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Brad Pitt

'Nambians OK with Brad, Jolie'

Langstrand - Namibia's relaxed approach when it comes to celebrity is one of the main reasons why Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt chose this arid stretch of Africa to have their baby - and they should be left alone, locals say here.

Hollywood's golden couple, together with their two adopted children Maddox and Zahara, quietly jetted into Namibia in early April where Jolie, 30, is expected to give birth to their child.

Even in this remote corner of the continent, news of their presence quickly leaked out, unleashing a torrent of tabloid and paparazzi journalists on the small holiday resort of Langstrand, on the country's west coast.

Wedged between the icy Atlantic and rising sand dunes of the world's oldest desert, the Namib, the small resort town has become the scene of clashes between the press pack - straining to get a glimpse of the couple - and Jolie's bodyguards, backed by Namibian police.

A Namibian rights organisation and journalists have accused VIP guards and police of heavy-handed tactics, including a door-to-door search for suspected paparazzi and assaults on photographers with pepper spray.

But ordinary Namibians who live along Langstrand (Afrikaans for "Long Beach") told AFP this week they believed the star couple should be left alone.

"Namibians are not celebrity mad like in Europe or the United States," said Almuth Styles, who runs a tourist information shop in the scenic nearby colonial German holiday town of Swakopmund.

Styles told AFP when Jolie visited Namibia in 2002 for the filming of the movie Beyond Borders, none of the locals were bothered too much about it.

"Jolie even came into the office asking for directions. I didn't recognise her and only afterwards a young trainee told me that it was her," she laughed.

Another resident, Roger du Toit, who every day takes his dog for a walk past the Burning Shore Lodge, where the couple is staying said "they are just ordinary people to me, enjoying the beautiful, unspoilt stretch of the beach and the view of the Atlantic Ocean."

"Let them enjoy this place like everybody else. It doesn't matter whether they are famous or not," Du Toit said with a typical shrug of Namibian shoulders.

The owner of a cluster of holiday flats next to the Burning Shore Lodge added she discovered a group of foreign paparazzi perched on the balcony of one of her apartments.

"They brought a ladder with them and climbed to the balcony of a chalet that I had rented out," Merylin Leippert told AFP.

"When I arrived the people who rented the chalet informed me of their unwelcome 'guests'," she said.

"They (the paparazzi) told me they had permission from the owner and I told them: 'I am the owner and that they certainly did not have my consent,' so I made them leave promptly."

Around this time of year, Langstrand's long white beach is empty and most of the resort's holiday homes are locked.

Its misty shores where the desert and the ocean meet, are only frequented during vacations and long weekends, when most residents drive here to escape the oppressive heat of the interior.

Langstrand's Burning Shore Lodge is a down-to-earth place.

The resort does not boast a single shop, just a small seaside restaurant and shopping for groceries has to be done either in Walvis Bay, Namibia's crusty port town 15km to the south or in Swakopmund, an equal distance to the north.

Jolie this week broke her silence on her life with Pitt, 42, saying the intense media and public interest in their relationship just made her "giggle."

"It's just kind of funny...If (Brad) saw this, he would probably understand why I was laughing. Because I just don't know how to address that kind of thing," Jolie told NBC television's Today show, in an interview taped in Namibia.

 


Brad Pitt has transformed himself into the most desired man in the world. Brad graduated from Kickapoo High and soon after heading to the University of Missouri, dropped his plans for majoring in advertising and set out to fulfill his boyhood dream, acting in Hollywood. Before he left, he lied to his parents and told them he was going to the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. What really happened were odd jobs wearing a chicken costume for El Pollo Loco and driving strippers around for bachelor parties in a limo.

He didn't have to embarrass himself too long before getting roles in Dallas and Cutting Class, the latter in which he met and dated Jill Schoelen. His role in the movie Thelma & Louise rocketed himself into the hot hunks of Hollywood status and caught the attention of co-star Geena Davis, whom Pitt also dated briefly. Pitt then starred in Too Young To Die? with Juliette Lewis. Perhaps the title should have been, Too Young for California Law as Pitt had a lengthy relationship with the then 16 year old Lewis whom he also starred with in Kalifornia. Brad then made a name for himself as a good actor and not just a tightly abed pin-up when he starred in A River Runs Through It and Interview With A Vampire. Pitt then followed up with Seven, where once again he sacked his co-star Gwyneth Paltrow, the relationship stretched over 2 1/2 years and included a period of engagement as well.

