Movie royalty gave Grangemouth residents a buzz as Brad Pitt sent temperatures rising on the set of his new blockbuster.
The A905 Wholeflats Road along the southern perimeter of the oil refinery was the unlikely scene last Sunday for the Hollywood A-lister’s film set as his high profile visit to Scotland brought him to the Forth Valley.
Pitt and his production team had transformed Glasgow’s George Square into a zombie warzone for movie World War Z before rolling into Grangemouth.
After speculation on whether the actor would actually film here, word soon spread he was in town and around 150 people gathered on the edge of the set, which was heavily guarded.
One film fan said: “You couldn’t really get that close to where they were actually filming but I managed to get a wave in when he was waving at everyone. It would have been nice if he could have signed a few autographs for us.”
The petrochemical works was used as the backdrop for a scene with Pitt and co-star Mireille Enos having a conversation as they flee US city Philadelphia from zombies threatening to wipe out humanity in the adaptation of Max Brooks’ 2006 novel.
It was widely reported that fake cattle used in the scene, which also included crashed cars strewn across the road’s embankments, were stolen from the set, but a Central Scotland Police spokeswoman said: “The cows were not stolen, they had just fallen over.”
Local restaurant Scottish Steak Club, based in the nearby Inchyra Grange Hotel, even rustled up some sirloins for Pitt and his crew.
Head chef David Kaleta said: “It’s once in a lifetime that Brad Pitt is filming two minutes away from your restaurant so we decided to take the chance and send some food parcels along for the team, including some sirloin steaks.”
The film is due for release in December next year.