By his own admission, Brad Pitt has always been a man of strong opinions. Given his position as an actor in Hollywood, it is the content of those opinions that may come as a surprise – be it in blaming the 2008 recession on rampant greed, in support of personal firearms ownership, violence in movies, there are a variety of issues Pitt has fearlessly plunged into and countered popular opinion.
Violence in films is a subject Hollywood would just as soon avoid, but not Pitt. In his 2012 film Killing Them Softly, which he also produced, Pitt received a lot of pushback for the very cool but very violent thriller.
Pitt provided a ready answer stating – “It’s a violent world we live in. ‘I don’t agree with trying to hide that or cover it up.” He plays Jackie Cogan, a hitman who prefers to conduct business at a distance (‘not close enough for feelings’) to avoid hearing victims beg for their lives and is hired to investigate the robbery of a Mob-protected poker game.
As complications occur, work is subcontracted to the less-than-competent Mickey, played by The Sopranos’ James Gandolfini, until a climactic bloodbath just as Barack Obama secures election victory.
Cogan says: ‘America is not a country, it’s a business.’
‘Violence, murder, being killed are unfortunate outcomes of the business of crimes,’ says Pitt.
“But all business can be Darwinian and cutthroat, so for me, the killings are metaphorical. A lot of people were losing their homes, it was very upsetting. Deregulation created this epidemic of greed which according to the rules of capitalism was OK. Beyond that, there was criminal behavior. There have been no repercussions and it’s hard to make your peace with.”
Then just a few weeks after the film’s release, James Holmes shot and killed 12 people at a screening of the Batman film The Dark Knight Rises in Colorado. He also injured an additional 58 more. With Holmes madness and hatred on full display for the world to see, the battle raged about to what extent screen violence was to blame, along with the usual cries for gun control.
When asked again about his views on personal firearms ownership after the shooting at the Colorado movie theater, Pitt stated with an unequivocal “No. I absolutely don’t believe you can put sanctions or shackles on what is made. Nor do I want to pretend the world is different than what we witnessed that night. Does it contribute to a sick mind? Yes, probably. What can we do about it? It’s a very interesting question. I see society, and every one of us is a part of that society. I don’t have the answer to that. I just know that you can’t start burning books and squashing ideas.”
Pitt also states he will not and has not advocated for any change in U.S. gun laws or for any measure of gun control. He states if anything, they should be laxer. Pitt states – “America is a country founded on guns. It’s in our DNA. It’s very strange but I feel better having a gun. I really do. I don’t feel safe, I don’t feel the house is completely safe if I don’t have one hidden somewhere. That’s my thinking, right or wrong.
I got my first BB gun (a type of air gun) when I was in nursery school. I got my first shotgun by first grade (aged six), I had shot a handgun by third grade (aged eight) and I grew up in a pretty sane environment. I really feel like I’ve hit the lottery. I was in the UK when the shootings happened and I did hear the discussion about gun control start again, and as far as I know, it petered out as it always does.
It’s just something with us. To turn around and ask us to give up our guns… I don’t know, we’re too afraid that we’re going to give up ours and the bad guys are still going to get theirs. It’s just in our thinking. I’m telling you, we don’t know America without guns.”
Pitt is now halfway through his fifth decade with a reputation as a film producer that rivals his finest acting performances. Unlike the young actor of the Nineties – too pretty and too famous for his own good, “sitting on the couch, holding a joint, hiding out” – Pitt is now firmly in the driving seat, an unconventional Hollywood power player. There is no mid-life crisis looming, despite the streaks of silver now running through his goatee.
A father of six children with now ex-wife Angelina Jolie – Maddox, Zahara Marley, Shiloh, Pax, and biological twins, Knox and Vivienne, Pitt states he spends a lot of time thinking about how he is raising his children, just as any good parent does.
“I spend a lot of time thinking about how I’m raising them – what do I want to impart to them, the opportunities I need to give them – that takes up a lot of my day. I think living in different places is the best education we’ve been able to give the kids. There are certain confinements that come with our lives but that side is the positive and it certainly makes up for it,” Pitt states.
Pitt states he has always craved a big, chaotic family, describing it as being “this idea of a big, boisterous, gregarious, New York family that I liked, all hitting and yelling at each other. It seemed ferocious but there was a lot of love in it. They related to each other. I was really affected by it. I try to pass that love of stories on to the kids. You know, at bedtime… when we were watching the Olympics, stories about the athletes. Or stories in films. That’s what we talk about.”
The discussions may be surprisingly adult and is trying to pass along a love of art and film to his children – “I enjoy it when we sit down and share a film together… though I’m pushing the age of understanding. Yeah. The films are a little beyond the grade but I’ll tell you it sparked some very interesting conversation. But the Batman massacre did make me think I can’t be completely frivolous about what I show my kids.”
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Tragic Death Leads To Country Music Star Canceling CMA Awards Appearance
Sometimes, fate comes knocking when we least expect it. That happened to country singer Kenny Chesney last night at the 52nd annual Country Music Association Awards (CMA Awards). An unexpected death in his family kept him away although he was nominated for “Entertainer Of The Year” and “Musical Event Of The Year.”
No details are available at this time on who the family member is. Chesney did not speak about what happened on Twitter either. Keith Urban took home the Entertainer Of The Year award. But I’m sure the thoughts and prayers of the thousands viewing the awards were with Chesney in his hour of grieving and need. The Daily Caller has more on this sad news and the music awards:
The 52nd annual Country Music Association Awards (CMA Awards) took place Wednesday night, but one huge singer was notably absent from the festivities.
