LATimes: Michael Bay, Master Of The ‘Huge Canvas’

Posted on May 22, 2009

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By Geoff Boucher
May 24, 2009

Michael Bay is lean, walks with purpose and carries his chin and shoulders at an imperious tilt, and on a recent afternoon at his work compound in Santa Monica it was easy to envision him as some proud matador; Bay, like those bullfighters in Barcelona, thinks of himself as a mayhem artist in the crowd-pleasing business.

Bay is back in the ring on June 24 with his eighth film, ” Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” which many industry observers expect to surpass the first “Transformers” film, which grossed a staggering $708 million worldwide in 2007. “The pre-tracking is huge,” Bay said of surveys of audience interest in the movie that stars Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox and an army of two-story alien robots.

He rolled his eyes, though, contemplating the last-minute labor that needs to be done. “This one,” he said, “is barely going to make it to theaters. You have no idea how complicated my life is.”

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