

    It’s not like she’s banging on my door every morning, insisting on coming in and having breakfast with me. Well Brad Pitt isn’t beating down your door, either. So chill and move on with your life.

    I thought his miserable comment was funny and very sarcastic. If people are going to make stuff up anyway, why not laugh at it? Honestly that’s what I would do. Shrug.

  32. Katharine Jaynes says:

    I disagree with “[acting] is a younger man’s game; there are fewer interesting parts for older people and we all get older.”

    First of all, I think some of Brad’s best work has been in the past few years: Burn After Reading, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button…

    Personally, I think ageism hardly affects men in Hollywood as much as it affects women. It’s hard to prove because most of my facts are speculation, but I can use the list of Academy Award winners. The youngest male who won was Adrian Brody at 29, while there are many female winners quite a bit younger. Marlee Matlin was 21; Audrey Hepburn and Joan Fontaine were 24; Grace Kelly, Julie Christie, Vivien Leigh, Jodie Foster and Hilary Swank were all 25; Gwyneth Paltrow, Katharine Hepburn, Barbara Streisand were 26.

    The average age for female nominees and winners is much lower than the male age, which indicates there are better scripts and roles for men as they get older, but women’s roles peak much earlier.

    There are plenty of other actors older than Brad who have found continued success into middle age and beyond. Anthony Hopkins, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Murray, Robert DeNiro, Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Sean Penn, Mickey Rouke just had a huge comeback (I can’t recall any disfigured plastic-surgery catastrophe women who have made a comeback in Hollywood).

    I think Hollywood is much harsher on ageing actresses than their male counterparts. Very few women have success into their middle and old age, I can name Dame Judy Dench, Meryl Streep, and Anjelica Huston, but really not many others. Their are few bit parts for these ladies, but most scripts are still written by men, most movies are directed by men, and most producers are men, which means that most movies are told from a male perspective. Time and time again young ingenues are hooked up with older actors in Hollywood films, but the reverse is seen much less.

    In conclusion, I don’t know what Brad is muttering about. I’m a big fan and I hope to see him in some more great films, and I think his goal that he won’t speak of is to win an Academy Award and he doesn’t want to jinx it or turn off voters by outright campaigning for it.

  33. Cheyenne says:

    Agreed that men age much better than women in Hollywood. A 45 year old man is sexy; a 45 year old woman is over the hill. But maybe Brad is simply getting tired of acting and wants to concentrate on being with his family and producing films instead of acting in them.

  34. angie says:

    Where are up to date pictures of the twins and why haven’t we seen any? really makes me wonder??????

  35. Em says:

    I have to admit, he’s a hot nitwit

  36. aw! says:

    He’s hot–thats all that really counts. I don’t care if he doesn’t have the IQ of Einstein.

  37. Mars says:

    I bet talking about his life and career is boring to him now. He’d probably rather just live it and do the roles. But nowadays an actor has to sell a movie and that means talking and a lot of it.

  38. RuffianSuz says:

    I think Brad’s got a bit of the wit in him, good on him.

  39. tootyfrooty says:

    What is up with the tacky man ring and grey gotee. Both are nasty.

    As far as if the stories are true, you can assume they are false when they refer to a close friend of Angie’s since she doesn’t have any. I’ve never seen her out with any girlfriends – EVER.

    Let me predict now that all the defenders will say its because they are all jealous.

  40. Judy says:

    Have you all noticed that the people in her crabbing about Pitt and Jolie are the ones that are ALLWAYS posting in any blog about them lol They are obsessed with P&J they hate them ,they want to comit because all they see is articles about them .I cannot figure out what FORCES them to read those articles lol

  41. Praise St. Angie! says:

    “As far as if the stories are true, you can assume they are false when they refer to a close friend of Angie’s since she doesn’t have any. I’ve never seen her out with any girlfriends – EVER.”

    HA! I just posted the same thing on another thread! It’s strange to me that she doesn’t seem to have even one girlfriend. I guess her brother is the closest thing she’s got to one.

  42. gg says:

    @ 11., who said, “Whether I’m walking down the street or at a restaurant or ANYWHERE, I have to hear some tid-bit about this controversial, yet un-substantial couple. I’m as tired of it as anybody. It’s like having your nose rubbed in vomit.”

    :lol: :lol:

    I don’t seem to have that happening to me – where in hell do you live?

  43. Donna says:

    I still feel sad about the hurt Jen is still going through but truly believe Brad & Angie were meant for each other. They are stunning, have a stunning family, and stunning life. More power to them. I just wish they would adopt me!

  44. vanessa says:

    I like em. They seem like the genuine article. Good for them. Hope the kids turn out to be good people like them. All they are missing is Jesus. :)

  45. The beard really suits him well..

    Brad.. you sure you joking about Jolie?

    I think he might be seroius!

  46. crazydaisy says:

    Did anyone else notice the GRAY beard?!

  47. Ursula says:

    Poor man, he may not be jocking at all.