05/22/2012 at 08:00 AM EDT
wasn't by his side to promote his new film at this year's Cannes Film Festival
, but that didn't stop Brad Pitt
from sharing details about his bride-to-be.
Their long-awaited engagement
was "something that made sense," he told reporters Tuesday on the French Riviera as he helped promote his new gangster film, Killing Them Softly
In response to rumors that the couple, who have been together since 2005, are tying the knot in August, Pitt, 48, added, "We have no date at all right now – there is no date. We're still hoping for
marriage equality in the States before we [get married.].
Reporters asked if he minded playing a killer in the thriller, in which Pitt grabs a gun to take on the mob, knowing his kids (Maddox, 10, Pax, 8, Zahara, 7, Shiloh, 5, Knox, 3, Vivienne, 3) might see it some day.
"Not at all," Pitt said in response to the criticism. "Violence is an accepted part of the gangster world. I'd have a harder time playing a racist than some guy who shoots another guy in the face."
Added Pitt: "Ever seen them butcher a cow for hamburger? It's incredibly brutal and violent. We live in a very violent world."
Additional reporting by MARY GREEN