The only way I could understand Transformers 2 was that it was all an inside joke by the filmmakers. I mean, there’s no way you film Shia LaBeouf meeting Optimus Prime’s ancestors in robot heaven without giggling the whole time. But the thing about Michael Bay is that he never breaks character. His recent interview in the Wall Street Journal is either amazingly Freudian or a work of Andy Kaufman-level genius.
It’s interesting that you say you want to focus on acting. Megan Fox has criticized your films for being special-effects-driven and not offering so many acting opportunities. Do you agree?
Well, that’s Megan Fox for you. She says some very ridiculous things because she’s 23 years old and she still has a lot of growing to do [**Bay cups hands in front of chest and winks** –Ed]. You roll your eyes when you see statements like that and think, “Okay Megan, you can do whatever you want. I got it.” But I 100% disagree with her. Nic Cage wasn’t a big actor when I cast him, nor was Ben Affleck before I put him in “Armageddon.” [keep in mind both Nic Cage and Ben Affleck were Oscar winners before they worked with Bay] Shia LaBeouf wasn’t a big movie star before he did “Transformers”—and then he exploded. Not to mention Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, from “Bad Boys.” Nobody in the world knew about Megan Fox until I found her and put her in “Transformers.” I like to think that I’ve had some luck in building actors’ careers with my films. [WSJ]
What an amazing answer. When you break it down, it’s basically, “How could you say my movies are effects driven? That’s 100% false. Remember Nic Cage? Ben Affleck? Shia LaBeouf? I BLEW THEM UP! …Wow, she really said I can’t explode stuff good, huh? I’ll show her. I’ll show them all.”