Brad Pitt discusses life after divorce from Angelina Jolie: ‘I think all our hearts are broken’

Brad Pitt has reflected on his marriage and career as he discussed life after his divorce from Angelina Jolie.

In a new interview with GQ, the actor said he views his film career as winding down and entering its final stages now that he is 58 years old.

He may have won an Oscar in 2020 for his performance in Quentin Tarantino‘s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and is fronting a major studio tentpole later this summer with Bullet Train, and yet the actor isn’t setting himself up for some kind of late career resurgence.

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Quite the contrary as Pitt said he views his film career as winding down and entering its final stages.

“I consider myself on my last leg,” Pitt said, “this last semester or trimester. What is this section gonna be? And how do I wanna design that?”

As an actor, Pitt will front the action tentpole Bullet Train and the Oscar season drama Babylon this year. The latter marks Damien Chazelle’s directorial follow-up to Oscar winner La La Land and reunites Pitt with his Once Upon a Time in Hollywood co-star Margot Robbie. Babylon, which Paramount is releasing on Christmas, is an old Hollywood epic that focuses on industry figures adapting to the transition of silent films to talkies.

Pitt’s career also includes his continued work as a producer through his Plan B production company. Films on Plan B’s roster this year include the release of Andrew Dominik’s Blonde, an NC-17 biographical drama starring Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe, and Sarah Polley’s long-awaited drama Women Talking, an adaptation of Miriam Toews’s novel. The film, which stars Rooney Mara and Frances McDormand, centres on a group of Mennonite women who unite against their rapists.

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“It’s as profound a film as anything made this decade,” Pitt told GQ magazine about Women Talking.

When Pitt’s final stage comes to its actual end, his Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director Tarantino says the industry will lose “one of the last remaining big-screen movie stars”.

As the director explained to GQ, “It’s just a different breed of man. And frankly, I don’t think you can describe exactly what that is because it’s like describing star-shine. I noticed it when we were doing Inglourious Basterds. When Brad was in the shot, I didn’t feel like I was looking through the viewfinder of the camera. I felt like I was watching a movie. Just his presence in the four walls of the frame created that impression.”

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Elsewhere in the GQ interview, he reflects on his marriage to Jolie. The couple split in 2016 after just two years of marriage and 11 years together. Opening up about his divorce and heartbreak, Pitt said he chose to remain positive and hopeful because everyone experiences profound loss at some point in their lives. 

“I think all our hearts are broken,” he said. “I always felt very alone in my life, alone growing up as a kid, alone even out here, and it’s really not till recently that I have had a greater embrace of my friends and family.”

“What’s that line, it was either Rilke or Einstein, believe it or not, but it was something about when you can walk with the paradox, when you carry real pain and real joy simultaneously, this is maturity, this is growth.”

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