Brad Pitt Regrets Dropping Out of Mizzou


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Brad Pitt wishes he did not drop out of the University of Missouri.

Why? Because who would do such a foolish thing? What kind of guy would just give up on academics?

Pitt, who grew up in Springfield -- where his parents still live -- opens up about his loneliness and his unfinished academic career in the upcoming issue of Esquire.

It's a must-read, Missouri!

Pitt, who was apparently studying journalism at Mizzou, has said he dropped out two weeks before he finished. Two credits left. One paper away from graduation.

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He says in the Esquire interview -- which hits the stands next week -- that he wishes he had just finished his studies.

Here's an excerpt apparently referencing his Mizzou days, courtesy of Yahoo, h/t Joe Holleman:

I'd get so far, and then want to do something else. I mean, I'm two credits short of graduating college. Two credits. All I had to do was write a paper. What kind of guy is that? That guy scares me -- the guy who always leaves a little on his plate.

Quite scary! And clearly a huge mistake, Brad. What were you thinking?

Because we know you readers are now very curious about Pitt's interest in journalism, here's a transcript excerpt from a past interview with NPR's Terry Gross of Fresh Air when he spoke about his time at Mizzou (via Poynter):

TG: You studied journalism in college. What did you expect to become?

BP: I wasn't really sure. i was just investigating for myself -- they have one of the best J-schools in the country.

TG: This is, where?

BP: University of Missouri.


BP: It just came to the time of graduation and everyone -- all my friends were committing to jobs -- and I just realized I was not ready for that yet.... I packed up my car. I didn't graduate -- I had two weeks left -- and I moved out to LA.

TG: Why didn't you finish those two weeks? I mean, two weeks is a blink of an eye.

BP: ....I just felt I was done; I was done with it. I knew where I wanted to go. I had a direction. I always liked those moments of epiphany when you have the next destination.

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