Brad Pitt to Esquire: I may have prosopagnosia
Brad Pitt may appear calm, cool and collected on the cover of Esquire magazine, but the actor says that inside, he's really worrying about something.
Pitt, 49, appears in a slouchy long-sleeved shirt, black jeans and large aviator sunglasses on the June 2013 cover of the men's magazine. The "World War Z" actor opened up to the outlet about a very real problem he faces -- remembering people. No, seriously.
The outlet describes how the actor can hold a "real conversation" with an individual, however, their face will begin to fade shortly after -- making them a "brand-new" person upon the next meeting.
"So many people hate me because they think I'm disrespecting them," he told Esquire. "So I swear to God, I took one year where I just said, 'This year, I'm just going to cop to it and say to people' -- 'Okay, where did we meet?' But it just got worse. People were more offended."
"Every now and then, someone will give me context, and I'll say, 'Thank you for helping me,'" he continued. "But I p--- more people off. You get this thing, like, 'You're being egotistical. You're being conceited.' But it's a mystery to me, man. I can't grasp a face and yet I come from such a design/aesthetic point of view. I am going to get it tested."
The actor has self-diagnosed himself with a condition that he read about years ago: Prosopagnosia. WebMD defines the disorder, which is also called "face blindness," as the inability to recognize or identify familiar people or objects.
The four-time Oscar nominee went on to say that the condition has impacted his social life: "That's why I stay at home. You meet so many damned people -- and then you meet 'em again."
The actor and wife Angelina Jolie, who recently made headlines after revealing she had a double mastectomy, are known for being among the most private celebrity couples.
Pitt is next set to appear in his zombie horror flick, "World War Z," which follows United Nations employee Gerry Lane as he traverses the world in a race against time to combat a zombie epidemic. The film also stars James Badge Dale and Matthew Fox (See the trailer).
He also recently completed his historical drama film, "12 Years a Slave," as well as "The Counselor," "Voyage of Time" and "Fury."