Everyone in Hollywood knows that to make a realistic zombie apocalypse movie, you need guns – lots of guns. After all, when the zombies do come there will be a resistance. And this resistance will be led by a faction of gun-toting survivors who seek to take back the world from the undead by any means necessary (presumably, there will also be a faction of survivors who think that deadly force against the undead is not the answer, that we should attempt to reason with the zombies and apologize to them for any misgivings or past transgressions).
Brad Pitt’s latest movie “World War Z” – which is currently being shot in Budapest – is a zombie apocalypse movie. Consequently, guns are needed to create an aura of authenticity. However, and as pointed in a guns.com article published today, the process of importing/exporting guns for a movie can be a tricky business. The producers of “World War Z” apparently learned this lesson the hard way.
According to the AP, Hungarian authorities at Budapest’s Ferenc Liszt Airport confiscated nearly 100 weapons sent from London that were to be used in the movie.
Janos Hajdu, head of Hungary’s Counterterrorism Center, suspected foul play, as the weapons had not been fully deactivated to accord with Hungarian law. On Neo FM radio, Hajdu explained that in Hungary weapons were considered to be deactivated only if the process “was irreversible,” while the weapons seized could still be fired even though screws had been used to fill the end of the barrels.
“This is a very complicated case,” he added.
The weapons supervisor for the film, Bela Gajdos, claimed that everything was in perfect order, that the Budapest film company that had imported the guns had all the requisite paperwork and permits, including a detailed list of the weapons in question.
“We had all the permits in order for the weapons to be brought in,” Gajdos told The Associated Press. “They were brought in only for this film and are owned by a company in England.”
“In accordance with British regulations, the weapons were prepared to be used with blank ammunition,” Gajdos added, although in Hungary it’s apparent that the guns were considered to be “not suitably modified.”
Adam Goodman, one of the producers of the film, told reporters that he would not comment on the links between the film and the confiscated weapons.
“We are preparing as planned. We are not changing our schedule,” Goodman told the AP.