One of Hollywood’s Most Handsome Men drives a hard bargain. Brad Pitt has harsh words for those responsible for the oil spill that devastated the Gulf Coast for more than four months. The Oscar-nominated actor says he was against the death penalty before the crisis but he is now “willing to look at it again” after bearing witness to the destruction of his adopted hometown at the hands of BP.
The actor makes the controversial comment during an appearance in the new Spike Lee documentary If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise, the sequel to Lee’s 2006 film about Hurricane Katrina, When the Levees Broke.
Brad’s Make It Right initiative has spearheaded efforts to build 150 affordable and sustainable homes in New Orleans Lower Ninth Ward, which was heavily hit by the 2005 natural disaster. When asked about those responsible for the BP oil spill, which has affected the region, the father-of-six replied: “I was never for the death penalty before. I am willing to look at it again.”
Lee’s film was supposed to end on a positive note with the New Orleans Saints’ Super Bowl victory, but when the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster began in April, the 53-year-old director extended filming to include that story.
If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise premieres Monday night on HBO.