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“[Robert] Ford had the idea that through fame he would receive some personal validity, but he didn’t. I feel that these are not the main themes, but certainly themes that are at play in this film [Assassination of Jesse James].”

 

Brad Pitt

“Jesse [James] was known as a kind of Robin Hood character and also it was known that his exploits were somewhat dubious – however, he perpetuated this myth. Our film [The Assassination of Jesse James] really takes place at the end of all that, the last year of his life, at the end of all that celebrity.”

 

Brad Pitt

“The choice or decision to take on a film certainly isn’t calculated as far as doing something that will be successful against something that will have a smaller audience. It’s all a gamble to me, I don’t bet on the horses; I just go with the story that speaks to me and that I feel strongly about which is this one [The Assassination of Jesse James].”

 

Brad Pitt

“I got into [producing] to be part of stories that wouldn’t necessarily be right for me as an actor.”

 

Brad Pitt

“My main concern is quality and I think there is quality to be found in all categories of filmmaking.”

 

Brad Pitt

“Billy Beane was a guy who had been devalued by the sport as a player and now is working as a GM for a small-market team.There is such a gulf in what these teams have to spend on talent [that] they can never play equally – they can never have a true competition.”

 

Brad Pitt

“I come from the belief that all good films find their time whether it’s on opening week or sometime later. That’s certainly true with some of my favourite films that might relate to this [The Assassination of Jesse James] film in terms of cadence like Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, or McCabe & Mrs Miller or Days of Heaven. I found them 10 to 20 years after they were made.”

 

Brad Pitt

“Though ‘Moneyball’ had the talents of screenwriters Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin going for it, they weren’t baseball insiders.”

 

Brad Pitt

“I had the luxury of working on the script with Andrew [Dominik] for a good year before the film started, so I was already intimate with the story [of The Assassination of Jesse James] and felt quite prepared walking into it.”

 

Brad Pitt

“There are certain aspects of celebrity that I understand, although that’s not the main point of the story [in Assassination of Jesse James] , but it is one of the by products. I certainly understand what its like to be hunted and have a bounty on my head but at least nobody is pointing guns at me.”

 

Brad Pitt

“Perhaps we don’t need these religious concoctions to pillow the fear of death. Just the fact that there is an unknown, and something greater, can bring a feeling of peace. That’s enough for me.”

 

Brad Pitt

“I’d like to design something like a city or a museum. I want to do something hands on rather than just play golf which is the sport of the religious right.”

 

Brad Pitt

“I oscillate between agnosticism and atheism.”

 

Brad Pitt

“We still check in with each other. She was a big part of my life, and me hers. I don’t see how there cannot be [that]. That’s life, man. That’s life.”

 

Brad Pitt

“Basically when you whittle everything away, I’m a grown man who puts on makeup.”

 

Brad Pitt

“I’ve always paid attention to religion because I grew up in a religious background, but I’ve never felt a part of any of them. I think there’s something to be drawn from most of them – other than goat sacrificing.”

 

Brad Pitt

“The scouts [in “Moneyball”] could lend an authenticity that’s even beyond what we had on the page.”

 

Brad Pitt

“[Fatherhood] is everything…. The hardest job in the world, the most rewarding job in the world…. We put in long days. And to go home and have dinner with your kids, and have to discipline one of them who’s out of line, and still have the energy for that is…. I can’t explain the fulfillment of that, but it is everything.”

 

Brad Pitt

“I am very interested in architecture. I’ve been asked if I’d ever direct, but me, I’d rather build. It’s very similar to directing, because you get to walk among this piece of art, to live in it, be surrounded by it, which is just thrilling.”

 

Brad Pitt

“It’s boredom. No other reason than that.”

 

Brad Pitt