Brad Pitt may be regarded as a liberal, gun-control supporting democratic, but it appears the Missouri born actor has a deeper history with firearms than we first assumed. The actor - who stars in new World War II drama Fury - says he has a deep respect for weaponry thanks to his grandfather

Brad PittBrad Pitt [center] stars as Wardaddy in David Ayer's World War II drama 'Fury'

"...there's a rite of passage where I grew up inheriting your ancestors weapons," Pitt told the UK's Radio Times, "My brother got my dad's [gun]. I got my grandfather's shotgun when I was in kindergarten."

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Pitt plays a respected tank commander in David Ayer's new movie and says his young son Maddox began getting interested in heavy artillery whilst on set. 

"Maddox knows so much about tanks that when we first started on the movie, I was asking him for information."

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

Brad PittBrad Pitt [R] stars in 'Fury'

Though Fury was touted as a possible Oscar winner, it seems the critics were left underwhelmed, if not wholly disappointed.

"The plot is raw, episodic and wholly unsentimental; a gruelling onward rumble from one brush with death to the next," said Robbie Collin of the Daily Telegraph.

"Fury is a good, solid World War II movie, nothing more and nothing less," wrote Todd McCarthy of the Hollywood Reporter.

"Brad Pitt plays a watered-down version of his 'Inglourious Basterds' character in this disappointingly bland look at a World War II tank crew," wrote Peter Debruge of Variety.

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"The film itself is a lumbering tank of a movie, chunky, loud, and clumsy, mulching down men into meat as proof of its dramatic seriousness and gloomy worldview," said Jesse Cataldo of Slant magazine.

Fury hits theaters in the U.S on Friday (October 17, 2014) before heading to the London Film Festival on October 19 and opening in the country on October 22. 

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