LAST SUMMER, WHILE BRAD PITT
was doing a scene on the set of the forthcoming film Sleepers
, Dustin Hoffman decided to take a peek through the camera's viewfinder to see what all the fuss was about. "Can you believe anybody's that good-looking?" he muttered in smiling appreciation. "Next to that kid, we all look like onions." Or maybe chopped liver. Leave it to old-guard Hollywood to mull, facelifts and eye tucks. At 32, Brad Pitt
is swimming youthfully against the tide. He broke hearts by chopping off his flowing hair for Seven
. In Twelve Monkeys
, he covered his baby blues with brown contacts to play a spittle-covered psycho. So, considering what the good Lord gave him when faces were being handed out, why does Pitt insist on trying to hide his light under a barrel? "He's Brad," says Seven costar Morgan Freeman. "He's not anybody else." Somehow, the six-footer with the killer smile is going to have to find a way to live with his appeal. Melissa Etheridge, who ought to know, said he could make a gay woman change her mind. And Seven producer Arnold Kopelson vividly recalls his first meeting with Pitt: "My heart skipped a beat, he was so gorgeous. And I'm a heterosexual." Sorry, folks. Pitt's heart belongs to ethereal actress Gwyneth Paltrow
, 23, whom Brad calls "my angel." It's sure going to be hell for the rest of us.