Brad Pitt claims he doesn’t go out much anymore, because he believes he may suffer from prosopagnosia – a disorder that can make it difficult to recognize faces of people you’ve seen before – even people you know.
In an interview with Esquire magazine, Pitt admits that after conversations with people, he can sometimes forgets what they look like just as they are walking away.
He says – “So many people hate me because they think I’m disrespecting them…That’s why I stay at home,” he says.
He often tried to cover himself by asking the people where they had met before, which would then upset some people.
“People were more offended,” he says. “Every now and then, someone will give me context, and I’ll say, ‘Thank you for helping me.’ But I piss 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.”
Other people claiming to live with the affects of the disorder include painter Chuck Close and neuroscientist Oliver Sacks.
Pitt can soon be seen in the upcoming film The World War Z.
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