In the minds of some British veterans, Transformers: The Last Knight’s choice to cover Winston Churchill’s home in Nazi paraphernalia would cause him to roll in his grave. In the mind of Michael Bay, Churchill would be a fan of his movie.
The Sun obtained photos of Blenheim dressed to look like a Nazi headquarters, which has gone over poorly with actual British veterans.
The Sun’s story includes a quote from Colonel Richard Kemp, a retired commander of British forces in Afghanistan, explaining that it’s just a movie, but that the whole thing was “symbolically disrespectful” and that Churchill “will be turning in his grave.”
Tony Hayes, of Veteran’s Association UK, told Variety, “It’s a total disgrace. Blenheim is the ancestral home of our wartime leader. A lot of the older generation find it totally appalling. It’s an insult.” He added that they could have picked literally any other location—save Buckingham Palace—and it would have been much less offensive.
Michael Bay would like people to wait until they see the film before they get mad. In fact, he thinks his movie would make Churchill smile. He told BBC News, “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.”
He is right that you’d have to see the movie to understand, since last we’d heard, the movie is based around the legend of King Arthur—which, last we checked, did not involve Nazis. Or Winston Churchill.