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Apple Valley resident and Barstow-native Anthony Montiel poses with Brad Pitt at Fort Irwin.

Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf tour Fort Irwin

Popular rock band also comes to Barstow area

STAFF WRITER

FORT IRWIN • Hollywood actors Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf spent two days at the National Training Center this week doing research for future movie roles, according to Fort Irwin spokesman Gus Bahena.

Pitt will star in the World War II film “Fury” alongside the Transformer’s star LaBeouf, according to multiple reports. The film is scheduled to be released in November 2014.

“It was a unit-sponsored event with just a small group of soldiers in the field,” Bahena said about the visit. “They talked about the mission of the NTC, what those particular soldiers do and the soldiers’ experience and background. There was no official meet-and-greet.”

The two actors spent the night at Fort Irwin on Wednesday and embedded with the Operations Group for the full day on Thursday, he said.

The Ops Group is a permanent unit at Fort Irwin responsible for facilitating training of the rotating units. The Ops Group observes, controls and gives after-training reviews. Bahena said the timing of the stars’ visit was fitting because Friday marks the last day of training for rotating units until September.

On Fort Irwin’s official Facebook page, an NTC official posted: “They’re only here for a brief visit to observe the complex training environment that the National Training Center has to offer. We will respect their purpose and their privacy for being here and appreciate that they are seeking interest in our mission at the NTC.”

On Friday, famous pop-rock group “Panic! at the Disco” was also in the Barstow area filming a music video at the Pennywise Inn, according to Barstow Film Office Director and city spokesman Anthony Riley. The Grammy-nominated group coordinated the shoot with the Inland Empire Film Commission and the Barstow Film Office by retrieving the necessary permits, he said.

“The city of Barstow and the surrounding regions continue to play a major role in motion picture filmmaking,” Riley said in an email. “We are a film friendly community with much to offer, and we welcome the industry with open arms.”


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