It all started when Brad made that comment about Jennifer Aniston, you know, the one where he basically said that his life wasn’t that interesting when he was married to her. Which was a totally fair statement, I think, but, of course, everyone got all upset because Jennifer is supposed to be America’s sweetheart, I think, and how could he be so mean like that? And then Brad was like “no, no, what I said was interpreted all wrong, Jen is so awesome.” You’d think that would be the end of it, but no. Brad is still apologizing.
In a Today show interview that will air Thursday, the actor continued to explain why he said, “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.”
Says Pitt to Lauer: “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.”
“That’s all I was, or am, trying to say,” adds Pitt. “It has no reference to the past. And I think it’s a shame that I can’t say something nice about Angie without Jen being drug in. You know, she doesn’t deserve it.”
Pitt goes on, “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.”
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.”
It seems like Brad really is getting an insane amount of shit for seemingly saying something negative about Jennifer Aniston, and that is so bizarre to me. I mean, it’s Jennifer Aniston, it’s not like Brad Pitt rained on Taylor Swift‘s parade at the VMAs or something. He mentioned a marriage that ended six years ago. Can we let this go already?
September 21, 2011 at 4:30 pm by Emily
With all of this new Jennifer Aniston-relationship-bombshell stuff going on surrounding Brad Pitt lately, I thought it appropriate to show some photos of him in his element, i.e., with his non-wife wife, Angelina Jolie.
See, a lot of you guys had some pretty strong reactions to Brad’s recent comments about his former life with Jennifer Aniston. Some were kind of like this:
“Brad’s scum—always thought so, always will.”
Then, there were others like this:
“I really used to like Brad Pitt, but the way he and Angelina try to hurt Jennifer after all these years has caused me to change my opinion of both of them, or should I say “Brangelina”. I live in Michigan, far from the glamour of Hollywood, but I think that town and all that money has caused people to become insensitive and morally bankrupt. After Jen and Brad broke up she kept her thoughts to herself for a very long time. She showed a lot of class and courage. I think I would have been curled up in the fetal position, crying hysterically and then I would probably hunt them down and make the biggest scene ever. I am sure the police would at some point have to intervene. And now Angelina tried to get the part in a new movie starring Justin Theroux. How junior high school is that? They need to just stop trying to rub their affair in her long ago healed wound. Oh, btw, stop dragging your kids around all over the globe. They need some place to call home.”
But my favorite so far was probably this:
September 19, 2011 at 5:30 am by Sarah
“ … I wasn’t living an interesting life myself. I think that my marriage [to actress Jennifer Aniston] had something to do with it. Trying to pretend the marriage was something that it wasn’t.”
Well, he’s changing his mind. Now he’s saying that his quote was misinterpreted, and that he actually meant that she was wonderful, amazing, talented, and whatever else her emotional training coach forced Brad to say to the public or face the wrath of bitter tears and a new boyfriend’s heinous beard. Example:
“It grieves me that this was interpreted this way. Jen is an incredibly giving, loving, and hilarious woman who remains my friend. It is an important relationship I value greatly. The point I was trying to make is not that Jen was dull, but that I was becoming dull to myself — and that, I am responsible for.”
But what about the part about pretending that the marriage was something that it wasn’t? Or that that directly had something to do with his life being “dull,” as he said? I’m glad he “clarified” for us, but I’m not really sure exactly what it is that he clarified.
September 16, 2011 at 9:30 am by Sarah
“I spent the ‘90s trying to hide out, trying to duck the full celebrity cacophony. I started to get sick of myself sitting on a couch, holding a joint, hiding out. It started feeling pathetic. 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 [to actress Jennifer Aniston] had something to do with it. Trying to pretend the marriage was something that it wasn’t.”
Am I the only one on the face of the earth who didn’t love Jennifer Aniston – or Friends – at some point? I cringe every time I see the show’s set as some kind of non-living testament to the nineties, and you know what? I have the same reaction to Brad Pitt’s ex-wife, Jennifer Aniston. And apparently he does, too. Kind of those “What was I thinking?“-type reactions. One of those looking-back-and-sort-of-laughing-uncomfortably things. I know a lot of you revere Jennifer Aniston as one of the greatest sitcom actresses to ever grace the small screen, but guys? I just don’t see it, and I never will, OK? Can we finally put that to bed now?
September 15, 2011 at 4:30 pm by Sarah
And I just about peed when I saw this on my internet scouring earlier this morning. Our friends over at the Berry unearthed this totally bizarre, totally retro commercial featuring the talented Brad Pitt really flexing his acting chops. And by “flexing his acting chops,” I mean “I LOVE PRINGLES YES I DO ESPECIALLY THE RANCH ONES.”
Have you guys ever seen this video? More importantly, what are your favorite flavor of Pringles?
Here are some other classic Brad Pitt commercial appearances:
Brad’s Levi’s commercial
Brad’s Honda commercial
Sigh. He’s so talented.
September 14, 2011 at 10:30 am by Sarah
I get so sick and tired of celeb stories about breakups and skeeve (nude pic scandals, however, get a pass from me). Generally, I’d much rather read about heroicism. For instance: Harrison Ford making superhero rescues in his helicopter, Ryan Gosling breaking up brawls, or anything—just, like, anything—about Mighty Sean Bean. Stars! They’re occasionally nothing like us!
So here’s a nice one: Brad Pitt actually rescued a woman on the set of his new zombie flick, World War Z.
In one scene, a throng of extras was racing through the streets of Glasgow in a simulated panic, desperate to evade the encroaching zombie horde. One extra, in her hurry, ate it.
And once she was downed, she was in real, serious danger of being trampled to death in the melee.
…Caring Brad grabbed her and hauled her back onto her feet.
The incident emerged as it was revealed that dozens of extras have suffered injuries including broken bones, cuts and bruises during filming.
Last night a set insider revealed: “It was total chaos as 700 extras were trying to get down the street […].
“Lots of people hurt themselves, and Brad came to the rescue of a woman who slipped. I don’t think she could believe it when Brad picked her up.
World War Z, the movie, is based on the Max Brooks novel of the same name. (Max Brooks is Mel Brooks’ son, of course—World War Z is the sequel to his satirical how-to manual, The Zombie Survival Guide.)
The apocalyptic zombie movie is slated for release—fittingly!—at the end of 2012.