Brad Pitt’s latest film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, about a life-long romance between a man who ages in reverse (Pitt) and a woman (Cate Blanchett), set the record for the second-highest Christmas opening of all-time at $11.8 million. Brad recently opened up about the film and his extraordinary life.
On aging: “Once you hit 40, you start reexamining the math of it all,” said Brad, who turned 45 on Dec. 18. “I’ll trade wisdom for youth any day.”
On whether Benjamin Button is, in the end, a tragedy: “It’s a tragedy in the sense that any love involves loss, and that’s the risk you take. And the greater the love, the greater the loss. I certainly feel that now with the woman I’m with, and the children that I have. But whatever the course may be, this time together is extraordinary.”
On life before Angelina and the kids: “I had a whole other life and I got to experience a lot. And I probably got away with more than I should. And it kind of ran its course, you know, it kind of hit a dead end.” [Fatherhood is] “the direction I always thought I would go in. But not until, with Angie and it felt like a natural evolution, a natural direction.”
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On the state of the nation: “America’s known for our ingenuity. We put a man on the moon, for Christ’s sake. And it’d be a shame to lose that definition because of some kind of fear of losing what we were, or what we had. That’s the quickest way, I think, to end it all. We’re going to be all right.”
On one of the great messages from the film: “Another thing the film points to – you meet someone who is maybe in their 60s, 70s, even 80s, and you meet them as that person, anyone beyond the age of retirement, so to speak. And you seldom realize they had a whole life of experience. They were just as virile and ingenious and capable as you believe yourself to be.”
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