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Park Service Takes on 'Transformers'

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Looks like the mighty Transformers have met their match: The United States National Park Service. The machines from space were set to invade Washington until the Park Service started throwing its weight around.

Producers of the upcoming Transformers 3 had hoped to spend about two weeks filming in Washington, especially near its iconic landmarks, the Washington Post reports. But they got a little crazy with their plans, especially with some rather extensive action sequences.

Bill Line, Park Service spokesman, told the paper that the producers, including Steven Spielberg, "have asked to do some things that simply are not done on the National Mall," like racing cars along its gravel paths. "The National Mall is not an area in which Americans come to see high-tech action movies being shot," Line said.

Now the filmmakers might spend less than a week in D.C. on a more simplified shoot.

Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.

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