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I got my first gun in kindergarten - Pitt

Hollywood star Brad Pitt has told how he was given his first gun while he was still at nursery.

The US actor (50) plays a soldier in his new movie, Fury.

He told Radio Times magazine: "There's a rite of passage where I grew up in Oklahoma of inheriting your ancestors' weapons.

"My brother got my dad's. I got my grandfather's shotgun when I was in kindergarten."

Heart-throb Pitt, who recently married actress Angelina Jolie, said he had fired a handgun by the time he was eight.

"The positive is that my father instilled in me a profound and deep respect for the weapon," he said.

Pitt's latest movie is set during the Second World War and stars the actor as the commander of a Sherman tank crew during the Allies' final push into Nazi Germany.

The father of six flew his family to filming locations in Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire.

He said that his 13-year-old son Maddox "knows so much about tanks that when we first started on the movie, I was asking him for information".


"He has an extensive knowledge developed on his own since he was young," he added.

Six-year-old Knox visited the set and "loved the tank, and though he has no concept of war or what the tank's history is, he was so drawn to it. There is that inexplicable fascination there that man has with machine".