Movie Review: Fury
Brad Pitt leads a tank crew into Germany in the dying days of World War Two in this intense and gory thriller. Told through the eyes of new recruit Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman, seen recently in The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Fury depicts a fierce battle for survival as the five men take on 300 German troops when a mission behind enemy lines goes awry.
Over a week of filming, the cast endured a “boot camp” of brutality to help them portray the despair experienced by their characters. Speaking to the UK’s Express newspaper, Pitt said: “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.”
Ordered by director David Ayer to beat each other up, Brad repeatedly kicked cast member Jon Bernthal in the nuts, while costar Shia LaBeouf refused to wash, slashed his own face and even had a tooth removed to help him get into character. While the bizarre behaviour prompted many to voice concerns for Shia’s mental health, Brad praised the actor’s dedication, enthusing to British GQ magazine: “He’s full-on commitment, man. He’s living it like no one else, let me tell you.
“I’ve been fortunate to work with a lot of great actors. He’s one of the best I’ve seen.”