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Brad Pitt Talks Donald Trump & Brexit for 'T' Men's Fashion Issue

Brad Pitt Talks Donald Trump & Brexit for 'T' Men's Fashion Issue

Brad Pitt covers T magazine’s Fall Men’s Fashion issue!

Here’s what the 52-year-old Allied actor had to share with the mag:

On Donald Trump: “You gotta understand, that it’s also in our DNA. Most Americans don’t have time to watch CNN and Fox and Al Jazeera. They’re trying to make the rent, get the kids fed, they’re tired when they get home and they want to forget about everything. And so suddenly when this voice comes in — and it doesn’t have to be a voice of substance — saying he’s fed up with all of this, that’s the part that hooks into the DNA. A Trump supporter is fighting against just about everything. What does he even mean, take our country back? Would someone please explain that to me?…Where’d it go?”

On Brexit: “Man, I never thought [Brexit] would happen. Same way I can’t bring myself to think that Trump will be in charge. In the simplest terms, what brings us together is good, and what separates us is bad…Coming from Oklahoma, southern Missouri, which leans more toward a Trump voice, I try to understand it.”

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  • Felinelilly

    Brad and Angelina are so intelligent and deep, they give great interviews, including this one. I love it. Is it wrong that him saying The Passion of The Christ making him feel like he was watching an L. Ron Hubbard propaganda tape made me laugh? lol Maybe because he and T. Cruise are friends but I’m so glad he’s not fooled by creepy Scientology.
    I’m guessing Shi or Zee is the one who likes cassette tapes. Great article and because it can’t be said enough, damn this man is hawt. The pictures are great.

  • toastie postie

    Yea!!!!

  • Beedyq

    Well the Scies did have him on their “get” list and tried to recruit him when he was dating JL. He even went to a few meetings/whatever they are called with her. But he escaped their snares LOL

  • Felinelilly

    They did?! LOL I didn’t know that. I’m so glad Brad was strong enough and intelligent enough to think for himself and not get brainwashed by their “auditing”.

  • Felinelilly

    What you said. LOL

  • Claire

    Great interview. I love how it’s done….

  • Beedyq

    That is why his comment re L. Ron Hubbard is hilarious, he knows what he is talking about from first hand knowledge.

  • ali7

    Smart interview & great question as Brad said what take our country back mean? America fans who took ur country?

  • toastie postie

    PEOPLE MAGAZINE JUST REPEATING T MAGAZINE
    Brad Pitt Sounds Off on Donald Trump – and Takes a Stab at Literary Reading in Artsy Video: Watch

    http://www.people.com/article/brad-pitt-donald-trump-brexit?xid=socialflow_twitter_peoplemag

  • Beedyq

    People trying to get some hits. Business as usual.

    Trump probably getting ready to tweet about BP.

  • liss

    I love me some Pitt jolie

  • toastie postie

    Yeah, his idiot team needs to get him away from tweets, but hey it just shows what a cretin, Dumpster is.

  • toastie postie

    I wonder how long it will take the Daily Fail to come up with an article.

  • plez

    Cassette tapes and winding a watch. Boy I’m getting old.

  • Beedyq

    It is a fantasy in demagogue Drumpf’s head but appeals to those who look around and don’t like who and what they see in their local communities. Phrase appeals to latent oft hidden prejudice possessors.

    Native Americans had the country first but Drumpf supporters would never acknowledge that.

  • Beedyq

    You can’t stop a total know it all idiot from tweeting no matter how much you try.

  • Beedyq

    DF too busy screaming at the moment about the IPhone 7 LOL.

  • toastie postie

    Oh Lordy! I’m so techno no-no, that I’ve never gotten any of the fancy phones, even though my daughter constantly bugs me to get one. I’m just fine with my little cell phone. Heck I can’t even operate its little extras.

  • Felinelilly

    LOL. I’m not old enough to remember wind up watches but I am to remember cassette tapes. Brad and Angie have some seriously cool kids.

  • toastie postie

    I agree. But look at their parents. Awesome family.

  • Felinelilly

    Very true. Cool parents = seriously cool kids where the JPs are concerned.

