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A Trip To A Military Hospital Inspired Brad Pitt To Make A Movie About The War In Afghanistan

Get a taste of BuzzFeed News' video interview with the actor and producer, who was motivated to make War Machine "from the point of view as a father."

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The movie tells the story of General Glen McMahon (Pitt), who tries to "win" the war in Afghanistan.


War Machine is based on The Operators, a nonfiction book by the late BuzzFeed News reporter Michael Hastings. The Operators is about Hastings' experience following General Stanley McChrystal around Afghanistan in April 2010, and it became a New York Times best-seller after its release in 2012.

On Tuesday, Pitt answered questions about War Machine during a BuzzFeed News-presented screening and panel discussion.

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Pitt, who produced the film alongside his Plan B production company partners, was joined on the panel by director David Michôd, political analyst Elise Jordan (who's also Hasting's widow), and Plan B copresident Jeremy Kleiner. The taped panel was moderated by BuzzFeed News' Nancy Youssef.

The actor said he'd previously made a trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and talking with soldiers in the hospital became part of his motivation for getting involved with adapting Hastings' book into a movie.