Brad Pitt's battle with marijuana: a history

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What broke up Brangelina? According to the most prominent of the story's sources, it was not cheating that tore apart Hollywood's alpha couple, but marijuana — specifically, Pitt's love of it, which allegedly created what Jolie considered an inappropriate environment for their children. If the rumors are true, this wouldn't be the first time Pitt's pot habit has made the news. Over the years, Pitt has discussed his lifelong battle with the demon weed, taking pains to distance himself from his youthful stoner image, with unsuccessful results. Here's a timeline.

September 10, 1993
True Romance is released, featuring Pitt as Michael Rapaport's couch-dwelling roommate Floyd, whose life is spent watching cartoons through a haze of smoke. Despite Pitt's meager screen time, the role enters the stoner canon, and becomes a key component of his star image. (Why do you think his characters are always so hungry?)

August 7, 2009
Stopping by Jimmy Kimmel Live, Quentin Tarantino reveals how he got Pitt to sign up for Inglourious Basterds — all it took was a visit to Pitt's home in France, where the pair discussed the script with the help of some herbal refreshments. "We're poppin' rosé and he's got this really cool Pink Floyd kind of rosé," the director recalls. "We're knocking it back, and then a smoking apparatus of some sort found its way on the table. It was like a pop can, red with a little silver stripe. When Brad woke up the next day, he was like, Ughhhhhhh. He sees the smoking apparatus and he starts counting the empty bottles of wine. It was six." Tarantino later clarifies that Pitt doesn't smoke weed while he's on set.

August 14, 2009
Pitt appears on Real Time With Bill Maher, where the host reminisces about the time Pitt spent an entire party sitting on the floor rolling joints. "You rolled these perfect joints," Maher says. "The most perfect joint I have ever seen. Like a machine ... It was better than a cigarette." Pitt accepts the compliments with a chuckle, admitting, "I'm an artist." Still, he swears he gave up marijuana when he had kids: "I'm a dad now. You want to be alert."

September 15, 2011
In an interview with Parade, Pitt reveals that he spent a dark period in the late '90s wallowing in his own self-hatred, and also roomfuls of marijuana smoke. "I started to get sick of myself sitting on a couch, holding a joint, hiding out," he says. "It started feeling pathetic." Pitt also raises the possibility that his unhappiness in his marriage to Jennifer Aniston contributed to the problem, a suggestion he quickly apologizes for.

