We’ve heard rumors that Brad Pitt is working on some kind of documentary about the impact of the massive oil leak in the Gulf. Pitt is an avid environmentalist with ties to the area through both a mansion his family purchased in New Orleans and the Make it Right project, which builds sustainable homes for Hurricane Katrina Victims. Pitt does appear in a Spike Lee documentary on the area, which will air on HBO tonight. It’s a follow-up to Lee’s 2006 documentary on Katrina, When the Levees Broke. The film, called If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise, was meant to end with the happy news of the Saints winning the Super Bowl. Sadly, Lee had to continue filming to add on the whole BP disaster, which is where Pitt’s comments come in.
Brad Pitt has harsh words for BP in Spike Lee’s new documentary about New Orleans.
‘If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise’ is a four-hour followup to Lee’s 2006 film ‘When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts.’
Lee landed an interview with Pitt, who owns a home in New Orleans with partner Angelina Jolie and whose Make It Right organization has built homes post-Katrina.
From a review of the film in USA Today:
Reflecting on those responsible for the oil spill, Pitt can barely contain his contempt.
“I was never for the death penalty before,” he says. “I am willing to look at it again.”
The film premieres Monday night on HBO.
[From Huffington Post]
I don’t blame him although I would opt for life in jail without parole – or a lifetime scrubbing rocks for 12 hours a day. The way that whole crisis has been handled is abhorrent. Officials at BP, through their own well documented negligence, are responsible for the deaths of 11 workers along with an environmental crisis that has killed countless sealife and will lead to nearly incalculable effects on the ocean and surrounding area for decades. There are also reports of very troubling illnesses striking fisherman and workers around the spill. It’s not that much of a logical leap to wonder if people in that area are going to be struck with chronic illnesses, not just from exposure to the oil but also from dispersants that are toxic to humans and wildlife.
So for someone like Pitt, who cares deeply about the environment and the people in that area, this whole crisis has got to hit hard. It’s much worse for the people who live there and who don’t have the resources to leave. Pitt knows this, and believes someone should be held accountable. You know they won’t be, though. BP has even been allowed to run a $50 million PR ad campaign touting what a great job they’re doing down there handling the disgusting mess they created. So many people would disagree. Heads aren’t going to roll for so many reasons, but there are plenty of people more affected by this than Pitt who wish they would.
Note: these pictures are from last year, when Pitt was just starting to cultivate that mangy beard