Brad proves a big hit at family drama premiere
Brad Pitt spoke last night about his reservations about playing a domineering dad in Terrence Malick's 'The Tree of Life', which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.
But Pitt had no hesitation joking that he does not spare the rod in raising his six children with Angelina Jolie.
"I beat my kids regularly. That seems to do the trick," he quipped when asked about his own parenting style. "And deprive them of meals."
Pitt (47) stars with Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain in Malick's sweeping family drama.
Director Malick lived up to both his public and professional reputation yesterday by remaining out of sight while premiering a film that left crowds buzzing over its thematic scope, emotional depth and visual grandeur.
Press-shy Malick was nowhere to be seen after 'The Tree of Life', his long-awaited epic drama of creation and one family's place in it, screened for critics and reporters ahead of its official festival premiere.
Malick has stayed behind the scenes for many films, including 1998's 'The Thin Red Line', and he also skipped the Cannes press conference that followed yesterday's screening, leaving Pitt, Chastain and his producers to face reporters.
"Mr Malick is very shy, and I would say that I believe his work speaks for itself," producer Sarah Green said.
Pitt compared Malick's attitude toward publicising a film to building a house.
"I don't know why it's accepted that people who make things in our business are then expected to sell them, and I don't think that computes with him," said Pitt, also a producer on the film.
"He wants to focus on the making of it, not the real estate . . . It is an odd thing for an artist to start something and then be a salesman."
Penn, who had been travelling from Haiti, missed the press conference but was on hand for the film's evening premiere.
"Terry Malick is a visionary," Penn, who also co-starred in 'The Thin Red Line', said before heading into the premiere. "A quite extraordinary individual."