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‘Mean and obvious’ film scenes chopped

Harry Hill during filming in Blackpool in the summer and (below) a picture of Harry sporting some BLACKPOOL sunglasses taken by Mike McCartney.

Harry Hill during filming in Blackpool in the summer and (below) a picture of Harry sporting some BLACKPOOL sunglasses taken by Mike McCartney.

As sterotypes go, Blackpool has heard them all.

But it appears film producers behind The Harry Hill Movie have decided to avoid painting the resort in a negative light after cutting scenes deemed “too mean and obvious”.

As its stars prepare to launch the movie next week, producers have told how a few jokes written at Blackpool’s expense were taken out of the final version.

The team behind the feature length film have not revealed what the jokes exactly were to The Gazette but instead sung the town’s praises saying it gives the narrative “its thematic heartbeat”.

Harry said: “It had improved a lot since the last time I was there, they’ve done up the front, and the amusement park is great.

“We have portrayed Blackpool in a really positive way, I hope. It looks fantastic.”

Hill hadn’t visited the resort since his days on the stand up circuit and said he was pleasantly suprised by its changes for the better.

The Harry Hill location manager Pat Karam said Blackpool was the perfect setting, with the Pleasure Beach, Central Pier, Blackpool Tower and the Comedy Carpet all featuring.

He said: “It just had everything we needed. I have filmed in numerous seaside resorts and I can honestly say Blackpool has it all.

“It really is a unique location and while it was great for filming, the whole cast and crew had a great time staying there.”

The film sees Hill and his nan, played by Julie Walters, taking pet hamster Abu (voiced by Johnny Vegas) to the vet (Simon Bird), who wrongly diagnoses him as terminally ill. Hill then incorrectly translates Abu’s dying wish to be a trip to Blackpool, and the trio head off to the seaside.

The Harry Hill Movie, out on December 20, is just one of more than 40 films and TV shows to have been filmed in Blackpool this year.

Coun Graham Cain, Blackpool Council Cabinet Member for Tourism and Leisure, added: “We have had some high profile and great filming in Blackpool over the last 12 months including Coronation Street, Strictly, Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, the Compare the Market Meerkat ad idents and lots of children’s TV shows.

“It is great to welcome positive filming to Blackpool.”

A spokesman for Blackpool Pleasure Beach said: “Harry was very funny and took time out of his busy schedule to chat with the ride operators and was impressed by the park which he has visited a number of times.”

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