Having a global fanbase that follows your every move, the life of Brad Pitt is not that of a mere mortal. There is rarely enough time for peace or self reflection and during an interview with GQ Magazine, the movie star said that his divorce from Angelina Jolie was the right course of action for all concerned.
"You've got a cliché: 'If you love someone, set them free,'" he explains. "Now I know what it means, by feeling it. It means to love without ownership. It means expecting nothing in return. But it sounds good written. It sounds good when Sting sings it. It doesn't mean f***-all to me until, you know."
Pitt: People Are Drawn To Conflict
Citing a 2007 drama starring Daniel Day Lewis, Pitt said that the experience of watching the movie There Will Be Blood gives him perspective when it comes to any perceived court battles against Jolie. Playing to the worst part of his nature, he says he could not bring himself to that point.
"You'll be in court and it'll be all about affairs and it'll be everything that doesn't matter," he forecasts. "It's just awful, it looks awful. One of my favorite movies when it came out was There Will Be Blood, and I couldn't figure out why I loved this movie, I just loved this movie, besides the obvious talent of Paul T. and, you know, Daniel Day. But the next morning I woke up, and I went, Oh, my God, this whole movie is dedicated to this man and his hatred. It's so audacious to make a movie about it, and in life I find it just so sickening."
Veteran Gets More Satisfaction From a Bomb Than a Hit
With a glittering career that spans Se7en, Fight Club, Inglorious Basterds, Moneyball, Meet Joe Black, Snatch and many many more, Brad Pitt can take his pick from a glorified collection of titles. Quizzed about what he has enjoyed more and what he still wants out of acting, his answer came as something of a surprise.
"I would say more in comedic stuff, where you're taking gambles," he argues. "I can turn out the hits over and over and I just—my favorite movie is the worst-performing film of anything I've done, The Assassination of Jesse James. If I believe something is worthy, then I know it will be worthy in time to come. And there are times I get really cynical, you know. I spend a lot of time on design and even this sculpture folly I'm on, I have days when—it all ends up in the dirt anyways: What's the point? So I go through that cycle, too, you know? What's the point?"
As the tabloids and press make their own assessments and judgment on him as an actor and a father, does Pitt have any fears or concerns about how he will be viewed down the line?
"What did Churchill say? History will be kind to me: I know because I'll write it myself," he asserts. "I don't really care about protecting the narrative. That's when I get a bit pessimistic, I get in my oh-it-all-goes-away-anyway kind of thinking. But I know the people who love me know me. And that's enough for me."