Pitt film 'sparks memorial day row'
Published 11/11/2013 | 07:06
Producers of Brad Pitt's new movie have allegedly provoked outrage after filming Nazi war scenes in an English village on Remembrance Day.
American director David Ayer 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, the Daily Mirror said.
Bosses behind the film, Fury, reportedly refused to stop filming over the weekend, despite a plea from the nearby Watlington Parish Council.
Producers sent residents leaflets last month warning them to expect gunfire and explosions.
Chairman Ian Hill said: "Whoever is responsible is insensitive. A letter has been sent to express our feelings of how inappropriate it was for Sherman tanks to be rolling across the countryside while explosions were being let off. Local people are very angry."
Colonel Richard Kemp, former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, said the decision to film was disrespectful.
"At the very time a nation pays tribute to those who gave their lives to stop Nazis rampaging across our land it seems grossly insensitive to impose such scenes on villagers," he told the Mirror.
"A director whose film is profiting from the sacrifices made by 800,000 British and American soldiers in the Second World War has a duty to ensure his crew are allowed to pause to pay proper respect to the dead."
Shadow defence minister Kevan Jones said: "I'm astonished producers would not consider it to be inappropriate to film such scenes on Remembrance Sunday. And it is outrageous appeals from locals to reconsider plans to film on such an occasion were ignored."
Producer Sony was not available for comment, the Mirror said.