Hollywood A-lister comes to USAF base

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A BIT of hunky Hollywood glamour came to the former USAF air base at Heyford Park last week – in the shape of Brad Pitt.

The base provided two locations for the zombie thriller World War Z – the former PX store, which became a looted supermarket, and the bleak Quick Response Area, with its imposing guard towers and barbed wire fences.

Film location manager Ben Gladstone said: “The unique architecture at Heyford Park perfectly fitted the look and feel of the film.

“We spent a lot of time looking at a variety of different Cold War bases, but we felt that Heyford Park was perfect for World War Z.”

Paul Silver, executive director of Heyford Park owners The Dorchester Group, said: “Heyford Park has a long history of film projects, including blockbusters Octopussy and Children of Men, as well as advertising campaigns for Adidas and David Beckham.

“We were delighted to have such a high-profile project filmed on our site and we can’t wait to see the finished product.”

The film is due to be released by Paramount Pictures on December 21.

It has been directed by Marc Forster, whose previous work includes Monster’s Ball, The Kite Runner and the most recent James Bond film Quantum of Solace.

The story follows United Nations employee Gerry Lane, played by Pitt, who is caught in a race to stop a zombie pandemic which is toppling governments and threatening to destroy humanity.