Pitt selects films carefully for kids
Brad Pitt. Picture: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images.

Brad Pitt sees himself as a pretty solid actor although admits he would rather be behind the scenes raising his children.

The Hollywood star has the lead role in crime thriller Killing Them Softly, which hit screens worldwide last month.

After a lengthy and successful career, the 48-year-old believes he's still got what it takes.

"[As an actor I'm] pretty damn solid. I'd say pretty damn solid," Pitt told director Guy Ritchie for the latest issue of Interview magazine.

However the star says he is becoming more selective with his film roles so he can concentrate on being a good father to his six kids with fiancee Angelina Jolie.

"I want it to be worthy enough of a story to leave the family, you know? They're everything. The family is first ... I also don't want to embarrass them," he told Ritchie who conducted the interview.

For Pitt to pick a script these days, the content needs to capture his attention.

He chose Killing Them Softy due to its theme, with the mob story set against a backdrop of US politics.

"We're at a particularly ugly time when we're at such a divide in America, but that divide is not there because everyone is trying to figure out what's best for the people. It's there because one side is trying to win out over the other side," Pitt said.

Pitt dressed up as some of the entertainment industry's most famous faces for a photoshoot to accompany the interview.

The Hollywood actor dons dreadlocks and a beard to portray music legend Bob Marley in the spread for Interview, and he also poses with a gun and a slicked back hairstyle to mimic movie icon James Dean.

The West Australian

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