You Won’t Believe What Brad Pitt Says About Fame in the ’90s

Actor, director, and producer, Brad Pitt, has taken more roles behind the camera as of late. The Ad Astra actor’s resume spans over 20 years. In a new interview, Pitt reveals how he really feels about his celebrity status, particularly how he felt all throughout the ’90s.

Brad Pitt knew exactly when he’d make a shift in his career

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Brad Pitt attends the Premiere of 20th Century Fox’s ‘Ad Astra’ | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Ocean’s Eleven star, Brad Pitt, is a Hollywood hit-maker. As the man behind Fight Club, Legends of the Fall, Ocean’s Eleven, and more (we see you, Thelma & Louise), Pitt’s talent goes the distance.

For the most part, there’s a lot about Pitt that’s still unknown aside from his projects. Now a Golden Globe nominee for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Pitt has been under scrutiny since his marriage, and split, from wife, Angelina Jolie.

However, Pitt found solace in creating. According to People, Pitt will take on fewer projects in the future.

“It’ll be fewer and farther in between for me, just because I have other things I want to do now,” he said. “When you feel like you’ve finally got your arms around something, then it’s time to go get your arms around something else.”

He also expanded on the trajectory of his career and where he felt the split, saying he was “disappointed” in the 2004 film, Troy.

“I had to do Troy because — I guess I can say all this now — I pulled out of another movie and then had to do something for the studio,” he said.

“So I was put in Troy. It wasn’t painful, but I realized that the way that movie was being told was not how I wanted it to be. I made my own mistakes in it,” he said. “I was disappointed in it.”

He explained Troy helped him change direction of where he’d been, and where he wanted to go.

“So about that time I made a decision that I was only going to invest in quality stories, for lack of a better term. It was a distinct shift that led to the next decade of films.”

This is how Pitt really feels about fame

In a new interview with The New York Times, Pitt talked about fame and media obsession with his personal life.

“I don’t go out of my way to avoid it; I just don’t seek it out,” he said about tabloid fodder. He added that of all those dating rumors, “none of it’s true.”

In light of his split from Jolie and becoming sober, the father of six went on to say he now understands what all the attention has afforded him. Most notably, he understands how his status can make someone else’s day better.

“I realized that you have that ability to make someone feel good for a moment. I’m not trying to say anyone is being brushed with my greatness. I’m trying to say that I have the opportunity to brighten someone’s day. That’s a rare thing.”

Pitt says this about fame in the ’90s

Pitt didn’t always feel so open about his celebrity status.

“In the ’90s, all that attention really threw me,” Pitt said. “It was really uncomfortable for me, the cacophony of expectations and judgments. I really became a bit of a hermit and just bonged myself into oblivion.”

He admitted to never feeling like one of the “10 best actors of the year,” in which he’d been named by The New York Times.

“I’ve had moments where I’ve seen pictures of myself from years ago and gone, ‘That kid looks all right.’ But I didn’t feel that way inside,” Pitt said.

“I spent most of the ’90s hiding out and smoking pot. I was too uncomfortable with all the attention. Then I got to a place where I was aware that I was imprisoning myself. Now I go out and live life, and generally, people are pretty cool.”

Honestly, Pitt’s thoughts on fame are refreshing. Celebrities are people, too, and not all of them enjoy the “glamorous” spotlight in exchange for living their dreams. You do you, Mr. Pitt.