  • Lylian

    I haven’t scrolled down but I’m wondering if a dump fan has threatened not to watch another Brad Pitt movie ever ever again.

    LOL!

  • Lylian

    Oops, just realised that the thread is kinda short – so no one has threatened to boycott Brad’s movies for ever and ever in JJ’s at least! ;-)

  • toastie postie

    What? Are those Trumpettes threatening to boycott Brad? Good, the theater will be cleaner when I go see him. No more rude people, kicking the back of my seat. Yea!!!!

  • Beedyq

    TP that sounds great to me, rude people can stay home and stop talking on their phones!

  • toastie postie

    Picture taken from the video in the article

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CrxPUcEWIAA5CSA.jpg

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  • toastie postie

    Cool!!!! Thanks you, FYI!

  • toastie postie

    Like Angie, the fashion places, immediately alert people that Brad is wearing their clothes.
    https://twitter.com/SandroParis/status/773597009135624192

  • Beedyq

    As always. Thanks TP.

  • Beedyq

    As always. Thanks TP.

  • toastie postie

    You are very welcome. Very funny how the fashion designers hustle to let people know that the JP family wears their clothes.

  • toastie postie

    HuffPostEntVerified account ‏@HuffPostEnt 51m51 minutes ago
    Brad Pitt tries to understand Trump supporters, but can’t do it

    https://twitter.com/HuffPostEnt/status/773591226268483584

  • toastie postie

    HuffPostEntVerified account ‏@HuffPostEnt 51m51 minutes ago
    Brad Pitt tries to understand Trump supporters, but can’t do it

    https://twitter.com/HuffPostEnt/status/773591226268483584

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    Sandro Paris ‏@SandroParis 36m36 minutes ago
    Hello #BradPitt! Sandro suits you.
    Metropolis Shirt available in stores & online.
    Thanks @tmagazine!

    https://twitter.com/SandroParis/status/773597009135624192

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    MOVIES NOWVerified account ‏@moviesnowtv 12h12 hours ago
    Study shows, when it comes to making women happy, #BradPitt comes 2nd only to chocolates!
    https://twitter.com/moviesnowtv/status/773423578213601280

  • Bumble

    MOVIES NOWVerified account ‏@moviesnowtv 12h12 hours ago
    Study shows, when it comes to making women happy, #BradPitt comes 2nd only to chocolates!
    https://twitter.com/moviesnowtv/status/773423578213601280

  • toastie postie

    Thank you, Mizz Bee.

  • Bumble

    Five or Six Things I Didn’t Know About Brad Pitt, by Marlon James
    Musings from the Man Booker-winning author after his first
    meeting with one of the biggest — and nicest — stars on the planet.

    1. Brad Pitt is a plant murderer.

    The worst kind, too. The kind who lets a plant starve to death. The evidence, at two opposing corners of his office in Beverly Hills; skeletal remnants that long gave up hope of ever being watered. He’s been away for 10 months, he says. An explanation, if not exactly an excuse. Regardless, I vow to expose his plant-murdering ways because the American public deserves to know, and besides, at 52 one should take whatever notoriety one can get.

    I’m at Plan B, the film production company Pitt co-founded in 2001 and now owns, and I’ve decided to impress him with my knowledge of architecture, something he learned about while helping to rebuild the Lower Ninth Ward in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. I figured I’d introduce him to Shigeru Ban, famous for his Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand, and other disaster-relief projects around the world. But there, sitting on Pitt’s bookshelf, is an entire monograph of his work.

    Near his record player are Joe Strummer’s albums with the Mescaleros, not a surprise, but also rare books on fringe culture, including Danny Lyon’s “The Bikeriders,” which are. This is a revelation not because Pitt is a megastar, which can lead to a certain out-of-touchness, but because he’s a father, and the first thing that goes after having kids is coolness. The first thing that comes are jorts. So when he gets up to shake my hand — dressed in a white T-shirt, white jeans and a white fedora — he seems more like the Dude than a dad.

