Brad Pitt says he spent most of the '90s 'hiding out and smoking pot'

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Brad Pitt has long been recognised as a leading man in Hollywood. But in an interview with The New York Times Magazine, where he's being recognised as one of the 10 best actors of the year, the 55-year-old admitted that he's never seen himself that way.

"I've had moments where I've seen pictures of myself from years ago and gone, 'That kid looks all right.' But I didn't feel that way inside," Pitt told the magazine.

"I spent most of the '90s hiding out and smoking pot. I was too uncomfortable with all the attention."

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Actor Brad Pitt in his modelling days in the early 1990's.; (Photo by Iain McKelly/Photoshot/Getty Images)
Brad Pitt on Red Carpet; circa 1990; New York. (Photo by Art Zelin/Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt in his modelling days in the early 1990's.; (Photo by Iain McKelly/Photoshot/Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt and actress Juliette Lewis attend 'A River Runs Through It' New York City Premiere on October 8, 1991 at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt attends the 'Thelma & Louise' Santa Monica Premiere on May 10, 1991 at the AMC Theatres Santa Monica 7 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 11: Actor Brad Pitt attends the "My Own Private Idaho" Beverly Hills Premiere on October 11, 1991 at the Academy Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt attends the 'Zebrahead' West Hollywood Premiere on October 14, 1992 at the Cineplex Odeon Fairfax Cinemas in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt attends the 'Johnny Suede' New York City Premiere on August 11, 1992 at the Loews Village Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt attends the 'Johnny Suede' Beverly Hills Premiere on August 19, 1992 at the Laemmle's Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actress Juliette Lewis and actor Brad Pitt attend 'The Last of the Mohichans' Hollywood Premiere on September 24, 1992 at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt attends the Seventh Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards on March 28, 1992 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD - OCTOBER 14: Actor Brad Pitt attends the "Zebrahead" West Hollywood Premiere on October 14, 1992 at the Cineplex Odeon Fairfax Cinemas in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt attends the 1993 NATO/ShoWest Convention on March 8, 1993 at Bally's Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt and actress Juliette Lewis attend the 1993 NATO/ShoWest Convention on March 8, 1993 at Bally's Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt attends the Eighth Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards on March 27, 1993 at the Santa Monica Beach in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt attends the 'True Romance' Hollywood Premiere on September 8, 1993 at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt attends the 'Legends of the Fall' Beverly Hills Premiere on November 30, 1994 at the Academy Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt attends the 'Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles' Westwood Premiere on November 9, 1994 at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
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Brad Pitt during Brad Pitt Sighting in London March 1994 in London, Great Britain. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
Actor Brad Pitt attends the 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 21, 1995 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt and actress Gwyneth Paltrow attend the 'Living in Oblivion' West Los Angeles Premiere on July 12, 1995 at the Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
American actor Brad Pitt arriving for the premiere of the film Snatch, in which he stars, at the Odeon Leicester Square, in London. *02/11/2000 American actor Brad Pitt has been voted the sexiest man alive by a US magazine. Pitt previously won the People magazine accolade in 1995 and is now the first star ever to grab the title twice. Last year's honour went to Richard Gere and previous winners have included Sean Connery, Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington and George Clooney. *29/09/04: Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp were crowned the kings of cool while celebrity couple Jordan and Peter Andre were deemed distinctly naff. A survey of 'urbanites' - city dwellers aged 18 to 44 - sought to define who, and what, epitomised 'cool'. Depp and Pitt were seen as having it in abundance, along with actors Keira Knightley and Jude Law, plus England football captain David Beckham. (Photo by William Conran - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
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Brad Pitt during Screening of "Seven" at Alice Tulley Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City, NY, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt attends the 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 21, 1996 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and actor Brad Pitt attend the 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 21, 1996 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and actor Brad Pitt attend 'The Pallbearer' New York City Premiere on April 28, 1996 at the Tribeca Film Center in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt attends 'The Pallbearer' New York City Premiere on April 28, 1996 at the Tribeca Film Center in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt and Gwyenth Paltrow break from filming 'The Devil's Own' on February 23, 1996 in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt and his girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow. It has been reported that the couple have become engaged. Pitt, who has proposed three times before, won Paltrows heart by serenading her on the guitar on the set of the film 'Seven'. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt attends the 'Seven Years in Tibet' Century City Premiere on October 6, 1997 at Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza Cinemas in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt attends the 'Seven Years in Tibet' Century City Premiere on October 6, 1997 at Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza Cinemas in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt on April 7, 1997 shops on Madison Avenue in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt films 'Meet Joe Black' on June 14, 1997 at 23rd Street and Lexington Avenue in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt films 'Meet Joe Black' on June 14, 1997 at 23rd Street and Lexington Avenue in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Harrison Ford and actor Brad Pitt attend 'The Devil's Own' New York City Premiere on March 13, 1997 at City Cinemas Cinema 1 in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt and actress Gwyneth Paltrow attend 'The Devil's Own' New York City Premiere on March 13, 1997 at City Cinemas Cinema 1 in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt and parents William Pitt and Jane Pitt attend 'The Devil's Own' New York City Premiere on March 13, 1997 at City Cinemas Cinema 1 in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt and actress Gwyneth Paltrow attend "The Devil's Own" New York City Premiere on March 13, 1997 at City Cinemas Cinema 1 in New York City.
Actor Brad Pitt attends the 'Meet Joe Black' New York City Premiere on November 2, 1998 at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt attends the Film Foundation's Fifth Annual John Huston Award for Artists Rights Salute to Tom Cruise on April 17, 1998 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt attends the 50th Annual Writers Guild of America Awards on February 21, 1998 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actress Claire Forlani and actor Brad Pitt attend the 50th Annual Writers Guild of America Awards on February 21, 1998 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt, actress Nicole Kidman and actor Tom Cruise attend the Artists Rights Foundation Honors Tom Cruise on April 17, 1998 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
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Actor Brad Pitt and actress Jennifer Aniston attend the 'Fight Club' Westwood Premiere on October 6, 1999 at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt and actress Jennifer Aniston attend the 'Fight Club' Westwood Premiere on October 6, 1999 at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt and actress Jennifer Aniston attend the 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 12, 1999 at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
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At the time, Pitt's fame was rising as he was working on popular films like Fight Club, and nobody would have guessed that he was "imprisoning" himself as a result of the attention. Now, he admits that although he eventually adjusted to his public life and realised he needs to "go out and live," he doesn't do so for publicity.

"I stopped reading all press about 2004. Not just reviews. I mean any magazine in the doctor's office," he said, demonstrating that he's "not really aware" of his public persona, and doesn't believe that he should be. "It would stay there, and it would inform some of my decisions and choices in work, in life, and I didn't find any of it helpful."

He even referenced an incident early on his career where he appeared in USA Today and felt "pretty pleased with" himself before seeing that the same magazine ended up in a friend's litter box days later, which was a seemingly humbling moment. In addition to the fleeting importance of such publicity, Pitt also mentioned that there's usually not much truth to it.

"I don't know how many women they've said I've been dating the last two or three years," he said, addressing these rumours for the first time since his split from Angelina Jolie, "and none of it's true."

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