On the 70th anniversary of D-Day, filming of a movie starring Ryan Reynolds angered residents near a south England airport that was flying swastika flags and covered with actors in full Nazi uniforms.
In a case of poor timing, performers from the WWII-based movie "Woman in Gold," which stars Reynolds and Helen Mirren, appeared dressed as Nazi officers at Shoreham Airport in West Sussex. Some rode around on 1940s motorbikes and got in and out of military vehicles. Two flags containing swastikas were also raised outside.
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"I'm shocked. I had no idea they were flying swastika flags at the airport," local councilor Peter Metcalfe, an 11-year Army veteran, told The Daily Mail. "It's very insensitive given the timing.
I think it is crazy. I can totally understand why locals are upset — I am myself. They should stop filming immediately and show a bit more respect. They should cease filming for the rest of the weekend while we honor the D-Day anniversary."
The D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944, at Normandy, France, was one of the turning points of WWII, as it began the Western Allies' effort to liberate Europe from Nazi occupation.
In "Woman from Gold," Mirren plays real-life heroine Maria Altmann, a Jewish World War II survivor, and her fight with the Austrian government to collect Gustav Klimt paintings that were stolen from her family. Reynolds' character is listed as Randol Schoenberg.
Neither of the famous actors was on set on D-Day, the Daily Mail said.
The flags with swastikas were erected close to a WWII memorial that features a propeller from a B-26 bomber, and a plaque that reads: "To all British commonwealth and allied servicemen and women who gave their lives during the first and second world wars."
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