Pitt and Lee related

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Brad Pitt and Spike Lee are apparently distant cousins.

Genealogy website Geni.com appears to have uncovered the relationship between the Hollywood heavyweights, releasing a family tree that manages to connect the pair as 12th cousins.

According to the break-down analyzed by TMZ, Brad’s “great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather” was the brother of Spike’s “great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother”.

It’s unclear if the men know about the connection.

The pair are known to be friends in the business, and were recently seen chatting it up at the Governors Ball in Los Angeles.

The filmmakers worked together on Spike’s 2010 documentary about Hurricane Katrina, which slammed the Gulf Coast in 2005.

Spike praised Brad’s humanitarian work following the release, after the actor formed his Make It Right Foundation and began constructing homes in New Orleans, Louisiana for those misplaced by the storm.

He compared the actor to fellow humanitarian Sean Penn, who is leading his own relief efforts in earthquake-ravaged Haiti, dubbing the men “great Americans”.

“I don’t know why people criticize Brad and Sean. They’re doing it out of their heart. They’re not making any money. They’re doing it. And they’re helping people of color,” Spike said.

“Maybe that’s why they’re being criticized, who knows. But they’re great Americans, great people. And I had no problems giving them some love in this piece.”

Spike’s 2010 documentary If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise followed the progress in New Orleans after Katrina.

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