In a New York Times profile, Pitt, then filming "A River Runs Through It" in Montana, explained to the reporter that he wanted to take on the role because people like Baker "fascinated" him. "People who have so much, yet somehow just can't get it together are very mysterious and compelling to me," he said. Though it's unknown to anyone but Pitt how together his recent years have felt, one thing has been made clear as he's made his rounds this award season: getting it together can be just as compelling.

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Somehow, after nearly three decades in the white hot spotlight, the actor, producer, philanthropist and two-time "Sexiest Man Alive" honoree has managed to reintroduce himself to the public. (A rep for Pitt declined to comment for this story.)Once (and, arguably still) a tabloid-targeted superstar plagued by rumors stemming from two high-profile divorces — one with Jennifer Aniston, another with Angelina Jolie, with whom he shares six children — Pitt, now 56, is a day away from potentially winning the second Oscar of his career. This one would be for his role as floundering stuntman Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood." Among other accolades, Pitt's already won a Golden Globe Award, Critics' Choice Award, SAG Award and BAFTA Award for his performance in the film. Accepting the awards have become something of a performance in themselves, with exceptional self-deprecating humor. In one, a joke about adding his accolade to his Tinder profile and a quip about foot fetishes. In another, an aces Titanic reference delivered to co-star Leonardo DiCaprio.The internet has loved them. They've been so good that many have wondered whether he even writes his own speeches. (A source close to Pitt, who works in the industry and declined to be identified for professional reasons, told CNN he's bounced ideas off some friends but has not hired writers.) Content of the speeches aside, it's Pitt's happy, candid and comfortable-in-his-skin vibe that has reminded so many of the dreamy young guy who first captured everyone's attention while playing a sexy cowboy in "Thelma and Louise." It's a persona that was lost as Pitt's personal life seemed to eclipse his professional pursuits — even as he won an Oscar for producing "12 Years a Slave" and many other projects through his Plan B outfit. Brad Pitt accepts the SAG Award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role for 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' in January. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for Turner)"Brad is enjoying [awards season] because he's getting to enjoy something that was about a film he loved," Pitt's longtime friend told CNN. "He loved Quentin, he loved the movie, he loved the cast.""He is genuinely a funny, realized guy," the friend added. "He's also in a place where he's coming off two acting roles he's very proud of."

Brad Pitt 2.0

Pitt seems to credit his current ease to his new-found sobriety."I'm realizing, as a real act of forgiveness for myself for all the choices that I've made that I'm not proud of, that I value those missteps, because they led to some wisdom, which led to something else," Pitt said in a recent conversation for Interview with his "Legends of the Fall" and "MeeRead More – Source


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