Brad Pitt has the ability to choose in which films he wants to invest his time. He selected the World War II film Fury because of the opportunity to highlight the psychological and physical hell that soldiers experience. To replicate the hard-muscled physique of a World War II army sergeant, he stuck to a strict low carb diet and exercise regimen, revealed MensXP.
At 50, Pitt has learned how to sculpt his body through repetition. To prep for Fury, Brad worked out five days a week for three months. He alternated muscle groups and included cardio to build up his endurance.
To provide fuel for his two and a half-hour workouts, Pitt used a low carb diet. It’s not the first time that Brad has turned to a hardcore slash-the-carbohydrates food plan for a role. He also used a low carb, high protein diet for Troy and Fight Club, according to Bodybuilding.
In contrast to high fat low carb diets such as the Atkins ketogenic plan, Brad’s diet kept the fat content relatively low. However, while the Atkins diet and other ketogenic diets typically include generous servings of fat, moderate amounts of protein and drastically reduced carbohydrates, Pitt boosted his protein intake. He ate lean beef, chicken, turkey and greens such as spinach and broccoli.
But filming Fury taught Brad Pitt about more than how to sculpt his body. He feels that the film, which shows what happens to a tank crew as it moves behind enemy lines in 1945 Germany, also showed him the brutal psychological impact of battle, reported the Sydney Morning Herald.
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“It was not a film about sides,” said Pitt. “For me it was a film about that accumulative psychic trauma that every soldier carries to some extent.”
Brad hopes that the movie sends a message to all viewers, but especially soldiers.
“This film is about the soldiers’ exhaustion from the cold, hunger and the accumulative effect on a daily basis. We took that to heart. I hope the soldiers will walk away from this and feel they are recognized.”
Pitt also feels that he learned from the film as he took on the role of army sergeant Wardaddy, which he termed “a real study in leadership.”
“Because of this, I am now a better father,” said the father of six.
Brad treasures his role as parent with his wife, actress Angelina Jolie, as the Inquisitr pointed out.
“It’s the most beautiful thing you can experience. I feel like the richest man alive since I’ve become a father. You learn to value the basic beauty of family, of watching your children grow and evolve.”
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