Hollywood descends on France as Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves and Patrick Dempsey hit Le Mans

Brad Pitt indulged his love of cars as the official starter at the 24 Hours of Le Mans classic on Saturday.

The Hollywood star got the race under way, but the weather in France was not the best.

Brad stood in the middle of the track and held a French flag as the race began in pouring rain. The 60 cars were forced to start behind the safety car.

Actor Brad Pitt at the 24 Hours Of Le Mans race (Kamil Zihnioglu/AP)
Actor Brad Pitt at the 24 Hours Of Le Mans race (Kamil Zihnioglu/AP)

The 24 Hours of Le Mans race has been held annually since 1923 and attracts petrol heads and celebrities in equal measure. In the 1970s, Hollywood's Paul Newman took to the famous Circuit de la Sarthe track.

Actor Patrick Dempsey, soon to be seen on screen in Bridget Jones's Baby, is also in attendance. In 2015, he took part in the race and steered his Porsche 911 to second place.

The keen motor sport fan also raced in 2009, 2013 and 2014.

Actors Keanu Reeves, Jason Statham and Jackie Chan have also been spotted at the world renowned endurance race.

Brad's wife Angelina Jolie Pitt recently revealed their six children are learning a total of seven languages between them, including Arabic, Russian and sign language.

The 41-year-old actress has three children, Shiloh, 10, and twins Vivienne and Knox, seven, with Brad, and has adopted Maddox, 14, from Cambodia, Pax, 12, from Vietnam, and Zahara, 11, from Ethiopia.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have six children (Jordan Strauss/Invision)

During her BBC Radio 4 interview she said none of the children were interested in acting, but all had a penchant for languages.

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