Michael Bay seems like he had fun directing Transformers 3 (aka Transformers: Dark Of The Moon). MTV had the chance to chew the fat with Bay and got some pretty good response. Read on to find out how he’s topped himself with this third entry, why he’ll never work with Shia LeBeouf again, and why you shouldn’t talk dirt about his editing.
His thoughts on the series being rebooted after Transformers: Dark Of The Moon:
“It still could be rebooted. Not with Shia. He’s turning grumpy in his old age. He’s like a little brother to me but I told him, ‘I’m never going to work with you when you’re older.’ [Shia said] ‘Why?’ ‘Because you’re just a grump.’ You put him on a wire and he turns into this evil monster. Other actors say, ‘This is really fun,’ he’s just the opposite.”
How he raised the bar to film the craziest stunt he’s ever filmed:
“We did one of the craziest things I’ve ever filmed which is these wingsuit guys [extreme base jumpers]. I’m like, ‘I’m writing a scene for those guys.’ We have this great scene where they fly between the buildings. We had to block off a mile and a half, they made turns around the buildings, very close, but the city [of Chicago] allowed us to do that. Jumping off the Sears Tower flying through the streets. That’s just unheard of.”
And why you should never, EVER criticize his editing:
“You know what, you should do a study on Paul Greengrass movies and mine… I was one of the first way back when to do ‘Bad Boys’ in a fast cutting style. I was one of the first to do the fast cutting style… I didn’t have a lot of money, I had nine million… almost no movies did that fast cut, I got a lot of shit for it. Now you look at action movies today, then you look at Paul Greengrass, they get nominated for an Academy Award for cutting so f—ing fast. My cuts, we should analyze, we should do a math test, take the same length of movie and see who has more cuts. I‘ll have less cuts, I guarantee you. It’s a stigma that sticks with me and it’s not fair.
“I get a little hot under the collar about the editing,” he said with a smile.