Brad Pitt rescues 'World War Z' extra
August 29th, 2011
02:34 PM ET

Brad Pitt rescues 'World War Z' extra

Dreamboat movie star Brad Pitt saved a “World War Z” extra from being trampled during filming, reports The Scottish Sun.

Pitt, who stars as a United Nations employee in the zombie apocalypse film, was filming a scene in which 700 extras tear through George Square in Glasgow, Scotland, on Wednesday. During the scene, a woman fell down, putting herself in danger of being run over by her fellow extras.

But Pitt, a real-life hero, swooped in and brought her to her feet.

"Lots of people hurt themselves, and Brad came to the rescue of a woman who slipped," a witness told the paper of the fleeing-from-zombies scene. "I don't think she could believe it when Brad picked her up. He didn't have time to speak to her as it was mid-shoot. But she said afterwards how grateful she was, despite having a badly-grazed knee.”

Other extras also received "bumps and scrapes" during the elaborate take. After a string of injuries occurred on set, filming was paused for a "safety talk," The Sun reported.

Pitt's sci-fi thriller will be released in December 2012.

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  1. Dreamtime

    Big deal. Brad did what any caring person would do.

    August 31, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. SKY


    August 31, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dorothy E

    Chis I totally agree with you, actors are nothing but people lucky to get paid outrageous salaries and most of the movies are terrible, I stopped going to the movies and save my hard earned money on more important things in life, I know in about 2 years they are on tv anyhow

    August 31, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dee

    That's hardly a rescue lol

    August 31, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  5. Chris

    "But Pitt, a real-life hero, swooped in and brought her to her feet."

    I hate the way people and news media put actors up on some pedestal.

    August 31, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. Asklepios417

    In reply to "Slow news day, CNN?"

    Brad Pitt rescues a woman who was being attacked by 700 zombies, and you don't consider that news ?!?!

    August 31, 2011 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. Steve

    He's probably a good man, I would'nt expect anything less from him and I'm sure that's the way he see's it.
    No big deal.

    August 31, 2011 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jase

    I was an extra on "Norbit" during a mob scene 150 extras were told to run into a small alley. I sheltered a small guy from being trampled by fellow extras. The next take I went ass over tea kettle during the same scene. What's that karma in reverse. Directors really need to pay attention to the way they stage scenes. It's common sense. Don't send 150 extras at full speed into an alley 5 feet wide. But then extras are usually just "scenery that eats"

    August 31, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. Kendel

    Slow news day, CNN?

    August 31, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. Pjack

    Non-story... and you aren't an honorable human being if you don't assist someone in a similar situation – man or woman.

    August 30, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. EpicBob


    August 30, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jrminsanfran

    In the photo attached to this story, he doesn't look like much of a dreamboat. He's looking old for his age.

    August 30, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. CJ

    This may be a publibity stunt but I can't understand why some woman would throw herself down in front of running people. That would be plain stupidity. I too have been bothered by Mr. Pitt and Ms. Anistons (I call them this because I am not a personal friend so I owe them both the respect of not acting like I do) breakup because they seemed to be the dream couple and we all hoped we would find that in our own lives but alas it seems differences in life goals came between them and maybe too many temptations. Anyway all we hear is when a celebrity hits someone or curses someone. It is about time to hear when a celeb does something right. I like to believe that we would all risk our lives to help someone else but I am not too sure how many would even try. If it was a PR stunt then shame on all of you. If not then I am very glad that God put the right celeb in that movie because at least he did something. Bravo Mr. Pitt

    August 30, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chuck Sherman Jr

    Publicity stunts have been around for a VERY long time and this is no different. All this is is "ink" for the movie they're shooting now.

    August 30, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. cgcarver

    Readers and others, this is a great hero story and I am greatfull for Brads' actions and risks. Thanks Brad. But Brad you will have to live with this forever. Pls think about our GI's heros and you will fit in...go see them. As one hero to another, they would love a minute of your time...dude. God bless doers.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Jenifer Aniston

    He's a jerk!

