Taking Names: Brad Pitt embracing aging for the wisdom it brings

Brad Pitt embracing aging for the wisdom it brings

Hollywood heartthrob Brad Pitt said Tuesday he enjoys getting older because age brings wisdom.

“Me personally, I like aging. With age comes wisdom. … I’ll take wisdom over youth any day,” he told a news conference during a visit to South Korea to promote his latest film, “Moneyball,” Agence France-Presse reports.

“I think, certainly, being a father changed everything for me,” said the actor, 47, who has six children with Angelina Jolie.

Parenthood means a changed perspective for him, he said - an interest in taking care of himself and mornings being around for their children.

“Moneyball,” an adaptation of Michael Lewis’ 2003 best-seller “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game,” is scheduled to be released this week in South Korea. Mr. Pitt said the film’s box-office success elsewhere was not merely celebrity-driven.

“Popularity is good for the opening weekend, but what we’ve been really happy with [for] this film is that it keeps playing weekend after weekend, crossing generations and genders,” he said.

“And that tells us we have something more than a film, [more than] a celebrity-driven film or a subject-driven film. It’s really a good movie, and it’s really fun, and it’s a good laugh, and it’s got meaning in it.”

Mr. Pitt said he is interested in shifting from acting to the production side of moviemaking but was not putting an exact time limit on his acting career.

During an interview with an Australian current-affairs show in Tokyo, he had said he would quit acting at age 50.

Diddy, Sharpton to speak at funeral for Heavy D

Rap mogul Diddy and the Rev. Al Sharpton will speak at late rapper Heavy D’s funeral on Friday, and BET Networks plans a tribute for him at the Soul Train awards, the Associated Press reports.

Diddy said in a statement that he was “heartbroken by the passing of my dear friend.”

“He was a wonderful human being, who inspired and paved the way for a Hip Hop generation,” the statement said. “We were like brothers - I will miss him more than words can express.”

A private funeral for the rap legend will be held at the historic Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, just north of New York City.

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