Thursday, 21 June 2018

Thanks for putting up with us, say film producers

THE producers of a Second World War film starring Brad Pitt have thanked villagers for their co-operation during filming.

THE producers of a Second World War film starring Brad Pitt have thanked villagers for their co-operation during filming.

Fury, which also stars Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman and Michael Peña, was filmed in and around Shirburn, near Watlington, over the last seven weeks.

The production company estimates that it has invested more than £1 million in the local economy during its stay.

Producer John Lesher said: “We’ve experienced incredible hospitality and appreciate the warm welcome we’ve received from the local community.”

Producer Ethan Smith said: “We know that filming in a close-knit community over seven weeks can at times present some challenges for the residents but we appreciate our mutual business relationship.”

David Ayer, who wrote and directed the film, added: “The unspoilt expanse of the countryside lends itself perfectly to our story’s setting and the immense skies and light of the area have given the film an unmatchable quality.”

Filming began at the end of September but was not without some problems.

A stuntman was stabbed in the shoulder with a bayonet on set in October and Mr Ayer was forced to apologise after filming scenes in the early hours of Remembrance Sunday.

The film, which is expected to be released next November, is set in 1945 as the Nazi regime collapses and follows the five-man crew of an American tank called Fury, led by Wardaddy (Pitt) as they attempt a deadly mission behind enemy lines.

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