Brad Pitt suits up for Ad Astra screening in Washington, D.C. as he reveals he'll 'abstain' from Oscar campaigning

He's busy promoting his space drama Ad Astra ahead of its opening in movie theatres on Friday.

And on Monday night, Brad Pitt's publicity tour took him to a special screening of the film in Washington, D.C.

The actor, 55, was joined at the event by his co-star Tommy Lee Jones and director James Gray.

Back on the red carpet: Brad Pitt's publicity tour for his new movie Ad Astra took him to a special screening of the film in Washington, D.C., on Monday night

Back on the red carpet: Brad Pitt's publicity tour for his new movie Ad Astra took him to a special screening of the film in Washington, D.C., on Monday night

Pitt, who these days is sporting a neatly trimmed graying goatee, wore a black two-piece suit with a white shirt unbuttoned at the collar.

In Ad Astra, Pitt stars as an astronaut sent out into space to find his long lost father, a renegade scientist who disappeared years before and whose actions now endanger the universe. 

The father is played by Jones, 73, in his first big screen appearance in a couple of years.

The veteran actor paired a pinstripe suit with a white shirt and colorful patterned tie for the occasion. 

Stars: Pitt, 55, was joined at the event by his co-star Tommy Lee Jones, 73. The pair looked dapper in dark suits and shiny shoes as they posed for photos

Stars: Pitt, 55, was joined at the event by his co-star Tommy Lee Jones, 73. The pair looked dapper in dark suits and shiny shoes as they posed for photos

In Ad Astra, Pitt stars as an astronaut sent into space to find his long lost father
Jones plays his scientist dad who disappeared years before and whose actions now endanger the universe

Drama: In Ad Astra, Pitt stars as an astronaut, left, sent into space to find his long lost father, a renegade scientist played by Jones, right, who disappeared years before and whose actions now endanger the universe

Space-themed adventure: The film's director James Gray was also on hand for the screening at National Geographic Museum's Grosvenor Auditorium

Space-themed adventure: The film's director James Gray was also on hand for the screening at National Geographic Museum's Grosvenor Auditorium

Pitt has been making himself very much available for interviews and appearances as he re-emerges from a self-imposed exile following his split from Angelina Jolie. 

Ad Astra is his second high-profile theatrical release this year, following on from Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood that premiered at Cannes and proved a box office hit when it arrived in theatres in July.

However, Pitt told EW.com in an interview published Monday, that he has no plans to pound the Hollywood awards circuit in support of either movie.

He's been nominated three times for an Oscar for acting and won one for his role as a producer of best motion picture winner 12 Years A Slave.

But, he tells EW, he's not interested in pursuing personal awards glory. 

'Oh, man. I’m gonna abstain,' he replied when asked about campaigning. 

'I mean, you never know, and it’s really nice when your number comes up. But the goal is for the film to land, to speak to someone whether it’s now or a decade from now,' Pitt explained. 'I find chasing it actually a disservice to the purity of your telling a story, and a shackling thing to focus on.'

Plans to 'abstain': Pitt told EW.com in an interview published Monday that he has no plans to pound the Hollywood awards circuit in support of Ad Astra or Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Plans to 'abstain': Pitt told EW.com in an interview published Monday that he has no plans to pound the Hollywood awards circuit in support of Ad Astra or Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

He's back: Ad Astra is his second high-profile theatrical release this year, following on from Quentin Tarantino's film that proved a box office hit when it arrived in theatres in July

He's back: Ad Astra is his second high-profile theatrical release this year, following on from Quentin Tarantino's film that proved a box office hit when it arrived in theatres in July

 

 

 

Brad Pitt suits up for Ad Astra screening in as he reveals he'll 'abstain' from Oscar campaigning

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