05/23/2013 11:24 am ET

Brad Pitt At 'World War Z' Screening: Actor Makes Surprise Appearance At New Jersey Showing (VIDEO)

Brad Pitt made an unannounced appearance at a screening of "World War Z" on Wednesday night in Hoboken, N.J., delighting those fans in attendance.

The actor strolled out before the start of the movie, and the audience erupted into cheers for the unexpected guest of honor. Pitt tossed a few T-shirts into the crowd and briefly introduced the movie, calling it "epic," "scary as hell" and "the most intense thing you'll see all summer."

Pitt explained that he was asked to do a screening in Manhattan for friends and the media but wanted to do one for the fans as well. They surely appreciated it, too, as the video features uproarious screams and the constant flash of cameras while the audience reacts to the actor's sudden arrival.

"We can't do it without showing it to the people we made the film for," he said. "We decided no better place to do that than Jersey."

"World War Z," the big-budget apocalyptic horror film about a zombie outbreak, is slated for a June 21 release. Expected to be a tentpole summer blockbuster, the movie is directed by Marc Forster ("Quantum of Solace," "Finding Neverland") and co-stars Mireille Enos, Matthew Fox and many zombies.

Oh, and about those "friends" Pitt mentioned were at the Manhattan showing? Among the familiar faces The Huffington Post spotted in the crowd were Bruce Willis and Emma Heming, Kevin Bacon, Katie Couric, Sting, Darren Aronofsky, Jemima Kirke, Oliver Stone and Terry Richardson.



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