From Content has Saving Private Ryan, watching Nazis meet their maker is one of the most entertaining things on Earth, which is precisely why the 2014 tank-centric action film Fury is so good. Honestly, is there anything better than a great WWII movie? (I will help you. The answer is no.)
As a quick reminder, Fury follows the members of an American tank crew as they fight their way through Germany during the final days of World War II. Complete with an eccentric roster of characters brought to life by Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Peña and Jon Bernthal – there’s nothing like it Fury.
With such attention to detail, could it be possible that Fury was based on a true story? Good kind of. Although not directly adapted from any particular source or narrative, Fury was inspired by real events.
What is Fury based on?
David Ayer, the film’s writer-director, seemed to take great care to keep his film a story, which meant several things. Ayer ended up providing his actors with working World War II tanks, forcing them to go through Navy SEAL boot camp, and tried at every turn to make his actors truly believe that they were a team. Talk about commitment.
Believe it or not, Brad Pitt’s character Wardaddy is based on U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Lafayette G. “War Daddy” Pool. Who, according to Wikipediaarrived in Europe after D-Day and destroyed 258 enemy vehicles before his tank was finally shot down in late 1944. Honestly, I shouldn’t have to tell you how absolutely mind-blowing this is, even if you probably don’t understand nickname “War Daddy” for nothing, just a guess.
Fury also drew inspiration from another story from World War II memoirs, Death Traps, in which an American tank operator could single-handedly hold off large numbers of German soldiers overnight until help arrived on Morning. Okay, here’s the deal; I may not be a badass, I write articles for a living, but I know a few badasses when I see them.
So it is Fury based on a true story? No, but there are fractions of truth sprinkled throughout the film, giving it an authenticity that can truly be felt on screen. I loved Fury when it came out; I love it now. It’s true that not everyone you meet has seen this thing, but in my opinion it’s definitely a story worth watching.