In a free-ranging cover story interview with The Hollywood Reporter
last week, Pitt said he was down on himself after his first rush of success in the 90's. Mostly all wanted to do was sit and smoke pot and it wasn't working for him.
“I was hiding out from the celebrity thing; I was smoking way too much dope; I was sitting on the couch and just turning into a doughnut; and I really got irritated with myself,” he told THR. “I got to: ‘What’s the point? I know better than this."
He was, he said, "numbing" himself with pot, and it was masking some real issues. "I was doing the same thing every night and numbing myself to sleep. The same routine. Couldn’t wait to get home and hide out. But that feeling of unease was growing and one night I just said, ‘This is a waste.’"
Brad Pitt: Trip to Morocco and quitting pot
Pitt took a trip to Morocco
around this time and that helped him gain a new perspective. "I saw poverty to an extreme I had never witnessed before...and I saw just what I felt was so unnecessary, that people should have to survive in these circumstances. The children were inflicted with a lot of deformities, and things that could have been avoided had become their sentence. It stuck with me.”
The result? He fought back against a burgeoning depression and stopped smoking marijuana. "I just quit. I stopped grass then...and decided to get off the couch.” Soon after began a triumvirate of successful films that have created an even greater reputation for Pitt. 'Seven Years in Tibet', 'Meet Joe Black' and 'Fight Club.'
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie: finally marriage?
Another highlight of the THR interview? He said he and Jolie are now considering marriage. They have gone on record as saying they would only wed once it was legal for gay couples to marry, too, but he said their kids keep asking (they have six children
) and they just might do it.
"We made this declaration some time ago that we weren’t going to do it till everyone can. But I don’t think we’ll be able to hold out. It means so much to my kids, and they ask a lot. And it means something to me, too, to make that kind of commitment.”