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136698 06: Actor Brad Pitt from 'A River Runs Through It' September 15, 1991. (Photo by Liaison)
204937 03: Brad Pitt in the film 'Legends of the Fall.' (Photo by Liaison)
341913 01: Actor Brad Pitt in the film 'Meet Joe Black.' (Photo by Liaison)
TORONTO, CANADA: Film star Brad Pitt rushes into the world premier for his new film 'Seven Years In Tibet' at the Toronto Film Festival in Toronto, Canada, 13 September. Pitt was posing for photographers when a group of women started to rush across the street towards him and he hurried into the theatre. AFP PHOTO/Carlo ALLEGRI (Photo credit should read CARLO ALLEGRI/AFP/Getty Images)
372599 01: Brad Pitt Stars As Joe Black In Universal Pictures Recent Release 'Meet Joe Black'. Pitt Stars Along With Anthony Hopkins, Claire Forlani Under The Direction Of Martin Brest. (Photo By Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: Actors Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston arrive for the 51st Emmy Awards 12 September, 1999, in Los Angeles, California. (Electronic Image) AFP PHOTO / Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
369691 01: Brad Pitt And Julia Roberts Together For The First Time On Their First Day Filming Together In Dreamworks Pictures Action-Comedy, 'The Mexican' May 17, 2000 In Real De Catorce, Mexico. (Photo By Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 23: Hollywood actor Brad Pitt arrives at the london Premiere of his new film 'Snatch' 23 August 2000, in London West End. 'Snatch' is a movie directed by Guy Ritchie. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) (Photo credit should read HUGO PHILPOTT/AFP/Getty Images)
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston at the premiere of 'Rock Star' at the Mann Village Theater in Los Angeles, Ca. 9/4/01. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
Brad Pitt at the premiere of 'Panic Room' at the Loews Century Plaza Theater in Los Angeles, Ca. Monday, March 18, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
Brad Pitt at the premiere of 'The Bourne Identity' at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles, Ca. Thursday, June 6, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect
WESTWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 11: Actors Don Cheadle (L) and Brad Pitt attend the premiere of the film 'Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind' on December 11, 2002 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - APRIL 12: Michelle Pfeifer and Brad Pitt during Nickelodeon's 16th Annual Kids' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar April 12, 2003 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Robert Mora/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JANUARY 12: Actress Jennifer Aniston and actor Brad Pitt attend the Los Angeles premiere of Universal Pictures' film 'Along Came Polly' on January 12, 2004 at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
BERLIN - MAY 9: Actor Brad Pitt attends the official European premiere of long-awaited epic film 'Troy' at the Cinestar Cinema, Potsdamer Square May 9, 2004 in Berlin, Germany. The story is of two nations' battle after the prince of one steals the beautiful wife of the other. Precedes U.S. premiere tomorrow and international screening at Cannes, May 13. (Photo by Kurt Vinion /Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 13: Actors Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom attend the Photocall for 'Troy' ahead of tonight's World Premiere showing, at the 57th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 13, 2004 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - DECEMBER 8: Actor Brad Pitt arrives at the Warner Bros. premiere of the film 'Ocean's Twelve' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre December 8, 2004 in Hollywood California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - JUNE 07: Actor Brad Pitt arrives at the premiere of 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith' at the Mann Village Theater on June 7, 2005 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 20: Actor Brad Pitt poses at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association annual installation luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel on July 20, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
DAVOS, SWITZERLAND: Actors Angelina Jolie (L) and Brad Pitt leave Hotel Belvedere in Davos 26 January 2006. UN goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie is in Davos for the World Economic Forum. AFP PHOTO ERIC FEFERBERG (Photo credit should read Eric FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 21: (EDITORS NOTE: THIS BLACK AND WHITE IMAGE WAS CONVERTED FROM ORIGINAL COLOUR FILE) Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the premiere for the film 'A Mighty Heart' at the Palais des Festivals during the 60th International Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2007 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
TORONTO - SEPTEMBER 10: Actor Brad Pitt attends 'Babel' press conference during the Toronto International Film Festival held at the Sutton Place Hotel on September 10, 2006 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - MARCH 05: Actor Brad Pitt attends with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) a press conference following a meeting to discuss the 'Make it Right' project on March 5, 2009 in Washington, DC. The project, launched in 2007, helps to construct affordable and environmentally-sustainable housing for low-income residents of the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans who lost their homes as a result of Hurricane Katrina. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - APRIL 06: Actor Brad Pitt onstage during the taping of Idol Gives Back held at the Kodak Theatre on April 6, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 08: Actor Brad Pitt arrives at the premiere of Paramount's 'The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button' held at Mann's Village Theatre on Decemeber 8, 2008 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Oscar-nominated actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive at the 81st Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California on February 22, 2009. AFP PHOTO Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 18: Actor Brad Pitt attends 'Inglorious Basterds' photocall at the Kursaal Palace during the 57th San Sebastian International Film Festival on September 18, 2009 in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 03: Actors Brad Pitt (L) and Angelina Jolie arrive at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' and Spyglass Entertainment's 'Invictus' at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Theater on December 3, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JULY 19: Actor Brad Pitt arrives at the premiere of Sony Pictures' 'Salt' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on July 19, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
US actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie pose as they arrive for the premiere of her movie The Tourist by German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck in Rome on December 15, 2010. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor Brad Pitt attends the press conference of 'The Tree of Life' presented in competition at the 64th Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2011 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT (Photo credit should read ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor Brad Pitt and his wife, US actress Angelina Jolie, pose on the red carpet before the screening of 'The Tree of Life' presented in competition at the 64th Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2011 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS GUILLOT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 08: Actor Brad Pitt arrives at 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' premiere held at ArcLight Cinemas on December 8, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - JANUARY 07: Actor Brad Pitt accepts the Desert Palm Achievement Award onstage during The 23rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on January 7, 2012 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images For The Palm Springs International Film Festival)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 22: Actor Dede Gardner and Brad Pitt pose at the 'Killing Them Softly' photocall during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 22, 2012 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 26: Actor Brad Pitt attends The Cinema Society with Men's Health and DeLeon hosted screening of The Weinstein Company's 'Killing Them Softly' on November 26, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Honoree Angelina Jolie (R) and actor Brad Pitt attend the 2013 Governors Awards, presented by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), at the Grand Ballroom of the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood, California, November 16, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Producer and actor Brad Pitt, winner of the Best Film award, poses in the winners room at the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 at The Royal Opera House on February 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive for the world premiere of Disney's 'Maleficent,' May 28, 2014, at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt and children Pax Jolie-Pitt (L), Shiloh Jolie-Pitt (C) and Maddox Jolie-Pitt arrive for the U.S. premiere of Universal Pictures 'Unbroken,' December 15, 2014 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - JANUARY 03: Actor Brad Pitt speaks onstage during the 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 3, 2015 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for PSIFF)
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January 5, 2012
During the Oscar campaign for Moneyball, Pitt sits down with THR to discuss his life, including more details of his late-'90s stoner phase. "I was hiding out from the celebrity thing; I was smoking way too much dope; I was sitting on the couch and just turning into a doughnut; and I really got irritated with myself." Fortunately, a trip to Morocco gave him new respect for the depths of human suffering and knocked him out of the depressive phase. "I just quit," he says. "I stopped grass then — I mean, pretty much — and decided to get off the couch." (That "pretty much" is doing a lot of work.)

