Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen bad blood
There's some bad blood flowing between Michael Bay and Megan Fox, and speculation is growing as to whether or not she'll be on the third film, never mind if he will.
While Fox has commented on the action fuelled films of Bay, he has returned with some rather churlish and ego filled comments himself, proving that both are playing the same age in the back and forth comments about the film.
Megan Fox recently talked about how Michael Bay's films are full of action and explosions and that they focus more on special effects than actual acting. As soon as she said that some were saying that she was getting big headed and her ego was outgrowing her talent, and all sorts of comments like that. Yet just think on that for a moment.
Michael Bay films are full of action and explosions and concentrate more on the big, over the top, special effects scenes rather than the acting. Can you seriously disagree with that?
"I've been talking to some big actors right now about something that is totally different. A small dark comedy, a true story, with actors just acting, no effects. I'm done with effects movies for now...
...I've heard that some people can't even see 3-D and, moreover, that a major side effect of watching it is feeling exhausted. Can you imagine how you'd feel watching one of my movies in 3-D?"
It does feel a little as though he's saying he is heavy on action and effects, and you just have to watch one of his films to see that, there's no way around it, Megan Fox was spot on.
However Michael Bay decides to take that as a hugely negative comment:
"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. 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. Nick Cage wasn't a big actor when I cast him, nor was Ben Affleck before I put him in "Armageddon." 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."
Wow, that's someone seriously on the defensive and a couple of hundred nerves seem to have been struck there.
I'd agree though, Megan Fox was made through Transformers, although I'm not so sure she wouldn't have come to the fore without it.
Nicolas Cage though? Before The Rock he was in the following films, oldest first, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Rumble Fish, The Cotton Club, Birdy, Peggy Sue Got Married, Raising Arizona, Moonstruck, Wild at Heart, Honeymoon in Vegas, Red Rock West, It Could Happen to You, Kiss of Death and Leaving Las Vegas. Phew...Now are you telling me that Michael Bay made Nicolas Cage after all that? Some would argue that this is where Nicolas Cage's career went downhill.
Shia LaBeouf isn't so clear cut, but he still had Holes, I, Robot, Constantine, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Bobby, Disturbia and Surf's Up. Although there's not as many leading roles and big roles as Cage, the example shows that he was already being noticed, on a big rise in Hollywood, and was making a varied career of it already.
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence do fit into the argument of Bay much better, although for both they were very well known beforehand, and Smith did have the amazing Six Degrees of Separation before he took to the action, and now he's come back to acting once again.
So I don't think he can really claim credit for Cage or LaBeouf, one was big before and career undoubtedly dipped since, and the other was growing by the film. To be honest there's a fair amount of arrogance and ego in his words too.
I'm not defending or destroying either, I just think that the facts speak very loudly for themselves, and I do believe Fox was speaking truthfully, I certainly agree with her. However action packed, effect filled, action light films are still entertaining, and they can be good, I enjoy some Bay films just as much as the other person, when we can see what's going on of course.