A ROYAL NAVY navigator said meeting Brad Pitt when the star was shooting World War Z aboard the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Argus “wasn’t too shabby”.
Steven McMenemy, 31, from Falkirk, Stirlingshire, was joined by the actor and the rest of the cast and crew of Pitt’s new zombie flick.
Paramount Pictures had asked the Ministry of Defence if one of their ships could be used to play the role of a helicopter carrier.
The ship’s crew at first thought the request was a “wind-up” by commanding officer Captain Kehoe.
But when RFA Argus returned to the UK after an anti-piracy patrol, film location scouts were already waiting on the jetty.
A few days later the ship was told that World War Z director Marc Forster was impressed and wanted to film on the Argus.
Mr McMenemy, the ship’s navigator, was appointed host of the film crew and sat next to the director while the scenes were shot.
He said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the cast and crew of World War Z. It has given me an unprecedented level of behind-the-scenes access and I have enjoyed seeing how it all comes together.
“The major highlight must be sharing daily banter with the director Marc Forster, as I had a seat right next to him on every scene.
“But it wasn’t too shabby to meet Brad Pitt and the rest of the actors. The bizarre thing was that once he’d walked by a few times, everyone got very blase about it and he was just another actor walking back and forth.
• x007 Encounters – Brad and ?. Thanks also to Anu & Gabriella.