Brad Pitt on Kids, 'Taking Punches' with Angelina – And Why Playing a Vampire Sucks

09/16/2011 at 01:15 PM EDT

Moneyball Star Brad Pitt's Entertainment Weekly Cover
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Brad Pitt

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Brad Pitt doesn't care how popular vampires have become – he wasn't all that thrilled to be playing one.

"I am miserable," he tells Entertainment Weekly of his appearance in 1994's Interview With the Vampire. "Six months in the f---ing dark … contact lenses, makeup, I'm playing the bitch role."

Pitt, 47, shares plenty more candid thoughts on his life and his many movies (his latest, Moneyball, opens Sept. 23) in the magazine's cover story this week. Among the revelations:

On the Twilight phenomenon:
"I don't know enough about it, really. Listen, because of my kids, I see only movies for 10 and under. I've seen them all, and I've seen them 10 times over."

On actors secretly loving being named PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive
"Well, they're not saying you're the Biggest A--hole, you know? When you get older, you realize it's just for fun. Clooney and I were able to have fun with it later."

On acting with one of PEOPLE's Most Beautiful, Julia Roberts, in The Mexican
"I love her. She's so articulate and witty and vivacious – everything I'm not."

On feeling protective of Angelina when she was criticized for The Tourist
"Listen, man, if we're that shallow-skinned, we shouldn't be in here. We're used to being in the ring and taking some punches."

On being mentioned in the song "Billionaire" in the lyrics, "probably pull an Angelina and Brad Pitt/And adopt a bunch of babies that ain't never had s---"
"That's sweet. It's just unfortunate that my name rhymes with s---."

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