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Movie bosses spark fury by filming war scenes on Remembrance Sunday

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Nov 11, 2013 | 4:07am EST

Producers behind Brad Pitt's upcoming movie Fury sparked outrage in Britain on Sunday (10Nov13) by reportedly shooting battle scenes on the day the country honours soldiers who have died in combat. The crew of the World War Two action movie, which stars Pitt as a tank commander, enraged local residents in Oxfordshire, England by shooting scenes on Remembrance Sunday, despite reportedly receiving requests from local authorities to halt filming to observe the memorial. A hundred British extras are said to have been hired to dress as German and U.S. troops for the shoot, including former soldiers, and were ordered to rampage across fields to create the scene in the early hours of Sunday morning. War veterans, politicians and local residents have since criticised movie bosses and the film's director, David Ayer. One actor, who is also an ex-soldier, tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "It's not as if he (Ayer) didn't know that for many of us Remembrance Sunday is the most important day of the year. "Instead of toasting our forebears whose bravery gave us this life, we were charging through the countryside dressed as marauding Nazis." Colonel Richard Kemp, a former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, adds, "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." Shadow Defence Minister Kevan Jones concludes, "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." Representatives for the movie had yet to comment as WENN went to press. Fury, which also stars Shia LaBeouf, is due for release next year (14).

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