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Conservationist to be played by Brad Pitt in new film asks for less sexy script

Aislinn Lang Johannesburg

Angelina Jolie has been asked to tone down the sex and violence in a film she is making about an African conservationist, who fears he will not be able to watch it with his grandchildren.

Richard Leakey, the palaeoanthropologist known for his discoveries of important hominid fossils in East Africa, said he feared that his request might deter Jolie's husband, Brad Pitt, from playing him, as planned.

"I have a reputation for having had a fairly full life, but not nearly as full as that," Mr Leakey said, referring to the first version of Jolie's script. "Brad may not like the new script, he was the one having a good time. He might not like the new role - that doesn't have as much action."

Mr Leakey (70) has led a varied life, from finding fame with his fossil-hunting expeditions, which discovered remains of some of the earliest humans, to fighting against elephant poaching and narrowly escaping death in a plane crash.

The second of three sons born to palaeoanthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey in Kenya, he entered the family trade at 16 and in the 1970s appeared on the cover of 'Time' magazine. His discovery of KNM-ER 1470, a 1.9 million-year-old skull made him world-renowned.

He has been married twice, has had two kidney transplants and one liver transplant, and lost both legs below the knee in the light aircraft crash in 1993. There were suspicions that sabotage might have been involved in the crash, because of Mr Leakey's tireless campaigning against corruption and poaching.

Irish Independent

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