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Pitt in Berlin for Troy premiere
Brad Pitt at Troy premiere
Pitt said he was pleased to be in Berlin for the premiere
Brad Pitt delighted fans at the world premiere of his new film Troy, which opened in Berlin on Sunday.

The actor, who plays Achilles in the epic sword-and-sandals tale, signed autographs and posed for pictures on the red carpet.

Other stars of the film, including Hulk star Eric Bana and Diane Kruger, who plays Helen, also attended.

A 10-metre high wooden horse had been built outside the cinema in Potsdamer Platz to celebrate the film opening.

The eagerly-anticipated film, directed by Germany's Wolfgang Petersen, is inspired by Homer's epic poem The Iliad.

'Cloud nine'

In the film Paris, Prince of Troy (Orlando Bloom) sparks war between Greece and Troy when he steals Helen, Queen of Sparta (Kruger), away from her husband, King Menelaus.

Speaking at the premiere, Pitt said: "It's a great feeling. It's my first time to Berlin, and, you know, I have no idea what people are into here. It's really exciting."

German actress Diane Kruger, a relative newcomer to Hollywood, said she was "on cloud nine" and expressed her delight at being involved in the film.

Brad Pitt in Troy

Pitt told the BBC it had been a privilege to play the part of Achilles. He said: "First and foremost, for me, he was a man of experience, a man that did not operate from any dogma or belief system.

"He was strictly about experience and took this to the extreme, whether it be for great success or great ruin."

Speaking at a press conference in Berlin, Pitt, who earned a reported 15m to star in the film, said he thought 'the skirt look' he adopted in the film would catch on among trendsetters.

He said: "Men will be wearing skirts by next summer. This is my prediction and proclamation."

Pitt also admitted it was ironic he had injured his Achilles tendon while making the movie in Malta and Mexico.

"Maybe it was the Gods getting angry with me," he joked.

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