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Ray Stewart never thought serving his country would bring him 15 minutes of fame. But Stewart along with three other veterans got a chance to share war stories with one of Hollywood's heartthrobs, Brad Pitt, to help with an upcoming film.

The 90-year-old war veteran admits he didn't know who Pitt was, but enjoyed working with him.

“I didn’t know who he was,” said Stewart. “But the kids just jumped up and down when we told them.”

He and his wife recently returned from a four-day trip to Hollywood along the other veterans where they met Pitt and the production team of  “Fury” that is now in production to share war stories.

“We talked for three hours," Steward said. "These guys just couldn’t believe what they were hearing.”

The movie takes place in 1945 as the Nazi regime collapses and five men in a tank, battle a failing German Army.

Stewart recalled to Pitt the two years he spent living overseas in a war tank and enjoyed how down to earth the superstar seemed to be.

“They were guys just like we were,” said Stewart. “That’s what I liked about them.”

Though the trip was a long one for Stewart and his wife, he felt it was important to show the real side of war, not the Hollywood version.

“They’ve got to portray what it was back then, not what it is now,” he said.

Movie production just began in September and Stewart said he is anxious to see the final result.

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