Just because Brad Pitt and Matt Damon are besties (OK, they might not actually be besties, but they're definitely friends) doesn't mean there's not a little jealousy between them from time to time. At least, that's what Damon says.
Apparently, Pitt envies Damon's fame. Well, Damon's type of fame, anyway.
"If you can control the celebrity side of celebrity, then it's worth it," the 42-year-old star explains in the August issue Esquire magazine. "I look at Brad — and I have for years — and when I'm with him I see the intensity of that other side of it. And the paparazzi and the insane level of aggression they have and their willingness to break the law and invade his space — well, I wonder about that trade."
It's the little things that Pitt simply cannot do without causing a paparazzi mob scene that really hit home for the star.
"I remember telling [Brad] that I walk my kids to school, and his face just fell," Damon recalls. "He was very kind, but he was like, 'You bastard.' Because he should be able to do that too. And he can't."
But that's not the only marked difference between the two actors.
"I got lucky. I fell in love with a civilian," Damon muses. "Not an actress and not a famous actress at that. Because then the attention doesn’t double — it grows exponentially. Because then suddenly everybody wants to be in your bedroom."
He's definitely got a point ... but he's also got a strategy. And so far, it seems to be working.
"I don’t really give them anything," he quips. "If I’m not jumping up and down on a bar, or lighting something on fire, or cheating on my wife, there’s not really any story to tell. They can try to stake me out, but they’re always going to get the same story — middle-aged married guy with four kids. So as long as that narrative doesn’t change too much, there’s no appetite for it."
While Pitt doesn't seem to have much of a wild streak these days either, he does happen to be teamed up with one of the most famous actresses on the planet — which no doubt makes walking their gorgeous offspring to school without anyone noticing a bit more of a challenge. We get how that would get old fast ... but something tells us that being with Angelina Jolie is totally worth it.
Read more of Damon's interview in the August issue of Esquire, on newsstands July 9.
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