"A great idea" for a "great mother," Pitt calls his costar's choice

By Sara Hammel
Updated September 19, 2007 06:00 AM
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Brad Pitt, who this week joked he’d like to expand his family of four children to at least nine, has given his stamp of approval to costar Mary-Louise Parker’s decision to adopt a child from Africa.

“I haven’t spoken to her since I’ve heard that,” Pitt admitted to PEOPLE Tuesday at the New York premiere of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. But, he says, “I think that’s a great idea!”

“She’s a great mother, she graced our film, came in and did a really lovely part for us,” Pitt said, lighting up when discussing the subject of adoption. “She had her little boy out and she was a really lovely mother.”

Weeds star Parker’s reps confirmed the adoption exclusively to PEOPLE on Monday after being spotted with her new daughter over the weekend. Parker, 43, also has a 3-year-old son, Will, with actor Billy Crudup, 39.

Pitt, 43, will know a lot about what she s going through. He and partner Angelina Jolie have four kids, three of whom were adopted and all of whom were born in Asia or Africa: Maddox, 6, Pax, 3, Zahara, 2, and Shiloh, 1.

Pitt showed up at the premiere with Jolie, and the pair – sans kids – affectionately laughed and whispered to each other during photos while Jolie’s hand rubbed Pitt’s back.

Pitt, who won the best-actor award at the Venice Film Festival this year for his role as Jesse James, was coy when asked about Oscar buzz for his portrayal of James.

“I think it’s far too early to be buzzing,” he said with a smile.

He also raved about life in Manhattan, where his brood has been living recently.

“We love Manhattan,” Pitt said. “I wish we could move a little more freely, but it’s one of the great cities of the world.”

Parker was the final cast member to arrive at the premiere. She posed for photos in her green strapless Alberto Ferretti dress, but did not stop to talk to reporters.

Reporting by LAURA HAHN

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