Brad Pitt Talks 'Moneyball', Aniston Controversy: Today Show VIDEO

brad pitt sits down with matt lauer to talk moneyball and jen an

Brad Pitt sat down for an interview with Matt Lauer that aired this morning on the Today Show.  His intention was to hype his new movie Moneyball but the television host managed to steer the conversation to the subject of the actor's ex-wife Jennifer Aniston.

This is not the first revisiting of the now infamous Parade interview, where Pitt's divorce comments were construed as a slam against his actress ex:

"I spent the '90's trying to hide out ... It became very clear to me that I was intent on trying to find a movie about an interesting life, but I wasn't living an interesting life myself.  I think that my marriage to actress Jennifer Aniston has something to do with it.  Trying to pretend the marriage was something that it wasn't."

Lauer offered to read it back to him but Pitt wasn't up for it.  He said, "No, I, you know, please don't read it...Because I don't read these things, by choice, I don't.  I don't wanna be encumbered by any of that.  I know my intentions, and I know what I believe, and I know things get misconstrued.  I live outside of, of that, and it's much healthier."

When asked what he is taking away from the recent firestorm, he said: "Don't talk.  I don't wanna live on guard and I should be more on guard, I guess ... it's always been a part of the territory.  I've got a knack for stepping into s___.  And it's OK.  It's alright."

Pitt is aware that the media enjoys drawing comparisons between Angelina Jolie and Aniston.  He admits,"I don't want them to say anything bad like that about Jen.  She's a dear friend of mine."

Moneyball hits theaters this weekend, which was of course the real reason Brad Pitt agreed to the interview.  The baseball flick is already picking up a fair amount of Oscar buzz but the actor wasn't comfortable going down that path just yet.

Check out the trailer  and Brad's interview below:

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