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Brad Pitt may soon be fighting zombies with his bare hands! On Monday, a SWAT team descended on the Budapest, Hungary, set of Pitt's new horror-thriller World War Z, where they confiscated a warehouse full of prop weapons. As it happens, the zombie-fighting guns -- including 85 automatic weapons and assault rifles, plus ammunition -- were a little too real for use on a film set.
"Guns like these are highly illegal to transport even if they were to be used as stage guns, which hopefully they weren't," Hadju Janos, the director of Hungary's anti-terrorism unit, explained to Us Weekly.
To follow the letter of the law, says Janos, the film set should have been equipped with non-functioning weapons -- and if they were going to use the real deal, they should have consulted the Hungarian police. But he says that Pitt, who is producing World War Z with his company Plan B Entertainment, probably is not at fault for the error.
"The movie company's employees must have made a mistake bringing the guns in without the Anti-Terrorism Unit's permission," Janos theorizes.
This isn't the first time that the World War Z set got a little too real for comfort. In August, Pitt rescued an extra from underfoot when a stampede of actors playing zombies threatened to trample her.
But despite the setbacks, director Marc Forster says that working with Pitt (as both star and producer) has been a dream. "I think he is an incredible actor and an inspiring collaborator," Foster told MTV News.
World War Z has taken Pitt, Angelina Jolie and their kids all over Europe, as Pitt (who plays a United Nations official) has been filming in Malta, London, Budapest and Glasgow, Scotland. The movie is scheduled for release next Christmas.