Have you ever met someone who you were once introduced to but can’t place when you see them again? Do you find it difficult to distinguish your neighbor from a crowd? Your acquaintances could think you’re a snob if you don’t recognize and nod to them at the next gathering. We can understand, even Brad Pitt can.
Actor Brad Pitt, who hasn’t received a formal diagnosis yet, thinks he has Prosopagnosia, a rare disorder that makes it difficult to identify familiar faces. Many sufferers of the condition find it difficult to even recognize their own family members, lover, or friends, and they learn to manage by memorizing other characteristics of individuals, such as their voice, haircut, or attire, or by recalling how they move.
‘Nobody believes me’ – Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt said he wanted to meet another person who dealt with prosopagnosia in the GQ cover story by Ottessa Moshfegh for the month of August. He detailed his struggle with a rare ‘face blindness’ condition – admitting that ‘nobody believes’ him when he talks about it
‘Nobody believes me! I wanna meet another [person with the prosopagnosia]’
As per the story, Brad worries that since he has trouble remembering people’s faces, they may perceive him as “remote and aloof, inaccessible, self-absorbed.” In the article, Pitt also talked about how difficult it was for him to maintain his sobriety and deal with his loneliness. He also mentioned how he has always been lonely.
“I always felt very alone in my life,” he said, “alone growing up as a kid, alone even out here, and it’s really not till recently that I have had a greater embrace of my friends and family. What’s that line, it was either Rilke or Einstein, believe it or not, but it was something about when you can walk with the paradox, when you carry real pain and real joy simultaneously, this is maturity, this is growth.”
The actor previously spoke about his battle with the condition in 2013, telling Esquire: “So many people hate me because they think I’m disrespecting them. Every now and then, someone will give me context, and I’ll say, ‘Thank you for helping me.’ But I p**s more people off.” However, the actor was surprised to acknowledge that he comes from a design/aesthetic point of view. He said, “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.”
Source – GQ