Actor Brad Pitt Visits New Orleans Project,Updated

December 3, 2008

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Actor Brad Pitt has visited the New Orleans neighbourhood where families are moving into six homes built by his charity following Hurricane Katrina.

The star said he was pleased for them, but was thinking of those people who have yet to settle into new houses.

“The excitement is that it’s being proven, but the frustration is that it’s a long way to go,” he said.

Pitt’s Make It Right foundation is planning to build 150 eco-friendly houses in the area devastated in 2005.

‘Rich home’

The actor says it is “amazing” that the city’s Lower 9th ward, which was one of New Orleans’ most deprived areas, is destined to become one of the largest green neighbourhoods in the US.

One of the residents, Inez Converse, said she is pleased to have returned to the neighbourhood she lived in for 35 years before Katrina struck, and thanked Pitt in person.

“He didn’t have to do this. I’m just grateful that he is,” said the 71-year-old.

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Later on Tuesday, Pitt appeared on NBC’s Today programme and said spoke about the six children he has with partner Angelina Jolie.

“It’s a rich home, and each one of them offers so much to the mix,” he said, but added: “Six kids is not as easy as you’d think.”

When asked if he and Oscar-winning actress Jolie would consider marriage, he said: “If we feel it’s important to our kids, we’ll do so.”

The couple have a home in New Orleans which was recently refurbished to accommodate their growing family.

On Monday night, a special screening of Pitt’s latest film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button took place in the city, where it was filmed.

Pitt has called the movie “a love letter to New Orleans”.

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