• x011 September 08 – The London Polo Club – London, UK.
• x009 September 08 – The London Polo Club – London, UK.
STAFF at a romantic Wester Ross retreat took it in their stride when a mystery man on a motorcycle pitched up at the front door.
It wasn’t until he removed his helmet that it dawned on them they were playing host to one of Hollywood’s hottest heart-throbs, Brad Pitt. The leading man, one half of Tinseltown’s most glamorous couple, arrived at the luxurious Pool House getaway at Poolewe alone astride a borrowed BMW following an epic road trip.
The superstar, who has been filming a zombie move in Glasgow, was so “blown away” by the Highland scenery that he decided to grab a few precious hours in the area incognito to drink in its splendour.
Reported sightings of Pitt in the Gairloch area had set tongues wagging in the normally quiet Wester Ross community.
His partner, Angelina Jolie, was understood to be in the Netherlands at the time fulfilling duties in her role as a UN goodwill ambassador. The couple and their large family had been a frenzied focus of photographers from around the world while Pitt was filming in Glasgow.
While the award-winning Pool House is regularly listed amongst the most romantic retreats in the country, it was where the 47-year-old star of films including Fight Club and Seven Years in Tibet chose for some quiet time alone.
But his arrival even came as a surprise to owner Elizabeth Miles. Confirming the rumours yesterday, she told the Journal, “Yes, he did stay here on Saturday.
“He arrived on his motorbike we didn’t even know who it was. He was booked in under a false name. We didn’t know who it was until he took his motorcycle helmet off.”
A ROYAL NAVY navigator said meeting Brad Pitt when the star was shooting World War Z aboard the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Argus “wasn’t too shabby”.
Steven McMenemy, 31, from Falkirk, Stirlingshire, was joined by the actor and the rest of the cast and crew of Pitt’s new zombie flick.
Paramount Pictures had asked the Ministry of Defence if one of their ships could be used to play the role of a helicopter carrier.
The ship’s crew at first thought the request was a “wind-up” by commanding officer Captain Kehoe.
But when RFA Argus returned to the UK after an anti-piracy patrol, film location scouts were already waiting on the jetty.
A few days later the ship was told that World War Z director Marc Forster was impressed and wanted to film on the Argus.
Mr McMenemy, the ship’s navigator, was appointed host of the film crew and sat next to the director while the scenes were shot.
He said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the cast and crew of World War Z. It has given me an unprecedented level of behind-the-scenes access and I have enjoyed seeing how it all comes together.
“The major highlight must be sharing daily banter with the director Marc Forster, as I had a seat right next to him on every scene.
“But it wasn’t too shabby to meet Brad Pitt and the rest of the actors. The bizarre thing was that once he’d walked by a few times, everyone got very blase about it and he was just another actor walking back and forth.