Most people don’t look forward to aging, but Brad Pitt said he is curious to see “where we’ll end up. It’s a fascinating notion aging. So far, it’s been pretty good,” said the 45-year-old star. Pitt, who is affectionately referred to by the Japanese media as “Burapi,” explores the theme of aging in his latest film, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," which has been nominated for 13 Academy Awards, including a best actor nod for Pitt.
“This project has been on and off for 18 years,” said Pitt during a visit to Japan this week along with partner Angelina Jolie and their six children -- the first time they have allowed themselves all to be photographed in public. “I think we have made a movie similar to the Hollywood epics of old and it is gratifying to see it honored at all levels at the Oscars.”
Directed by David Fincher ("Fight Club," "Se7en") and adapted from an F Scott Fitzgerald story, "Benjamin Button" tells the story of a man who is born in 1918 at the age of 80 and then grows younger, aging backwards. Pitt said the role required a lot of patience and hours sitting in the prosthetics chair. “I really didn‘t have any idea how I would look as an old man, so we sculpting it and worked on it a lot. It was like creating a building block by block. The scenes at different times of Benjamin’s life have a very cumulative effect. They are the mundane universal rites of passage we all go through -- first love, loss -- except with Benjamin, what’s going on internally is different from his external side.”
Pitt said the film has had a big effect on his life. “While I was doing it, I was always thinking of the subject matter, whether I am sleeping, driving, taking a shower. It made me think of time, of the people I value.” He added that the movie has a strong message about relationships. His character falls in love with a childhood soul mate (played by Cate Blanchett), but Benjamin knows that as he gets younger, she will get older.
“You realize the transitory nature of love. Every relationship is going to end whether it is due to a breakup or death,” he said. “A relationship is to be enjoyed, not clung to in a desperate manner because the clock is ticking.”
As for his own relationships with Jolie and his kids, Pitt said: "We now have six children. Life doesn't get any more dramatic than that." "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" opens in Japan on Feb 7.© Japan Today