Director Michael Bay has defended the decision to use Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, as a Nazi HQ in his latest movie ‘Transformers: The Last Knight.’
This week the historic Oxfordshire building was decked out in Swastika flags for filming on the fifth entry in the sci-fi action series based on the popular toy line.
It seems that, on top of the never-ending battle between the Autobots and Decepticons, this film will also involve Nazis conquering Britain.
The Sun report that a Panzer tank, a German anti-aircraft gun, Mercedes staff cars and actors dressed as SS Stormtroopers were also on the set, and quote several army veterans who were offended by the move.
However, Bay tells BBC News, “I would do nothing to disrespect veterans.”
The director explained, "People have not been fortunate enough to read the script and they don’t know that Churchill in this movie is a big hero.
"Churchill would be smiling. When you see the movie you’ll understand.”
Given that Bay also directed 2001’s ‘Pearl Harbour,’ this is hardly the first time he’s been accused of insensitivity in relation to World War 2.
‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ will see returning series actors Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson joined by Sir Anthony Hopkins.
It’s due to roll out in cinemas on 23 June 2017.
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