Last week it was reported that the decision had been taken to turn Blenheim Palace – the former home of Winston Churchill – into a makeshift Nazi headquarters for the upcoming fifth Transformers film, currently subtitled The Last Knight.
This has understandably caused some concern with some proclaiming this to be disrespectful to Churchill’s memory. “I know it’s a film, but it’s symbolically disrespectful to Churchill. He will be turning in his grave,” Col. Richard Kemp told The Sun.
However the film’s director Michael Bay has been quick to fend off his detractors by stating that Churchill would have approved of his movie.
“Churchill in this movie is a big hero – and Churchill would be smiling about The Last Knight,” said Bay when talking to the BBC.
“I would do nothing to disrespect veterans.”
“They haven’t seen the movie, they don’t know the ending, and they don’t know how Churchill is a hero.”
Transformers: The Last Knight, which appears to boast in insane time travel plot involving King Arthur and World War II, is currently shooting in locations across the UK.
Bay claimed that those criticising the film for featuring Nazi imagery were unqualified to comment, as they hadn’t yet read the script.
“When you see the movie, you’ll understand,” he commented.
“I, probably more than any director in the world, have shot more veterans and more active military men and women in my movies. I would do nothing to disrespect veterans.”
The Transformers franchise has so far grossed $3.7 billion dollars worldwide, despite each instalment finding itself under fire from critics.
Loaded digital reporter Oli Palmer has been writing about film/TV since 2013. Follow Oli on Twitter at @olipalmer