Fury, the spectacular new film from writer-director David Ayer, starring Brad Pitt as a Second World War tank commander, was selected to close the London Film Festival last night.
Brad Pitt had a special guest at the European premiere of his latest film ‘Fury’ last night. The 50-year-old actor was joined by 91-year-old Peter Comfort who helped coach the cast on life in a Sherman tank during World War Two. The veteran, who served in the 13/18th Royal Hussars, admitted that when he was first contacted about the film, he didn’t know who Brad Pitt was.
Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena and Logan Lerman were among the stars attending the European premiere of Fury, a new war drama directed by David Ayer at the Odeon Leicester Square.
The thriller follows Brad Pitt’s battle-hardened US army sergeant “Wardaddy” as he leads a five-man tank crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines in Germany, 1945. Joining him in the tank are Shia LaBeouf as the religious gunner; Michael Peña, as the driver; Jon Bernthal as the loader; and Logan Lerman as the youngest and greenest member of the team.
Fury is a labour of love for Ayer, whose previous films include the police thrillers End of Watch, Street Kings and Harsh Times. Aiming to make “the ultimate tank movie”, he secured the loan of one of the few remaining German Tiger tanks from the Bovington Tank Museum, in Dorset.
If early reviews are any indication, Ayer’s quest for authenticity has paid off. Robbie Collin compared Fury to the work of Sam Peckinpah and Samuel Fuller, praising the film’s depiction of “the kind of war that doesn’t get talked about during peacetime”.