Brad Pitt sat down to talk about his mistakes in his first candid interview in a long time.
He sat down with Interview magazine to talk to Anthony Hopkins. The two worked together on Legends of the Fall and Meet Joe Black. He started the interview by asking Hopkins if he believes in fate, saying, “And I don’t mean in destiny or greatness. I just mean that things are fated.”
Hopkins said, “My impression is that I sat on this big beast, whatever it is—life. At some point, I made an unconscious choice to sit on this beautiful, powerful thing. And I just go where it takes me. I think that’s what happens to people like you and myself. We don’t even know why. Maybe it’s a desire to escape from something. But what I believe now is that we can’t take credit or blame.”
During the interview, Pitt said,”I’m realizing, as a real act of forgiveness for myself for all the choices that I’ve made that I’m not proud of, that I value those missteps, because they led to some wisdom, which led to something else. You can’t have one without the other. I see it as something I’m just now getting my arms around at this time in my life. But I certainly don’t feel like I can take credit for any of it.”
81 year old Hopkins asked Pitt, “I’ve read you had a struggle with booze and all that.” Pitt said it was an “escape” for him that was to some degree “necessary”.
Pitt said that today’s society is one where everyone is “judgemental and quick to treat people as disposable.” He added, “We’ve always placed great importance on the mistake. But the next move, what you do after the mistake, is what really defines a person. We’re all going to make mistakes. But what is the next step? We don’t, as a culture, seem to stick around to see what that person’s next step is. And that’s the part I find so much more invigorating and interesting.”
He continued, “I’m human. We’re human, we want purpose, we want meaning in our lives. But to attain that, the key is two things: staying creative and being with the people you love.” He also said that at this stage in his life, he has become more emotional than ever before, “I am quite famously a not-crier. Is that a term? I hadn’t cried in, like, 20 years, and now I find myself, at this latter stage, much more moved—moved by my kids, moved by friends, moved by the news. Just moved. I think that’s a good sign. I don’t know where it’s going, but I think it’s a good sign.”
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