Brad Pitt attends the Premiere Of 20th Century Fox’s “Ad Astra” held at The Cinerama Dome on September 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

Brad Pitt, AKA the world’s most eligible bachelor did some soul searching when preparing for his latest role. In Ad Astra Pitt plays Roy McBride, an astronaut who goes in search of his missing father, who disappeared when on his own deep space mission sixteen years ago. 

When asked if his divorce to Angelina Jolie, finalised this year, affected his performance, Pitt was frank. 

“I would be exploring it whether there was a script that allowed that or not. A breakup of a family is certainly an eye-opener that as one — and I’m speaking in general again — but as one needs to understand, I had to understand my own culpability in that, and what can I do better,” he said “Because I don’t want to go on like this.”

Pitt has been particularly open about his struggles recently, revealing his battles with alcoholism in a feature in The New York Times and talking about attending AA in his appearance on The Project.

And while he may be 55 years old, Pitt is still ageing like a fine, fine wine, as anyone who saw him topless in Once Upon A Time in Hollywood will be able to attest. 

We don’t know if it’s sobriety, the teachings of AA or merely the perspective that comes with age, but if his interview with NPR is any indication, Brad’s character is just as attractive as his physical attributes these days. 

Brad Pitt walks the red carpet ahead of the “Ad Astra” screening during the 76th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on August 29, 2019 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

In the same interview, when asked about the experiences he drew on for his character, he said “It seems universal that we all carry great pains, great feelings of loneliness and regrets. I had a friend who worked in a hospice and he said: The only thing that people talk about is their loves and then their regrets in love, dealing with love. I thought: Man, that’s really interesting. If that’s our focus on the way out, better start working on that now.”

Asked about how he feels about getting older, Pitt was philosophical. 

“What we trade off in looks and dexterity, we gain in wisdom. And I will make that trade any day … But I [have] certainly lived more of my life than I have left to live. And so I start thinking about how I want to go out. I have this romantic — it’s probably a projection, but — this romantic idea of David Bowie going out with such grace, and full acceptance. And it really appeals to me.”

Sounds like you’re headed in the right direction, Brad.