Brad Pitt’s new movie, The Lost City of Z, has been filming in Northern Ireland for the past couple of weeks – and it hasn’t been easy on the locals.
The war movie, which also stars Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller, has started to use a range of explosives and controlled fires while filming, but it’s leaving both local people and their animals very shaken.
One resident, Jason McKillon, told The Larne Times, “It started last Monday with bangs, gunfire and small explosions. Then on Tuesday the bigger explosions started.”
“I was sitting outside and the chickens had just come back when there was another explosion, even louder than the last. Another’s neighbour’s cow and calf jumped the hedge and the cows were bellowing in fear,” he said.
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Jason continued, “My neighbour was feeding bulls in the field when it happened. They stampeded and knocked him and the feeding trough over. It sounded like a war was going on.”
He admitted that while it’s great the production company choose to make such a movie in their local area, the residents are upset that they weren’t notified of any impending disruptions, such as having smoke billowing through their fields and explosions which rattle their livestock.
“It’s great they were filming here. It’s just the disruption it has caused, and we know nothing about it. It’s totally agricultural here, totally tranquil. There’s never a sound and that makes it more disruptive as the animals aren’t used to the noise and they just went hysterical.”
He added, “If we had a schedule, we could put the animals into barns. At the minute, we are on tenterhooks.”