A Solo Brad Pitt Joins Bevy Of Celebrities At ‘Killing Them Softly’ Cannes Premiere [PHOTOS]

After attending the photocall for his film earlier in the day, Brad Pitt hit the red carpet for the Killing Them Softly premiere during 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals today in Cannes, France.

He was joined by such celebrities as Sean Combs, Joshua Jackson, Diane Kruger, Irina Shayk and Novak Djokovic amongst a slew of others.

Pitt spoke at the film’s Cannes press conference; here are some of the highlights:

On the viral video showing Will Smith slapping a Ukranian reporter who tried to kiss him: “I stay away from the entertainment gossip. I don’t want to slap anyone. Why would that happen? I would never want to hurt anyone.”

On how how the violent film was set during the celebration of Obama’s election: “It’s not a cynical look back as a statement of failure,” said Pitt, of the time period. “It speaks more to the toxic divide (in America). It’s a serious, serious problem.” 

On how the upcoming election will be filled with negative advertisements: “I think it’s going to be rather ugly,” he said. “I don’t want this film to be mistaken as being part of that.”

On his children witnessing the violence in the film: “I would have a much harder time playing a racist, that would be much more upsetting to me,” he said. “We live in a violent world. I certainly grew up hunting which is such a violent act. For a hamburger, have you seen how they butcher cows? It’s barbaric. It’s horrendous. It’s very violent. This is the world we live in.”