While discussing his latest role film, Ad Astra, Pitt said that he still enjoys acting but it’s not the center of his life anymore — and it hasn’t been for a while.
“I hit this point in the late '90s or early 2000s, where I realized I was chasing these interesting [roles], yet I was failing to live as interesting a life as I thought I could,” said the star, who also appeared in this summer’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
He acknowledged that his age has been a factor in his choice too.
“Maybe it's just getting older too, man,” he said. “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.”
So he’s made sure his life didn’t center around his work, but the other way around.
“There was just too much emphasis on finding interesting characters,” he said. “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.”
And when he picks roles, he has very specific criteria.
“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?’” On his list? “Well, it's about bringing my personal experience, my personal humor, my personal, um, embarrassments, and my personal pains,” he said. “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.” That said, he added, “I want to do the same thing on my end,” putting his own spin on it.
Pitt’s cover shoot — which sees him outfitted play ping pong, drive a jeep and rock a tied pink button-down, among other colorful outfit changes — is the delight of social media on Monday. It’s fitting that he talks about getting older in Hollywood in the article because social media is talking about how he “only gets better with age.”
Happy Monday to Brad Pitt and his GQ photographer. 55 looks good on him. Lordt. pic.twitter.com/2HxbdelGIv— Naja (@Nis4Naja) September 16, 2019
Brad Pitt's photoshoot for GQ has me shook, how can you look so good at 55????— ~ Eugene (@dontcall_911) September 16, 2019
There are a slew of photos, snapped by Lachlan Bailey, and they quickly became phone wallpaper and wall art.
Me saving all the gq photos of brad Pitt I see to my phone pic.twitter.com/KqSuTxkdmD— emmy (@clvffbooth) September 16, 2019
But seriously, this GQ shoot with Brad Pitt makes me want to rip out all the pages and plaster them on my wall— Annie Hallis (@annalahal) September 16, 2019
They’ve also cured many cases of humdrum Mondays.
Seeing these phots of Brad Pitt in GQ honestly made my morning— Ariana (@94anairA) September 16, 2019
What’s there to like about Mondays anywa-— chelsea bird (@chelseabird3) September 16, 2019
...just gonna leave this here:
Brad Pitt is GQ’s October Cover Star https://t.co/YGvxQJwe7B
Have I ever been more attracted to a human being than I am to Brad Pitt in this GQ shoot?— kevin witkowski (@k3v1nnn) September 16, 2019
Good God these Brad Pitt GQ photos have me damn-near fainting.— Mike Ryan Ruiz (@MichaelRyanRuiz) September 16, 2019
gq blessed us with the tastiest brad pitt content— brad pitt (@taronegrtnsmile) September 16, 2019
BRAD PITT’S GQ SHOOT. I REPEAT. BRAD. PITT’S. GQ. SHOOT.— disco bunny (@oldmanlyal) September 16, 2019
shout out to anyone who had their day entirely derailed by brad pitt & GQ. pic.twitter.com/8nXipyGPB4— the thirst podcast (@TheThirst) September 16, 2019
What Pitt didn’t talk about in the interview is his bitter divorce from Angelina Jolie or their children. His eldest son, Maddox Jolie-Pitt, was in the news last week after making a rare comment about Pitt. He was seemingly indifferent about his father, telling a reporter, "Whatever happens, happens” in their relationship.
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