Philanthropist, Photog, Politician, Actor: Who Is Brad Pitt?

But Pitt pursues nonphilanthropic projects, too. Take his latest: Photographing Jolie for W magazine. His shot of her breastfeeding one of their newborn twins graces the cover of the November issue, which also features his portraits of intimate family moments, such as Jolie biting into a hamburger and laughing with son Maddox. Pitt reportedly used a no-longer-produced Kodak Tech Pan film specially shipped to him from Tel Aviv for the black-and-white photos he shot at his chateau in the South of France.

Case Study #13 no. 13, 2005; shot by Steven Klein

According to Steven Klein, who shot Pitt and Jolie for a 2005 W magazine spread (two of his black-and-white portraits of Pitt and Jolie are being auctioned tomorrow by Phillips de Pury & Company), Pitt has natural knack for the art of photography.

"Brad has a sixth sense," he said. And talking about Pitt as a subject, he added, "He intuitively gives me what I need. This process is unspoken between us but understood." Klein noted that Pitt wanted the spread with Jolie to be one "of substance, something to remember," and the couple was willing to put in the time to make that happen.

Case Study #13 no. 18, 2005; shot by Steven Klein

Photography's not the only form Pitt has picked up as a pet project. He's an architecture enthusiast, and his knowledge of the field impressed Bill McDonough, the green design specialist Pitt works with on the Make It Right homes.

"I had heard that Brad was interested in architecture. I didn't realize the depth of his exposure or his skills. He has a really deep love of design and a great ability," McDonough said. "He understands architecture with a capital A, as well as building with a small b. It was fun and exciting to realize just how much he understood about what we were doing from the architectural perspective. He was fully engaged in the design strategy and discussions."

And then there's that other art form Pitt has his hand in -- acting. As his concern about the state of the world has grown, his affinity for leading roles has declined. Gone are the Hollywood heartthrob parts in movies, such as "Troy" and "Legends of the Fall." In his most recent movie, "Burn After Reading," (spoiler alert) he bumbles around a gym, chewing gum and drolling "Duuuude" before getting shot and killed by his real-life best friend/big-screen rival, George Clooney.

"He hasn't done too many movie star projects in a while. Since 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith,' in most of his films, he's either producing, taking small roles or taking nonglamorous roles," said Gitesh Pandya, editor of "He's interested in producing a lot, which makes sense, because eventually, the good looks go away and I think he wants to be a well-rounded person in this industry."

So, it looks like acting will take a backseat while Pitt pursues his other passions: Taking pictures, building homes, promoting justice far and wide, and since he's got his hand in pretty much everything else, why not politics?

"I want to announce to you today that Brad is running for president," Neilson joked. "You can quote me on that."

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