Brad Pitt Wants to Give Opportunities to Less Fortunate

March 8, 2012

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

1. humanitarian (adj.) – relating to the promotion of human well-being and human rights
Example: The organization’s humanitarian services provide people with food and shelter.

2. fortunate (adj.) – lucky or having good luck
Example: We must try to help those who are less fortunate than us.

3. revolve (v.) – to center or focus on something
Example: The story he wrote revolves around love for one’s family.

4. impression (n.) – an image or character of a person that is thought or believed by others, but may not be true
Example:  I had the impression that she would be lazy, but she is actually very hard-working.

5. hang out (idiom) – to spend time with other people
Example: He and his colleagues often hang out in karaoke bars after office hours.

Read the text below.

Brad Pitt is a Hollywood actor popular not only for his good looks and acting abilities, but also for his humanitarian work with his partner Angelina Jolie.  According to Pitt, he is motivated to do charity work because he wants to help people without opportunities.

As he travels around the world, Pitt sees how people struggle to sustain their lives. He says that the place where a person is born determines the opportunities a person can get. He finds it hard to accept that some people do not have many chances for a good life just because of where they live.

He feels fortunate, because he is in a position to lend a helping hand to others who are facing this saddening reality. Being able to help is one of the best advantages of his job, he adds.

Current social issues also influence which roles and projects he chooses. The story of his latest movie, “Moneyball”, revolves around values, failures and second chances. Pitt says that in the movie, the characters are treated as unimportant because of their background and their kinds of jobs, but they prove to be human beings with worth.

In addition, some people might have the impression that Pitt is always hanging out and drinking champagne with fellow actor and humanitarian George Clooney. But according to Clooney, it took a year before they met again at the start of the awards season last month.

Nonetheless, actors like Pitt and Clooney are serious about their humanitarian efforts. Pitt himself shows that while he plays roles in movies, he also plays a big role in the real world--by helping change people’s lives.

Viewpoint Discussion
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor. 

Discussion A

·         What do you think are the reasons why celebrities engage in charity work?
·         Do you think all celebrities should do charity work? Why or why not?

Discussion B

·         Can you think of someone whose personality is different from what you first expected? How has your impression of that person changed?
·         Is there any harm when people always try to maintain a good impression? Please explain your answer further.


March 8, 2012