Friday night, Brad Pitt’s documentary “The House I Live In” premiered in a Los Angeles theater. As he introduced the documentary, Brad Pitt confessed about his past as a drug user, depression and said the US “war on drugs” is a failure.
Brad Pitt is a busy man. He just became the first male spokesperson for Chanel No. 5 and premiered his documentary on the US “war on drugs” last week. Friday night, “The House I Live In” opened in wide release in the US and Brad Pitt was there to introduce his documentary on drugs. The actor talked about his own past using drugs and how he tried to deal with depression by smoking pot.
“I’m Brad Pitt and I’m a drug addict” the actor began his introductory speech. “My drug days have long since passed, but I could probably land in any American city and within 24 hours find whatever you want” Brad Pitt added. “But we still support this charade called the drug war. We spent a trillion dollars over 40 years and a lot of people have lost their lives over it” the documentary’s producer started.
Brad Pitt produced “The House I Live In” explaining current day policies on drug use are just bad. “It’s such a bad strategy. It makes no sense. It perpetuates itself. You make a bust, you drive up profit, which makes more people want to get into it” Brad Pitt told Reuters. “To me, there’s no question; we have to rethink this policy and we have to rethink it now” the actor added.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, Brad Pitt confessed he feels that the US war on drugs “is possibly a barrier to keep the impoverished down. To keep them shackled”. “It’s staggering to me what is being perpetrated in this name of a war on … immorality. It’s criminal in itself. And we’ve got to look at that. We have to change that” he added.
“The House I Live In” received the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and is depicting the US war on drugs as a failure, a “charade” that needs an immediate revamp. 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.