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Brad Pitt's Interview With Ann Curry

Brad Pitt's Interview With Ann Curry

Brad Pitt and NBC News’ Ann Curry chat up his efforts to bring green design (eco-friendly building and development) to Katrina-devasted city of New Orleans. Brad, who owns a home with Angelina Jolie in the French Quarter of New Orleans, continually offers support to green building in the region.

“It’s about dignity,” Brad said during his exclusive interview. “You look around, the first thing that gets sacrificed in affordable housing is lights, ventilation. You see here we got great light. There’s windows everywhere.”

While sowing the green affordable housing, Brad added, “There is this great breeze coming in they’re here. All– all the materials here are nontoxic. And I think, for the family that’s going to be here, especially being a father that it’s got to feel good to know that he’s giving his family a better way of life.”

Brad‘s interview with Today airs this morning and Thursday morning @ 7-10AM ET/PT on NBC.


Brad Pitt‘s Exclusive Interview with Ann Curry, 8/22

For more interview snippets of Brad‘s interview with Ann, click inside…

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BRAD PITT INTERVIEW

By: Ann Curry

BRAD PITT: It’s about dignity. You look around, the first thing that gets sacrificed in affordable housing is lights, ventilation. You see here we got great light. There’s windows everywhere. (Showing the green affordable housing)

There is this great breeze coming in they’re here. All– all the materials here are nontoxic. And I think, for the family that’s going to be here, especially being a father that it’s got to feel good to know that he’s giving his family a better way of life.

That he’s able to contribute that way. Not only that, this house does not poison the environment. It’s respectful to the– to the people who will be here after. It’s very simple. There’s not, you know, most of the building strategy here is– is using techniques that have been around a long time….There’s very little new technology in here…. It’s just, you know, making us be aware of it. Teaching ourselves. And implementing it.

ANN CURRY:
Two things come to mind. First– as a man who makes movies, who has a wealthy life, to speak about what a father, who does not have those things, is able to give his children.

BRAD PITT:
Well, again, I think it’s–

ANN CURRY:
It says something about–

BRAD PITT:
It’s a justice issue. You know– I mean what we saw Katrina is that there is a portion of our society that’s being overlooked. And– and so– in the aftermath, we’re not going to be able to bring back the friends and family that are lost.

We’re not going to be able to bring back their heirlooms and their photographs. But maybe, this is a question we presented, maybe we can provide a better way of life. Maybe we can find some good out of this. And that has to deal with justice and fairness. And– and what I think this place proves is that this technology, that this healthier way of life, this better way of life, is applicable to all economic levels.

ANN CURRY:
When you say justice and fairness, what you’re saying is that everyone, no matter what their income level, deserves an opportunity to have a healthy life.

BRAD PITT:
Absolutely.

ANN CURRY:
Deserves an opportunity to have a place where their children can grow up healthy and happy…

BRAD PITT:
Absolutely.

ANN CURRY:
…with sunlight, and outdoor space.

BRAD PITT:
That’s right. And they don’t have to be subjected to the bottom end of materials. Materials that– that are developed for profit. And we’re becoming more and more aware of these materials. And I think we’ll see a big movement away from that, and– and to a healthier– healthy materials as this house….

You see that FEMA trailer over there. It’s ripe with formaldehyde. That trailer that people are having to stay in is poisoning them, even as we speak.

*****

BRAD PITT:
I think it’ll be a big topic in the upcoming elections.

ANN CURRY:
Has it been enough of a topic?

BRAD PITT:
No, it hasn’t been enough. No, it hasn’t been enough.

ANN CURRY:
What makes you believe it will be?

BRAD PITT:
But we’ll be forced to. We’ll be forced to. And, as you see, we’re reading more and we’re learning more, and more is coming out. I mean, and I think this’ll be a big topic.

*****

BRAD PITT:
You know, this talk about the money that’s– that’s needed now to make this right. And– I just want to point out, there was $80 billion in damages from Katrina. A hundred and fifty if you count lost revenue. And that could have all been avoided with a little attention to– to the situation here. And this is an important city. It’s important to us culturally.

It’s also an important city to us economically. What remaining oil that– our– 30 percent of our oil is– comes through New Orleans. That we– as we make this shift away from oil, we’re going to rely more and more on.

And there is this responsibility to correct that. And– my– my worry is that it’s just– we’re setting up people here. This doesn’t get attended to, we’re going to set people up here for another disaster, if not a bigger disaster. So I– I see a great responsibility.

ANN CURRY:
You sound like you’re speaking not just to somebody who’s coming from the outside, looking, as you have before last year, I remember talking to you about this. And you’re coming in and you’re looking at it and saying, “This is not right.” It sounds like you’re now speaking as a New Orleans resident.

BRAD PITT:
I know a lot of the people here. I care very much for the area. I met a 60 year old man who– when I first arrived here to look into this. And– he said, “I– I did everything right. I got a job. I bought a home. I raised my kids in that home. They did the same. Now my kids are– well, one kid’s in Atlanta, another one’s in Houston. We’re all split apart and– and we’ve been wiped out.”…

ANN CURRY:
Because of the storm…

BRAD PITT:
…”What do I do? What do I do?” And he’s right. And that’s unacceptable. So any debate on– on should we rebuild, should we not—I’ll take you on.

