Brad Pitt praises Angelina Jolie's mothering skills

His kids' sense of humour gets the thumbs up, too

Brad Pitt has praised partner Angelina Jolie for being an "amazing" mother.

The 43-year-old actor - who has three adopted children, six-year-old Maddox, three-year-old Pax, and two year-old Zahara, as well as a 15-month-old biological daughter, Shiloh, with actress Angelina Jolie - says his family are blessed.

He said: "One of the things I'm most happy about for my kids, is that they have a mother who, I think, is amazing."

The Ocean's Thirteen star added his children always cheer him up if he is feeling down.

He told ABC's Good Morning America: "They say the funniest things I've ever heard. They're the funniest people I've ever met."

Pitt also revealed playing Jesse James in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford brought back memories of his childhood, as him and his character both grew up in Missouri.

He said: "He's from the same area that I'm from. I was surprised how much that meant to me in the end, to do something that had a connection with home."

The actor says the role made him reflect on the "congenital sadness" of the region.

He added: "It's something that I feel in my grandparents, in the people I've met, in a Southern way of life. It's something pervasive, an undercurrent
that I think Christianity answers."

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