Brad Pitt stars in the upcoming movie, “The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button,” about a man who ages in reverse. And taking on the role caused the actor and father of six to stop and focus on the important things in his life — family and career.
Brad recently told Rolling Stone’s December 25 issue that he fantasizes about golden years filled with travel and art, But, for the time being, his focus is on Angelina Jolie, their six kids together and the movies he makes.
“I have this fantasy of my older days, painting or sculpting or making things,” Pitt said. “I have this fantasy of a bike trip to Chile. I have this fantasy of flying into Morocco. But right now, more and more, it’s about getting the work done and getting home to family. I have an adventure every morning — getting up.”
And his new David Fincher-directed movie caused the actor to ponder his own mortality.
“I’m scared to death of it,” he said when asked if he thinks about the end of his life. “But, you know, it made me think of things like… Angie and I do not fight anymore. What occurred to me on this film, and also with the passing of her mother, is that there’s going to come a time when I’m not going to get to be with this person anymore. I’m not going to get to be with my children anymore. Or friends, people I love and respect. And so, if we have a flare-up, it evaporates now.”
Brad told the magazine that their time together is too precious to spend it fighting.
“I don’t want to waste time being angry at someone I love much more than, than… not. And again, there’s going to be a time. This thing is fragile, and there’s a ticking clock on it, and whether it be death or what, there’s just going to come that time. So [‘Benjamin Button’] changed that for me,” he continued.
Brad and Angelina began their relationship after filming “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” a movie the actor said they have never watched together.
“We’ve never seen it. I just mean because, you know, six kids. Because I fell in love,” he recalled.
As for becoming a father to so many kids so quickly, Brad said, though he may falter at times, his paternal instincts always kick in.
“You’d be surprised at how automatic things are, how things are already intuitive, things that you have in yourself,” he said of raising the Pitt-Jolie brood. “At times, you hear yourself sounding like an idiot, and you know you’re not helping them whatsoever. But there are other times when you really surprise yourself.”
Brad told the magazine he understands the public’s fascination with their growing large family, but life within the Pitt-Jolie clan is normal.
“It seems extreme. But it felt like a long time coming, and it’s felt completely organic. Any time a new child comes in, it’s discombobulating for a brief period, and then it settles in,” he continued.
And, does he consider this a new era in his life?
“Of course. I wouldn’t say more ‘adult.’ You still get to be as silly as you want – you’re probably more silly. Man, they just zap your coolness,” Brad said of his kids.
“There’s a saying our friend from Liverpool uses: ‘Dad’s pants.’ It means all things dorky. You just become Dad’s pants,” he added, acknowledging that he’s OK with being a dork in front of the kids. “There’s actually a joy in it.”
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