ANN CURRY:
‘Cause you’re looking at that guy’s face.

BRAD PITT:
That’s right. That’s right.

ANN CURRY:
He deserved better.

BRAD PITT:
That’s right.

*****

ANN CURRY:
I’m going to read you a quote. Brad, last year, you said, “If done properly, we can completely get rid of the idea of an energy bill. It’s not that difficult.”

BRAD PITT:
Yeah, I mean that’s the goal. The idea that we pay utility bills is absolutely unnecessary. And I mean there’s the sun. It’s right there to be harnessed. You feel the breeze that’s been created here. And we got water right out there.

Any one of these can be harnessed. And we can integrate ourselves into that ecosystem. And not only power our houses, but actually produce energy for other parts of the city. So that was the goal here. This particular house is– the family that will live here will save 75 on their– an energy bill. Which is a huge saving for any of us.

But especially dealing with affordable housing. And, it’s something I’m very proud of. I consider it a breakthrough. Also, 50 percent on your water bills.

ANN CURRY:
That’s a big deal to you, why?

BRAD PITT:
It’s a big deal.

ANN CURRY:
Why? Why do you care so much?

BRAD PITT:
Because it’s simple. It’s smart. It’s the way we have to be thinking. There’s a lot of problems in the world right now because of our dependency on oil.

This makes sense. This is the direction we should have been heading in a long time ago.

And so little steps like this– I’m proud of it because it helps create a dialogue. It brings more knowledge and puts in– puts these ideas into practice. There’s a lot of people doing it, and we’re happy to be a part of it.

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301 Responses to “Brad Pitt's Interview With Ann Curry”

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  1. 1
    Aina Maria Says:

    first!

  2. 2
    lucy Says:

    First! Great interview, but it sounds a little fake for me! But everything that help the people in New Orleans is welcome!

  3. 3
    nice Says:

    brad is really a good person and a great father..his children is very lucky to have him and for angelina..she is very lucky..

  4. 4
    Francophile Says:

    They are both lucky to have found each other. They are in the same page when it concerns giving help AND getting involved in projects with their time and/or money, relations, ect.

    It’s really great having a partner who shares most of your dreams and values and is there to support you and your projects. It’s two times more rewarding and fulfilling to achieve something that’s worth it when with a partner that stimulate your endeavours and is proud of your achievments.

  5. 5
    Gia Says:

    Great man!!! I hope he do his best!

  6. 6
    mr. Smith Says:

    Brad is real man and one of my heroes. Thank you for this interview.

  7. 7
    OHH! PLEASE Says:

    apparently brad and angie got new tats: source chicago sun times
    =================================================

    Chicago leaves mark

    Angelina and Brad reportedly turned their bodies into canvases during a day of tattooing at their hotel

    August 22, 2007
    BY BILL ZWECKER Sun-Times Columnist

    Not only did they make a mark on Our Town — Chicago kind of made a permanent mark on them as well.

    Seems longtime tattoo devotee Jolie and Pitt treated themselves to more tattoos while the actress was here filming ”Wanted.”

    According to a good source, an artist for the Chicago Tattooing Co. on West Belmont slipped up to the 18th floor of the Peninsula Hotel and spent the better part of a day needling not only Angelina and Brad, but also some members of their staff and security team.

    The couple’s children were left out as they are below the legal age for tattooing in Illinois.

    When I called Chicago Tattooing owner Nick Colella to confirm all this — and hopefully learn details about the couple’s new tattoos — he politely, but very firmly, refused to comment on the ”Brangelina” inking story.

    ”I can’t say anything,” said the tattoo titan.

    But, just as we were hanging up, Colella did ask, ”Who called you about this?”

  8. 8
    -l-b- Says:

    i really love him..he’s so hawt ehmygawd!

  9. 9
    OHH! PLEASE Says:

    great interview, atleast someone is trying to help.

  10. 10
    karmeli Says:

    The man has definitely GROWN …

  11. 11
    filipino fan Says:

    it’s great to know that there are celebrities who are very much aware and concerned about what is happening not just in his country but around the world and most importantly, walk the talk. i am proud to be your fan, brad.

  12. 12
    Vera Says:

    Brad is good.!!!!!

  13. 13
    delilah Says:

    Whoopie!

  14. 14
    LOVE ANGELINA Says:

    Looking forward to the interview, can’t wait. Its almost seven in Chicago, thats when the Today show comes on here.

    I like Brad’s interviews, but I love the ones he does with Ann on Global Green, I am so excited.

  15. 15
    dii Says:

    http://massengale.typepad.com/venustas/2006/11/portland_picks_.html

    I was on a panel with the winner of the Global Green Competition, Matthew Berman from Workshop/APD. I presented the Katrina Cottages as well as a house I designed at the UDA Treme/LaFitte charrette. In my talk I discussed the feedback we’d received from the residents of Treme/LaFitte. We heard from them that they liked the look of the Shotguns, but wanted the plans be adapted to modern living and they had to be practical and affordable.

