This is a story about Brad Pitt and how awesome he is for producing 12 Years a Slave. But what I would really like to discuss is the Jolie-Pitts continuing love for Ann Curry. As we documented so many times, Ann Curry got pushed out of the Today Show in a rather messy, spectacular, horrible way. Ann still has a contract with NBC, though, but she’s just never going to sit in the anchor chair ever again. Nowadays she’s a “special correspondent” or whatever title she wants. What’s interesting is the Angelina and Brad haven’t given any interviews to anyone else on the Today show since Ann got pushed out. Angelina and Ann are tight, but I got the impression that Ann’s Brangeloonie thing kind of freaked out Brad. Still, he granted her an exclusive interview to promote 12 Years. Anyway, that was just my little media-digression.
Proudest career moment yet? In a new interview with TODAY anchor at large Ann Curry, airing Wednesday, Oct. 16, Brad Pitt discusses his latest film, 12 Years of Slave, and explains why the role is so important to him.
12 Years a Slave tells the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York who is abducted and sold into slavery. Pitt, who is also a producer of the film, plays Bass, a Canadian who works on the plantation where Northup is sent.
Despite having a smaller role in the already widely acclaimed Steve McQueen-directed film, Pitt, 49, tells Curry, “It’s why I got into film in the first place.” He adds, “It’s one of those few films that cuts to the base of our humanity.”
The R-rated film is so important to Pitt that he says he would even allow his oldest child, Maddox, 12, to watch it.
“Maybe my eldest I would, right now,” he said of his six children — Maddox, Pax, 9, Zahara, 8, Shiloh, 7, and Vivienne and Knox, 5 — with fiancee Angelina Jolie. “I’d rather for the others to get a little bit older and understand the dynamics of the world a little more.”
(In June, Pitt revealed that son Maddox was making his film debut in his PG-13-rated zombie movie, World War Z. “He gets shot in the head . . . multiple times. But he gets double tapped,” Pitt said, adding, “I don’t know what that says about me as a parent.”)
And as his children get older, so does Pitt. Celebrating his 50th birthday in December, the actor says, “So far I haven’t minded a bit… So I have no complaints.” When asked if he’s “cool” with turning 50, he said: “Cool? … I don’t know. We’ll see … I’m busy right now so I haven’t thought about it,” he laughed.
I’m trying to figure out if I would be comfortable with letting a 12 or 13 year old watch 12 Years a Slave. It’s being compared to Schindler’s List, and would you let a 12 year old watch Schindler’s List? I think it would be okay to let a kid watch it, but the kid will probably understand the story more and more as they get older. But don’t ask me – I was warped by R-rated movies when I was very little. I have vivid memories of watching Beverly Hills Cop and 48 Hours when I was only like six and seven years old.
Also – some poor stuntman was stabbed with a motherf—king bayonet on the English set of Brad’s new movie Fury yesterday. STABBED. With a bayonet. The studio released a statement: “There has been an accident between two professional stuntmen which happened in a rehearsed action sequence. He left the set laughing and talking.” Damn. That’s hardcore. No “Shia LaBeouf stabbed some dude for ART” jokes, okay?
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