One of the big Oscar contenders this season is “Killing Them Softly” with Brad Pitt as lead. To promote it, the actor sat down for a very lengthy and frank interview with Interview magazine, in which he also talks about his career, his aspirations as a producer, politics and, last but not least, his film.
Though he boasts of being a pretty “solid” actor, Pitt insists his main focus remains his family, which comes before everything else in life, work in particular.
Family is also the main thing that weighs in the balance when it comes to choosing a new project – that and the quality of the project.
“Well, listen, I think I’m at a point now where I feel like I can jump into anything and lay something down that’s quality. Someone may be better at it — or maybe not — but I know that if I have a feeling for it, then I can make it interesting,” he says.
“But even more as I get older, it’s about the company that I keep. That’s the most important thing to me — that if I’m gonna spend however long it takes to make a movie, give up 14 hours a day for however many weeks or months, then it’s very important for me to know that I’m working with people who I respect and enjoy and that we’re going for something together. That’s it, really,” Brad explains.
He also compares doing accents to playing a song – and he loves music quite a bit as well – and admits he’s never done “a proper Brit,” though his resume is pretty vast already.
Asked whether he’d rather be in front or behind the camera, Brad admits, much to the dismay of his millions of female fans who still can’t get enough of his good looks, that he’s thinking of focusing more on producing in the future.
“Yeah. I’d rather be behind the camera. As a producer, obviously, you’re part of a team that brings the story to the screen. It wouldn’t be there if you didn’t champion it or if you and a group of people weren’t championing it. I like that,” he explains.
In the same interview, Pitt addresses the question of his much delayed and much talked about zombie film “World War Z,” which he refuses to say it’s in as much trouble as the media makes it out to be.
Some “tidying up” is still in order, but the film will be “big and entertaining” and even his boys will love it, Pitt promises.