Besides dating several of his co-stars, Pitt has dated several other celebrities as well, and what would you expect, since he could easily score any single (or even most married) woman in Hollywood? Brad's first celebrity dating was with Robin Givens in 1989, and the romance was quickly extinguished by crazed boxer and ex-husband Mike Tyson. Pitt rebounded from his relationship with the very young Lewis with Jitka Pohlodek. He also spent some time with Katja von Garnier, who was actually Pitt's age in this case when they dated in 1997. Others rumored to have pleasured Brad not already mentioned include Nicole Appleton, Demi Moore, Julia Ormond, and Uma Thurman. His current girl toy and wife is Jennifer Aniston. Although some gossip mongers have said Pitt was shacking up with Kelly Brook while in the UK filming the movie Fight Club. Pitt and Aniston lead a very reclusive life as a couple, many of their friends claim it is impossible to get the two to ever go out. Pitt even bought the homes to either side of his house to ensure privacy. Part of the speculation surrounding their privacy is the fact that the two are both insanely jealous of each other and cannot trust each other apart.

Brad Pitt besides being the desire of every woman (including even lesbian rocker Melissa Etheridge whom admitted to such in an interview) is the desire of many homosexual men. Several gossip mongers even claim that Pitt is bisexual, although there seems no concrete evidence to support such claims. Perhaps its a case where these men 'wish' he was bisexual as the National Examiner recently quoted from the editor of the Gay and Lesbian Times "He's a gay icon." Topping the list of celebrity women lusting after Pitt is Britney Spears, the internet's darling who admitted to her crush but was disheartened to learn she got beat to the punch by Aniston, whom Pitt married July 29, 2000 amid a huge amount of press coverage and celebrity attendees.

Filmography

Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2004) (filming)
Ocean's Twelve (2004) (post-production)
Troy (2004) .... Achilles Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003) (voice)
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)
Full Frontal (2002)
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
Spy Game (2001)
Mexican, The (2001)
Snatch. (2000)
Fight Club (1999)
Meet Joe Black (1998)
Dark Side of the Sun, The (1997)
Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
Devil's Own, The (1997)
Sleepers (1996)
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Se7en (1995)
Legends of the Fall (1994)
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
Favor, The (1994)
True Romance (1993)
Kalifornia (1993)
Contact (1992)
River Runs Through It, A (1992)
Cool World (1992)
Across the Tracks (1991)
Two-Fisted Tales (1991) (TV)
Johnny Suede (1991)
Thelma & Louise (1991)
"Glory Days" (1990) TV Series
Too Young to Die? (1990) (TV)
Image, The (1990) (TV)
Cutting Class (1989)
Happy Together (1989)
Stoning in Fulham County, A (1988) (TV)
"Another World" (1964) TV Series
Less Than Zero (1987) (uncredited)
No Man's Land (1987) (uncredited)

Biography

Birth name: William Bradley Pitt

Height: 5'11"
Spouse: Jennifer Aniston

Born: 18 December 1963, Shawnee, Oklahoma

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#23). [1995]

Turned down a role as an astronaut in Apollo 13 (1995) to accept his Oscar-nominated role in Twelve Monkeys (1995).

Posed for a campus calendar in college.

Dated Jill Schoelen whom he met on the set of their film Cutting Class (1989).

While he and Gwyneth Paltrow were dating, Paltrow appeared in Melissa Etheridge's video for the song "I Want to Come Over."

A girl went to Pitt's Hollywood-area home shortly after midnight Jan. 7, 1999 and crawled in through an open window, dressed herself in his clothes and stayed for 10 hours before the alarm went off. Athena Rolando, 19, was ordered Feb. 10 to not contact the actor and to stay 100 yards away from him for three years. [1999]

Ranked #32 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]

Mutally agrees to split with Gwyneth Paltrow. [June 1997]

Banned from entering China because of his role in Seven Years in Tibet (1997). [1997]

Chosen by "People" magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world. [1997]

Engaged to actress Gwyneth Paltrow. [20 December 1996]

Donated $100,000 to the Discovery Center - a children's learning museum in his hometown of Springfield, MO. [June 1996]

Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world. [1996]

Pitt's first starring role in a feature film was in Dark Side of the Sun, The (1997) shot in pre-war Yugoslavia during the summer of 1988. As editing neared completion civil war tore apart the region and much of the footage was lost. In 1996, after a five-year search, all of the lost footage was found and returned to producer Angelo Arandjelovic, who is currently working on getting a distribution deal for the film. Pitt was paid $1,523 per week for seven weeks. He played a young American taken by his family to the Adriatic Sea to search for a cure for a rare skin disease.

Purchased a mansion is Southern California from the actress who portrays "Elvira" (Cassandra Peterson). He reportedly paid $1.7 million for the house. This mansion is filled with antiques and has a "vampirish" look to it. [1996]

Given title "Sexiest Man Alive" from People Magazine. After making Legends of the Fall (1994). [1994]

Lived in Southern California with friend Buck Simmonds, who starred with Pitt in the movie River Runs Through It, A (1992). [May 1992]

Dated Juliette Lewis. They met when they filmed the NBC movie of the week entitled Too Young to Die? (1990) (TV). Pitt and Lewis also did the film Kalifornia (1993) together.