    After we each presented our work we had a Q&A with the audience. [size=18]The members of the audience that were from New Orleans, passionately attacked the “award winning” Global Green design. They were outraged that this project had been selected. They were upset that it had no resemblance to the existing neighborhood, either with the architecture or the plan. One woman stood up and explained to the architect that the “Historic” buildings weren’t old and out dated. They were REALLY well designed, NOT because of the balustrades, brackets and architectural details, but because of the tall ceilings, cross ventilation and the materials. She was great because she elevated the conversation away from style to practical common sense.

    The residents in the room were disgusted that modern designs were being imposed on them. The architect admitted that the residents that he had spoken to didn’t like the modern designs, but that didn’t stop him from proceeding with his work. [u]It seemed more about his personal design exploration, rather than a project based in reality or any form of practicality. [/u]The amazing thing about the day was that no one in the room, NOLA residents or even the SLC students, were buying it – or cutting him any slack. [/size]

    One resident pointed out that the architecture could either support or destroy a community. From the planning of where buildings go to the interior plans of where the kitchen is located. He went on to tell the architect of the GG Design that his building would destroy the community and probably cause people to kill themselves.

    The professor at the school that was moderating our panel tried to let the guy off the hook by asking the audience if they could set aside the site plan, which he admitted was really bad, but looked only at the buildings, would they be happier with the designs, the room spontaneously yelled out NO.

    Then he went on to try and talk about the theory and academic approach of the modern design, I interrupted and challenged that this was a real world problem not an academic experiment, that it was the wrong approach to ignore the existing context and the desires of the people. Instead we needed to listen to what people are asking for and through design, build communities. The room erupted in applause. The professor went on to dismiss me by saying “Well yes, that might be the populous view, but….”

    We have so many struggles in the work we are doing down on the coast, politics at every level, but after a day like today, hearing the passion in the voices of these residents, it was so clear how important it is that we are down there and working so hard. The people want what we are doing.

  16. 16
    captd Says:

    Where is my favorite family. Hope they are all together in NO. Or perhaps waiting in NY for Daddy.

  17. 17
    missouri girl Says:

    Brad was just on the local news here.

  18. 18
    bite me Says:

    Just saw the interview and let me just tell all the haters that think this is all about publicity… WRON, WRON, WRONG,
    The man is really serious and truly has his pocket, heart and sould into this

  19. 19
    Pics of last night Says:

    Simplybrad has pics of Brad having dinner at a hotel in NOLA, no angelina.

  20. 20
    guli Says:

    LA—since we are an hour ahead I just watched it, it was great and tomorrow the second part. I assume it will be like last time the first one was outside he was wearing jeans and the second one was inside he was wearing a grey suit. I believe that is why he was in a suit last night when he went to the hotel. I love this man, I love this family :-)

    Thanks Jared!!!

  21. 21
    delilah Says:

    Brad is MAN!!!

  22. 22
    sarah Says:

    I HEAR THAT THEY HAVE ALREADY BROKEN UP AND THEY SPEND TIME WITH THEIR KIDS.FROM BOOT SITES.THEY SEEMS MORE RELIABLE THAN OTHER SO MAYBE THIS TIME IT IS TRUE.GIVE ME SIGN OF THEM NOT IN THE WAY OF BREAK UP.

    THEY WERE THE FIRST GROUP WHO SAID BRAD LEFT FOR JURY DUTY BEFORE ANY BODY KNOWS AND SEEMS THEY REALLY HAVE A GOOD AND RELIABLE SOURCE.SO PLEASE TELL ME THIS IS NOT TRUE.

    FROM THE MORNING I STARTED TO CRY AND NOW I`M SO DEPPRESSED PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME TO HAVE HOPE THAT THIS ONE IS FAKE LIKE OTHER ONES.PLEASE.

  23. 23
    Diana Says:

    just watch it..very short though,,but i love this guy and nice to see him talking about things that he believes in.

  24. 24
    From the Chicago Sun-Times Says:

    Chicago leaves mark Angelina and Brad reportedly turned their bodies into canvases during a day of tattooing at their hotel
    August 22, 2007
    BY BILL ZWECKER Sun-Times Columnist
    Not only did they make a mark on Our Town – Chicago kind of made a permanent mark on them as well.
    Seems longtime tattoo devotee Jolie and Pitt treated themselves to more tattoos while the actress was here filming ”Wanted.”
    According to a good source, an artist for the Chicago Tattooing Co. on West Belmont slipped up to the 18th floor of the Peninsula Hotel and spent the better part of a day needling not only Angelina and Brad, but also some members of their staff and security team.
    The couple’s children were left out as they are below the legal age for tattooing in Illinois.
    When I called Chicago Tattooing owner Nick Colella to confirm all this – and hopefully learn details about the couple’s new tattoos – he politely, but very firmly, refused to comment on the ”Brangelina” inking story.
    ”I can’t say anything,” said the tattoo titan.
    But, just as we were hanging up, Colella did ask, ”Who called you about this?”

  25. 25
    shasha Says:

    ohh so wonderful to see him…i guess angie and the kids are all in NOLA.

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