Brad Pitt Gets ‘Stone’d

His animosity for certain segments of the Fourth Estate aside, Brad Pitt doesn’t mind divulging details of his personal life when the mood suits him.

The 44-year-old actor—who’s gaining critical acclaim for his new flick, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button—recently sat down with Rolling Stone for a cover story, due out on Friday. The newly mustachioed thespian opened up on all matters personal and professional. Check out the juiciest excerpts below.

On his religious upbringing:
“[I]t was too much of what you shouldn’t be doing instead of what you could be doing. I get enraged when people start telling other people how to live their lives. It drives me mental. This Prop. 8 thing just drives me mental.”

On negative critical reaction to his 1999 film Fight Club: “Did you see the DVD that [director David] Fincher put out? He put all the negative reviews in the booklet. Some London critic said, ‘Not only is it anti-capitalistic, but it’s anti-society and anti-God.’ We were like, ‘We didn’t realize it was that good!'”

On the broader message of Benjamin Button:
“I find Benjamin is about those universal things we all share—that 95 percent that makes us all the same, wherever we are in the world. Our loves, our hopes, but also the loss that we all walk around with and hide very well, and the ultimate notion that we’re all expendable. To me, it’s a counter-statement to this divisive period we’ve been in, where we focused on the two, three, four, five percent of ways in which we’re different.”

On raising children in the digital age:
“They’re so beyond me in technology, it’s hard to keep up. Our seven-year-old [Maddox] was searching the word ‘weapons’ on Google the other day and ended up on some white-supremacist site. I’m sure now we’re on all kinds of watch lists.”