Brad Pitt sat down with Matt Lauer on the Thursday’s “Today” show to discuss his new film, “Moneyball.”
And while the baseball film’s inception and Pitt’s Oscar buzz were discussed, the majority of the conversation centered on his recent remarks about ex-wife, Jennifer Aniston.
“I don't know what was pieced together or put together. All I know is that my point was, the best thing I'd done as a father is be sure that my kids have a good mother,” Pitt said of his interview with Parade Magazine. “That's all I was, or am, trying to say. It has no reference to the past. And I think it's a shame that I can't say something nice about Angie without Jen being drug in. You know, she doesn't deserve it.”
Pitt found himself in a wee bit of controversy when he told Parade why he felt “pathetic” in the 90s: “It became very clear to me that ... I wasn’t living an interesting life myself. I think that my marriage had something to do with it. Trying to pretend the marriage was something that it wasn’t.”
He clarified the comments: “The point I was trying to make is not that Jen was dull, but that I was becoming dull to myself—and that, I am responsible for.”
The actor told Lauer he knew the comment didn’t come across how he meant it. “She's good people,” he said of Aniston.“There should be a statute of limitations on this.”
When Lauer tried to repeat the quote to Pitt, he said, “I don’t read these things ... I know my intentions.
“I don't want them to say anything bad like that about Jen. She's a dear friend of mine.”
So what’s the lesson from all this, Lauer asked? “Don’t talk,” Pitt replied.
While he said he didn’t want to live a guarded life, “I’ve got a knack for stepping into [excrement].”
As for his Oscar chances, Pitt said, “It’s all good fun if your number comes up. It’s even more fun if your friend’s number comes up.”