Brad Pitt “poses” for the winner of the T Lo International Award for Worst Guyditorial EVER.
Brad Pitt covers the June/July 2013 issue of Esquire magazine photographed by Max Vadukul.
On not remembering people: “So many people hate me because they think I’m disrespecting them,” he says. “So I swear to God, I took one year where I just said, This year, I’m just going to cop to it and say to people, ‘Okay, where did we meet?’ But it just got worse. People were more offended. Every now and then, someone will give me context, and I’ll say, ‘Thank you for helping me.’ But I piss more people off. You get this thing, like, ‘You’re being egotistical. You’re being conceited.’ But it’s a mystery to me, man. I can’t grasp a face and yet I come from such a design/aesthetic point of view. I am going to get it tested.”
On changing his life: “I’d get so far and then want to do something else. I mean, I’m two credits short of graduating college. Two credits. All I had to do was write a paper. What kind of guy is that? That guy scares me – the guy who always leaves a little on his plate. For a long time I thought I did too much damage – drug damage. I was a bit of a drifter. A guy who felt he grew up in something of a vacuum and wanted to see things, wanted to be inspired. I followed that other thing. I spent years f–king off. But then I got burnt out and felt that I was wasting my opportunity. It was a conscious change. This was about a decade ago. It was an epiphany – a decision not to squander my opportunities. It was a feeling of get up. Because otherwise, what’s the point?”
On missing his kids when they’re not around: “I always thought that if I wanted to do a family, I wanted to do it big. I wanted there to be chaos in the house… there’s constant chatter in our house, whether it’s giggling or screaming or crying or banging. I love it. I love it. I love it. I hate it when they’re gone. I hate it. Maybe it’s nice to be in a hotel room for a day – ‘Oh, nice, I can finally read a paper.’ But then, by the next day, I miss that cacophony, all that life.”
He’s wearing the same nondescript outfit in every shot, doing pretty much the same boring thing in every shot, until someone seemed to realize at the last minute how dull that was, so they quickly plunked him down on a motorcycle in front of some graffiti. We’d almost swear this was a parody of the standard guyditorial. We get that not every celebrity photo shoot is necessarily about the clothes, but just from a standard art direction point of view it doesn’t make much sense to us to feature so many pictures that look essentially the same.
Also: Brad, seriously. The Jesus Christ Superstar look has to go.
[Photo Credit: Max Vadukul for Esquire Magazine]