Brad Pitt: Looking for longevity, not Oscar


By Hindustan Times

NEW DELHI, Feb. 19 -- Every actor yearns to win at least one golden statuette in his lifetime, but actor Brad Pitt, 48, has bigger things on his mind than taking home an Oscar.

Currently busy bagging accolades for his role in the multiple Oscar-nominated biographical sports drama, Moneyball, Pitt is competing in the Best Actor category of the awards. In the film, that opens in India on February 24, Pitt portrays baseball team manager Billy Beane, who assembled a competitive team by taking a sabermetric approach -a specialised analysis of the game.

Ask him about the Oscar glory and the actor says, "It's good fun when your number comes up. It's really fun when your friends' number comes up too. It's just as fun because then you can stay home. You know it's (the Oscars) not the focus. To me it is more important to have longevity."

He adds, "The thing that I think we miss the most is the degree of difficulty in films beyond what will be in record books as the best picture of the year or whatever."

Would he ever like to direct that kind of film? "No. I have no aspirations for directing whatsoever. I am far too much of a perfectionist and it would drive me and my family crazy. I'd never see them and it'd take me three years to do it." Crediting his directors for his enviable career graph, he says, "If you look closer, you'll realise I have been smart enough to work with directors who are smarter than me, " he laughs.

At the same time, there is stuff that he and his partner Angelina Jolie have done in films that Pitt wouldn't want his six kids to google. "They can't Google mom or dad. It's blocked. You know because of all the dirty stuff that's there," he says, adding that he doesn't regret making those choices. "I want to keep moving on. I can't go back five minutes even to pee. That's not in my nature," he says.