By Jason Lynch
May 23, 2005 12:00 PM

Not even Lara Croft has seen this kind of action. On May 5, during her Pakistan humanitarian trip as UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) Goodwill Ambassador, Angelina Jolie came across a convoy of Afghan refugees returning home. Suddenly, “she shot up the side of the truck and sat up there talking to the women and children,” says UNHCR regional public information officer Jack Redden, who had accompanied her. Afterward “she dexterously zipped down again. There was a group of 100 men staring with considerable surprise.”

The four-day tour also deflected attention—however briefly—from her relationship with Brad Pitt (his rep denies reports that she visited him late last month in Morocco, where he’s shooting a movie). Instead Jolie turned the spotlight on Pakistan’s Afghan refugees, and she paid a visit to a brick kiln where poor Afghan children aged 5 and 6 work for pennies. “It was really one of the worst things that I have ever seen,” Jolie said. After a quick trip home to catch up with son Maddox, 3, in London, Jolie flew to Sierra Leone May 9, this time on behalf of human rights organization WITNESS. “For some [celebs], it’s almost like a junket and just photo calls that they’re on,” says Redden, “but she takes it very seriously.”

In Morocco: Brad’s Motorcycle Diaries

After spending his first two days in Morocco holed up in his hotel, Pitt has begun venturing outdoors more to take spins on his new BMW motorbike. Some days he even rides to the set of his drama Babel, costarring Cate Blanchett. During breaks in filming, Pitt has been retiring to his trailer to make phone calls. “We all know it’s Angelina he’s calling, but we’re not supposed to say,” speculates a set source. “Brad is still very keen to keep the whole thing under wraps, even though it’s the worst-kept secret in the world.”

Brad on His Breakup

In the June issue of GQ, Pitt opens up about his split with Aniston and strikes some poses for photographer Mario Testino. Speaking just days after Aniston’s March 25 divorce filing. Pitt says their split was caused by “not one thing; it’s so complex and multifaceted.” The actor says he is “proud” of himself and his ex: “We’ve done it our way, and I love her for that. We’ve kept the love we have for each other.” He discounts reports that he wanted kids and Aniston did not as “total b———.” As for Angelina Jolie, he acknowledges hearing rumors and doesn’t deny them. While he’s “not ready to think” about remarriage, Pitt says, “I’ll make it happen. You go make the things that you want.” Pitt expects that his future wife will be another actress (“because I like so much the people I’ve spent time with”), though his own days in front of the camera may be coming to an end. “I’ve got a few years left of a good run,” he says. “And truthfully, I’m interested in other things now. Like family.”

House of Wax’s Latest Victims

Pitt and Jolie spent the week apart, but their wax alter egos are getting cozy. Madame Tussauds in London, which had detached its Pitt and Jennifer Aniston models when the couple split, paired up Pitt and Jolie May 4 after hearing about the new union. As for Aniston, “she’s on the other side of the room,” says Tussauds rep Michael Birch. “She definitely does not have eyes for him now.”

Jennifer Recharges in London

Sometimes a vacation is just a vacation. While reports suggested that Jennifer Aniston‘s recent London trip was for reshoots on her upcoming drama Derailed(a Miramax rep says there has been no additional filming) or for production meetings with London-based Working Title Films (also denied by the company), a source close to the actress says that her May 3-8 London visit was all about R&R. With a break in Aniston’s schedule—she wrapped the comedy Rumor Has It with Mark Ruffalo last month and doesn’t start shooting the romantic comedy The Break Up, costarring Vince Vaughn, until June—the trip offered the actress a much-needed break from the paparazzi. “Jen is healing and moving on and is dedicated to enjoying her life,” says the source. “Her balance and positive outlook inspire all her friends.”

By Jason Lynch. Pete Norman and Sara Hammel in London, Susan Bell in Morocco and Julie Jordan in Los Angeles