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Actor Brad Pitt Calls Fatherhood ‘Life-Changing’
January 3, 2012
Academy Award nominated movie star Brad Pitt and his chiseled good looks have served the actor well in his long and celebrated career. Able to play a vast range of characters with uncanny command, Pitt continues to dazzle even as he inches closer to middle age – and settling comfortably into fatherhood.
Pitt interviewed with the New York Times last month, revealing a guarded man who seemed to open up tersely only when pressed. However, the 48-year old Pitt glowingly spoke of fatherhood, highlighting easily that worldwide fame has not diluted his sense of duty as a father. “There’s nothing more life-changing than fatherhood,” Pitt told the Times. “It’s such a beautiful shift in perspective.”
Pitt and partner Angelina Jolie are parents to six children, with the children appearing in the spotlight as much as their famous parents. Before parenthood, Pitt was not warm to the idea of having children. “It’s often annoying to hear parents talk about it. I sure wasn’t into baby pictures before,” he explained of his changed outlook.
Pitt has played a father in a past role in 2006’s Babel but he recently portrayed Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics GM Billy Beane, himself a dad of three, in the acclaimed motion picture Moneyball last year. Also in 2011 Pitt starred in The Tree Of Life playing tortured dad Mr. Obrien, another lauded film for the actor although it was met with mixed reviews from nationwide critics. Pitt was seen as a standout in both roles, with a chance that one of the films could yield him another Academy Award nomination in 2012.
For all of Pitt’s legendary insular nature, the star is aware enough to realize he has means to do good work that directly ties into his career. He and Jolie have famously sold pictures of their children to magazines, donating the millions of dollars yielded for the photos entirely to charity and other foundations. “It’s fun when your number comes up,” Mr. Pitt said, repeating an earlier point. “That’s my line, and I’m sticking to it.”
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