Michael Bay is defending his use of Nazi flags in the upcoming “Transformers: The Last Knight,” and asking fans and war vets to hold their judgement until they see the final cut.
Bay drew criticism from “Transformers” and World War I buffs after Nazi flags were spotted at the birthplace of Winston Churchill in the English countryside — a film location used in the upcoming blockbuster.
“I just want to say, people were not fortunate enough to read the script, and they don’t know that Churchill in this movie is a big hero. And Churchill would be smiling about Last Knight,” he explained while sitting down with the BBC via (EW) on Friday. “They haven’t seen the movie, they don’t know the ending, and they don’t know how Churchill is a hero in this movie.”
“So, as the staff said, ‘He’d be smiling right now,’ ” Bay noted.
News of the flags went public after The Sun shared photos of swastika flags hanging in Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England.
“When you see the movie, you’ll understand,” the director added. “I for one, 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.”
Churchill passed away during World War I. His body can be found buried less than a mile away from the “Transformers” set.