Brad Pitt: I’m A “Loner” And “Miserable Bastard”

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By Daniel Gates

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Brad Pitt opens up about his recent marriage to Angelina Jolie, his admiration for Shia LaBeouf and his friendship with George Clooney in an expansive British GQ cover interview.

“I wouldn’t say [marriage is] just a title,” says Pitt, who tied the knot with Jolie last month. “There’s more to it than that.” In fact, family life is where Pitt’s focus is now. He explains, “I’ve been slowing down for a while now. And slowly transitioning to other things… I do want to spend more time with my kids before they’re grown up and gone.”

Pitt also chooses his work very carefully. “I’m actually very snobbish about directors,” he tells the magazine. “I have to say no all the time. ‘No’ is the most powerful word in our business. You’ve got to protect yourself… To leave home, it’s got to be worth leaving. It’s got to be worth it.” Interestingly, he’s thought about possibly doing television in the future. Pitt reveals, “They’re doing great stuff on television. And we [Plan B, his production company] have a few television ideas ourselves. So yes, I’d love to do one.”

How does he feel about Twitter? “Listen, I see a benefit in it. You could, you know, combat the misconceptions of the misquotes immediately,” explains Pitt. “And if I’d have had that in my younger days, I’d have used it… because I felt quite used, and completely misunderstood, and misread, and not given the benefit of the doubt.”

“You know, I felt that a lot in my first years. I would have brought some logic to the table, and brought it immediately,” continues the actor. “But now, at this point, I don’t want to bother with it.” Clooney recently called Pitt “unreachable,” but Pitt says there’s a reason for that. “Well, you know, George is extremely accessible,” explains Pitt. “He’s one of our best representatives. He’s funny as sh*t. He’s a joy to be around. I guess maybe I’m more of a miserable bastard… I’m a bit of a loner you know? I’m more quiet by nature. And coming from, you know, hillbilly country, I’m probably more reserved.”

Pitt recently worked on Fury with LaBeouf, and was blown away. He tells GQ, “Oh, I love this boy. He’s one of the best actors I’ve ever seen. He’s full-on commitment, man. He’s living it like no one else, let me tell you. I’ve been fortunate to work with a lot of great actors. He’s one of the best I’ve seen.” And despite LaBeouf’s reputation for hostility and volatility, Pitt reveals that it was a different actor — Scott Eastwood — who nearly caused an on-set fight thanks to some misunderstanding as the three men filmed inside a World War II tank. “We were driving down the road, I’m in the turret, Shia is at the other turret, and Scott is on the back, spitting juice,” recalls Pitt. “And I’m starting to get pissed off, I’m starting to get hot, because this is our home, he’s disrespecting our home, you know?”

“So I said, in the scene with the cameras rolling, ‘You’re going to clean that sh*t up.’ Shia clocks it, and you have to understand, we’ve been through severe boot camp already, we’ve been through a lot in this tank,” continues Pitt. “Shia saw it and felt the same – he’s disrespecting our home.” Pitt adds, “So Shia had the same reaction I did and started having some words… then I had to get in after the cameras were rolling and explain it to Scotty, you know… The funny thing is, when we got home at the end of the day and read the script, it said Scotty’s character is ‘chewing tobacco and spitting it on the back of the tank’. He was just doing as instructed in the script!” “So we were the knobs in the end,” says Pitt.

Is Pitt happy these days? “I’ve always believed happiness is overrated, you know?” he tells the magazine. “It’s those difficult times that inform the next wonderful time, and it’s a series of trade-offs, of events, of wins and losses.”

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