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he nuptials between Brad Pitt and AngelinaJolie serve as the ultimate realization of Pitt’slifelong dream of fathering a large family –evenif shuttling six children between homes in London, LosAngeles, New York, and southern France can, at times,resemble a covert military operation.Pitt, however, has no qualms about logistics. He livesfor his kids.When asked what life as a movie star father was like,he responded, “I still have to get up at 6 a.m. and makebreakfast for six kids. I don’t see my daily life as beingthat remarkable, except for the fact that I’ve struck thelottery when it comes to my work and the opportunitiesit’s given me.”“Being a parent of several children is exhausting –nomatter what,” Pitt continued. “I’m lucky that Angie hasso much energy and [she] never gets down or complains.The only time I’ve ever seen her really tired was after thetwins were born. That proved very demanding andmade it diﬃcult for her to spend as much time with theother children as she did before. But now that the twinsare older, it’s becoming a lot easier for all of us. I mean,when you have a big family, you learn to develop goodlogistical training and then it’s just like a machine thatkeeps moving forward,” he laughed.“I carry on a running conversation with myself abouthow I’m raising our children, the kind of education I’mgiving them and how they seem to be evolving. I wantto help them grow up to be independent and awareindividuals. The kids are a huge part of my world andI love being an active and engaged father and familyman,” Pitt stated.Meanwhile, his other job has Pitt playing a mob hitman in “Killing Them Softly.” The ambitious gangster saga draws parallels between organized crime and theDarwinian imperative of modern corporate culture.Pitt’s character, Jackie Cogan, is sent in to clean up themess that results from the robbery of a mob-sanctionedpoker game. The theft disrupts the local crime businessand in the course of his mission to restore ganglandequilibrium, Cogan delivers the ﬁlm’s deﬁning message –“America’s not a country, it’s a business. So pay me,motherfucker!”“The story is basically a metaphor about business andhow business can be very Darwinian and cut-throat.There’s a danger in society becoming too focused onruthless competition and losing all sense of communityand hope. The ﬁnancial crisis has made us more cynicalabout our future and the killings that take place in theﬁlm are symptomatic of that,” Pitt explained.Behind this stark maxim sits an allegorical premisethat the current economic recession has led to a grow-ing political embrace of the rule of the free market,which comes at the expense of defending thosemembers of society who are unable to defend them-selves. Pitt believes that this is a perversion of theAmerican Dream’s more noble ideals. It’s a myth heembraces, albeit rather cynically.
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