Brad Pitt is set to ship off to World War Two again this Friday in “Fury” (review here). Instead of killing Nazis with his band of Basterds, this time he’s commanding of band of brothers in a tank named Fury. The latest film from writer-director David Ayer (“End of Watch,” “Training Day“), “Fury” tracks Don “Wardaddy” Collier (Pitt) and his four-man crew on an incredibly dangerous Sherman tank mission behind enemy lines, with Michael Peña, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal, and Shia LaBeouf rounding out the crew.
But the hardship the men of “Fury” face in the film wasn’t just imaginary, reports Express. As part of their training, the actors had to eat, sleep, and crap in a tank, endure boot camp training from NAVY Seals, and fight one another. Bernthal recalls, “we’re a group of actors that range from age 50 to 20, you know? Some of us have been fighting our whole lives, some of us have never been in a fight in our lives. And we’re brought together, put in a ring and told to fight each other.”
Pitt remembers the extreme preparation the group went through to get ready for their roles. “It was set up to break us down, to keep us cold, to keep us exhausted, to make us miserable, to keep us wet, make us eat cold food. And if our stuff wasn’t together, we had to pay for it with physical forfeits. We’re up at five in the morning, we’re doing night watches on the hour.”
And it’s of little surprise that the “not famous anymore” LaBeouf took it the furthest, having a dentist pull out one of his teeth and abstaining from bathing during production.
Audiences will find out if the group’s efforts were worth it when the film opens Friday, October 17.