Ongoing social movements across Brazil have led to the cancellation of Brad Pitt‘s trip to the country in support of World War Z. Protests have been raging for the past week in the South American nation over issues including a hike in public transport fares, political corruption and what’s seen as excessive spending in advance of next year’s World Cup soccer tournament and the 2016 Olympics. Pitt and director Marc Forster were understood to be due in Rio for a screening of the film today, but Paramount issued a statement saying, “In light of the current and ongoing events taking place in Brazil, we will not proceed with red carpet arrivals” for the film. Paramount said it will instead “offer fans of the film a screening of the movie.” The studio added, “Everyone involved with World War Z send their respect and goodwill toward the people of Brazil at this time of national unrest.”
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