Brad Pitt: Details Magazine’s November Cover Boy

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For this month’s photoshoot for Details Magazine’s November issue, Brad Pitt agreed to spend two days with the magazine’s creative staff in Humboldt Redwoods State Park in Northern California—any photographers dream.

Photographer Mark Selinger first photographed Brad 20 years ago for the cover of Rolling Stone to coincide with the release of Interview With The Vampire, and the two have worked together several times since.

“It’s interesting to revisit people in your career and in their career through the passing of time,” Seliger says. “I did see how gracefully he’s become this person, this man. I think he’s one of the few people who’s very nonjudgmental in terms of what he looks like.”

Check out Brad’s interview with the magazine and the flawless photos taken of the very handsome Fury actor.

On where he finds solitude:

“My greatest moments of solitude (my churches) are found in the land, on the road . . .”

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On loving the outdoors:

“I will always be most comfortable in the outdoors. I grew up in the Ozarks—something resembling Mark Twain country. The woods, rivers, bluffs, lakes, and caves have all left an indelible mark on me. And I’m quite reverential when it comes to a tree. On my forearm, I had tattooed ‘94.9m (311.4ft)’—the height of the largest sequoia.”

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On the first time he rode a motor bike:

“I first rode at age 7 on my cousin’s Honda Mini Trail 50. I tried to jump it and ran it into my grandmother’s car. He was severely pissed off. My first bike was a Kawi 150 enduro. I won it at age 12 in a contest for selling the most pecan log rolls door to door after school. I crashed it four weeks later.”

On being close to his Fury co-stars:

A tank crew must work as a machine. [Pitt plays a World War II tank commander in Fury.] It’s surprising how close five guys get in a tank. I could tell you not only which one farted but what they had for dinner the night before.”

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On what freedom means:

“My soul was stolen by the camera so long ago, I don’t have to think about it anymore…. One definition of freedom is the ability to follow your bliss without being watched, recorded, scrutinized.”

On how he chooses his movie roles:

“I choose a role solely by how it speaks to me. And I sit in a fortunate seat where I can pull the trigger on the more difficult films. I was once talked into a film for ‘career maintenance.’ I have not made that mistake since.”

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On wanting to ride his motorcycle in different countries:

“I try to carve out time for a solo ride in every country I travel to, from the Highlands of Scotland to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco to the belly of India. I haven’t even come close to fulfilling my list—yet. . . . But in the traffic of L.A. with a helmet on, I’m just another asshole on the road.”

On being a dad:

“I’ve discovered I don’t suck at being a dad.”

On his kids being aware of the paparazzi:

“It is the defining annoyance of my life,” he says, emitting a deep, frustrated sigh. “I just think how strange it is for my kids. Mad, Z, Pax—they really believe that every time you go outside there is a herd of people with cameras snapping flashes in your face [who] are going to kind of block your way when you’re trying to get somewhere.

“That is their vision of the world outside. Very strange, isn’t it? It’s an everyday thing for them. They don’t really see it as bad or good. Z will point and go, ‘Cameras!’ Pax will point and say, ‘People.’ Maddox is keen to where his parents are coming from. I don’t want them to be tensing up, and I don’t want them to see or feel any kind of threat. But man, when [photographers] cross the line, you know—if it happened to one of your kids, it’s hard not to want to take them down.”

On going from no kids to four kids…. to wanting more:

“Well, I had one kid, then two kids, then three kids . . .Two and a half years or so.”

“Listen, I’ve always embraced extremes, so it doesn’t feel odd to me. There’s a couple weeks of finding your balance, and then it’s in stone.”“Nothing I’d want to do about it, either. We’re not done.”

“You just look at them and go, my daughter’s from Ethiopia, two sons from Asia, a daughter who’s born in Namibia—and they are brother and sister. They have the same dynamics I had growing up, and I . . .It pleases me so much. I get so warm. I don’t even see in that, anymore, what their lives could have been. I have to intellectually think about that. They are a bond, they are a family. And I want to see those bonds and that family grow. And that right there, sitting in our kitchen, is how I want to see the world. It’s how I want the world to be.”

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On realizing he’s not a twentysomething heartthrob anymore:

“I liked it, man,” he says of turning 40. “Maybe I had a crisis earlier or something. Maybe I had it in my thirties. You know, it’s . . .” Long pause. “One thing sucks, your face kind of goes. Your body’s not quite working the same. But you earned it. You earned that, things falling apart.”

On feeling like he needs take part in changing the world:

“I carried the standard cynicism,” Pitt says. “But it was also feeling like, I can’t sit on my couch anymore, I’m going crazy. This thing I’m doing with my life, it’s very nice. . . . But it’s not doing it for me. . . . I’m watching the news and I see what’s going on in the world, and I see, like, Bono, getting in there, rolling up his sleeves and getting dirty. And taking shots for it. But, man, he’s doing something. And I see an old documentary of John Lennon railing about something. At least they’re in the ring. I seem to be in this ring. It’s something that brought Angie and I together certainly—she’s absolute evidence for me of someone facilitating change for the better.”

On people thinking that him taking interest in a worthy cause such as a third-world poverty as self-consciously pious:

“Oh, I don’t give a shit about that. People have been saying crap about me for 15 years.”

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