    August 30, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  17. peggy weeks

    If Brad things his new look is good for his image,he is crazy. He looks like some homeless person. Surely he makes enough money ti get his hair cut and buy some new clothes. He looks to be about 65 years old in all of his pictures. What happened toi neat and cllean.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  18. slim

    is there anything he cant do??? he pulls the finest women in hollywood, makes great movies, and saves lives. a true american hero

    August 30, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  19. opi

    I still don't like him after what he did to Jennifer Aniston. He'll probably do it to Angelina Jolie someday but I won't have any sympathy for her.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Robert

    Wow! How did we ever get along with out him!

    August 30, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  21. dwana

    All of this dosen't erase the fact that he cheated on his ex-wife Jennifer Aniston and got Angelin jolie the withc pregnant before he filed for Divorce. I don't respect Brad Pitt after he did that and I dodn't think he ever will. He has suffered the Karmic retribution of what he did because none of his films since then have been hits. He has gotten it back and glad to know we live in a universe where what goes around does come back around. People think they get away with things but they don't it comes back to them.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  22. S.Nieman

    Well, that goes to show you that is what type of person he is-no, he did nothing heroic but he helped someone, what other actors would even think to do that? Just sayin', it's the little actions in life that really make a difference. I can see why Hot Angelina fell in love with him!! I am a woman and they both are hot hot HOT!!!

    August 30, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Yeah...

    Thats cool i wheres the story about the soldiers in Afghanistan??

    August 30, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  24. AngelinaJolieLovesMyCack

    this man is no hero, he still owes me $44.00 from 2 years ago at that strip club.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Mark Thompson

    I've always thought that he was a good guy.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  26. ? da hype

    Just what is a "badly-grazed knee" anywho??

    Is that like a jumbo shrimp thingy?

    August 30, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Big Sal

    Cant believe I gave up 3 min of my life reading this bull$%^&. My Hero what a crock

    August 30, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  28. kinsmed

    This is a better story than who wore who, who's marrying you-know-who, and the who's who who will never be.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  29. bri

    For all the people saying this is a PR stunt, it is.

    Do you really think that it is just a coincidence that this story comes out ONE DAY after the story about Matthew Fox punching a woman (and the story about Fox associated him with the WWZ movie) came out?

    I think not.

    WWZ is trying to keep viewers who would not have gone to see Fox's movie, but now, becuase Pitt saved a woman, they think people will still see their movie. Nice try... dumb.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Cara

    If he scooped me up..I would have a hard time letting go!

    August 30, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Alicia

    Well that proves it he really is the perfect man.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Grit

    The book, World War Z is really good. Can't wait for the movie to come out. That does not surprise me about Brad Pitt, he seems to be a really good man.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Crusher

    Fantastic. Save the extras- eff the story.

    August 30, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Rhonda

    BREAKING NEWS; 6 people have been confirmed dead after being knocked to the ground and stomped on by Hollywood star Brad Pitt during his attempt to save the life of an extra on the movie set of World War Z in Scotland. The dead were believed also to be extras from this movie set. Details are still sketchy but rumor has it that the lady rescued is the surrogate mother of his Italian/ Mexican/American baby, due to be released February 22, 2012 according to the ladies OBGYN. We have learned that the father of one of the deceased males made a statement to a local news station commenting "We feel sure that we will miss our loved ones but just knowing that they were murdered by Brad Pitt makes it oh so bearable. We will not be pressing charges. Love You Brad."

    August 30, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  35. John

    The Brangelina's are famous for hyping everything they do. Ms. Jolie extracted millions of dollars for a magazine to photograph her children with the proviso that nothing detrimental in the future would ever be printed. We don't have any details of this "hero" story, but it sure reeks of a pure publicity stunt. That isn't to say that he didn't help the woman, but one wonders why it gets this much ballyhoo.

    August 30, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • cara

      ohhh..big is as bad as the famous...its all a bunch of silly stuff anyway...Yea to Brad

      August 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Bobs

    Anyone know the brand of jacket he has on in the pic above?

    August 30, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  37. mike

    "badly-grazed" knee injury. wow sounds like quite the scab

    August 30, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  38. ariel

    Note to self: get job as extra on Brad Pitt movie and make sure to fall on your ass.

    August 30, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Milissa

    Pity he wasn't as concerned about that whole 'til death do we part thing. Go buy another baby, Brad. It'll brighten your day.

