When it comes to parenting, Brad Pitt certainly doesn’t have anything in common with his character in The Tree of Life.
“I certainly don’t raise my kids that same way,” he told E! Online at last night’s Tree of Life premiere which took place at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. “I’m painfully aware that my actions have an indelible mark on them in these formative years. I make sure I don’t bring my crap home.”
Smiling, he continued: “I want to keep them free. I want them to explore that innocence as long as possible and find out what’s interesting to them. I just don’t want to encumber them in any way.”
The real-life father-of-six stars in the Terrence Malick directed film as a disciplinarian and sometimes abusive father of three young boys in 1950s Middle America.
It would seem that his knowledge of parenting helped him out while filming scenes in which he lashes out at his sons, played by newcomers Hunter McCracken, Laramie Eppler and Tye Sheridan.
“We had to be careful because these are young boys and you don’t want to scar them in the process, so it was explained to them ahead of time who I was playing and they knew it was coming, but they didn’t know when it was coming,” He went on to explain: “So in between we made sure we had a lot of time of every day life, throwing the ball around, riding bikes. I think everyone got through it unscathed.”
The devoted dad also said that he decided to appear in the upcoming animated film Happy Feet 2 in 3D for his and Angelina Jolie‘s kids. His explanation on why: “Happy Feet is in heavy rotation in our house so it was a must.”
Despite receiving a handful of boos at a screening at Cannes, The Tree of Life went on to win the Palme d’Or, the French film fest’s top award.