    2. Brad Pitt knows money can’t buy happiness.

    “War Machine,” one of his two new films out this fall, is based on “The Operators,” Michael Hasting’s blistering account of U.S. military command, their occasionally reckless maneuvers and the political blowback that happened when a certain decorated general — played by Pitt — let his guard way, way down. (The other movie is Robert Zemeckis’s romantic assassination thriller “Allied,” also based on actual events.) “It’s a satire on the decision makers who end up sending our young men and women to war,” he says. “It’s about the absurdity of the process, the machinery itself, the self-interest involved — and it’s insanely funny, until it’s not.”

    Discussing the thin line between tragedy and comedy leads us to talking about sadness and happiness in general, which then leads Pitt to an observation: During his frequent travels around the world he has encountered many people who seem to have no cause for happiness — and yet it’s those very people, those in the most dire circumstances, who somehow manage to appear the most content. It is why, he says, people like him — people with money and time — feel so compelled to change those circumstances. Which isn’t always a good thing, and he knows it. “I’ve gone into areas of third-world countries where people have suffered the most, but those people always seem to have the biggest laugh,” he says. As a Jamaican native who has witnessed quite a few third-world missions, I tell him that sometimes our biggest laugh is directed at foreign do-gooders who really have no idea how to fix our problems. “I’ve been one of those at times,” he admits. “But you’ve got to start somewhere. You start with your best intentions, understanding the world as you do. And then you get in and you see that it’s much more complicated than you could possibly imagine. Our failings in foreign policy have always been to think that we can place our ideas on another culture, while not really understanding the other culture.”

    3. Brad Pitt is very aware of your opinion of celebrity opinions.

    But one of the reasons I agreed to this interview was to do more than remind the world that, aw shucks, he’s just a regular guy. Such a thing would be ridiculous, anyway: A Google search of his name yields roughly 45 million results; nearly 10 million pop up for “Brad Pit” alone. This is, after all, the guy who as a seductive thief in “Thelma & Louise” proved there’s no such thing as a small part. Someone once famously said that he is a character actor trapped in a leading man’s body, which is true, but he’s also the last real movie star to come out of Hollywood. I don’t ask him if he likes to puzzle over his kids’ homework.

    Instead I ask him about Brexit. “Man, I never thought that would happen. Same way I can’t bring myself to think that Trump will be in charge. In the simplest terms, what brings us together is good, and what separates us is bad. We have this great line in ‘The Big Short,’ ” he says, referring to the Oscar-winning film about the global financial crisis of 2008, which he produced. “When things are going wrong and we can’t find the reason for it, we just start creating enemies.” I mention that when creating those enemies, we often look no further than what’s right in front of us. Gays, for example. “Or illegal immigrants,” he says. He keeps wondering aloud about this, not because he’s all that interested in extremism, bigotry, religiosity and fear as part of an actual pathology — or Trump supporters and the religious right, for that matter — but because in another version of this story, where the movie star thing hadn’t clicked and he remained stuck in his home state, that could have been his fate. “Coming from Oklahoma, southern Missouri, which leans more toward a Trump voice, I try to understand it.”

    “It seems that the people who suffer the most end up betting for the party that would hurt them,” he goes on. “And so I try to understand where they’re coming from.” When I suggest that money has a lot to do with it — Belgium supporting Tutsi control over the Hutus, and building resentment, prompted genocide — he agrees. But a recent conversation he had with a scholar from the Brookings Institution, the Washington, D.C. think tank, sparked a different view, one where the cause of strife can’t be explained by simple economics. “You gotta understand,” he says, “that it’s also in our DNA. Most Americans don’t have time to watch CNN and Fox and Al Jazeera. They’re trying to make the rent, get the kids fed, they’re tired when they get home and they want to forget about everything. And so suddenly when this voice comes in — and it doesn’t have to be a voice of substance — saying he’s fed up with all of this, that’s the part that hooks into the DNA.”

    A fair point to consider, that our social behaviors, prejudices and even the mental process of who we choose to love or hate is rooted in biology, but how does this convince people to actually buy what Trump is selling? “What I’m most hopeful about is that we’re a global neighborhood now, and we start to understand each other more and more — and yet, you see this reactionary push for isolation and separation again.” Pitt shrugs, and says that he thinks a lot of people feel alone, and on a certain level, again because of his background, he knows what that’s like. “A Trump supporter is fighting against just about everything,” he says. “What does he even mean, take our country back? Would someone please explain that to me?” Pitt looks at me, impish and totally serious at the same time. “Where’d it go?”

