In the new June/July issue of Esquire magazine, Brad Pitt talks on why he is so happy with Angelina Jolie and how pleased he is to be part of such a big family. He also talks about his new film that is due to open on the 21st of June this year, World War Z and he talks about his life and “missed opportunities.”
Appearing on the cover of Esquire, he doesn’t look anywhere near his 49 years. He seems to have entered into some sort of Neverland world where he is Peter Pan and forget not growing up, he’s not growing old. Of course he is, he just doesn’t look it.
This is the first magazine interview to be released since the news broke about his partner and mother of their six children, 37 year-old Angelina Jolie, underwent a double mastectomy. Pitt lays himself bare about life with her and their kids what changes have occurred to him over the last ten years or so.
Pitt and Jolie have been one of the most talked and written about celebrity couples in Hollywood. They even have their own paparazzi brand name, Brangilina. Author Michael Grant aludes to them in his Gone series and they have been spoofed and parodied repeatedly.
Brad Pitt was the bad guy when he left “America’s favorite girl next door” Jennifer Aniston, before he met Angelina. The reason given was that he was eager to start a family and Jennifer wanted to focus on her career. But as Jennifer is the “girl next door” Brad was not “flavour of the moment” and most folks weren’t too pleased with him.
As time went by he and Angelina became a “brand name” and people finally realised that the couple had something real. So real that they continued to add kids to their growing family until they’d amassed six.
That “family” is what Brad wanted. Just ask him. Esquire did and his answer?
“I always thought that if I wanted to do a family, I wanted to do it big,” he said. Big is what he has but as he also told the magazine, “I wanted there to be chaos in the house. … There’s constant chatter in our house, whether it’s giggling or screaming or crying or banging. I love it. I love it. I love it. I hate it when they’re gone. I hate it. Maybe it’s nice to be in a hotel room for a day – ‘Oh, nice, I can finally read a paper.’ But then, by the next day, I miss that cacophony, all that life.”
Pitt isn’t a very outgoing man, he has “very few friends” outside the family and he and Angelina are closer than ever after her double mastectomy. He went on to say, “I have a handful of close friends and I have my family and I haven’t known life to be any happier. I’m making things. I just haven’t known life to be any happier.”
One of those “very few friends” Frank Pollaro talked to Esquire about the special bond that existed between that big family of Brad and Angelina, “Once I walked in and Angie was standing there and Zahara walked up and said, ‘Daddy, you’re not going to start making out with Mommy again, are you?’ And it’s like that. This is a guy who has tried not to do any sexy scenes with other women since he’s met Angelina. He’s crazy about her, and she’s the same way about him.”
Pitt revealed that when he was younger he let a lot of opportunities pass him by. One of his regrets is that he never finished college because he couldn’t be bothered to write the last paper that he needed to finish the degree, leaving himself two credits short.
He also mentions that he lacked focus and was afraid that he’d done to much “drug” damage to himself and that he’d been a drifter. But he admits that a lot of doors have been opened for him in his life and perhaps those open doors have eased the sting of his missed opportunities.
But according to Pitt, he had an epiphany and said that he was, “A guy who felt he grew up in something of a vacuum and wanted to see things, wanted to be inspired. I followed that other thing. I spent years f—–g off. But then I got burnt out and felt that I was wasting my opportunity. It was a conscious change. This was about a decade ago. It was an epiphany – a decision not to squander my opportunities. It was a feeling of get up. Because otherwise, what’s the point?”
Brad’s latest film, World War Z, is adapted from the 2006 novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War which is a post-apocalyptic horror novel by Max Brooks. It is a follow-up to his 2003 book, The Zombie Survival Guide.
“World War Z” hits theaters June 21.
By Michael Smith