By Kasey Schiedeck | Image property of 20th Century Fox
Brad Pitt in Mr and Mrs Smith
hasn't lent his famously husky voice to any films since the 2003 animated
flop Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas. But starting Nov. 1, Brad Pitt is
slated to narrate six episodes of RX for Survival: A Global Health Challenge
for PBS. The one hour documentary episodes follow health care researchers
as they struggle to eradicate disease in the world's poorest countries.
Brad Pitt Has PBS
In an interview with the Associated
Press on Monday, Pitt discussed his trips to Africa of
late and his work with The One campaign. "I've been involved with the issue
of poverty - I've been studying it for about a year and half now," Pitt
told the AP. "I think one of the major causes of that is health,
global health. We're finding out that there's no safe haven from infectious
diseases. It's a plane flight away." Pitt cited the recent outbreak of the
bird flu as one example of infectious disease "jumping the pond."
Amid a tabloid frenzy over his relationship with
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
costar Angelina Jolie,
Pitt says he is trying to redirect the attention to his latest
cause. "The human interest is enough - the fact that millions are dying
from preventable, curable diseases," Pitt said. "But if the human interest
isn't enough, then wisdom will tell you that self-preservation is."