Mark Lambert
March 09, 2011 10:45 AM

While the city of New Orleans was celebrating Fat Tuesday with parades and plenty of partying, one Big Easy resident wasn’t in the French Quarter clamoring for beads.

Just three miles away in a warehouse in the Bywater section of town, Brad Pitt reported to the set of his new movie, Cogan’s Trade, which he’s also producing. In it, the leading man, who sported an all-black ensemble with slicked-back hair and long sideburns, plays a mob enforcer.

According to one eyewitness, when Pitt arrived back in New Orleans on Monday, “He genuinely seemed excited to be back in town. Brad waived to fans and had a huge smile.”

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After spending the night at the family’s home in the French Quarter, Pitt had an early call time on Tuesday. “Brad arrived on the set bright and early,” a source says. “He was in a great mood and sipped a coffee while chatting with the cast and the crew.”

Angelina Jolie, who has been working on both Kung Fu Panda 2 and her directorial debut, which she’s filmed in Europe, is expected to join Pitt in New Orleans soon, along with their children.

Pitt’s Cogan’s Trade costars include Javier Bardem, Casey Affleck and James Gandolfini.

“Everyone on the movie is very excited that they get the opportunity to work with Brad,” a source tells PEOPLE. “He seems like a very nice guy.”


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