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Venice 2007: Brad Pitt talks parenting at Jesse James premiere

Brad Pitt at Venice Film Festival

Story by Jack Foley

BRAD Pitt was joined by his family at the Venice Film Festival on Sunday (September 2, 2007) as his latest film The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford received its premiere.

The film depicts the last year of the famous outlaw’s life and co-stars Casey Affleck, Ben’s younger brother, Casey, as gang member Robert Ford.

Far from being a classic shoot ‘em up, though, the Western is a thoughtful character study that Pitt described as “a very complex and complicated”.

“[It’s[ not part of the current zeitgeist of film-making – it’s more a throwback to some of the great films of the Seventies,” he told journalists.

“I think it’s a delicious film, it sits and breathes like good wine, and it’s ultimately my favourite kind of film-making,” he added.

The majority of critics also warmed to the film, meaning that it has become one of the favourites to land the coveted Golden Lion prize for best film.

During a press conference for the film, Pitt went on to describe parenting as “the most fun I’ve ever had”.

In addition to having their first child together as a couple last year, Pitt and Jolie have a further three adopted children. But the 43-year-old star maintained that he loves the responsibility.

“I can’t recommend it any more highly – although sleep is non-existent,” he joked. “It’s the most fun I’ve ever had and also the biggest pain in the ass I’ve ever experienced.

“It makes me much more efficient because when I work I really have to focus, I know I’ve less time to get things done. Actually I’m quite pleased by it.”

Needless to say, hundreds of fans greeted his arrival at the festival and both he and Jolie spent time signing autographs on the red carpet.

However, photographers were reportedly less impressed and while fans cheered, some snappers booed his refusal to remove his sunglasses.

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