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Brad Pitt scraps Brazil promo of new film World War Z amid unrest

Published on Jun 23, 2013 10:18 AM
 
U.S. actor Brad Pitt arrives for the opening ceremony of the 35th International Film Festival in Moscow, on June 20, 2013. Pitt has scrapped a plan to come to Brazil to promote his new film "World War Z," the movie's distributors said Saturday, citing social unrest in the country. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - US Hollywood A-lister Brad Pitt has scrapped a plan to come to Brazil to promote his new film "World War Z," the movie's distributors said Saturday, citing social unrest in the country.

A statement issued by Paramount said Pitt would not make a planned trip to Rio because of "ongoing events in Brazil." The country is awash with protests after more than a million people took to the streets in recent days to decry poor public services and corruption as well as transport fare hikes.

Pitt and director Marc Foster were to have attended a pre-release screening of the film in Rio on Monday.

The statement said Paramount expressed solidarity with the Brazilian people at a time of crisis.

 
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