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.”
Kurt Russel SHOWED Overpaid Celebs To Shut Up About Trump – Hits Them Where It Hurts!
Since the second that Donald Trump was declared as our next president, liberals have not stopped complaining about the outcome, even after more than a year with him in the White House. The despicable display reached the height of annoyance during every ego-stroking awards ceremony since President Trump was elected. All have turned into a Trump-trashing session for pissed of celebrities to get far too much off their chest about our unapologetic leader.
However, not everyone in Hollywood shares the same opinion as the most outspoken offender, Meryl Streep, as Kurt Russell just showed her and all of Trump’s other famous foes that it’s time to shut up about our president.
If you haven’t heard much from Russell lately, it’s because he falls into the rare category of celebrities who isn’t crying over Hillary Clinton’s loss and doesn’t feel that he needs to make his political opinions known. He’s simply doing what he’s paid well to do and wishes others in the biz would too. Since they continue to throw tantrums and trash Trump on a public stage, Russell reached his breaking point and finally fired back hard.
Should President Trump shut the border down now with no more warnings about it or delay?
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“This is a business that’s heavily promulgated by people who have a politically liberal bent,” Russell began in his blistering beratement of these overpaid crybabies after what Streep said at the Golden Globes. “I don’t begrudge them that. I’m a libertarian; frankly, I think my liberalness goes far beyond theirs in a lot of ways,” he added, as reported by the American Lookout. “But yeah, we think differently, and maybe that’s cut me out of some things. I don’t care,” he said before dropping a brutal announcement on these Streep and her lemmings that left them burning.
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Explaining that they’re not empowered in this business by their disgraceful attitudes against our leaders, the badass actor said they better be prepared to put their money where their nasty mouths are since they could be out of work. “People know I get along great with all kinds of directors, all kinds of actors. And I tell you, you hire me, I will show up, 24/7, and I will give you 100%. I will help you fix whatever problems come up. You hire me, I’m your boy. It’s just, it’s all about the work. And when that’s done, I am done.”
Kurt has said recently that “the last thing I like to watch is entertainers or actors get political,” which he just proved by clearly pointing out that nobody cares what celebrities have to say about politics, and that their obnoxious behavior only shows how unemployable they are. They need to just stick to what they are overpaid to do and leave the rest to the adults in charge.
Real American Tom Selleck Has Had Enough Of Rosie Trashing Trump, Hits Her Where It Hurts
Rosie O’Donnell tends to stick her foot in her mouth every time she opens it. It’s as if her foot was metal, and her mouth is a magnet. I guess it’s better than having her head shove where the sun doesn’t shine. It’s no surprise that O’Donnell is as far left as they come. She has made many inflammatory remarks on subjects she really doesn’t have a clue about. You can only imagine what her morning routine must be like. Waking up, pissed off looking in the mirror and pointing at herself ” You can do it, Rosie, Republicans are the enemy, You’re a Goddess”. I’ve got news for Rosie, there isn’t a bone in my body that thinks you’re a Goddess.
Day after day, night after night Rosie takes to Twitter and attacks President Trump, as well as his 62 million supporters.
— ROSIE (@Rosie) December 3, 2017
— ROSIE (@Rosie) December 2, 2017
— ROSIE (@Rosie) December 3, 2017
I think it’s time Rosie is locked up in a mental hospital for a very long time because this woman is beyond couch time. No therapist can handle the insanity this woman spews. Rosie, along with 99% of Hollywood are all on the same brain wave, and it’s scary. It’s no surprise Kanye West had a mental breakdown. If I lived in Hollywood I would probably do the same.
The now-canceled “Rosie O’Donnell Show” on NBC allowed Rosie to tell the world just how biased, and hateful she was as a person. It’s no surprise that Rosie’s show was canceled. The saying goes that if you live in Hollywood you can’t be a Conservative or a Gun owner. I think Tom Selleck found that out the hard way. Selleck appeared on the show once to talk about his new movie that was about to hit the big screen. Instead of talking about the show, Rosie decided to corner, and interrogate Mr. Selleck for appearing in an NRA commercial.
Via Capitalist Magazine:
In left-leaning Hollywood, one could more safely come out of the closet and admit to child molestation than a support of the Second Amendment. For Selleck’s colossal sin of being in Hollywood and conservative, the “Queen of Nice” jumped on Selleck the way Jeffrey Dahmer attacks a Chateaubriand.
O’Donnell: “But you can’t say that guns don’t bear responsibility. … Why would the NRA be against assault rifles? This is a gun that can shoot five bullets in a second. This is the gun that those boys brought into the school. Why the NRA doesn’t say as a matter of compromise: ‘We agree. Assault weapons are not good.’”
Selleck: “I can’t speak for the NRA –”
O’Donnell: “But you’re their spokesperson, Tom. You have to be responsible for what they say.”
Selleck: “I’m not a spokesperson –”
O’Donnell: “… But you can’t say that ‘I will not take responsibility for anything the NRA represents’ if you’re saying that you’re gonna do an ad for the NRA.”
Selleck: “… You’re carefully skirting the issue. It’s an act of moral vanity, Rosie, to assume that someone who disagrees with your political agenda to solve our problems cares any less or is any less –”
O’Donnell: “I never said you cared less. Tom, I don’t think you care less. Nor do I think the men in the NRA cared less. … I simply said, why can there not be a compromise?”
Selleck: “There is a compromise. There’s a compromise in enforcing laws, there’s a compromise in not allowing kids with guns in schools. The problem is, and what you don’t seem to realize. … Look, we all hang out with people we agree with, and you have a very one-sided view of the fact, but what you don’t understand –”
O’Donnell: “As does the NRA, and the people you hang out within the NRA have a one-sided view, as well.”
Had O’Donnell allowed him to speak, Selleck might have mentioned that people use guns perhaps as often as 1 million times per year for defensive purposes, undoubtedly preventing large numbers of murders.
Selleck might have said that Scotland and Ireland, countries with tough gun laws, have higher murder rates than the United States. Or that Switzerland, with a per-capita gun ownership higher than ours, has a lower murder rate.
Or that studies show that a woman who resists her attacker with a gun stands a better chance of avoiding injury or death. Or that convicted felons, when polled, say they are less likely to attack an armed person or enter a house where a gun is present. Or that Rosie O’Donnell does commercials for K-Mart, where one can purchase a rifle.
A piece of work, emotional liberals. – Capitalist Magazine
The NRA has been attacked for years for standing up to the Federal Government and making sure our Second Amendment rights are protected. There is no greater cause by the left than the one to take our Gun Rights away. The progressives know that as long as we keep in bare arms they can not control our lives like they want. Over the last four decades they have slowly started to disarm us, but with the election of Donald J. Trump, their efforts have failed. President Trump spoke at the National NRA Convention in Dallas, Texas this week. It’s nice to see someone in high office standing up for the rights given to us by God.
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