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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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  • Aina Maria

    first!

  • lucy

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

  • nice

    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..

  • Francophile

    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.

  • Gia

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

  • http://seekmovie.net/details/movie/Mr.+%26+Mrs.+Smith-41347.html mr. Smith

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

  • OHH! PLEASE

    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?”

  • -l-b-

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

  • OHH! PLEASE

    great interview, atleast someone is trying to help.

  • karmeli

    The man has definitely GROWN …

  • filipino fan

    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.

  • http://www.celebritynapremierac.blog.cz Vera

    Brad is good.!!!!!

  • delilah

    Whoopie!

  • LOVE ANGELINA

    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.

  • dii

    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.

  • http://captdoloresaol.com captd

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

  • missouri girl

    Brad was just on the local news here.

  • bite me

    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

  • Pics of last night

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

  • guli

    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!!!

  • delilah

    Brad is MAN!!!

  • sarah

    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.

  • Diana

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

  • From the 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?”

  • shasha

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

  • http://htt//justjared.com xxx

    Jolie – Pitt family is the most beautiful, sexy, and generous in Hollywood.

  • liza

    Nice to watch him on TV.

  • diana

    Brad looks very proud and happy about this project. keep up the good work!

  • OHH! PLEASE

    22 sarah : 08/22/2007 at 7:53 am
    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.

    ==================
    please tell me you are not serious, this has got to be a joke right? noone is this stupid right?

  • ?question?

    27 liza : 08/22/2007 at 7:55 am
    Nice to watch him on TV.
    ………………….is he now consiered a sitcom hag since he was on tv?

  • Colbert ROCKS!

    Gosh she really had to pull that interview out of him huh? He is not the sharpest tool in the shed huh? But hey give him props for doing good in the US. Angie could learn something from him on that topic too bad she is too good for the US. I hope wish she would go sell make up somewhere else. Funny how his interviews never talk about his life.

  • Love Song

    OHH PLEASE is d.j. It’s so obvious, check out the writing style.

  • Colbert ROCKS!

    What is with his lady pants? LOL

  • KrungKrung

    luv yah, papa Brad and keep up the good work, you’re the best mwah mwah

  • black

    Boring………………………b..o……r…………….

  • IT’S OVER

    We didn’t want to believe the break-up rumors about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. When they first came to town they truly seemed happy and our sources did not tell us otherwise. However, that changed by their second week in Chicago. Some of our reliable sources told us information last week that leads us to think there may be some truth to the rumors.

    We did hear from several sources that Pitt and Jolie have been fighting a lot. They told us they have been arguing about the kids, her weight and other life decisions. Some of our sources even go so far to say that they have already broken up and when they do spend time together it’s for their children.

    People on the “Wanted” set thought it was strange that Pitt never came to visit her on the set once the whole two weeks she filmed in Chicago. Pitt has visited her on her other movie sets and even on the Prague “Wanted” set. Her oldest children Maddox and Pax regularly visited her on the set as well. No Pitt though.

    Also, Jolie and Pitt spent very little alone time together in Chicago. The couple only emerged together without their children twice. The first time was to eat dinner at Japonais restaurant two Saturdays ago and then once to dine at Avenues with a group from “Wanted”. At Japonais the pair seemed distant and stoic at first, according to eyewitnesses. However, by the end of the night, after all the reporters, fans and paparazzi arrived, they were acting affectionate toward each other.

    When the Boots Girls met Jolie she seemed sad and exhausted.

    We hope that they can work their problems out and stay together though!

    The couple is scheduled to attend a fundraiser dinner soon in the Hamptoms, according to E! online.

  • K.C. from N.O Brad is just a kind human

    Thankyou sooooo much Mr.Brad Pitt. My family and I live in Ms. now but we are on the list of your echo friendly homes. My family loves you and yours for helping our community when we feel forgotten..You &yours,cause I know Angie is in their too and sooooo many good people have’nt forgotten us small humans in this big world. Thankyou you again Brad&Angie.I love you K.C.from N.O.

  • BRAD GOING TO HAVE DINNER IN NOLA ALONE
  • guli

    OMG—ROTFLMAO!!!

    Credit goes to a fan at JJB site who noticed this. The boots girls I think got hammered and changed the wording. OMG this is way too funny :lo: :lol:
    This is how it reads NOW!!!!

    “Despite rumors of a break-up, our inside sources who have been in contact with the celebrity couple all week, tell us Brangelina have seemed happy as can be. They also said they are always smiling, laughing and joking around with each other.”

