Call it the curious case of Brad Pitt.
The 49-year-old actor is apparently convinced he suffers from prosopagnosia, a condition better known as face blindness, where the ability to recognize people's faces is impaired.
"So many people hate me because they think I'm disrespecting them," Pitt says in an interview with Esquire. "So I swear to God, I took one year where I just said, This year, I'm just going to cop to it and say to people, 'Okay, where did we meet?'"
He adds, "But it got worse. People were more offended. Every now and then, someone will give me context, and I'll say, 'Thank you for helping me.' But I piss more people off. You get this thing, like, 'You're being egotistical. You're being conceited.' But it's a mystery to me, man. I can't grasp a face and yet I come from such a design/aesthetic point of view."
What's more, Pitt admits he doesn't particularly like going out because of such forgetfulness, saying "that's why I stay at home."
But the World War Z star also realizes that interacting with others is inevitably part of his job description.
"You meet so many damned people," he points out. "And then you meet 'em again."
But Pitt plans to eventually get to the bottom of this thing once and for all.
"I am going to get it tested," he says.