One of the things I like about David Ayer movies (End of Watch, Training Day) is the authenticity. Whether he writes or directs the project, he manages to inject real characters into whatever situation is unfolding onscreen, and in his latest movie, Fury, Ayer is using his talents to tell a new World War II movie about a Sherman tank crew. Featuring an all-star cast (Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, and Jason Isaacs), Fury takes place at the end of the War where a battle-hardened group face overwhelming odds trying to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
Last year, when the production was filming in harsh conditions outside London, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters. While I walked in looking forward to the film, I left blown away by what Ayer was doing on set and how committed the cast and crew were to making a special movie. Not only was the film trying to be as realistic as possible by using real tanks and props, Ayer had been working on the script and idea for years and some of the people I spoke to said it was his best work yet. Since Ayer was incredibly busy on set, he didn’t have time for an interview. But a few days ago I participated in a group phoner where Ayer talked about wanting to tell a different kind World War II movie, the cast boot camp, using real tanks, the editing process, how Sony loves the movie and is letting him do some additional photography to add a bit more action, and a lot more. Hit the jump for the interview.