George & Brad Lend Support to Prop 8 Play
George Clooney and Brad Pitt joined a host of other A-list celebrities to participate in the debut the new documentary play 8, which chronicles the federal lawsuit filed in California against Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that stripped away the right of same-sex couples in the state to marry.
The drama -- which was presented Saturday in Los Angeles by the American Foundation for Equal Rights and Broadway Impact -- literally takes the words of court participants that were assembled from actual court testimony and interviews. The play was created by Academy Award-winner Dustin Lance Black, who won an Oscar for the original screenplay for Milk.
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Pitt read the role of Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker, while George Clooney and Martin Sheen played the part of the two attorneys -- David Boies and Theodore B. Olson respectively -- who represented the two gay couples who sought to have the Proposition 8 decision overturned.
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Watch the video to see Clooney and Pitt participate in the courtroom drama and to also hear comments from Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Rob Reiner about why they are such staunch supporters of gay marriage rights.