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ACTOR BRAD PITT READS AN EXCERPT FROM MARLON JAMES’ “A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS” FOR THE NY TIMES!

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HOLLYWOOD A-list actor Brad Pitt recently gave the thumbs up to Jamaican author Marlon James by reading an excerpt of his award-winning book A Brief History of Seven Killings.

The two-minute-and-eight-second video entitled Brad Pitt reads Marlon James was part of The New York Times Style Magazine’s package recently.

“Dead people never stopped talking. Maybe because death is not death at all, just a detention after school. You know where you’re coming from and always returning from it. You know where you’re going but never seem to get there…you’re just dead, dead,” read Pitt.

James, who teaches creative writing at Macalester College in Minnesota, also interviewed Pitt and compiled a list of ‘five or six things’ he didn’t know about the film star. The list comprised: Brad Pitt is a plant murderer; Brad Pitt knows money can’t buy happiness; and maybe Brad Pitt is a regular guy.

 However under the headline Brad Pitt is very aware of your opinion of celebrity opinions; Pitt shared his political views when asked about Brexit (the UK’s intention to leave the European Union)
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“Man, I never thought that would happen, same way I can’t bring myself to think that Trump will be in charge. In the simplest terms, what brings us together is good, and what separates us is bad. We have this great line in The Big Short, he says, referring to the Oscar-winning film about the global financial crisis of 2008, which he produced. “When things are going wrong and we can’t find the reason for it, we just start creating enemies.”

“I mention that when creating those enemies, we often look no further than what’s right in front of us,” read Pitt’s response in part.

Trump refers to American businessman Donald Trump, the Republican party nominee for the United States 2016 presidential race. Trump’s Democratic counterpart is Hillary Clinton.

Pitt, 52, is an American actor and producer. A multiple award winner, he owns the production company Plan B Entertainment. Married to actress Angelina Jolie, Pitt has appeared in several movies including Legend of the Fall, Fight Club, Fury and World War Z.

Marlon James

Marlon James

Last October, James became the first Jamaican winner of the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction with his vivid, violent, exuberant and expletive-laden novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings. The book charts political violence in Jamaica and the spread of crack cocaine in the US, and hinges on a 1976 attempt on the life of reggae king Bob Marley, referred to only as ‘The Singer’.

— By Brian Bonitto

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