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First Look: Brad Pitt Is "Wardaddy" In Photos From WWII Tank Movie 'Fury'

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by Edward Davis
May 2, 2014 7:14 PM
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The prolific filmmaker David Ayer has two films coming out in 2014 and he’s already hoping the second one does better. Released just a few weeks ago, his action thriller “Sabotage” tanked at the box office and maybe have pegged the fact that audiences don’t really care about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s action star comeback. After five weeks in theaters, “Sabotage” has grossed a pitiful $10 million domestically.

But Ayer has a better shot in the fall with “Fury.” Starring the pretty stellar cast of Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal, Michael Peña, Jason Isaacs, Scott Eastwood, and Alicia von Rittberg, “Fury” centers on an army sergeant named “Wardaddy” (Pitt) and a five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines in the last few months of WWII in 1945.

"I set out to make the ultimate tank movie," Ayer told People magazine who have unveiled two new photos from the film. While Pitt has done WWII before (see Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds”), Ayer insists you’ve never seen him like this. “[Brad’s] playing this badass, hard, tough, intense guy. It's a different kind of role for him.”

LaBeouf made headlines last year for unusual behavior on set that was said to perturb the other cast members, not the least of which was Pitt. But Ayer had only praise. "He's insanely good in this thing," the directed said. "He's a joy to work with and I can't wait to work with him again."

Evidently the epic shoot on the film was 68 days long and much of that inside the claustrophobic setting of a tank. "I couldn't tell you how much insurance this thing had on it – it was crazy," Ayer said. "It actually ended up performing really well. It's like the tank was happy to get out of the barn and run around. These tanks like to run hard. That's what they're built for."

Ayer's manly movies have mostly centered on cops or SWAT teams, and honestly they haven’t been that good. But thanks to strong performances by Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña, "End of Watch" turned out to be his best to date. So maybe he can forget “Sabotage” and take this one to the next level. To boot, the film has an Oscar-friendly November 14th release date. Ball's in your court, David Ayer.

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13 Comments

  • Don | May 3, 2014 11:54 AMReply

    "I set out to make the ultimate tank movie".
    It has already been made. However, IMO it's a toss up between "Sahara" and "The Beast".

  • cirkusfolk | May 3, 2014 9:34 AMReply

    I'm sorry but Ayer sucks as a director.

  • Dee | May 11, 2014 2:22 PM

    Fury co-stars three Jews (Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal, and Jason Isaacs) and one half-Jew (Shia LaBeouf), yet none of the characters are Jewish. It's the kind of impressive cast of Jewish soldiers that Brad Pitt's Inglourious Basterds should have had. Instead, Quentin Tarantino cast a bunch of unknowns, most of whom weren't even Jewish.

  • Brad | May 3, 2014 4:16 AMReply

    "I set out to make the ultimate tank movie". That's a lofty goal, but with a meathead like Ayer behind this thing, I doubt this film will surpass the likes of 'Lebanon' in terms of claustrophobia and visual style.

  • peter bonfil | June 25, 2014 7:43 PM

    Russia used same Tank Sherman M4 received under Lend Lease were among 1st to enter Berlin.

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    Ed is insanely wordy.

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