Brad Pitt reconsiders death penalty
Actor asked opinion on Gulf of Mexico oil spill
Outspoken liberal actor Brad Pitt has reconsidered his stance on the death penalty. Director Spike Lee interviewed Pitt for his documentary on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina devastating New Orleans. His comments on the recent Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster have been surprising, to say the least.
'I was never for the death penalty before -- I am willing to look at it again,' actor Brad Pitt said in regards to the people behind the Gulf of Mexico disaster.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In the documentary, entitled "If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise," Pitt said BP oil executives like Tony Hayward should possibly pay the ultimate price for the Gulf oil disaster.
"I was never for the death penalty before -- I am willing to look at it again," Pitt said.
Pitt lent his efforts in New Orleans to build 150 affordable and sustainable homes in the storm-ravaged city. Spike Lee intends "If God Is Willing" to be an up-beat follow-up to his pessimistic 2006 film "When the Levees Broke," and was to detail much of the progress that has been made since then.
However - after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing eleven workers, director Lee decided to include the aftermath and oil spill.
"This would have been a much more upbeat documentary for sure," Lee said, adding that the Gulf of Mexico disaster led him to refigure his latest film.
The film begins screenings in the U.S. this week.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
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