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OTRC: Brad Pitt rescues woman from trampling on 'World War Z' set

Brad Pitt appears in a still from the 2011 film, 'Tree of Life.' (Summit Entertainment / Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Brad Pitt has a lot on his plate, battling zombies on the set of his upcoming movie "World War Z," but he took time out to be a real life hero.

The actor rescued a woman while shooting a scene for the movie in Glasgow, Scotland, where more than 700 extras were packed into George Square to film a zombie invasion with heavy gunfire. As the crowd ran from the zombies, a female extra slipped and was nearly trampled under the huge crowd of actors.

"Lots of people hurt themselves and Brad came to the rescue of a woman who slipped. I don't think she could believe it when Brad picked her up," an on-set insider told The Scottish Sun. "He didn't have time to speak to her as it was mid-shoot. But she said afterwards how grateful she was, despite having a badly-grazed knee."

The local paper revealed that dozens of extras suffered injuries like broken bones, cuts and bruises. Pitt, who plays UN expert Gerry Lane and the director were reportedly concerned about the number of injuries and urged the cast and crew to be careful.

"Brad's heroics yesterday don't surprise me one bit - nor did hearing of the injuries," the insider continued. "We've signed up for an action-packed blockbuster, not an episode of The Beechgrove Garden. There are going to be bumps and bruises along the way."

"World War Z" follows Pitt's character who is writing a report on the "great zombie war" and interviews survivors of World War Z.

People magazine reports that Pitt has been exploring the Scottish countryside with Angelina Jolie and their six kids, who are renting a 16th-century mansion in the country while Pitt films the movie, which is slated for a December 2012 release.

Pitt recently starred in Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" opposite Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain. He will next appear in the baseball biographic, "Moneyball" opposite Jonah Hill and Robin Wright. "Moneyball" is slated for release on September 23, 2011.

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