  • KrungKrung

    the viruses are back y’all, at least they’re adding hits to this thread, aycaramba

  • OHH! PLEASE

    32 Love Song : 08/22/2007 at 8:00 am
    OHH PLEASE is d.j. It’s so obvious, check out the writing style.
    ===============
    WTF?,

  • OPERATION: Oscar campaing

    Also, Jolie and Pitt spent very little alone time together in Chicago. The couple only emerged together without their children twice. The first time was to eat dinner at Japonais restaurant two Saturdays ago and then once to dine at Avenues with a group from “Wanted”. At Japonais the pair seemed distant and stoic at first, according to eyewitnesses. However, by the end of the night, after all the reporters, fans and paparazzi arrived, they were acting affectionate toward each other.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    They are so staying together for Oscar season. Jesse James has 5 premiers, Brad is really investing big time with this project.

    Forget about her getting pregnant again LMAO!

  • http://htt//justjared.com xxx

    Every second Brad & Angie break up,give me a break.

  • ohh loonies

    denial is not only a river in egypt.

  • Just saying

    They will stick out thru thru movies and use their kids as lil PR wagons but after that they will use the statement after much consideration the travel and paps have torn us aprt. LOL

  • Brad Pitt Aims to Keep Focus on Katrina Recovery

    Brad Pitt Aims to Keep Focus on Katrina Recovery

    A Perfect Storm: New Orleans & Sustainability

    Bush Promises New Orleans Bigger, Better Levees

    Bush Marks Katrina Anniversary, Says Recovery Is Just Beginning

    New Orleans Sets Storm Anniversary as Deadline for Home Gutting

    NEW ORLEANS — Calling Hurricane Katrina a “man-made disaster,” actor Brad Pitt said Tuesday he remains committed to helping the city recover from the storm.

    Nearly two years after the Aug. 29, 2005 hurricane, the “Ocean’s Thirteen” star said he was at times dismayed by the pace of recovery in New Orleans, where he and partner Angelina Jolie own an elegant townhouse in the historic French Quarter.

    Pitt was in the Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood to tour an ecologically sustainable single-family home being built by Global Green USA, an environmental group he backs.

    The actor praised the house in the Holy Cross area of the ward as a “small victory” for efforts to rebuild the city, but said, “it’s hard to find an overall victory when you see how slowly everything is still moving. And Katrina was a man-made disaster. This house is a man-made solution.”

    Pitt said the city’s flood-protection defenses must be restored before displaced residents feel confident enough to rebuild.

    “We’ve got to push to get these levees taken care of in the correct fashion,” he told reporters at a news conference in the hurricane-ravaged working class neighborhood.

    The house that Pitt toured, loosely modeled on the distinctive New Orleans “shotgun” style of long, narrow homes, will generate almost all its electricity from 28 roof-mounted solar panels, said Global Green USA president Matt Petersen.

    Global Green hopes to use the house, which should be completed this fall, as a prototype for the neighborhood. Built not far from the banks of the Mississippi River and raised by three feet on concrete pilings, it is above sea level.

    Some in the area, which was not as badly flooded as others in the city, are rebuilding. But a lack of funds have kept most from starting fresh.

    Levee repairs are ongoing and engineers differ over how the new levees will fare in a major storm.

    The environmental group has pledged to create a residential community of “green” structures, including an 18-unit, low-income apartment building near the Mississippi.

    Pitt, 43, said the redevelopment project could help encourage people whose homes were destroyed in the storm to return and rebuild in a more environmentally conscious fashion.

    “We knew we couldn’t bring back the families and friends that were lost, bring back the heirlooms, the pictures,” Pitt said. “But maybe, in the process of rebuilding, we could build something smarter, and create a better way of life for those people who live here.”

    Source: Reuters

  • BOOT GIRLS CHANGE STORY

    OK TROLLS SINCE YOU WANT TO QUOTE THE BOOT GIRLS AS THE HOLY GRAIL GO TO THEIR SITE AND SEE HOW THEY CHANGED THEIR ORIGINAL STORY-NOW BRAD AND ANGIE SEEM HAPPY AS CAN BE,JOKING,LAUGHING,LOVING-ONCE AGAIN YOU TROLLS WERE BEING PLAYED-THIS IS LIKE CHILD’S PLAY-TOO FUNNY

  • Jenna

    We did hear from several sources that Pitt and Jolie have been fighting a lot. They told us they have been arguing about the kids, her weight and other life decisions. Some of our sources even go so far to say that they have already broken up and when they do spend time together it’s for their children.

    ===============================================================
    I believe it, both of them are actors people. THEY ACT.

  • saraicita
  • Kim

    BRAD GOING TO HAVE DINNER IN NOLA ALONE : 08/22/2007 at 8:05 am
    http://www.bradpittgallery.com/thumbnails.php?album=1833

    ——————–
    where is angelina?

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