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Brad Pitt loses beard for “Moneyball” role

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: To some, the big news might be that Brad Pitt finally shaved that scraggly, unkempt patch of facial hair he’d been sporting for some time now. Maybe things are different in the South of France, where Pitt resides with Angelina Jolie and their brood. But here in the States, the vagabond look went out with grunge-metal acts of the mid-1990s.

To me, the bigger reason is WHY Pitt shaved his beard. He’s (finally) prepping to play Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland A’s baseball team, in the film adaptation of the winning novel, “Moneyball.”

The project has lingered in development hell for some time, with Pitt’s friend and frequent collaborator Steven Soderbergh circling it before eventually giving away to Bennett Miller, Oscar nominated director of “Capote.”

Joining Pitt in the sports drama will be “Capote” star Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jonah Hill and Robin Wright. The ever-reliable EarSucker.com has a grainy photo of a clean-shaven Pitt.

Yep. He looks just like a young Robert Redford.

“Moneyball” should be in theaters next year.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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