Brad Pitt showed he knows how to be neighbourly when he threw friend Matthew McConaughey a beer from his balcony in New Orleans.

The Hollywood star was soaking up some sun when he spotted his actor friend on the balcony across the street.

Brad caught Matthew's attention and the pair waved to each other.

Brad then disappeared into the house before emerging with a cold brew, which he tossed to Matthew.

Matt, wearing a t-shirt and orange sunglasses, reached up and caught the drink as it sailed over.

The Dallas Buyer's Club star clearly appreciated the gesture, as he was later photographed sipping from the can as he chatted to footballer Drew Brees.

Brad and Matthew were both in New Orleans for charity - Brad for an event for the Make It Right Foundation, which he attended with fiancee Angelina Jolie, and Matt for a gala in aid of the Just Keep Livin' Foundation and the Brees Dream Foundation.