Brad Pitt's Injury Makes Him Super Dad, and Angelina Won't Let You Forget It

Hearts skipped a beat when Brad Pitt recently made his way across the red carpet at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala, and it wasn't just because he looked even more dapper than normal while sporting a sleek black cane. It turns out that Pitt manfully sustained a painful knee injury while protecting his precious daughter, Vivienne.

All together now: "Awwwwwwwww!"

In fact, everything about this story of familial valor just warms the soul. And, if you're a horrible snarky person like me, churns the stomach just a tiny, tiny bit. 

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When asked about his cane, Pitt explained that he'd injured his ACL on a ski slope while carrying his daughter:

I was carrying my daughter (Vivienne) down the hill and I slipped. It was either her or me.

Yep, I can see it. It reminds me of the time my husband was carrying both of our kids across a rocky tide pool area and slipped. I'm not sure how to describe what happened next, but he somehow performed a series of midair acrobatics in an attempt to cushion their fall with his own body. It was like Cirque du Soleil, Starfish Edition.

I wouldn't have a thing to say about Brad the Golden God if the story ended there, but it was Angelina Jolie's follow up comment about how the injury hasn't slowed Brad down that got my eyes rolling:

He’s not that kind of guy. He does everything still.

Yeah, he's totally not the kind of guy who needs some crummy old anterior cruciate ligament. In fact, Brad is such a stud he just went to the woods, ripped into a wolf with his bare teeth, fashioned a knee wrap from its pelt, and then he competed in an ultramarathon because taking it easy is for pussies. The cane is just to ward off any PETA crybabies who would be ticked about the wolf.

Angelina went on to tell OK! Magazine that heroic rescues are just par for the course in their household:

When (eldest son) Maddox was younger, I took a fall and cracked my elbow because I wanted to make sure he wasn't injured. Every parent will stand in the line of fire for their kids. It's quite a normal thing.

I believe, Angelina, this is what's known as the humblebrag. Also, let me guess, your smashed-up elbow didn't slow you down either, because you're not that type of woman.

I've always liked these two, but there's just something a little barfy about this. It's like the Injury Background was custom-designed to remind everyone that they're superhumanly beautiful, fantastically virile, bravely selfless, and totally above succumbing to things like torn ligaments.

Oh well, maybe next time we'll hear about how Brad slipped while reaching for the Cheetos, and how nursing him back to health is driving Angie crazy because he's been acting all man cold-y about it. I don't know about you, but I'd enjoy that story a lot more.

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