With two major performances this year, the 55-year-old actor and producer talks frankly about his future onscreen, masculinity and getting sober.

"Faster alone, further together," Brad Pitt murmured. Over his left shoulder hung Mars, reddish-brown and heartbreakingly small, while to his right, the much grander Jupiter was lit up like a disco ball.

We were seated opposite each other on the lowest level of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, inhabiting a closed-off exhibition called Depths of Space, mulling stoic men. Pitt has played his fair share of them in the movies, including two characters just this year: Cliff Booth,

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