With kids, career, no time to direct, says Brad Pitt

Wed May 23, 2012 2:55pm EDT
 
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By Mike Collett-White

CANNES, France (Reuters) - Brad Pitt, in Cannes to promote his latest movie "Killing Them Softly", has no intention of following fiancee Angelina Jolie into directing, he told Reuters on Wednesday.

The 48-year-old, one of Hollywood's biggest stars, hit the red carpet at the film's world premiere on Tuesday, drawing noisy crowds and the world's media to the glitzy ceremony.

As well as playing mob enforcer Jackie Cogan in the violent but darkly comic gangster movie, Pitt was one of its main producers, a side of the business he has become increasingly involved in over the last six years.

Asked whether he might add directing to his career in movies, he replied: "No, not a chance.

"It makes sense on some level, but I really enjoy being a creative producer and I enjoy my day job," he said at the Carlton Hotel on the main Cannes waterfront overlooking the beach and luxury yachts moored offshore.

"It's enough for me. I want to also be a dad, first and foremost. After two days it gets itchy, I miss them. I just know how I'd be, I see how much time it takes to mount the thing and put it together. It wouldn't be a good match."

Last year Jolie, with whom Pitt has six children, directed her first feature "In the Land of Blood and Honey", a hard-hitting drama set in the Bosnian war.

"Killing Them Softly" was directed by New Zealand-born Andrew Dominik, the second collaboration between him and Pitt after they made "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" together in 2007.   Continued...

 
Cast member Brad Pitt arrives on the red carpet ahead of the screening of the film "Killing Them Softly", in competition at the 65th Cannes Film Festival, May 22, 2012. REUTERS/Loic Venance/Pool