While a lot of people have been talking about his new perfume ads, Brad Pitt has been talking about a new documentary that takes a close look at illegal drug abuse and the high-profile actor has a lot to say.
Pitt teamed up with director Eugene Jarecki and was an executive producer on the film “The House I Live In” which The Huffington Post described as “a harrowing and comprehensive” look at the war on drugs in the United States.
Before a screening of the film last month, Pitt talked about his days as a drug user, saying that there was a time when he would arrive in a city and within a day he’d be able to get his hands on any drug imaginable. In fact, another website reported that Pitt began his introduction of the film echoing the custom of twelve-step meetings: “I’m Brad Pitt and I’m a drug addict.”
The film, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, is very critical of the war on drugs. “According to the documentary, the war on drugs has taken more than $1 trillion since 1971 and has had 45 million people put in jail.”
No matter how you feel about the legalization of drugs, you will hopefully see the need for people who have succumbed to the temptations of drug abuse to be treated with compassion.