Brad Pitt’s face blindness is only one of five secrets that his latest interview with Esquire revealed. Besides face blindness, Brad Pitt also deals with daughter Zahara, on-screen sex scenes, friends, and a chaotic home life, reported CNN on May 24, 2013.
Brad Pitt’s complete interview with Esquire will not appear in print until the magazine’s June/July issue will show up on newsstands on May 31, 2013.
However, five of the secrets revealed in Esquire’s interview with Brad Pitt have come to light beforehand.
Brad Pitt told Esquire that he wants to get tested for face blindness because he has a hard time remembering faces. Face blindness, or prosopagnosia, is a disorder that makes it difficult for people to recall faces.
“So many people hate me because they think I’m disrespecting them. I took one year where I just said, This year, I’m just going to cop to it and say to people, ‘OK, where did we meet?’ But it just got worse. People were more offended. …You get this thing, like, ‘You’re being egotistical. You’re being conceited.’ But it’s a mystery to me, man. I can’t grasp a face, and yet I come from such a design/aesthetic point of view. I am going to get it tested.”
Face blindness, or prosopagnosia, is a disability in which face recognition is impaired while other aspects of visual processing and intellectual functioning are completely normal or even above normal.
Brad Pitt would certainly be not alone. Other famous and artistic people who had to deal with face blindness include Duncan Bannatyne (a Scottish entrepreneur, philanthropist and author), Chuck Close (an American painter and photographer), Paul Dirac ( a physicist and Nobel Laureate), Hubert Dreyfus (an American philosopher), Jane Goodall (the British primatologist, ethologist, and anthropologist, who is best known for her 45-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees in Africa), and Oliver Sacks (a famous neuroscientist and author). After Oliver Sacks confused the faces of his own brothers, he began researching and writing about face blindness.
Brad Pitt’s face blindness might come in handy for his eight-year-old daughter Zahara who seems to have an issue with her parents’ open and intimate display of affection. With Brad Pitt’s permission, his friend Frank Pollaro told the Esquire, “I walked in and Angie was standing there and Zahara walked up and said, ‘Daddy, you’re not going to start making out with Mommy again, are you?’ And it’s like that.”
Frank Pollaro was also able to share with Esquire that while Brad Pitt looks like a ladies’ man, for Brad Pitt there is only one lady, Angelina Jolie. And whenever professionally possible, Brad Pitt prefers to keep sex away from the screen and save it to where it belongs.
“The chatty friend said that Pitt tries to avoid ‘sexy scenes with other women since he’s met Angelina,’ whom he’s been with for years and became engaged to in April 2012. ‘He’s crazy about her, and she’s the same way about him,’ … ‘No matter how hard he’s working, if one of those kids runs by the window he’ll get out of his chair and give them a kiss. And I don’t think I’ve ever seen Angie without one of those children in her arms’.”
And does Brad Pitt mind all the chaos that comes with having a big family? Not at all. In his Esquire interview he said,
“I always thought that if I wanted to do a family, I wanted to do it big. There’s constant chatter in our house, whether it’s giggling or screaming or crying or banging. I love it. I love it. I love it. I hate it when they’re gone. I hate it. Maybe it’s nice to be in a hotel room for a day — ‘Oh, nice, I can finally read a paper.’ But then, by the next day, I miss that cacophony, all that life.”
Besides his chaotic home life, his preference of keeping his sex life at home, his daughter’s tendency to butt in, and his face blindness, Brad Pitt also shared with Esquire that he is not a man with many friends. Whether it is in regard to women or to friends, Brad Pitt is a man of quality, not quantity.
Brad Pitt “doesn’t have a ton of friends,” reports CNN. A “chatty friend” like Frank Pollaro, a dedicated, humanitarian, and creative friend like George Clooney, and maybe a few more close friends are what Brad Pitt prefers.
And what does it all add up to for Brad Pitt?
“I have a handful of close friends and I have my family, and I haven’t known life to be any happier. I’m making things. I just haven’t known life to be any happier.”