The Bowling for Columbine filmmaker has branded the U.K. "a toxic place", and refused to travel to the country to promote the film Where To Invade Next.

According to editors at British newspaper The Evening Standard, Moore, 62, declined to do a promotional visit because he didn’t think he could learn anything from a country that he claims has "damaged the world".

Speaking about the film, which sees Moore travel across Europe to examine how Europeans view work, education, health care, sex and equality, he told the publication: “We wanted to go to countries where we thought we could learn something. It was a conscious and purposeful decision to not come to the UK."

“We’re not quite over the damages that the country has done to the world. This is a toxic place.

Moore claimed former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair’s decision to go to war with Iraq, alongside former American President George W. Bush, had damaged the reputation of the UK.

“You may be over Tony Blair. We’re not,” ranted Moore. “We expected George W. Bush to start that war. That wasn’t a surprise. But he was able to do it because you – the Brits, under Tony Blair – gave him the cover. You made it possible for him to say: ‘Hey, it’s not just me – we’ve got Tony Blair here!’"

He also warned that Donald Trump's bid for the White House should be taken seriously, as he said the Republican Presidential hopeful is "not as stupid as he looks".

“You should take him very seriously. The manipulation, the propaganda and the way he’s doing it is just brilliant, in the sense that he has succeeded," he said. "And now Hillary Clinton is trying to do the same thing using logic and brains. It’s going to require something else. Personally I hope satire brings Donald Trump down.”