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Brad's Unauthorized Vanity Fair Cover

10/31/2006 7:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Brad Pitt struts his stuff on the cover of December's Vanity Fair -- and TMZ has learned that no one was more surprised to see the steamy cover on stands than Brad himself.
Brad Pitt on Vanity Fair.
A source close to Pitt tells TMZ that Brad shot the photos, taken by artist Robert Wilson, in September 2005, but didn't have any idea at the time -- or anytime since -- that they would be used for the cover of VF. Pitt had agreed to be in Wilson's avant-garde video art project last year, and signed a legal release at the time for the still and video images taken in the shoot. But until the Vanity Fair cover emerged this week, Pitt didn't know that he would be the magazine's coverboy.

Reps for Vanity Fair tell TMZ, "In a letter dated October 5, 2006, and sent to Pitt care of Brillstein-Grey [Pitt's managers], Wilson informed Pitt that a still image from his portrait was going to be featured in the December art issue of Vanity Fair." A source says that Pitt never saw the letter.

Pitt's lawyers are said to be weighing their legal options. His rep gave the following statement to TMZ: "We are very disappointed that Vanity Fair has chosen to put an unauthorized cover on their magazine. It seriously makes me question their integrity and motives."

A rep for Vanity Fair tells TMZ: "Brad Pitt posed for a Robert Wilson video portrait, and in the photo release (signed by Pitt), agreed to allow Wilson to use the portrait or any images from that sitting in connection with any publicity on Brad copies his loversWilson's video project. Vanity Fair decided to do a story on Wilson's video portraits and obtained rights to the entire collection of photographs from those sittings, which included Pitt's."

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moretocome    

He looks good but I don't think they should have use it without notifying him or his handlers. But he still looks good. Did I already say that? Brad is a hottie.

2891 days ago
17.

superfan    

put brad pitt on the cover of vanity fair , there 'd be a few copies left. put wentworth miller on the cover of vanity fair, watch it fly off the shelves!............LOL!

2891 days ago
18.

george vieto    

Holy Vanessa Williams Batman. Brad Pitt has done it again. Price of fame as its highest ups and downs.

2891 days ago
19.

Wendy    

oh yea ditto on the hubbas..

2891 days ago
20.

sylvia    

that is kinda f***ed up that they didn't tell him but why is he mad he looks good as f*** and thats money........thats why they tell you to read the small print pitt.....be more carefull when you sign contracts before taking such sexy ass pics......love ya...kisses

2891 days ago
21.

Jenn    

he is so hot.... but he has gotten very sue happy since getting together with that husband stealer Jolie. he is now just like her, paranoid, and always wanting another lawsuit!!

2891 days ago
22.

sss    

what about the rules to this site as stated in print "inappropriate comments may be removed "!! i think #3 was your chance to make good your rules....Totally inappropriate !!

2891 days ago
23.

in the know    

Brad should never be upset about gracing the cover of a magazine when he looks fabulous. I don't think he would have ever minded before Angelina Jolie.. Maybe she got upset...jealous..?

2891 days ago
24.

Mary    

23. he is so hot.... but he has gotten very sue happy since getting together with that husband stealer Jolie. he is now just like her, paranoid, and always wanting another lawsuit!!

Posted at 7:01PM on Oct 31st 2006 by Jenn


Bitch, who has she ever sued? Now run into your hole and stop spreading false rumour. You can't steal a husband, but then Brad Pitt will never look at your ugly face even if you were the last woman alife.

2891 days ago
25.

Did someone say...buttplugs?    

The number one rule about free publicity:
Spell the name right!
He's upset about this?
Yeah, right sure...go adopt some more of those third world babies!

2891 days ago
26.

sexy    

To all of the haters. Brad Pitt is fine.

2891 days ago
27.

Did someone say...buttplugs?    

#17, Passion Buzz:

WTF?

2891 days ago
28.

Elizabeth    

1. He signed a contract that is legally binding....nothing can be done about it. 2. Advertising sex toys on here is just rude and wrong. 3. It's a photo....nothing more or less. The man is flesh and blood and airbrushing makes one look incredible whether they should or not.

2891 days ago
29.

Thomas    

CAN THE MAGAZINE PUT SOMEONE WORTH LOOKING AT ON THEIR COVER.............I DONT KNOW WHAT THEY WERE THINKING BUT THEY SURELY HAVE THE WRONG MAN ON THEIR COVER..............

2891 days ago
30.

juligen    


You guys don’t get do you, VF did last year that infamous interview with Jennifer Aniston where she put all the blame for the end of her marriage in Brad (yeahh, I am sure she had nothing to do it )
The magazine try it best to destroy Brad’s image and put Jennifer as the innocent, sweet girl whom we should all feel bad about (BARF).
The problem is the plan fired back, all Jennifer’s movies bombed, she did not became a movie star and guess who STILL is a huge movie star, selling magazine covers and getting Oscar buzz from his latest film.


That’s right BRAD PITT.


But now of course Brad don’t want to pose for this magazine anymore, so they recycle an old picture (how classy)

2891 days ago
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