Brad Pitt: “It Was Either Her or Me”

On Monday, the New York Film Critics Circle Awards gave homage to filmmakers and actors throughout Hollywood and beyond for their contributions to film in 2011. Among the notable winners were Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life, The Help, and Take Shelter), Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), and Albert Brooks (who took a dramatic turn from comedy in Drive). But the star turning heads during the evening was Brad Pitt (Moneyball and The Tree of Life), who walked across the red carpet with a cane.

Apparently, Pitt was carrying his daughter, Vivienne, down a hill and then, as he put it, just tripped like an old man. The way he came down, either his daughter was going to crash on the ground or her daddy would block that fall with his own body. And like we all imagine the seemingly flawless Pitt, a father’s instincts were fully intact when it counted. Pitt recalls the moment with a few simple words: “It was either her or me.”

The result for Pitt was an injured ACL. Angelina Jolie, who was mentioned on the Brace Shop last summer because of her own injuries, couldn’t help gushing about her husband, saying that he hasn’t milked the injury at all. Even she had gone through a similar issue several years earlier:

“When [Maddox] was younger,” said Jolie, “I took a fall and cracked my elbow because I wanted to make sure he didn’t have the fall. Every parent has injured themselves. Every parent will stand in the line of fire for their kids so it’s a normal thing.”

Well, perhaps not every parent. But for the picture perfect couple, at least they’re setting an example. According to Pitt, who won the award for ‘Best Actor’ on Monday night, the cane won’t last long. His ACL pain should go away over the next several days.

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