Brad Pitt talked about the concept of toxic masculinity while at the Venice Film Festival promoting his upcoming movie, Ad Astra. Since the project is about a father-son relationship, the actor admitted it got him to think more about what his own opinion on manhood and male roles is.
While at a press conference, he shared via The Daily Beast that ‘In retrospect, I look back on our early conversations – James [Gray, the film’s director] and I – and what we were really digging at, without labeling it so much, was this definition of masculinity.’
He went on to say that; Having grown up in an era where we were taught to be strong, not show weakness, don’t be disrespected, and so on and so forth, there’s certain value in that as far as entering into the world and holding your own, but there is also a barrier that is created with this kind of embracing of the self, because you’re denying, to a sense, those pains or the things [that make] you feel shame, whether real or imagined, the regrets in one’s life.’
Brad said that they were actually wondering if being more open wasn’t in fact the better way to better one’s relationships with loved ones such as parents, kids and even with oneself.
The upcoming space movie focuses on the character of Roy McBride, played by Pitt, an astronaut sent to travel to the edge of Neptune in order to search for his missing dad, portrayed by Tommy Lee Jones.
At the same time, the said father’s actions are said to have actually triggered a huge catastrophe on Earth.