You thought your journaling and sourdough bread-making during 2020 made you introspective? Nah, not compared to Brad Pitt, who went deep on soul-searching and hobby-cultivating while locked down in Los Angeles.
Specifically, Pitt has picked up everyone’s favorite Cool Guy at a Party trick, playing a lil guitar. In a new profile for GQ, filmmaker Spike Jonze recalls, “The other day he came over obsessing over the song ‘Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)’ that Arcade Fire released two days earlier, and we sat and listened to it and played guitar and sang along to it a dozen times just to get to experience it inside out. I could feel the song spilling out of him.” What, no “Wonderwall”?
And while Seth Rogen might have expanded his weed habit into a small business while producing some honestly pretty dope pottery, Pitt also got into the ceramics game. Writer Ottessa Moshfegh describes his candlestick creations as “heavy,” painted black and gold, and “very handsome.”
“That’s porcelain,” said Pitt. “Everything I read, porcelain’s about being thin so that light penetrates, the thinner you get. It’s a cardinal sin to make it thick…What I love is the heft, like a Leica camera or a quality watch. You could dump this in the dirt and someone could dig it up 2,000 years later, because it’s been under a volcanic reaction.” Totally.
But before you say Pitt has gone all artsy-fartsy, consider that he would describe himself not as an artist, but as a practitioner of a “solo, very quiet, very tactile kind of sport.” Elsewhere in the piece, says Pitt, “Art is something that gives you goose bumps, that makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck, that brings a tear to the eye. Maybe it’s because someone understood before you, you’re not alone.” Somehow, heartbreak feels good in a place like this.