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Eastwood, in a recent interview, recalled the “volatile” moment during filming of the 2016 World War II movie..
“[LaBeouf] got mad at me, and it turned into a volatile moment that Brad Pitt ultimately got in the middle of,” Eastwood told Insider.
According to the outlet, the script called for Eastwood to spit on LaBeouf’s tank. In the film, LaBeouf is on a tank crew that’s led by Pitt’s character. Eastwood said LaBeouf wasn’t aware the script called for Eastwood to do this, leading him to view it as a sign of disrespect.
“I never think your process as an actor should ever hinder how people are treated on set,” Clint Eastwood’s son added.
The 35-year-old went on to say he prefers a set that’s stripped of any hostility.
“It should always enhance the production, not take away and put people in a situation where it’s a s—ty work environment, or you’re rude or people have to be in an uncomfortable situation,” he added.
In a 2014 interview with GQ, Eastwood described the incident in more detail.
“I was in the middle of a scene with Brad Pitt, and I was chewing tobacco,” he said. “He didn’t like what I was doing, so he said I couldn’t be spitting tobacco on his tank, and he told me to clean it up. I pretty much told him to f— off, and Brad had to break it up.”
Pitt also recalled the incident at the time, admitting he too was mad at Eastwood.
“We were driving down the road, I’m in the turret, Shia is at the other turret, and Scott is on the back spitting [chewing tobacco],” Pitt said. “And I’m starting to get pissed off, I’m starting to get hot, because this is our home, he’s disrespecting our home, you know?
“So I said, in the scene with the cameras rolling, ‘You’re going to clean that s— up.’ Shia clocks it, and you have to understand, we’ve been through severe boot camp already, we’ve been through a lot in this tank. Shia saw it and felt the same — he’s disrespecting our home. So Shia had the same reaction I did and started having some words.”
It wasn’t until after the cameras stopped rolling that Pitt said he learned it was in the script. “‘He was just doing as instructed in the script. So we were the knobs in the end …,” Pitt said.
The scuffle between Eastwood and LaBeouf wasn’t the only strained moment on set. Ayer made the stars of the tank crew live in the tank, and it proved to be an uncomfortable experience.
“It was,” Pitt recalled, “very intense.”
A rep for LaBeouf did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.