Brad Pitt back in China after reported ban over Tibet film

SHANGHAI: Brad Pitt has made his first promotional appearance for a movie in China since reportedly being banned over a film about Tibet almost 20 years ago.

He spent 40 minutes giving autographs to Chinese fans on Monday and 20 minutes at a tightly controlled media event promoting his latest movie.

The Chinese government reportedly didn’t like his 1997 film “Seven Years in Tibet” because of its portrayal of harsh Chinese rule in Tibet.

Reporters were not allowed to ask questions at the event in Shanghai held to publicize the World War II romantic thriller “Allied.” Interest is high in his recent divorce from Angelina Jolie Pitt.

He visited China two years ago to accompany his wife, who was on a publicity tour, but kept a very low profile.-AP