Brad Pitt Learning Russian for New Film

Fate has brought together two movie stars, one from Russiaand one from Hollywood, in the new film “World War Z”, an adaptation of Max Brooks’ sensational post-apocalyptichorror novel of the same name.

One is Konstantin Khabensky, a very popular Russian actor best known in the West for starring in the films “Night Watch” and “Day Watch” as the lead character Anton Gorodetsk, and co-starring with Angelina Jolie in “Wanted”. The other is Brad Pitt.

“World War Z” is being directed by the German-Swiss director Marc Forster, best known for Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland, Stranger than Fiction, The Kite Runner, and Quantum of Solace.

As Forster’s assistant says, the story arc covers countries from all over the world, including Russia. In order to portray Russia in a more genuine way it was decided to invite Konstantin Khabensky on to the film as a consultant.

Pitt and Khabensky quickly found a common language, and it is not English but Russian. The idea to learn the language came to 47-year old Pitt who has become a distinguished guest inRussiawhilst shooting some scenes there.

Pitt chose to learn Russian using a teacher and the one who helped him to do that has become Khabensky, the 39-year-old accepting the proposal with enthusiasm. Pitt and Khabensky are practicing every day for an hour and a half and there are already some results – Pitt has picked up some basic phrases.

Khabensky has presented his newHollywoodbuddy with an English-Russian phrasebook with the words “From Russia with Love!”

Taken from 09.08.11