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Fury director sorry about shoot

The director of Brad Pitt's new movie Fury has apologised for filming war scenes in an English village on Remembrance Sunday.

Filmmakers had provoked outrage when they staged pre-dawn explosions and had extras act out battle scenes dressed as Nazis as the rest of the UK readied itself to honour the nation's fallen heroes.

American director David Ayer has now expressed his "heartfelt apologies".

He tweeted: "My heartfelt apologies for any disrespect on Remembrance Day. I am a veteran myself. It is an honour to film here in the UK."

He also posted a picture of a Veterans' Day ceremony at Arlington Cemetery in the US.

Fury is being shot on location in the Oxfordshire village of Shirburn.

There had been claims that movie bosses refused to stop filming over the weekend, despite a plea from the nearby Watlington Parish Council.

But Ayer tweeted: " For the record, we respected ALL agreements with locals regarding Sat night's work. I DIDN'T ignore requests to not film. Didn't happen."

He added: "We took Sunday off. And Remembrance Day on Monday. We respected ALL requests regarding our filming. God Bless."

Fury, which also stars Jason Isaacs and Shia LaBeouf, is due to be released in October 2014.

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