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Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen bad blood

MichaelBay.jpgThere'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?

Even Bay himself hints at it in the same article in the Wall Street Journal through MoviesOnline that he has a go at Megan Fox in.

"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.





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you hit the nail on the head at the end. Bay's films may be over the top sometimes. But they still entertain.

my 2 cents? it's starting to come off that people who are dissing michael bay are only doing so because they somehow hate being entertained. think about it. something as simple as a bay actioneer cannot seriously offend anyone. so why are so many people speaking out against them nowadays?

because online, folks tend to try to elevate themselves by demonizing popular things. the more popular something is, the cooler you think you are when you attack it. ( not you personally. you know what i mean ). i laugh at this sort of behavior nowadays.

on Megan Fox, i used to think she was funny. After watching transformers 2 i can safely say she can't act a damn. And her comments more and more come off like she doesn't have a brain in her head.

Wow a pretty woman with opinions, the morons will be lining up to slag her off now - see above.

I'm pretty sure she has a brain by the way - probably helps her move and breath and stuff.

Michael Bay is just a total arse. Whether it's mouthing off about Blu-Ray, how Paramount didn't promote his film enough, or "directing" films that are all "shake the camera so much and edit so that nobody can make out what the hell's going on" he proves himself to be an idiot time and time again.

And his movies keep on making millions. And he becomes more and more arrogant and more and more powerful within the Hollywood "system".

Must say Megan Fox has gone up in my estimation. She's been very careful on making it clear what she thinks of the dreck that Bay produces, whilst trying to appear like she's not dissing the film and that there's a wide enough market for all types of film including continuity-splattered, incomprehensivel, poorly written nonsense like her latest film.

Good for her!

I thought the film sucked by the way. Really sucked, and I quite liked the first one.

It seems Michael Bay needs to put his ego back in its box and actually listen to constructive criticism. It seems he's not used to actors telling him a few home truths.

I wouldn't mind if megan wasn't in the next transformers her role had absolutely no purpose except to run along in slow mo and scream occasionally. She does know that though so full credit to her speaking about it though i do think that without transformers no one would be that familiar with her now.

Michael Bay has got a reputation for films with loads of action, he even takes the mick out of himself about it but I think he is letting her comments get to him and he should just let it go.

I just hope she gets a role soon where she can 'act' so she can stop going on about how she has never been tested and we can see for ourselves. Her upcoming movie choices don't seem to show that she wants to be taken seriously as an actress though so what does she want?

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