Brad Pitt: 'I Don't Want to Embarrass' My Family

October 9, 2012 By:
Brad Pitt: 'I Don't Want to Embarrass' My Family

Can we all just agree that Brad Pitt is a living legend? Yes? Good… Then let’s proceed…

In the October/November issue of Interview magazine the Moneyball actor opened up about all things in his life, from his new film Killing Them Softly to his recent journey behind the camera. But, even with his inconceivable success and Oscar-level talent, at the root of every move that the 44-year-old makes is one constant driving every decision… His family.

Per usual with Interview’s format, the talk played out in a very conversational tone, helmed by director Guy Ritchie, who the actor collaborated with on Snatch.

“Yeah,” responded Pitt when asked if he considers his partner Angelina Jolie and their six children before taking on a role.


“I want it to be worthy enough of a story to leave the family, you know?” he said. “They're everything. The family is first.”

Painting him in even more of a relatable light, Pitt added, “I also don't want to embarrass them.”

Not that any kid in their right mind would be embarrassed to have Mr. Smith as their dad…

Moving forward, Brad hopes to not only keep his family close, but also take on more creative responsibilities in his projects, which – according to him – is where he belongs…

“I’d rather be behind the camera,” he said. “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.”

Since 2006, Pitt has dabbled in the production sphere, increasingly earning a producer credit on films that he’s starred in like The Tree of Life and his latest .

He describes 2012 as a “tidy-up-the-place kind of year” and hopes to slow down his pace, becoming more selective with his appearances.

“I’m not good at going back-to-back-to-back-to-back with movies, and it’s just now that I’m starting to get my bearings again and a flavor for what’s next,” he said. “It’s just about discovery now and finding something new that’s interesting to me.”

, where Brad plays a enforcer hired by the mob, opens in theaters November 30.