How far would you go to publicize your movie?
Brad Pitt told his "Babel" co-star Cate Blanchett and director
Alejandro Gonzales that he’d flown 20 hours to get from India to LA for
Sunday night’s "special screening."
That’s probably why he only had the energy to sign
autographs, shake fans’ hands, chat with reporters and pose for photos on the carpet. Whew. He definitely didn’t hang for the hot after-party at
the Hammer Museum although he told one reporter he was tempted by the prospect of the
multi-cultural food buffet.
Paramount’s honcho Brad Grey, breakout "Babel" star
Rinku Kikuchi, Don Cheadle, Josh Lucas, Julie Delpy, Salma Hayek,
Michael Pena, Mike White, CAA’s Kevin Huvane and Zach Braff were among
the crowd at the Japanese sushi bar, Morroccan and Mexican buffets and admiring oversized stills from the film, hung like works of art in the open air gallery.
Hard to believe that in June 2005, at the very same Westwood theatre, Brad showed up solo on his motorcycle with (surprise!) bleached white hair for the premiere of "Mr. and Mrs. Smith." He and his then-only-rumored real-life love interest Angelina Jolie stayed far away from each other on the red carpet and at the afterparty, only posing for photos with the director sandwiched between them.
Now – just a year and a half later – the handsome, rich couple has three kids, several homes and a shared mission to save the world.
Just where was Angelina? Apparently, she was busy doing her United Nations Commission for Refugees Goodwill Ambassador duty, touring India and meeting with Minister of State for External Affairs, Anand Sharma.
Oh yeah, like that’s so gosh darn important.
Photo Credits: Brad catches up with his "Babel" director and costar at the film’s "special screening" Sunday night in Westwood. Where’s Angie? Saving the world!