    4. Brad Pitt and I agree about Mel Gibson.

    Like his friend and “Inglourious Basterds” director Quentin Tarantino, Pitt’s scholarship in the craft of the medium has mostly been the medium itself. More than that, film was for him a window into the world. “Movies were a way out,” he says. “If you live in a vacuum and suddenly you’re exposed to the world, you’re exposed to other cultures. And remember, this was pre-internet. This was the only lens that could show me how a kid in Brooklyn lived, a kid in Ireland, a kid in Africa.”

    On the topic of exotic worlds, he mentions a film he’d like to make about Pontius Pilate, mostly because the script, which focuses on a mediocre Roman official stuck in the middle of nowhere with difficult people he doesn’t like, makes him smile. Jesus doesn’t get much screen time. “It certainly won’t be for the ‘Passion’ crowd,” he says, which reminds me that Mel Gibson’s torture-porn epic is one of the things that drove me out of the church. Pitt bursts into laughter. “I felt like I was just watching an L. Ron Hubbard propaganda film.”

    Xenu aside, Gibson movies typically do one thing really well: violence. “Oh, extremely well,” Pitt says. “ ‘Apocalypto’ is a great film.”

    5. Brad Pitt’s “I’m getting old” joke is better than yours.

    It’s easy to forget that the man is 52 — if anything he’s too skinny — but his children’s interest in relics from the past regularly drives home the point. One of his daughters, for example, loves cassette tapes the way someone Pitt’s age might have a fondness for the gramophone, or making his own daguerreotype. He’s also reminded of his age on set. “When I was making a World War II movie called ‘Fury,’ we did this boot camp for a week, and Logan Lerman, who was the youngest actor of the bunch — I think he was 21 — was given grunt detail. We gave him a watch and he had to keep track of how long it took us to eat and get in and out of our gear. One day he came to me and said the watch has stopped, and I said, ‘You’ve just got to wind it.’ He came back literally 15 minutes later and said, ‘Wait, how do you wind it?’ ”

    6. Maybe Brad Pitt is a regular guy.

    The good thing about playing an interview slow and loose, especially when you’ve caught your subject on a free day, is that you can slide into the type of half-substantial, half-trivial conversation only possible with truly friendly people. Not to say that Pitt isn’t sometimes on his guard when it comes to discussing touchy subjects like income inequality and whitewashing in Hollywood. But there’s a casual intimacy to the few hours we’ve spent together, shooting the breeze with a rapport so easy that I keep turning the recorder back on after I assume the interview is over; him talking about falling under the spell of New Orleans, or being a “sucker for an underdog story,” or how “Beasts of the Southern Wild” is an amazing film that broke his heart.
    The bad thing about playing an interview slow and loose is that you’re never sure how to end it. So I keep hanging out at his office, touring the compound and overhearing him on the phone dealing with daddy business, when I realize I’m about to miss my flight. He orders me a car and walks me outside to the gate. It’s not until this moment, under the glare of the California sun, that I’m confronted with the absurdity of standing next to Brad Pitt, on the side of the road, waiting for an Uber.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/07/t-magazine/brad-pitt-marlon-james-interview.html?_r=0

  • Bumble

    The CutVerified account ‏@TheCut 4m4 minutes ago
    Watch Brad Pitt perform a dramatic reading by candlelight: http://thecut.io/2c8Xn9q

  • toastie postie

    Another still picture of Brad from the T Magazine video

    http://i.imgur.com/O7k98yd.jpg?2

  • Beedyq

    I love block! Obliterates ignorance and mendacity!

  • forest4trees

    LOL!!! RNC troll. Are you suggesting the Rethuglicans did anything for anyone South of the 20%?

  • gennline

    Me too.

  • busted

    fans just need to stop responding. makes it harder for the post to disappear. I thought we all understood that.

  • Bumble

    STOP RESPONDING TO ANUSTON BITTER HEN TROLLS

  • Beedyq

    Who’s responding? Flag and block and poof it’s magic.

    Oh I see that someone did!

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