Michael Bay’s overseas Transformers filming is no stranger to controversy when filming overseas – see the ongoing saga of the Wulong Karst for but one notable example. So it should come as no surprise that the UK filming has generated the wrong kind of buzz.
Filming is taking place at Blenheim Palace in Oxford in the UK. The palace, which was the wartime home of British World War II Prime Minister Winston Churchill, is reportedly being used for a scene involving a Nazi HQ in World War II – complete with authentic banners and SS troops. Naturally the use of the great British wartime leader’s home as a representation of the headquarters of the great enemy he fought against has not gone over well with some, The Guardian reports.
Responding to criticism, Michael Bay says that “People have not been fortunate enough to read the script and they don’t know that Churchill in this movie is a big hero.
“Churchill would be smiling.
“When you see the movie you’ll understand.”
You can see the full response on the BBC website, with a video clip.
Of course, for fans the real interesting part here is that as well as the reported appearance of a knight in full armor, we’ve now got what appears to be a scene set in World War II – so it sounds like the plot of The Last Knight will be weaving in various different time periods in its narrative.
The Oxford filming of Transformers The Last Knight will continue in Radcliffe Square until 23:00 on Sunday, with some driving scenes reportedly planned to take place.