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Brad Pitt is turning 50 next year.
It’s hard to believe that the star who made a splash showing off his ridiculously toned abs in Thelma & Louise 21 years ago is now, as he puts it, “definitely past halfway.”
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In an interview with the Associated Press promoting his latest film, Killing Them Softly, Pitt, who turns 50 next December, opens up about his own mortality, his unconventional film roles and that Chanel ad.
When asked about this upcoming milestone and mortality, Pitt responds, “I think about it very much as a father. You just want to be around to see (your children) do everything. If I have so many days left, how am I filling those days? I’ve been agonizing over that one a bit like I never have before.”
The actor, who has six children with fiancée Angelina Jolie, also reveals why he shies away from the pretty boy leading man roles he could have easily taken through the years, instead focusing on more character-driven work such as Benjamin Button (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Nazi killer, Lt. Aldo Raine (Inglourious Basterds), among others.
“Somewhere in the late ’90s, it became clear to me that there were many leading men roles that you could plug anyone of us into and virtually get the same thing,” says Pitt. “Because there’s such an investment of time and thought, I wanted to find stories that were more personal to me and that I believed I could add something that was unique.”
And regarding that heavily mocked Chanel ad campaign where Pitt delivers random phrases like, “The world turns and we turn with it. Plans disappear. Dreams take over. But wherever I go, there you are,” the World War Z star says it was just one of those opportunities he may not get in the future.
“I’m getting old,” says Pitt. “Last time I’ll probably be able to do something like that.”
Killing Them Softly opens wide on November 30.
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