    August 30, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cara

      as long as someone is doin it...who cares! I congrat anyone who helps out children

      August 30, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  40. whyzupp

    Brad Pitt is always helping others, mostly behind the scenes. It's nice to see a celebrity that truly cares about others. He's done a lot for the Katrina victims in New Orleans.

    August 30, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Tommy

    Still shouldn't glorify and encourage a man who cheated on his wife with a prettier co-star. Women are not disposable when used, neither are men. A wow is a wow, a promise should be a promise.

    August 30, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • BJ

      he didnt cheat on his wife dummy would everyone get over that jen didnt want kids and thats why they split up all she cared about was her job move on

      August 30, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Kristy

    He's a "dreamboat"? Wow you must be an old wench if you think this wrinkly leatherface is hot.

    Btw what did they think was going to happen with 700 extras running in the same direction? Idiots.

    August 30, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Fact

    The fact that they made headline news makes me believe that it's a PR stunt. Anybody would help someone nearby who falls. Especially when you are a man and the fallen person is a woman/child/elders.

    August 30, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  44. ralk

    Who cares.

    August 30, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Austin

    I like alot of Brad Pitt movies, But please people... He "Saved" a woman that fell down on a set with people running. Its not like he saved some one in some kind of natural disaster. People just get so star struck and wish it was them that he saved and get carried away.

    August 30, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Big Bad Brad

    london rioters

    August 30, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Dawg

    Wow, he did what any normal human being would do in that situation. Should we give him a lolly pop?

    August 30, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • ohwhine

      Yes. Yes we should. Free lollipops to anyone who helps another get back up. It's a nice thing to do, and not everyone does.

      August 30, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  48. K

    I wish I were that women 🙂

    August 30, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  49. VIC


    August 30, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Splinter48708

    Excuse me? With respect to Mr. Pitt, why is this a story? It should have been a DOA story. This is nothing like Kate Winslet putting her life on the line to rescue a 90 year old woman from a fire recently. That was newsworthy to me.

    Brat Pitt helping an extra to her feet during filming? Sorry, not that interesting to me. Heck, it will probably be in the film, just to bolster the PR. And, that's what this smells like...A cheap PR stunt. Had this been for real, sure, it would mark him as a hero. This marks him and his PR department as attention ho-s.

    Here's a hero for ya: Firefighters rushing into a burning building to save lives knowing that they may by laying down their life for a complete stranger. Policemen involved in a firefight to protect lives. A solder throwing himself on a live grenade to save his friends with barely enough time to say good-bye knowing the blast will be instantly fatal. Those are heroes to me.

    August 30, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      The fact that they made headline news makes me believe that it's a PR stunt. Anybody would help someone nearby who falls. Especially when you are a man and the fallen person is a woman.

      August 30, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • jill

      because folks like you and me are reading it...

      August 31, 2011 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  51. Olga Azahalea Diaz

    I think he is an actor one of a kind, anything he does brings the best of a play making people realize the possitive view of things . Anyone can only see goodness throug his eyes ;the eyes are the mirror of the soul,He is One Of A Kind. God Bless U Always!

    August 30, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Pliny

    A woman fell down.

    He helped her stand up.

    That makes him a hero.

    August 30, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  53. C

    If only he could save the book from being turned into a terrible film.

    August 30, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  54. truthman

    I touched his garment

    August 30, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Sun Stevens

    Loved the book...and this movie cannot get here too soon for my tastes.

    August 30, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  56. T3chsupport

    He's already a hero for bringing WWZ to the screen. Can't wait for this movie!

    August 30, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  57. martinmunson

    "Rescued", or, just kind of, you know, helped up? Anyway, can't get enough of Warren Jeffs? wickedimproper . com

    August 30, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • RobW

      He IS a hero because if he hadn't helped her up she could have been trampled to death. Do I sense a little jealousy here? Brad rocks and I wish he would make a Mr. & Mrs. Smith sequel before Angie retires from acting and just directs or produces. It would be a really great action film. One more time Brad and Angie? PLEASE???

      August 30, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  58. erich2112x

    Film gets paused for a safety talk: Now were cookin' with gas. All action films should be paused for a safety talk. Will see this one.

