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Blowout for ‘Island’

D'Works sci-fier get Gotham welcome

NEW YORK — Keeping with the spirit of Michael Bay‘s latest action-heavy offering, “The Island,” DreamWorks threw an equally large after-party at Gotham’s Roseland Ballroom following Monday’s Ziegfeld preem.

Cooling down on a steamy night, DreamWorks and Warner Bros. studio honchos Rick Sands and Alan Horn, respectively, joined actioner’s cast, including Scarlett Johansson — who was flanked at all times by two ultra-serious bodyguards — as they struggled to make themselves heard in the very loud, austere, all white, couch-filled venue. Missing from the action was Johansson’s co-star Ewan McGregor, who’s in London performing “Guys and Dolls.”

Given Bay’s rep for action films, he said each time out, “it must be cooler than the last one. It’s a personal competition with yourself.”

Bay takes personal responsibility for the action sequences so far that “I literally tell the writers, ‘When you’re writing the script I want you — when you come to an action scene — to just put “action,” and I’ll fill in the blanks.'”

As for acting in a Bay picture, Michael Clarke Duncan laughed, “It’s fun when you get to this point right here (the premiere), but when you’re running down the hallway and he’s hollering at you faster, faster, show emotion, start crying, do this, do that; not so fun.”

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