Something interesting happened today on the Budapest set of Marc Forster’s zombie pic World War Z. A SWAT raided a warehouse used by the production and confiscated 85 fully-functional automatic assault rifles. Aside from the extreme danger of using real weapons as movie props — it only takes one idiot to sneak a bullet into the chamber of a firearm to cause a tragedy — transporting firearms internationally without authorization is apparently a very big deal.
Hajdu Janos and Zsolt Bodnar, the director and deputy director of Hungary’s Anti-Terrorism Unit, told Us Weekly: “Guns like these are highly illegal to transport even if they were to used as stage guns, which hopefully they weren’t.”
Sources told US Magazine that star and producer Brad Pitt is “furious.” The movie is already over budget and over schedule and he obviously didn’t need the additional headaches. Blame will rest on the production company who claimed in the paperwork that the weapons were non-functional movie props but turned in fact to be dangerously real.
Based on the Max Brooks’ 2006 novel “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War,” the story revolves around a United Nations employee (Pitt) who travels the world to interview survivors of a zombie war. In addition to Pitt, the cast includes Anthony Mackie, Matthew Fox, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, and Bryan Cranston. World War Z opens December 21st, 2012.