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For 'World War Z' zombies, an unlikely training ground
For 'World War Z' zombies, an unlikely training ground

Ryen Perkins-Gangnes has been a modern dancer for the better part of 10 years, jumping and spinning for a small U.K. troupe known as the Gecko Theatre company. It’s fair to say that “zombie in a Hollywood blockbuster” wasn’t a major career ambition. Yet when the Brad Pitt action epic “World War Z” opened to packed theaters around the world last weekend — the movie took in more than $110 million in its first three days of release — Perkins-Gangnes played a key part. He can be seen, under heavy slatherings of makeup, attacking Brad Pitt’s family in an early-film Philadelphia-set disaster sequence that sets the tone for much of what...

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