It's hard to imagine not knowing who Brad Pitt is, but a 90-year-old WWII veteran named Peter Comfort had NO clue! That is, until the actor himself personally invited him to the set of his latest action film Fury, in which Brad will portray an American commander of an amphibious Sherman tank. Comfort admitted, "Mr. Pitt was very friendly and charming actually, but I didn't know who he was. I said to him, 'Until last night I didn't have a clue who you were and then I Googled you and you've been in quite a lot of films.'" Ha! How wild is that? Love it!
Brad wanted to pick the veteran's brain, because he's the last survivor of a World War II Sherman tank regiment. At just 21 years old, Peter Comfort landed at Sword Beach on D-Day -- June 6, 1944 -- with the tanks going into the water 500 yards from the shore, something the Germans had not seen before.
So clearly, while he may not have been familiar with Brad, Peter knows a thing or two about the subject matter of the film.
The veteran told the Daily Mail:
[They] wanted to know where we slept, where we spent a penny, the living conditions and what it was like in action, so I told them. I don't like to talk about it because I saw too many people killed, but Mr. Pitt was very nice, and I will be interested to see the film.
Aww, so cool! This is exactly the kind of thing that gives me hope that extremely valuable history we need to preserve won't be lost. While I can completely understand him not wanting to talk too much about the war, Comfort must realize his experience is downright invaluable. Brad and everyone involved in this film were beyond lucky to have him on set and offer details, stories, and knowledge that will surely help make Fury even more accurate -- and in turn, a valuable resource for generations to come.
Check out this video for more details on Comfort's visit to the film set in Hertfordshire, England ...
How great is this?!
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