Brad Pitt. (AP)

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.”

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