A movie director has apologised after actors in Nazi uniforms were filmed in an English village on Remembrance Sunday.
David Ayer, the man behind Brad Pitt’s latest film Fury, expressed his “heartfelt apologies for any disrespect”.
One UK newspaper said producers rejected a plea from parish councillors in Shirburn, Oxfordshire, to stop filming for the weekend.
But Ayer, issuing his apology on Twitter, said filming had stopped at 2am on Remembrance Sunday, the day the UK remembers its war dead.
He added: “My heartfelt apologies for any disrespect on Remembrance Day. I am a veteran myself. It is an honor (sic) to film here in the UK.
“We stopped filming 2 AM Sat night. We didn’t go until dawn. The story has been a tad exaggerated. Apologies though.”
Labour Defence Minister Kevan Jones said: “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.”
My heartfelt apologies for any disrespect on Remembrance Day. I am a veteran myself. It is an honor to film here in the UK.
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) November 11, 2013