Kenny Chesney, 50, was nowhere to be found.
The “American Kids” singer, who was up for the “Entertainer Of The Year” and “Musical Event Of The Year” (for “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”) awards, skipped the show due to a sudden death in the family. No further details about the tragedy are available at this time.
Ahead of the glitzy event, the Country Music Association Twitter account informed its over 750,000 followers that Chesney would not be in attendance.
CMA Musical Event of the Year winner & Entertainer of the Year nominee @KennyChesney will be unable to appear on tonight's telecast due to a death in the family.
— CMA Country Music (@CountryMusic) November 14, 2018
Chesney did not address the news on his personal Twitter account, but he did thank his co-performer David Lee Murphy for his hard work on “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” which took home the Musical Event Of The Year award.
Sometimes you hear songs & they just feel good. Occasionally one that feels good says something that people need to hear. That’s how I felt about Everything’s Gonna Be Alright when I heard it. Proud to have been part of this with my friend @davidleemurphy. #musicaleventoftheyear pic.twitter.com/X7l6esqcXq
— Kenny Chesney (@kennychesney) November 14, 2018
Australian singer Keith Urban took home the Entertainer Of The Year award.
Alyssa Milano Angers Unhinged Libs For Turning Her Back On Their HERO Avenatti
Alyssa Milano is one of those Hollywood stars on the way out desperate for attention. She has embraced just about every radical leftist cause out there. But give credit where it is due. Milano was doing the right thing when she vowed never again to speak at the Women’s March because of their anti-Semitic ties. Now, she has made a second good call.
Michael Avenatti, bombastic attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels, was arrested last night for felony domestic violence. He allegedly punched a woman in the face that is not his wife and the left is in meltdown mode over it.
— Amanda Shea (@TheAmandaShea) November 15, 2018
Chicks on the Right has more on Milano’s change of view:
I mentioned a few days ago, when Alyssa Milano vowed never again to speak at the Women’s March because of their anti-Semitic ties, that it may have been the first and only time I would ever give Alyssa Milano any credit for anything.
Michael Avenatti was arrested on felony Domestic Violence charges last night, and Alyssa realized this wasn’t about “sides.” This was about a man allegedly punching a woman in the face.
Michael Avenatti, who became famous for representing Stormy Daniels in her battle with President Trump, has been arrested for felony domestic violence … law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
Our law enforcement sources say Avenatti was arrested Wednesday after a woman filed a felony DV report. We’re told her face was “swollen and bruised” with “red marks” on both cheeks.
It was later confirmed that the victim was NOT his estranged wife – as originally reported.
HOWEVER – It is important to note that this doesn’t mean the incident didn’t HAPPEN. It means it didn’t happen TO HIS WIFE.
Update: We can confirm that Michael Avenatti (DOB: 02-16-71) was booked this afternoon on a felony domestic violence charge (273.5 PC). His bail is set at $50,000.
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) November 15, 2018
This was enough for Alyssa:
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) November 14, 2018
Good on her. This IS NOT about sides.
Avenatti has always been scum. I wouldn’t want anything to do with him in the first place. And she’s EXACTLY right. I would be wary any Republican who found himself in the same situation.
But people are REEEALLY ticked off at Alyssa, because you know… Avenatti was supposed to be our PRESIDENT.
Seriously?? Wow! I’m really surprised by your rush to judgment. Guess he’s not valuable to you anymore? I prefer to wait for facts before publicly disavowing and shaming someone. Might want to delete this tweet and hold tight a bit.
— LAintheOC (@LAintheOC) November 15, 2018
I'm not a fan of Michael Avenatti. And I believe victims should be given the utmost deference.
But I would be a slow to judge on this one. I don't know if Avenatti did it or didn't. But I do know that alt-right trolls have been trying to set-up political figures on the left.
— SwerveForThe Girl (@SfortheG) November 15, 2018
“Believe all women” …or call them alt-right trolls. Whatever.
And listen – I get it – we shouldn’t be quick to assume someone’s guilty of everything they’re ever accused of. But here’s a question: how many of these people stood up for Kavanaugh?
Before anyone judges Mr. Avenatti he deserves the same due process that everyone in America is entitled to. He has been an advocate of protecting immigrant children for FREE. He is the reason Michael Cohen is speaking to Mueller. Trump, Fox, and GOP hate him and this stinks!!
— Elizabeth Holmes (@HolmesTeganimi) November 15, 2018
DUE PROCESS? That’s a new one.
I read it's on SUSPICION of, NOT proven (yet) abuse. Has it changed? I don't want to condemn the guy into I have more facts. I don't like being judge, jury and executioner.
— Avery R. Russell ⚧ ⚨ (@YouEnbyMe) November 14, 2018
Again… what about Kavavanugh? Where were y’all then?
Where are the facts? You know the truth. We don't want another good man discarded as Franken was. Let's wait & see.
— linda may (@lindamayb) November 14, 2018
“A good man.” LOLOLOLOLOLOL.
Also how exactly has he been protecting children other than doing self-serving interviews?
Sorry, Avenatti set the new rules. His career should be over just based on the allegation. Truth is immaterial. He wanted to sink a judge with specious unsubstantiated claims. Not only is he in the same boat he has actually been ARRESTED.
— SofaSpud65 (@sofaspu37) November 15, 2018
Believe all women. Y’all set the bar. Now you gotta stick to it.
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Tragic Death Leads To Country Music Star Canceling CMA Awards Appearance
Chesney had good reason to be absent.