|Peter Comfort and Brad Pitt|
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Ex-tank crewman Peter Comfort, 90, who had worked as an adviser on Fury, joined Pitt and co-stars Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena and Jon Bernthal on the red carpet in Leicester Square.
Pitt said the film did not seek to glorify war and acknowledged the trauma of conflict. He reflected: “It is an amazing fact of human nature that one year we can be chopping each other up, the next we can be sharing a pint. We continually devolve into conflict, no matter how much we evolve.”
|Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf|
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Fury is released in the UK on Wednesday. It was the number one movie at the US box office this weekend, with takings of £23.5m.
BFI festival director Clare Stewart said this year’s LFF had a record audience turnout of 163,300, a 7.5% increase on last year. The London Film Festival opened on 8 October with another WWII film, The Imitation Game, about codebreaker Alan Turing.