August 13, 2009

Pitt: Being mayor ‘not what I do’

Actor Brad Pitt has been called Oscar nominee, Golden Globe winner, celebrity and dad, but he says don't call him a New Orleans mayoral candidate.

Pitt, who owns a house in the city's French Quarter and started a foundation to help rebuild the Lower 9th Ward, dismissed the possibility of his running for mayor of his sometimes hometown next year, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported Thursday.

I don't have a chance, Pitt said during an interview on NBC's Today show. It's not what I do.

Even so, a grass-roots campaign sprouted in New Orleans to promote his candidacy -- not that it would do much good, The Times-Picayune said.

Pitt doesn't meet the requirement that a candidate must be a New Orleans resident for at least five years. He and his partner, actress Angelina Jolie, didn't buy their house until after Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005.

Pitt started the Make It Right Foundation, which has a goal of building 150 storm-resistant, energy-efficient houses in the Lower 9th Ward by 2010.

It's going to be the greenest neighborhood in the United States, he said during the interview. I want to see this through. It means something to me.