‘Bad Boys’ to ‘Transformers’: Michael Bay on Past and Present Films
On May 23, Michael Bay will be honored with a ceremony encasing his hands and feet in cement outside the TCL Chinese Theatre. In an interview with Variety, Michael Bay reflected on some of his hit movies, and discussed his upcoming sequel, “Transformers: The Last Knight.”
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Bad Boys (1995)
Will Smith has credited Michael Bay’s film with making him a star, saying in an interview: “Michael Bay made me sexy!” This was due to a scene in which Smith runs down the street with his shirt open, something Bay says Smith initially hesitated to do. “We were kids making that movie.”
The Rock (1996)
The first in a series of films featuring Nicolas Cage as an action star (“Con Air,” “Face/Off,” and “Gone in 60 Seconds” followed) featured the actor playing a reluctant hero — a FBI biochemist drawn into battle. Bay says it didn’t originally contain as much comedy. “That mostly came from improv.”
The global sensation (grossing more than $553 million worldwide) sealed Bay’s reputation as a blockbuster director — and it was only his third film. He credits a geology course for inspiring the idea. “I always remembered this geology course where they said if you have a nuclear war or some major catastrophe, it’s going to be the carpenters or the plumbers who save the world. That was my hook into the movie.”
Pain and Gain (2013)
Starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, the film was based on a crazy true story about a kidnapping ring led by bodybuilders. Bay says the real tale was even wilder. “There was actually more bizarre stuff, but it just tipped the scale too much to show it.” Bay adds that the film has achieved a cult-like status, with people bringing it up to him more and more.
Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
Producer Ian Bryce says the new film will offer “a lot of new things, with a healthy dose of the things fans are going to be looking for.” One of Bay’s highlights was welcoming Anthony Hopkins to the franchise. For his part, Hopkins has called Bay “a genius,” comparing him to Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese. “He’s very good, we got to really like each other,” Hopkins raved to Yahoo Movies.