Michael Bay on the set of 'Transformers 4 The Age of Extinction' (Photo: Andrew Cooper/MicheaelBay.com)
Yes, Michael Bay — for better and worse — is one of our top action directors. He's also the guy who gets air conditioners thrown at him.
That 'bizarre encounter' (to quote Paramount's own official press release regarding the incident) on the Hong Kong set of "Transformers: Age of Extinction" is just the latest of many strange chapters that make up the surreal adventure that is Michael Bay's life and career. Even his detractors (and there are a few) admit that he seems to be an endearingly silly man whose real-life shenanigans often take on the epic and over-the-top qualities of his own movies.
See below. It's all true (well, mostly, anyway).
1. He played Frederic in a high school production of "The Pirates of Penzance."
2. He made fun of himself in a Verizon FIOS commercial.
Which is awesome. Awesome barbecue, awesome pool. Genius.
3. His Miami home used to belong to Hulk Hogan.
It's also 17,000 square feet, which should come as a surprise to no one. Bay describes it as "a nice house to read in."
Sheesh, if this is his house in Miami, what does his house in Hollywood look like?
4. The screening room in his Miami home constantly plays "Pearl Harbor" in a loop.
Well, that's what we imagined when we saw this picture of Bay's in-home movie-watchin' room.
5. He has an English mastiff named 'Bonecrusher.'
And he's a very nice doggie. He has another English mastiff, too, probably named 'Scrapper,' 'Scavenger,' 'Mixmaster,' 'Hook' or 'Long Haul.'
6. He offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a Bosnian woman who was filmed throwing puppies into a river.
As we all would've if we had $50,000. The original notice on Michael Bay's official site read as follows:
There is a disturbing video going around the news outlets. It's a video of blonde young woman in a red sweatshirt casually tossing squealing puppies into the fast-moving river one by one.
Michael Bay has informed me that he is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and successful prosecution of the woman in the red sweatshirt and the person who shot this act of cruelty.
Bay's offer, originally posted on September 1, 2010, was removed from Bay's site a few hours later for unknown reasons, and Bosnian police identified and arrested the culprit on September 3. She faced a penalty fine of $6,400 for animal cruelty -- and seething hatred from about a bajillion Internet users.
(Photo: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)
7. Megan Fox compared him to Napoleon and Hitler.
"He's like Napoleon and he wants to create this insane, infamous mad-man reputation," said Megan Fox in a September 2009 interview with Wonderland magazine when asked what her most favorite and least favorite things were about working with Michael Bay. "He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is."
Yeah, not the historical figures you want to be associated with. The comparison apparently cost Megan that sweet "Transformers" gig, but then she and Michael kissed and made up and he cast her as feisty and appropriately outspoken reporter April O'Neil in the new "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie.
8. He knocked "Armageddon," and then took it back.
We thought the Master of Mayhem (or, rather, Bay-hem) was going soft on us earlier this year when he seemingly knocked "Armageddon," his 1998 summer spectacular in which Bruce Willis destroys an asteroid and dies so that we may live.
"I will apologize for 'Armageddon,' because we had to do the whole movie in 16 weeks," the Miami Herald quoted him as saying in May 2013. "It was a massive undertaking. That was not fair to the movie. I would redo the entire third act if I could."
Bay later posted a response on his website, claiming the Herald took his words out of context.
"One press writer has gone too far in reporting false information. He has printed the bare minimum of my statement which in effect have twisted my words and meaning. I'm not in the slightest going to apologize for the third movie in my movie career, a film called 'Armageddon.' On the red carpet for 'Pain & Gain' some reporters asked me what are you apologizing for, and I said what on earth are you talking about?
"What I clearly said to the reporter, is I wish I had more time to edit the film, specifically the the third act. He asked me in effect what would you change if you could in your movies if you could go back. I said, I wish we had a few more weeks in the edit room on 'Armageddon.' And still today 'Armageddon,' is still one of the most shown movies on cable TV. And yes, I'm proud of the movie. Enough said."
Hey, we think "a film called 'Armageddon'" is a masterpiece. And so does the Criterion Collection ...
What, no "Bad Boys II"? What the heck, Criterion?
10. He's BFFs with the Pentagon.
"Thanks to the success of 'Pearl Harbor,' Bay has built up so much goodwill with the Pentagon that he can call up and order F-16s the way the rest of us order hot wings," wrote Scott Brown in Wired in June 2007.
That's a vaguely terrifying statement, isn't it? You probably shouldn't use "hot wings" as a comparative metaphor for military fighter jets.
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