Brad Pitt All Smiles at 'Allied' Premiere in China -- See the Pics!
By Antoinette Bueno
Brad Pitt appeared to be in a pretty great mood on Monday, promoting Allied in Shanghai, China. The visit marked his first promotional appearance for a movie in China since reportedly being banned over his 1997 film, Seven Years in Tibet, due to its portrayal of harsh Chinese rule in the Himalayan region.
The 52-year-old actor looked svelte in an all-black outfit, looking youthful as always.
"It's a nod to the classic films of the past," Pitt said about his new romantic thriller co-starring actress Marion Cotillard. "It's got good set pieces, good sense of action, but ultimately it's one of those really strong romantic thrillers that many of the classics are based in, so it's kind of got everything. We think it's one for everyone, it's why we wanted to bring it here. So, it's great to get started."
Pitt also acknowledged Chinese cinema.
"It's a great honor for us to start with the film here," he said. "It's amazing for us. Your film industry has been exploding in the best of ways that we have great respect for, and to have our film play in this arena is a real, again, a real honor for us and we think we've got something that you'll really like. So, we just hope you enjoy it and thank you so much."
Pitt did visit China back in 2014 to accompany Jolie -- who was on a publicity tour at the time for Maleficent -- but didn't make any public appearances and kept a low profile.
Last week, ET confirmed Pitt has been cleared of child abuse allegations by the Department of Child and Family Services after an incident involving his 15-year-old son, Maddox. In a statement to ET, Jolie's rep expressed relief that the investigation had concluded.
"The job of the DCFS is to make sure the children are in a safe and secure situation," the statement read. "As we said earlier this week, childcare professionals encouraged a legal agreement accepted and signed by both sides that was in the best interest of the children. Angelina said from the beginning that she felt she had to take action for the health of the family and is relieved that after their 8-week involvement, the DCFS is now satisfied the safeguards are put in place that will allow the children to heal."
Jolie and Pitt have now come to their own temporary custody plan. Last Monday, a representative for Jolie told ET that Jolie and Pitt's children -- Maddox, 12-year-old Pax, 11-year-old Zahara, 10-year-old Shiloh, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne -- will remain in the actress' custody.