Brad Pitt to visit MU for Kerry film

Monday, October 18, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:58 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

Actor Brad Pitt will make an MU homecoming of his own this week.

Pitt will attend a showing of “Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry” Wednesday night, hosted by the MU College Democrats. Director George Butler also will attend.

The showing is set for 6 p.m. in Jesse Auditorium at MU.

MU College Democrats President Caleb Lewis said Pitt’s visit was confirmed Saturday, but final details are still being planned. Lewis said those details should be worked out this morning.

“It sounds like it’s now 100 percent,” Lewis said.

Pitt grew up in Springfield and attended MU. Todd McCubbin, interim executive director of the MU Alumni Association, said this marks Pitt’s first visit to MU in the nine years he has been at the university.

McCubbin said he expects the actor’s visit to create a lot of excitement on campus and throughout the city, especially during Homecoming Week.

“It’s big news,” McCubbin said.

Lewis said he hopes the event will draw attention to the documentary, which describes Kerry’s Navy tour of duty in Vietnam and his contributions to the peace movement afterward.

“I’m extremely excited about it,” Lewis said.

“I think it will be one of the best opportunities we’ve had on campus since I’ve been here. It’ll be great to have him back on campus.”

Lewis said he thinks the event will be free and open to the public.

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