Brad Pitt will appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated's September 26 issue, and will place him among a number of non-athletes featured on the magazine cover over the years.
Pitt stars in the upcoming movie "Moneyball, in which he portrays Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane. The GM's success at pulling together a winning baseball is thought to be a turning point in baseball history--one that has stirred considerable debate about the use of computer-generated computer analytics to draft players.
Sport's Illustrated lists the Celebrities on the Cover of SI, in which the actor joins a group of celebrities who have certain ties to athletics through their work or personal lives. Such stars include actors Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale, comedians Bob Hope and Steven Colbert, and presidents John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton. Some of the most famous non-jocks featured on the cover are the swimsuit models who appear annually after the Super Bowl.
Ironically, Pitt admits that he has little knowledge of baseball, having never played or followed it. His lack of involvement in the sport will keep him from the SI "cover curse", but hopefully for Pitt and the rest of the "Moneyball" clan, will have no effect on the movie's performance at the box office.