Pitt hints at death penalty for people behind oil spill

London: Brad Pitt has hinted that he feels the executives responsible for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill earlier this year deserve the death penalty.

The `Inglourious Basterds` star has spoken out against those behind the oil rig explosion in April in a new documentary `If God is Willing and Da Creek Don`t Rise`, Contactmusic reported.

Of the people responsible for the disaster, the 46-year-old actor says, "I was never for the death penalty before - I am willing to look at it again."

The oil spill, which caused the worst environmental disaster in US history with millions of gallons of oil flooding into the sea, happened after an explosion on the BP operated Deepwater Horizon rig.

It resulted in the decimation of wildlife and habitat of marine and coastal animals, as well as loss of livelihood for many fishermen and other people who depend of the area for work.

Pitt`s comments are at the end of the documentary, filmed by Spike Lee, about the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. It is the closest major US city to the Deepwater rig and after the oil spill in April, the director extended the programme to include the effects of it in the film.

"This would have been a much more upbeat documentary for sure," Lee said.

An estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico during the 87-day spill. An operation to seal the leak will not be completed until next month.


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