Safe and sound! Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are happily settling into their roles as husband and wife following their hush-hush wedding in late August. Asked about their newlywed status during an interview with ABC News' David Muir on Friday, Oct. 17, the Fury actor said their big day was "amazing" and noted, "There's an added security that comes with [being married]."
The superstar couple — parents to kids Maddox, 13, Pax, 10, Zahara, 9, Shiloh, 8, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 6 — tied the knot on Aug. 23 at their French estate, Chateau Miraval, with just a few close loved ones in attendance. "It was very much a family affair," their rep told the Associated Press of the nuptials.
So too, it seems, was Pitt's latest movie, the World War II drama Fury. The A-lister told Muir that he brought his sons to set, where they "fell in love" with the Army tank he shared with costars including Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman.
"I brought my 6-year-old [son Knox] — he was 5 then — and he has no concept of war or the tank, but he fell in love with it immediately," Pitt shared. "And I don't know exactly how to define that love man has with machine, but my son, my oldest son [Maddox], he could tell you any tank, any bomber...So I got a brief tutorial from him when we started."
(Indeed, Pitt told Access Hollywood that Maddox "has always been a World War II buff." He also noted that the teen is working as a production assistant on By the Sea, the movie he's currently shooting with Jolie in Malta.)
Pitt's biggest sources of information, though, were real veterans and ex-tankers. "We had an amazing opportunity to sit down with them, and they shared stories I wouldn't think they share with too many people," he explained. "And we walked away, of course, with a great respect, but also feeling a great responsibility to give it everything we've got to portray a tank crew as the real people who lived through it under incredible conditions, harsh conditions — no sleep, exhaustion, hunger, cold, and with people shooting you, trying to kill you."
Of course, this is not the first time Pitt has expressed his admiration for the troops. He's spoken repeatedly about his regard for them while promoting Fury, and on Thursday, Oct. 16, he got the chance to address some of them directly at Fort Benning in Georgia.
"This is a real, real pleasure for us and an honor for us," he said in a speech before a special screening for the troops. "I've got to say, it's a bit humbling...We were tourists in your world for about six months...We walked away from this thing with a different understanding of your commitment, not just physically but mentally, and the commitment of your families. And big respect. Huge respect."