Early pictures from the set, which is actually 200 miles away in Tilbury, Essex, have cast Grimsby in a poor light. They feature children being offered beer, men urinating out of windows, and people passed out on the street. And then there is the subject matter of football hooliganism.
Councillor Matthew Brown told the Daily Mail, “It is using the town's name in potentially a poor light…Anything that you associate with football hooliganism is going to be negative, but I hope people will be open-minded when they watch the film.”
Brown seemingly wasn’t afraid to throw other towns under the bus. He added, “We don't have a massive issue with hooliganism. There is very good stewarding at the ground. In general we are not in the same category as other clubs like Millwall who have a history of it.”
Sacha Baron Cohen rose to fame as fake rapper Ali G and has since caused controversy with hisroles as Borat, Bruno and The Dictator. This football-themed project will be released in 2015.