Briefly dated Geena Davis, his co-star in Thelma & Louise (1991).

He was the third choice for the role of J.D. in Thelma & Louise (1991). William Baldwin, the first choice, left to star in Backdraft (1991).

He had to learn how to fly-cast for his role in River Runs Through It, A (1992). He practiced on top of buildings in Hollywood. During these practices, Pitt would frequently hook himself in the back of his head.

Voted "Best Actor" by viewers of MTV's "The Big Picture" in 1995.

Was a journalism major in college with an advertising focus.

Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1991" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 43. [1991]

Graduated from Kickapoo High School in Springfield, Mo. [1982]

Dropped out of the University of Missouri School of Journalism (Columbia, Missouri).

In high school was a member of the golf, tennis, and swim teams.

Belonged to the Key Club and the Forensics Club in High School.

Listed in "People Weekly"s "Most Intriguing People" list. (December 25, 1995/January 1, 1996 issue)

He has a brother Doug, born in 1966 and a sister Julie, born in 1969.

Given title "Sexiest Man Alive" from People Magazine, Mr. Pitt was also People's choice in 1995. [2000]

Was considered for the lead in Matrix, The (1999).

Has his teeth capped.

Sued Dalmani International, the company which created the wedding ring he gave Jennifer Aniston. According to Pitt, the ring was his design and was to be exclusive. The company has since been selling replicas and indicating Pitt/Aniston's endorsement of the ring. [18 July 2001]

He and wife Jennifer Aniston spent $1 million on their wedding [2000]

Has been in several films with a number in the title.

Pitt and Aniston reached a settlement with Damiani International. The pair claimed the company agreed to never reproduce their wedding rings, but it manufactured and sold "Brad and Jennifer" rings in 18 karat white or yellow gold, featuring either 12 or 13 diamonds and costing about $1,000 apiece. Under the settlement, Pitt will now design jewelry for Damiani that Aniston will model in ads, and Damiani will stop selling the Pitt and Aniston copies. [11 January 2002]

For the last couple of years Brad has been the spokesman for Edwin Jeans ads in Japan. In 2001 he was also the face of the ads for a new Japanese canned coffee which is named ROOTS. Was replaced in these tv ads (2002) by Kevin Costner.

Studied acting with the late Roy London.

Spokesmodel of Toyota (Altis model). The commercial only aired in Asia. The car became so popular and resulted in strong sales figures (an almost 32% share of the total passenger car market for Toyota).

Has a home at Lake Mohawk in Sparta, New Jersey.

Auditioned for the role of "J.D." in the 1988 cult classic film _Heathers (1988)_ and, though he showed talent, casting directors thought him to be 'too sweet' for the role, which later went to Christian Slater. He would later go on to a very similar role in the horror film Cutting Class (1989) in 1989.

Is mentioned by name in the Shania Twain hit song, "That Don't Impress Me Much"

First-time novelist Audrey Niffennegger announced on the Today Show's Book Club that Brad and wife, Jennifer had just bought the film rights to her novel, The Time Traveler's Wife. They are to both star in the film.

He is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. The Xi Xi chapter at The University of Missouri - Columbia.

After watching "Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" Pitt asked director Guy Ritchie if he could be in his next film. He couldn't master the English accent so Ritchie gave him the role of Mickey the One Punch Pikey.

Brad Pitt along with wife 'Jennifer Anniston' and friend Brad Grey own Plan B Entertainment.

Tore his Achilles tendon during the production of Troy (2004), in which he plays, ironically, Achilles. His injury caused the production of Ocean's Twelve (2004) to be pushed back to April 2004. [2003]

Is the only man to ever be named "Sexiest Man Alive" twice by "People Magazine" (1994 and 2000)

He and Jennifer Aniston are campaigning in the United States to save "Eastenders" from being axed there.

He is "in talks" to portray Marvel superhero Captain America, a role he says he has wanted to play for a long time. [Early 2004]

Showed his parents the "Chemical Burn" scene to convince them not to watch Fight Club (1999).

He had a mishap during the production of Troy (2004) - he tore his left achilles tendon.

Got into better shape and eventually gained over 20 pounds of muscle for Troy (2004).

His namesake, the historical Col. William Pitt, is also the namesake of the town Pittsburgh.

He has appeared in 3 movies with the number 7 in the title (Se7en, Seven Years in Tibet, and Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas). He has also appeared in two movies with the number 12 in the title (Ocean's 12 and Twelve Monkeys).

He was ranked #6 on VH1's 100 Hottest Hotties

His high school nickname was Brad the "Pitt-bull."

He took Greek language lessons in secret to surprise his wife (who is of Greek ancestry).

Voted #1 in Company magazine's annual 100 Sexiest Men poll, 2004.
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