Blenheim Palace was also the birthplace of Britain's war-time Prime Minister
The filming of the new Transformers film, The Last Knight, has prompted outrage after the filmmakers transformed Blenheim Palace into a Nazi base.
The Last Knight is currently shooting on the grounds of the Oxfordshire country house, which was the birthplace and residence of former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.
However, in photos obtained by The Sun, outrage has spilled over after it was revealed that the filmmakers were using the Palace as the setting for a Nazi base in the new film. Sources say that extras dressed as SS troopers have been spotted on set, while it is believed that Blenheim will actually serve as Adolf Hitler’s headquarters in the film.
The filming of The Last Knight, which is being directed by Michael Bay and will star Mark Walberg and Anthony Hopkins, was slammed by war veterans, with Col Richard Kemp, an ex-commander of British forces in Afghanistan, telling the paper: “I know it’s a film, but it’s symbolically disrespectful to Churchill. He will be turning in his grave.”
Tony Hayes of Veterans Association UK said that people who lived through the Second World War would be “appalled by this”.
See a picture from the set, which graced the front page of today’s edition of the UK tabloid.
Director Bay has since spoken about the controversy, telling BBC News that Churchill will actually be featured in the film as “a hero”.
“When you see the movie you’ll understand,” Bay said. “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.”
Transformers: The Last Knight will be released on June 23 2017.