The actor researches a role (and sees an old frat brother) while Angelina visits Condi

By Natasha Stoynoff
September 24, 2007 06:00 AM
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Not since Robert Redford played Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward in All The President’s Men has political journalism ever looked so good.

In Washington to research his film role as an investigative reporter in the upcoming thriller, State of Play, Brad Pitt paid a visit to The Washington Post‘s newsroom on Friday and sent the hearts of hard-nosed scribes aflutter.

“It was like angels singing,” the paper reported one female employee as saying. She had made eye contact with Pitt during his four-hour tour of the newsroom with State director Kevin McDonald.

Pitt also caught up with someone from his past – investigative reporter James Grimaldi, who was Pitt’s Sigma Chi frat brother at the University of Missouri, the Post reports.

As Pitt toured the newspaper offices, Angelina Jolie was elsewhere in D.C., taking meetings with Colin Powell and then with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to discuss her recent trips to Iraq and Syria, Jolie’s rep said.

Pitt, 43, dressed up for his tour – pairing his gray tweed cap with blue slacks and a tan blazer and white, button-down shirt (no tie) in lieu of his usual blue jeans and T-shirt. He reportedly waved and said hello to employees who halted work to glimpse the star.

State of Play, which costars Edward Norton, is a Washington-based drama about two journalists trying to solve a murder of a political staffer, the film’s production supervisor said. It is based on the BBC miniseries of the same name and is set to begin shooting in November.

In the meantime, Pitt is living in Manhattan and shooting scenes for the Coen Brothers’ movie, Burn After Reading, with George Clooney – assuming Clooney, who had a motorcyle mishap in New Jersey on Friday, is recovered in time. The streets of Brooklyn, reports, will double for the streets of the Washington suburb of Georgetown.

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