Brad Pitt Learned a Lesson From Jennifer Aniston Comments (Video)

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"Don't talk.... I've got a knack for stepping into s—t,” he tells "Today’s" Matt Lauer Thursday while promoting "Moneyball."

What has Brad Pitt learned after the fallout from speaking negatively about his marriage to Jennifer Aniston?

"Don't talk. I don't wanna live on guard and I should be more on guard, I guess ... it's always been a part of the territory. I've got a knack for stepping into s--t. And it's OK. It's alright," Pitt says in new excerpts from his interview with Today's Matt Lauer Thursday morning to promote Moneyball, which opens in theaters Friday.

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Pitt told Parade magazine, "It became very clear to me that I was intent on trying to find a movie about an interesting life, but I wasn’t living an interesting life myself. I think that my marriage had something to do with it. Trying to pretend the marriage was something that it wasn’t."

To Lauer, Pitt says of Aniston, "She's good people.  She, you know, there, there should be a statute of limitations on this."

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When Lauer asked Pitt if he could read the quote to him, Pitt declined.

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"No, I, you know, please don't read it ... Because I don't read these things, by choice, I don't. I don't wanna be encumbered by any of that. I know my intentions, and I know what I believe, and I know things get misconstrued. I live outside of, of that, and it's much healthier."

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In quotes released Wednesday, Pitt said of his Parade interview, "I don't know what was pieced together or put together. All I know is that my point was, the best thing I'd done as a father is be sure that my kids have a good mother."

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"That's all I was, or am, trying to say," he added. "It has no reference to the past. And I think it's a shame that I can't say something nice about Angie [Jolie] without Jen being drug in. You know, she doesn't deserve it."

"I don't wanna be encumbered by any of that. I know my intentions, and I know what I believe, and I know things get misconstrued, and I know there's a good cycle and a good story to say we're splitting up. And then when we don't, they say we've come together again, it's another new cycle, and then there's a secret wedding. 'No, that was put on hold because they're upset.' It's, you know, that's-- I live outside of that, and it's much healthier."

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When Lauer asked Pitt about the statement he released to The Hollywood Reporter and other outlets clarifying his comments, Pitt says, " I don't want them to say anything bad like that about Jen. She's a dear friend of mine."

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He denies that Aniston called him after his quotes came out: "She's also a seasoned veteran and she knows. You know, and she's a valuable person. We spent seven years together. Come on."

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