Brad Pitt has starred in some pretty macho gun-baring roles. For example, in his latest film Fury, he stars as Wardaddy, a commander of a Sherman tank crew. But in his own life, he’s pretty used to handling weapons, too.
Pitt revealed during a recent interview with Radio Times magazine that he got his first weapon when he was just a kid.
“There’s a rite of passage where I grew up inheriting your ancestors’ weapons,” he told the publication via the Daily Mail. “My brother got my dad’s. I got my grandfather’s shotgun when I was in kindergarten.”
In fact, guns were such a big part of the Oklahoma-born, Missouri-raised actor’s life that he was first given an air gun. He then received a shotgun when he was 6 years old. By the time he was 8, he had fired a handgun.
But Pitt has always had a deep respect for his use of weapons.
“The positive is that my father instilled in me a profound and deep respect for the weapon,” he explained.
Speaking of his latest film Fury, which is written and directed by David Ayer — and sees Pitt star alongside Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman — the dad-of-six revealed that his oldest son, Maddox, whom he shares with wife Angelina Jolie, was very knowledgeable about his film (which was shot in South East England).
“Maddox knows so much about tanks that when we first started on the movie, I was asking him for information,” Pitt confessed.