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

Posted on May 22, 2009


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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