    August 30, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  59. sowhat

    big f'n deal. anyone that's been in a mosh pit ahs doen the same. how is this news? I have no problem with Brad Pitt, 7, 12 monkeys are great movies. Let's stop with this ridiculous idol worship. Brad Pitt had a bowel movement today! Stop the presses! What a big boy! How many people actually did something more for someone on the same day. He gets paid more than enough for his time. Stop kissing his ass so hard.

    August 30, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • bplover

      I'd kiss the hell outta that ass

      August 30, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger

      You are right that anyone might have done it if they had been in the right place at the right time. But it was Pitt in the right place at the right time and he had the presence of mind, while acting, to react as we all hope we would. These things can get hectic and he could just as easily been 'in the part' and remained oblivious. Worse, he could have viewed this woman being trampled as an unexpected enhancement to the scene. Or, realizing that there was a budget and time limitations, could have chosen not to wreck the shot.

      But he did the right thing. Good for him. Good for anyone.

      To me, the real story was what the director or producer might have said to Pitt when they had to reset and reshoot. Were they heartless sobs and chastise Pitt for doing the right thing or did they do the right thing too. It sounds like they eventually reexamined the scene with a sharper eye to safety.

      August 30, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  60. WasabiPotPie

    Please, Please, Please, for the love of God (who may or may not exist), Go to a book store, buy and read World War Z. This book is awesome, and could save your life.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • T3chsupport

      That won't save your life.
      But the Survival Guide will.
      WWZ is just plain good reading.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  61. Drew

    OMG you used the word Dreamboat. Please please please CNN, ditch your celeb news division. It's a sorry, unjournalistic distraction, and it needs to go.

    August 29, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • travis

      Or maybe it would be easier to simply not click your mouse on that section.

      August 30, 2011 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  62. Nazir Habib

    Oh bravo! Brad Pitt! Now maybe your fan mail and earnings will top your wife's. Frankly, Brad Pitt!! You have a very strong supporter in my home and that is my younger son. If he has his way he 'll convert our entire apartment into a Brad Pitt fan house. Salams from Karachi.

    August 29, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Oremor Egroeg

    You are a piece of dung

    August 29, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  64. George Romero

    Wow, you don't think this story was made up, do you?

    Also, the book was a piece of dung and the fact that Joe Straczynski is writing the screenplay dooms the film. You guys need to stop kissing Max Brooks' lucky-and-connected-son-of-two-Hollywood-legends' ass.

    Between this and the firing of Frank Darabont from "The Walking Dead", we're looking at a disastrous end to the mass popularity of the zombie subgenre. Too bad.

    August 29, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aletheya

      Yeah, yeah, we get it. You have strong opinions. Thanks for sharing. Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

      August 30, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Greg

    Whoa....they're FINALLY producing this movie. I read the book about 4 years ago and loved it!

    August 29, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Martin

    And for the sake of all the lovers of Max Brooks excellent book PLEASE PLEASE do not wreck this movie by making it in 3D.

    August 29, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChirlypoCole

      SO agree! I wish they would stop making every move in 3D

      August 30, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • BigMike

      You know, you don't have to watch the 3D version. The 2D version is usually cheaper too!

      August 30, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • xjdavid

      3D is the only reason I'll go to the theater to see a film, rather than wait to watch it at home. 3D rocks.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • todd in DC

      How about a film in 1-D. Just a straight horizontal line across the screen? Now that's cheap.

      August 30, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      Agreed. 3D makes me dizzy.

      August 30, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChrisN

      3D can be a good addition as long as they do it just to enhance the visuals like Avatar or Transformers 3, but i do agree that some directors shouldn't be allowed to use it because they think its cool to throw everything and anything they can at the camera to "show-off" they're 3D.

      August 30, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • hahahaha

      Todd, that was hilarious!!!

      August 30, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darrell

      Hey Tod in DC, I have an old tv with the veritical gun out. It'll give you that 1d experience your looking for!

      August 30, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Geoffrey Hamilton

    Brad Pitt, Zombie Movie... prayers do get answered!!!

    August 29, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  68. itsamemario

    good job just save this movie from its pg 13 rating..zombies deserve better..

    August 29, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  69. fernace

    Brad Pitt, my hero!! 😉

    August 29, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |

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