The Horrors of War: Behind the Scenes of FURY
By Rachal Marquez, Contributing Writer
Can meaningful relationships be forged and held in the midst of circumstances as brutal as war?
FURY, which hits theaters this Friday, Oct. 17, tells the story of the crew of an Allied Sherman tank on their mission behind enemy lines during World War II. Directed by David Ayer and starring actors including Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, and Michael Peña, the movie explores the destruction of war and the bonds between those fighting side by side.
During an exclusive interview with Michael Peña, he discussed with MOVIEGUIDE® the brotherhood created between the soldiers.
“There’s an immense bond when I have to protect you from dying, and you have to protect me from dying, even if we barely know each other,” he said. “We might not even like each other. . . but war brings about a different kind of bond.”
Throughout the movie, the characters are forced to deal with the terrible reality of war and are held together by their experiences and commitment to both their cause and one another.
Each of the characters serves a different purpose within the team and helps to support one another through everything they face. Logan Lerman plays a typist who is thrown into the midst of battle and must face the reality beyond his ideals under the wing of Sergeant “Wardaddy,” played by Brad Pitt.
Lerman commented on his character’s relationship with Pitt’s.
“There’s definitely a father-son relationship there,” he noted, “and he is quickly having to educate his new recruit, this son, on how to survive in wartime.”
Director David Ayer expanded on the paradox of Pitt’s character.
“He’s a very complex individual,” Ayer said. “Normally, you have the storybook NCO in these movies. The cigar-chomping, ‘Hey, let’s go get ‘em’ guy, and I wanted somebody who was a little more complex. Playing the paradox of loving his crew – loving these guys like brothers, yet having to ask them to risk their lives.”
Each of the members of the crew deal with their own paradoxes in choosing to risk their lives and protect their brothers, despite the tragedy of what must be done to do so.
In dealing with this, Shia LaBeouf’s character, Boyd “Bible” Swan, provides a spiritual touchstone for both the characters and the movie.
Director David Ayer commented on LaBeouf’s performance and how his character was set up as “the emotional center of it and the conscience of the tank. He [LaBeouf] did a fantastic job at being that.”
Despite not being a faith-centered movie, LaBeouf’s character serves as a moral compass, and remains rooted in faith even in the midst of battle.
Though FURY is not shy about the horror and reality of war, it also highlights the bonds that can come out of such difficulty and addresses the importance of fighting for what’s right even when it isn’t easy.
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