Friday, 6 February 2009

Brad Pitt insists new movie made him re-evaluate his life

There was, Brad Pitt admits, a dark shadow of death hanging over the set of his latest film. In the space of a few weeks as they shot The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, his partner Angelina Jolie’s mother died, director David Fincher’s father died, as did writer Eric Roth’s mother.


And, to top it all, the film’s controversial theme of ageing forced the actor to confront his own mortality.    “I walked away realising that time is short,” says Brad, 45, talking on a sound stage at Warner Brothers’ Burbank studios.


“I don’t know if I have a day left or 10 days, 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, 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.”


As well as Angelina, the company he loves is their adopted children Maddox, seven, Pax, five, Zahara, three, plus biological babies Shiloh, two, and twins Knox and Vivienne, who were born in July.


And as if he hasn’t enough demands on the time he has left, Brad and 33-year-old Angelina are already planning to add to their brood of six.


“We haven’t found any reason to stop yet,” he laughs. “It’s chaos at times, but there’s such joy in the house. 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.”

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