NPR, journalist Lulu Garcia-Navarro asked Pitt if he had set out to explore any of the things that he’s gone through in his personal life in recent years — including a high-profile divorce from Angelina Jolie, a custody fight over their six kids, and getting sober, at the same time — on the big screen.
“I would be exploring it whether there was a script that allowed that or not,” Pitt answered. “A breakup of a family is certainly an eye-opener that as one — and I’m speaking in general again — but as one needs to understand, I had to understand my own culpability in that, and what can I do better. Because I don’t want to go on like this.”
Pitt and Jolie’s split in September 2016 reportedly happened because the leading man and one of the sons he shares with Jolie, 18-year-old Maddox, had an argument on a private plane while Pitt was reportedly intoxicated.
The former couple additionally share Pax, 15; Zahara, 14; Shiloh, 13; and 11-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.
Another personal subject Pitt addressed in the interview is aging and his feelings about his later-in-life years.
“It seems universal that we all carry great pains and great feelings of loneliness and regrets,” he said. “I had a friend who worked in a hospice. And he said, the only thing that people talk about is their loves and then their regrets in love, dealing with love. I thought, man, that’s really interesting. If that’s our focus on the way out, better start working on that now.”