Brad Pitt: "I Got My Grandfather's Shotgun When I Was in Kindergarten"

The 'Fury' star grew up around guns and fired his first handgun by the time he was eight

In news that is unlikely to endear him to his more liberal, gun control-supporting fans, Brad Pitt told the Radio Times magazine in an interview, excerpts of which were published in The Daily Mail, how he has lived his whole life around firearms and that "there's a rite of passage where I grew up inheriting your ancestors weapons." 

Pitt, who grew up in Missouri, revealed the family tradition of passing down firearms from generation to generation. "My brother got my dad's [gun]. I got my grandfather's shotgun when I was in kindergarten." 

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Pitt, who stars as a tank commander in the WW2 actioner Fury, says he has a deep, long-held respect for weaponry that came from his father. "The positive is that my father instilled in me a profound and deep respect for the weapon." Pitt also revealed that as well as receiving his first shotgun at age six, he had fired a handgun by age eight. 

While shooting Fury, Pitt noticed his children were also seemingly getting into weaponry, although the heavy artillery kind. Pitt told the Radio Times: "Maddox knows so much about tanks that when we first started on the movie, I was asking him for information."

The full Brad Pitt interview with Radio Times magazine was released this week. 

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