On-set fury! Brad Pitt admitted to British GQ in its November 2014 issue that tensions flared on the set of his new World War II movie, Fury. In fact, he recalled when he and Shia LaBeouf nearly started a fight with Scott Eastwood, after the rookie actor spat tobacco on their tank.
“We were driving down the road, I’m in the turret, Shia is at the other turret, and Scott is on the back, spitting juice,” Angelina Jolie‘s husband, 50, recalled of Clint Eastwood‘s son, 28. “And I’m starting to get pissed off, I’m starting to get hot, because this is our home, he’s disrespecting our home, you know? So I said, in the scene with the cameras rolling, ‘You’re going to clean that (bleep) up.'”
The A-list actor, in that tense moment, was backed by his 28-year-old costar LaBeouf. “Shia clocks it, and you have to understand, we’ve been through severe boot camp already; we’ve been through a lot in this tank,” Pitt reasoned. “Shia saw it and felt the same — he’s disrespecting our home. So Shia had the same reaction I did and started having some words.”
With LaBeouf involved and cameras rolling, Pitt felt the need to mediate the heated scenario — only to realize later that it was his own fault. “I had to get in after the cameras were rolling and explain it to Scotty,” Pitt said. “The funny thing is, when we got home at the end of the day and read the script, it said Scotty’s character is ‘chewing tobacco and spitting it on the back of the tank.’ He was just doing as instructed in the script! So we were the knobs in the end….”
LaBeouf joining the argument was not Pitt’s only mention of his colleague. The father of six also praised the former Disney star for his commitment to acting. “Oh, I love this boy,” Pitt said of LaBeouf. “He’s one of the best actors I’ve ever seen. 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.”
Eastwood also seems to have moved past the incident. The hunky newcomer told Town & Country in its February 2014 issue that he looked up to the beloved Hollywood actor. “[Pitt is] a kind and humble person, which is everything in this world,” Eastwood told the mag. “He’s a great actor, but because he’s proactive about developing material and getting stuff made.” (His comments were made after the cast and crew wrapped production on the war drama in London.)
Pitt told British GQ that he’s super hands-on about choosing work — to the point that he’s constantly rejecting offers. “I’m actually very snobbish about directors,” the Curious Case of Benjamin Button lead confessed. “I have to say no all the time. ‘No’ is the most powerful word in our business. You’ve got to protect yourself… To leave home, it’s got to be worth leaving. It’s got to be worth it.”