Brad Pitt says he had an epiphany during Jennifer Aniston marriage

Updated: May 22, 2013, 13:01 PM IST

Washington: Brad Pitt has revealed that there was a time in his life when he was afraid that his history of hard living and drug use had ruined him for good.

He told Esquire magazine that for a long time he thought he did too much damage to himself with drug usage.

The problem, he said, was that he was looking for inspiration in all the wrong places.

At that point-"about a decade ago," which would have been when he was still married to ex-wife Jennifer Aniston-he made a "conscious change" in his life.

"It was an epiphany-a decision not to squander my opportunities. It was a feeling of, `Get up.` Because otherwise, what`s the point?" Us magazine quoted him as saying.

Newly determined to be more than just a movie star, Pitt took charge of his life and his career.