Brad Pitt covers the November 2014 issue of Details magazine, where he discussed topics ranging from his work and family to motorcycles.
On choosing roles: “I choose a role solely by how it speaks to me. And I sit in a fortunate seat where I can pull the trigger on the more difficult films. I was once talked into a film for ‘career maintenance.’ I have not made that mistake since.”
On motorcycles: “I try to carve out time for a solo ride in every country I travel to, from the Highlands of Scotland to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco to the belly of India. I haven’t even come close to fulfilling my list—yet. . . . But, in the traffic of L.A. with a helmet on, I’m just another asshole on the road. I first rode at age seven on my cousin’s Honda Mini Trail 50. I tried to jump it and ran it into my grandmother’s car. He was severely pissed off. My first bike was a Kawi 150 endure. I won it at age 12 in a contest for selling the most pecan log rolls door to door after school. I crashed it four weeks later.”
On being a dad: “I’ve discovered I don’t suck at being a dad.”
On paparazzi: “My soul was stolen by the camera so long ago, I don’t have to think about it anymore. One definition of freedom is the ability to follow your bliss without being watched, recorded, scrutinized.”
On growing up with nature: “I grew up in the Ozarks – something resembling Mark Twain country. The woods, rivers, bluffs, lakes and caves have all left an indelible mark on me. And I’m quite reverential when it comes to a tree. On my forearm, I had tattooed 94.9m – the height of the largest sequoia.” Pitt adds that he, “Will always be most comfortable in the outdoors,” and that his, “Greatest moments of solitude…are found in the land, on the road…”