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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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91.

red    

Any images of Brad Pitt are well-appreciated. Whoever thinks this photo is nothing special, just a guy in boxers ... Let's see them or their significant others pull off a VF cover in boxers and socks. He is a gift from above. Pure beauty ... And he's SMART, too, which makes the package even more complete. What a lovely person! Thank you, Brad! Too bad for any legal mishaps, though. That's the breaks being a celebrity ...

2826 days ago
92.

Vivi    

Brad Pitt is an old man now. Nothing about him is gorgeous or sexy.

2826 days ago
93.

Karen    

Good Grief. He sure is stuck on himself. Get over it Brad.

2826 days ago
94.

Cris lehete    

What's up with the socks? In fact get ride of the socks and boxers and you would have a great cover. They did it with Demi, why so conservative w/ Pit? Fair is fair or is it just Vanity?

2826 days ago
95.

A    

who the hell is complaning about the guys from Lost with their shirts off!!!!!!

2826 days ago
96.

sam    

You'll never be able to match up to that girl as long as you live. Brad's lucky to be tapping that ass instead of dog face Aniston. God he must have nightmares about that miss-guided adventure. We guys just laugh at you women when you try to put her down because we know she's gorgeous and you most likely are not.

2826 days ago
97.

Karmen    

Very underwhelming. Hotter men live in my hometown.

2826 days ago
98.

cindy    

What is this obsession mags have with Brad Pitt? Sure he is good looking
man with more then enough sex appeal but it's getting ol' already! There
are after all plenty of very sexy men that they could adorn the covers with.
Frankly that actor who plays Sawyer on Lost is smokin'. Just a thought
for all your mag editors out there.

2826 days ago
99.

Guns    

Nice shorts..LOL

2826 days ago
100.

Oh Canada    

The world is full of beautiful people, and surely there are men more handsome than Brad Pitt. Who cares.
Give me the goofy, the not afraid to make fun of himself, the blue eyes, the lips, the smile of Brad Pitt any day, and twice on Sundays. He just gets better with age, at 43 years old he's still unbelievably gorgeous.

Brad & Angelina are two of the most fortunate people, not to mention their equally beautiful rainbow family. I think it’s wonderful that Brad and AJ are doing more than their share to change the world. It's such a shame they seem to inspire so much hatred, but then again it's no wonder they inspire so much contempt in so many of the less physically gifted, but c'est la vie.

I watched Out of Africa the other day, it’s a wonderful movie; Robert Redford isn’t the same handsome man he was in The Way We Were, but there was something still beautiful about him, it’s a beauty that springs from the inside. Something Brad Pitt definitely has, he will grow old, but never ugly. His beauty is more than skin deep.

Bad, bad Vanity Fair, you sneaky bastards. Thank you

2826 days ago
101.

Eli    

Nice socks! LOL

2826 days ago
102.

Eli    

Nice socks! LOL I wonder if he wears them to screw fish lips!

2826 days ago
103.

Oh Canada    

Eli, if I were doing Brad Pitt I wouldn't care if he kept on his socks and his boots. When you're that HOT you can wear whatever you want.

Tell me where you saw a fish with the same beautiful lips as Angelina Jolie's? Was it Sea World? An aquarium?
Only somebody with no lips or really thin lips would begrudge Angelina her awesome pout.

2826 days ago
104.

Eli    

well looks like Tmz read my comment #74 saying that Brad copies his lovers , girlfriends wives etc. styles!


Its true what a freaking fag, hes cute and all but nothing worth sweating!

2826 days ago
105.

Eli    

Blah Blah Blah SONIA,

She does have fish lips and Brad is not that hot, just cause hes got money and fame it dont mean hes hot like I said hes OK and thats all!

Yea AJ is pretty Im not hating on her why you people always gotta talk sh*t about someone when they give their opinions!

Oh and one more thing HIS SOCKS ARE STUPID IF YOUR GOING TO TAKE OFF YOUR CLOTHES YOU SHOULD DO IT RIGHT!

Maybe I dont see her lips as something attractive while others do, and no you dont have to have skinny lips or hate to have an opinion about Jolies lips!

2826 days ago
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