December 20, 2012
Pitt joins John Legend, Russell Simmons, Danny Glover, and director Eugene Jarecki in releasing a joint statement applauding president Obama's decision not to contest referenda legalizing recreational marijuana use. "The President's statement reflects a saner and more sensible drug policy," they write, calling it a much-needed "step away from the decades-long failed war on drugs."

May 20, 2013
In an Esquire cover story, Pitt discusses the fact that he famously dropped out of college two credits shy of graduation, attributing it to his marijuana habit. "All I had to do was write a paper," he says. "What kind of guy is that? That guy scares me — the guy who always leaves a little on his plate. For a long time, I thought I did too much damage — drug damage." Still, he says, around the millennium he made a conscious effort to clean up his act. "I got burnt out and felt that I was wasting my opportunity," he explains. "It was an epiphany — a decision not to squander my opportunities. It was a feeling of get up. Because otherwise, what's the point?" (The profile also contains an interesting quote from Andrew Dominik, who directed Pitt in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, about Pitt and Jolie's house: "There's a breeze blowing through every window. As soon as you walk through the door, you feel stoned.")

April 19, 2015
The National Enquirer runs a story on "drug-crazed Brad's twisted double life." The story inside does not quite live up to the hyperbole: According to the tabloid, Pitt has a secret man-cave in his Airstream trailer, and a source says, "Brad will often head there with a buddy, a few joints, some beer and a pack of cigarettes to wind down from the stresses of the day." The source also says that Jolie is furious about the habit: "Here she is doing all she can to stay healthy — while Brad is puffing his life away."

September 19, 2016
Jolie files for divorce from Pitt. A TMZ source says that the marriage ended because she was "fed up" with Pitt's weed habit as well as his drinking, which combined with alleged anger issues created an unsafe environment for the couple's children. As Jolie's lawyer says, the filing was solely "for the health of the family."

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