Brad Pitt opened up to GQ for it’s August cover story about the quest to unearth buried treasure on the thousand-acre estate in Provence, France, that he bought with ex-wife Angelina Jolie in 2008.
On the site where he produces the hugely successful wine Château Miraval, Pitt told the magazine he was informed that millions of dollars worth of gold dating back to the Crusades was buried somewhere on the estate.
“I got obsessed,” Pitt said. “Like for a year, this was all I could think about, just the excitement of it all.”
The Oscar winner said that he bought radar equipment and began surveying the property for the treasure.
“Maybe it has something to do with where I grew up, because in the Ozark Mountains there were always stories of hidden caches of gold,” he said.
However, it was all a lie. It turned out the man who told him about the gold was only trying to get Pitt to invest in a radar company.
Pitt admitted it was “pretty foolish in the end.”
“It was just the hunt that was exciting,” he said.
Pitt and Jolie were married on the property in 2014. The site, which they purchased for $67 million, was a sticking point in their divorce settlement.
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