Brad Pitt opens up about his and Angelina Jolie"s "extreme" brood of 6
“I just love the chaos”: Brad Pitt opens up about his “extreme” brood of six
8:36 AM on 19th May 2011
Favourite role: Brad Pitt, pictured here with Angelina Jolie in Cannes earlier this week, has opened up about fatherhood
Brad Pitt has opened up about his unusual family life with Angelina Jolie.
The couple are parents of six – three biological children, three adopted.
For Pitt, who was childless into his 40s after his marriage with Jennifer Aniston broke up, it all happened in just a few years.
“I know it seems extreme from the outside, but I”ve always kind of operated this way. When I know, I know, and why mess around” Pitt, 47, said in an interview today.
“I had a friend who had a big family when I was a kid. I just loved the chaos around the breakfast table and the fighting and the ribbing, and the mom making pancakes for everyone or the dad making pancakes.
“And I just decided then if I was ever going to do it – this left some indelible mark on me – if I was ever going to do it, that”s the way I was going to do it.”
Angelina adopted son Maddox, now nine, from an orphanage in Cambodia in 2002. She and Pitt adopted daughter Zahara, now five, from Ethiopia in 2005 and then in 2007, they adopted Pax, now seven, from Vietnam.
Angelina also gave birth to daughter Shiloh in 2006 and twins Vivienne and Knox in 2008.
The whole Pitt-Jolie clan headed to Cannes this week to support the star as he promoted his new film The Tree of Life.
He plays a father of three in a drama that deals with the biggest of questions about our place in the cosmos.
Family man: Brad and Angelina with their six children in New Orleans in March
“This is a great place to air this kind of movie out, certainly,” Pitt said. “It”s kind of the only place, isn”t it”
Days before they walked the festival”s red carpet for The Tree of Life, Jolie was in the French Riviera resort with Jack Black to promote their animated sequel Kung Fu Panda 2.
Jolie and Pitt have become Cannes regulars, he with Babel and Inglourious Basterds and she with Changeling and A Mighty Heart, on which Pitt was a producer.
Opening in U.S. theaters May 27, “The Tree of Life” had Cannes crowds buzzing, some adoring it, some hating it, and nearly everyone perplexed by it.
Pitt just finished shooting the crime thriller Cogan”s Trade with his Jesse James director Andrew Dominik, and he”s about to start on World War Z, about the sociopolitical upheaval that ensues after a zombie outbreak.
He and Jolie also are looking to reunite on screen.
“We”re not ones to repeat ourselves, but we”d like to, because right now, we”re hopscotching with films so one can be with the kids and one”s free to work,” Pitt said.
“And why aren”t we doing them together Why aren”t we doing everything together”
Family man Pitt said he settles on film roles differently now.
While Jolie has the Kung Fu Panda flicks for their kids to see, Pitt was a voice star for last year”s animated adventure Megamind, and he takes the children into account on all future projects.
“I think my focus before was more irreverence, by nature,” Pitt said. “I”m a dad now. It”s more important to me that if I”m going to do the film, there”s something I can bring to it, it”s not generic. And most of all, I”m painfully aware that my kids are going to see these when they”re older, and I want them to understand something about their dad, and I want them to be proud of their dad.”
And maybe remember some chaos around the breakfast table, said Pitt, who cooks pancakes for his kids.
“Breakfast is pretty much my speciality,” Pitt said. “And barbecue.”