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Brad Pitt Interview With the Daily Telegraph on Benjamin Button, Angelina, and the Family

Brad Explains How Button Puts Things in Perspective

Brad Pitt was super busy overseas this week, maintaining a perfect balance between promoting Benjamin Button and making time to be with — and show off — that adorable family. In a recent interview, Brad opened up about how making the film affected his take on life, and how it made him realize that time with Angelina and the kids is more important than anything else. Here are highlights:

  • On making Benjamin Button: "I walked away realizing that time is short. I don't know if I have a day or 10 days or 10 years or 40 years. Am I halfway or am I close to the end? I don't know, so I have to make sure I don't waste those moments in any kind of pettiness or bitterness or laziness, and that I surround myself with the people who are most important to me. Angelina and I are together because we can enhance each other. I don't want to waste any time because I'm with company I really, really love."
  • On adding to their family: "We haven't found any reason to stop yet. It's chaos at times, but there's such joy in the house. I look and there's our boy from Vietnam and our daughter from Ethiopia, and our girl was born in Namibia, and our son is from Cambodia, and they're brothers and sisters, man. They're brothers and sisters and it's a sight for elation. We have the capability to give a child a home, and let me tell you it's selfish, too, because the reward has been extraordinary."
  • On the twins: "One seemed simple, and it's just double the fun. It's surprising how soon their personalities have started emerging. But it's really important that everyone gets their individual time as well as group time together. We were four before, and we got into our rhythms and it worked. Then someone new comes in, and it discombobulates the movements for a moment, but then you settle in again and it just all works. Everyone's pretty well integrated. It's not the first time new kids have come in."
  • On constantly moving the family around the world: "The value of it is that the family becomes the core, and the kids may not understand the places they see at this early age, but I know it's seeping into their consciousness. We move quite well, and I don't think it's taking its toll. We have to think about schooling, though, and we're in an international program, so wherever we go it's the same curriculum."

It's nothing new to hear Brad taking pride in his big family and we're just hoping there are more stories and family photo ops on the way.


californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
It's nice to hear him talk about his family, but I'm getting sick of him naming off their origins of birth (and he left off Knox and Viv's birthplace - France). We already know that you have a mixed family and that's beautiful, you do not need to emphasize that. ilanac - Maddox has not attended Lycee Francais for awhile. I think he stopped going in late 2007 or early 2008. All of the kids (who are of school age) have a homeschool program.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
'we're in an international program'? really? i know that they go to the lycee francais since i've seen them out my window when they are in NYC but otherwise, i don't think that the school has a place EVERYWHERE that they go - and i think that all the moving is kind of bad for the kids to learn how to be social.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 8 years
I agree with Beautiful Price too.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 8 years
AddieZinone, I'd say that ALL his kids are Americans (that includes the children adopted in other nations) and I also agree that he is a good parent but overdoing it by mentioning all the countries of origin and so on. ...I mean I don't belive for a second that Maddox can speak in his native tongue, or Pax. All those kids speak English and eat junk food and have Brad and Angie as parents, who are loving but not necessarily as wordly as they make the effort (or try so hard?) to be.
AddieZinone AddieZinone 8 years
I think they are great but yea Brad has said that before and it actually bothers me that he never refers to Shiloh as American. He always says that she was born in Namibia as if they need yet another example of their worldly children. I don't think it's for lack of patriotism or pride in America...I don't think that at all...but it seems to me he's trying to paint a more diverse Benetton picture by adding the Namibia element. "Maddox is Cambodian, Z is African, Pax is Vietnamese and Shiloh, Viv and Knox are Americans" - sounds great to me. Aside from that small annoyance, they are a wonderful family and my love affair with Bradly Pitt continues...sigh..
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
Um, hasn't he gone through the nationality rundown ad nauseum? This douche needs to shut up.
Olie Olie 8 years
Loving family. God Bless the Jolie-Pitts
zeeshiloh zeeshiloh 8 years
I wish i could have someone that loves me like that even if its for a day.
yayi yayi 8 years
These 2 really seem to be so genuinely in love with each other. I really love this family more and more!!!I hope they will love each other till death do them part.
Beautiful-Price Beautiful-Price 8 years
His first? this is Brad's second nomination. He was nominated for "12 monkeys". This is Angelina's second nomination as well.
Taylormayde26 Taylormayde26 8 years
Brad looks great and the vintage suit is channeling back to when Robert Redford did the movie "The Sting" with the late great Paul Newman. Very Classy and Cool... Brad is a great dad and a great person a very caring person. He has alot of passion for his work and the kids. Also Congratulations Brad on Getting Your First Oscar Nomination!!)
wicca_08 wicca_08 8 years
I love this family. Til now, I haven't got time to watch 'Button.'
Ginger Ginger 8 years
I really liked (as did all the people I saw it with. Like Brad, it did cause us to reflect on how precious moments of life are and how much we take for granted.
Beautiful-Price Beautiful-Price 8 years
Oh I agree Skinnypig. I hated Benjamin Button which is crazy because I was going crazy waiting all year to see it. The film was so empty at it's core that it came off pretentious for the simple fact it was made just to win awards.
skinnypig skinnypig 8 years
Benjamin Button was the slowest, most boring movie I've seen since Forrest Gump... which was written by the same people! I wanted that narrator woman to die the whole time.
Ginger Ginger 8 years
The quote about the kids of different nations has been said before. I didn't take the Mayer film as any particular dig at Brad. John's always saying goofy stuff. I just went to look up the quote to see if I missed something, and it's: "You're a man of strength, charisma, girth, honour, girth...and influence. You know like that guy in the movie the Curious Case of Benjamin Brat, Benjamin Brat, the older you get, the younger you get and right before you die a little tiny man baby you're gonna discover the ability to time travel into volcanoes." In the context of his mock motivational speech, it kind of fits. Maybe it's more of a dig at Aniston.
SpeakLike-aChild SpeakLike-aChild 8 years
How recent is this interview? It feels like I have already read all this here in popsugar. He really looks handsome in the pic, even with the moustache.
Beautiful-Price Beautiful-Price 8 years
I love the way Brad talks about the family but I'm pretty much tired about when they keep mentioning the children's nationalities. I think we ALL know by now who's who or who's what. The bitterness quote is such a coincedence since John Mayer released a video 2 days ago making fun of his film lol. I think Brad saw it and was like "I'm not trying to involve myself in this bitterness".
Lukin Lukin 8 years
I love Brad the dad way more than I ever loved Brad the heartthrob. His happiness with all his kids and Angelina makes him even hotter.
Ginger Ginger 8 years
That retro suit is perfect for promoting Benjamin Button. Sounds like they have a great balance in their family. Nice to see someone happy with their life.
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