Publicity stunt annoys Cannes beach goers

A group of British actors promoting their upcoming indie movie at the Cannes Film Festival and the reporters they attracted were ejected from a private beach Tuesday when the actors’ promotional stunt upset vacationers there, the BBC reported. As part of the stunt, the actors — who portray members of an actual ’80s English rock group, The Happy Mondays, in the movie 24 Hour Party People — splattered themselves with fake blood as they attacked one another with stuffed prop pigeons on the beach in front of the ritzy Majestic Hotel. Danny Cunningham, who plays Happy Mondays’ lead singer Shaun Ryder in the movie, told the BBC afterwards, “I think Shaun would have been proud of us. … We came to Cannes to be wild and now we are going home.”