Brad Pitt waxes philosophic in a never-ending Q&A with GQ Style, and also could use some body wax.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive at the screening of her directorial debut “In the Land of Blood and Honey” in New York December 5, 2011. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo
He’s the subject of interrogation by Michael Paterniti and retail fashion photos by Ryan McGinley — swoon-worthy to a certain gender.

Pitt covers his recent Angelina Jolie and family travails, of course, but as Paterniti notes: “He mentioned his estranged wife’s name only once, when referencing her Cambodia movie, ‘First They Killed My Father,’ telling me, ‘You should see Angie’s film.’)”

But more telling were replies to two questions:

“You’ve played characters in pain. What is pain, emotional and physical?” he’s asked.

“Yeah, I’m kind of done playing those. I think it was more pain tourism. It was still an avoidance in some way. I’ve never heard anyone laugh bigger than an African mother who’s lost nine family members. What is that? I just got R&B for the first time. R&B comes from great pain, but it’s a celebration. To me, it’s embracing what’s left. It’s that African woman being able to laugh much more boisterously than I’ve ever been able to.”

Paterniti queries: “All the bad stuff: Do you use it to tell your story?”

“It just keeps knocking. I’m 53 and I’m just getting into it. These are things I thought I was managing very well. I remember literally having this thought a year, a year and a half ago, someone was going through some scandal. Something crossed my path that was a big scandal—and I went, ‘Thank God I’m never going to have to be a part of one of those again.’ I live my life, I have my family, I do my thing, I don’t do anything illegal, I don’t cross anyone’s path. What’s the David Foster Wallace quote? Truth will set you free, but not until it’s done with you first.”

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