STROUD traders and leaders are asking what the town has done to deserve being targeted for annihilation in a disaster movie.
Guardian film critic Joe Queenan suggested the film industry leaves the more usual world-famous city landmarks alone and gives Stroud the disaster movie treatment instead.
In “Disaster movies keep trashing New York. Why not Stroud?” Mr Queenan wrote: “Finally, I know it's asking a lot, but I've spent a lot of time in the Cotswolds, and I would be beholden to Hollywood if it would take out Stroud. And when I say "take it out", I mean, take it out the right way. Take it out with extreme prejudice. Who's going to complain about that?”
Known for his tongue-in-cheek style, he called for film makers to give his home city of New York and other major world cities a break in favour of “second tier” locations such as Bristol and Helsinki. But he offers no further explanation as to why Stroud should get a visit from monsters, aliens, or extreme weather.
“What has Stroud ever done to him?” asked a bemused Stroud town mayor, Amanda Moriarty. “It’s not very clear and I think the piece is quite badly written.”
Simon Powell, co-owner of The Toy Shop and Brilliant Disguise in Stroud High Street said: “If aliens did come to Stroud they would probably like what they found and wouldn’t need to go anywhere else.
“If they did come and just level off the High Street to make it easier to walk up, that could be beneficial.”