Fury

Drama film

April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the , a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men ­­­­face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of .

Kevin Vance and David Rae were the military advisors primarily responsible for working with the actors to make them into credible tankers. Among their other duties, Vance and Rae created a bootcamp for the five lead actors.

Kevin Vance and David Rae were the military advisors primarily responsible for working with the actors to make them into credible tankers. Among their other duties, Vance and Rae created a bootcamp for the five lead actors.

Leading the men of the Fury, written and directed by , is Don Collier – better known by his war name, Wardaddy. The role is played by Brad Pitt. “Wardaddy is representative of the backbone of the army – sergeants and NCOs really hold the army together,” Ayer says.

Shia LaBeouf takes on the role of Boyd Swan. “He's the gunner and basically the second-in-command of the Fury,” says the actor. LaBeouf was also inspired by working with David Ayer. “David has a wild history of his own, and he shares it with you and he listens. He's our Patton – he's kind of crazy, which is perfect,” he says.

After collaborating with actor Michael Peña on the film End of Watch, Ayer created the role of the tank's driver, Trini Garcia, especially for Peña. “I believe around 350,000 Mexican-Americans served in World War II, many of them as drivers in the Armored Corps,” Ayer notes.

Fury was shot over twelve weeks in the fields of Oxfordshire and at Bovingdon Airfield in Hertfordshire. According to producer John Lesher, a number of practical conveniences brought the production to . “First, there's an amazing crew base, so that was a good place to start,” he says. “But there's also an amazing amount of assets in England – tanks, armored vehicles, both German and American. Finally, the light in England – that beautiful northern light – and the weather was a good match for Germany. For all of these reasons, England became the ideal place.

The only location which had limited mud was the German town set that Menzies built on a runway at Bovingdon Airfield in Hertfordshire. Menzies studied of German towns to incorporate appropriate architectural details – shutters, wood and plasterwork – into his build.

Director of Photography Roman Vasyanov, who previously collaborated with writer-director David Ayer on End of Watch, notes that this film took a very different approach to the photography. Where End of Watch was inspired by documentary-style filmmaking, Fury would be much more classical in its methods. The entire movie was shot on film and not digitally.

Production Designer Andrew Menzies was charged with realizing Ayer's vision for the authentic look of the film. “I didn't feel this movie was about design; It was about reproducing history,” says Menzies.

Share this article: Fury

Facebook
LinkedIn
WhatsApp
Pinterest
Twitter
Email

MORE TOPICS

The Muppets

The Muppets is a comedy film from Walt Disney Pictures directed by James Bobin. The script was written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller, the writer-director team behind the 2008 film Forgetting Sarah Marshall. James Bobin is directing the film and Bret McKenzie has written the film’s songs. It is the seventh theatrically released feature film to star The Muppets.

By the Sea

In its style and its treatment of themes of the human experience, By the Sea starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie is reminiscent of European cinema and theater of the ’60s and ’70s—with its concentrated, lean storytelling style, spare dialogue and intimate, often disquieting atmosphere.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Close Encounters of the Third Kindis a 1977 science fiction film written and directed by Steven Spielberg. The film stars Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, Bob Balaban, and Cary Guffey. It tells the story of Roy Neary, a lineman in Indiana, whose life changes after he has an encounter with an unidentified flying object (UFO).

Robert Pattinson

Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson is an English actor, model, musician, and producer. He was named one of the “Sexiest Men Alive” by People magazine. GQ and Glamour both named him the “Best Dressed Man” of 2010, with GQ stating, “Extremely elegant and inspiring, the true essence of a contemporary man.”

Exodus: Gods and Kings

From acclaimed director Ridley Scott comes the epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings, the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Christian Bale stars as Moses, alongside Joel Edgerton as Ramses and Zipporah is portrayed by Maria Valverde.

The Dilemma, directed by Ron Howard, tells a story about a man discovers that his best friend's wife is having an affair.

The Dilemma

The Dilemma is a comedy film written by Allan Loeb and directed by Ron Howard. The film is Howard’s first comedy film since 2000’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. It stars Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder, Channing Tatum, and Queen Latifah.