Brad Pitt on Injury: ‘It Was Just an Old Man Tripping’

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

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updated 01/10/2012 AT 11:00 AM ET

originally published 01/10/2012 AT 1:15 PM ET

Once again, Brad Pitt was turning heads on the red carpet Monday night. And it wasn’t just because of a gorgeous Angelina Jolie on his arm, but because of his newest accessory: a black cane.

The actor, 48, who previously told reporters he had an injured ACL (a ligament in the knee that connects the femur with the tibia), tells PEOPLE he’s doing just fine.

“It wasn’t life or death,” Pitt, who slipped down a hill while carrying 3-year-old daughter Vivienne, said at Monday’s New York Film Critics Circle Awards. “It was just an old man tripping.”

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