Thursday, 06 August 2020

Brad Pitt creates a buzz in Henley

BRAD PITT surprised the owner of a Henley toy shop when he popped in and bought a couple of bubble wands for his children.

BRAD PITT surprised the owner of a Henley toy shop when he popped in and bought a couple of bubble wands for his children.

The Hollywood star, who is currently shooting Second World War action film Fury in Shirburn, spent £23 on the wands and a Jellycat rat when he visited Bagatelle Toys in Bell Street.

He was accompanied by his five-year-old twins, Knox and Vivienne, who had spent more than £100 on toys when they visited the shop with a nanny the previous day.

Shop owner Nicholas Carlton said: “I recognised him straight away because he was wearing an all-brown outfit. He was browsing a bit with his children who were mainly looking in our cheap and cheerful section. I think he wanted to let them play with a few things and he was just picking up a few things to amuse them.”

“I said to him that his daughter had come in the previous day with an absolutely stunning dress on and he just sort of smirked.”

Mr Carlton said he felt that he had missed a trick by failing to ask the film star to sign one of the Brad Pitt masks which the shop stocks. “It was quite funny having Hollywood coming to Henley and Brad coming to Bagatelle,” he said. “His children clearly enjoyed the experience so maybe he will be back.”

The actor also made “various purchases” at Asquiths teddy bear shop in New Street. Joan Bland, a town councillor who owns the shop, said: “It was very nice to have him here.”

American television network CBS had planned to record an interview with Pitt at the Three Horseshoes pub in Reading Road on Saturday but this was cancelled shortly before it was due to go ahead.

Landlord Nigel Rainbow said his 14-year-old daughter, Sophie, was particularly disappointed by Pitt’s no-show. “She drew a picture of him and she was planning to ask him to sign it but it didn’t happen,” he said.

Pitt was also spotted on board the Henley Sales and Charter boat Fantasy II with two of his children on Sunday afternoon. The group travelled up and down the river by Mill Meadows and Marsh Lock. Lorraine Hillier, who runs Hot Gossip coffee house in Friday Street, said there was a buzz around Henley following Pitt’s appearances. “There is a bit of excitement about it with lots of people talking about him and wondering where he’s been and where he’ll go next,” she said. “I am hoping that he’ll make another appearance because I would just love to see him. My worst fear is that I’ll be in Sainsbury’s when he’s here.”

Meanwhile, Shirburn resident Roger Beattie was able to watch the film action unfold just 100 yards from his house this week.

“We were able to see the tanks and we saw a guy, rumoured to be Brad Pitt, step on to one,” he said. “It was just too far for us to see because they have got it very well secluded and when they knew someone was watching they would turn their backs to us. Now they have gone into a field and we can’t see anything but we can hear the shooting.”

Pinewood Studios is filming on location in Shirburn until mid-November. The film, which is expected to be released next year, is set in 1945 as the Nazi regime collapses and follows the five-man crew of an American tank called Fury, led by Wardaddy (Pitt) as they attempt a deadly mission behind enemy lines.

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