It isn’t a secret that Brad Pitt and his wife Angelina Jolie are shooting enthusiasts, but Pitt likely blew the minds of the more fragile and flighty set when he revealed during an interview about his World War II movie Fury that he was shooting air guns since he was in nursery school, and was the owner of his first shotgun in kindergarten:
The 50-year-old told Radio Times magazine in a recent interview that he’s grown up with guns.
‘There’s a rite of passage where I grew up inheriting your ancestors’ weapons,’ he told the publication.
‘My brother got my dad’s. I got my grandfather’s shotgun when I was in kindergarten.’
In fact, so much so was the tradition, that Pitt owned his first air gun when he was in nursery, received his shotgun when he was six and had fired a handgun by the time he was eight.
He told the magazine: ‘The positive is that my father instilled in me a profound and deep respect for the weapon.’
Pitt is a far cry from Hollywood hypocrites that are more than happy to spill gallons of virtual blood glorifying violence on the silver screen and in television, while cheering for gun control from behind their bodyguards off camera.
As an aside, I’m something of a WWII history geek, and think that it is quite cool that two of the costars of the film are a M4A3E8 “Easy Eight” Sherman named Fury for the film, and Tiger 131, an early Tiger tank captured in Tunisia that is the last operation Tiger in the world.